Jim Esch will be running a dishonorable, corrupt campaign that is pledged to special interest groups.
How do we know? Well, Jim Esch told us so.
You see, back in 2006, Jim vowed not to take any PAC money to fund his campaign. It was a dominant theme. He said it all right here:
I have made an unwavering commitment in this campaign to neither solicit donations—nor accept unsolicited donations—from any Political Action Committee (PAC) or any other Special Interest group. Winning an election can only be as honorable as the way in which the victory was achieved, and this campaign is no exception. When I vote in Congress, my allegiance will be to the people of Nebraska’s Second Congressional District, not Special Interest groups.
He also stated that he was:
…working to raise awareness of corrupt election practices by not taking any Special Interest or PAC (political action committee) money.
Well, that was Jim Esch v.2006. But Jim Esch v.2008?
Well, for starters his website design hasn’t changed from 2006 to 2008. In his little “Issues” splash page (above), you can still see the “Special Interest Money” listed. But when you click there and go to the actual “Issues” page, 2008 Jim’s aversion to PAC money is nowhere to be seen.
You see, Jim says he will take PAC money, because he won’t campaign on an uneven playing field. Hmm.
OK, so Jim, is PAC money bad or isn’t it?
Are you corrupt for taking it or aren’t you?
Are you dishonorable for spending it, or are you lilly white?
Oh, wait…”Change! Hope!”
That’s the document that floating around these days that numerous congressional candidates around the country are glomming onto to try to show they have a “plan” to get out of Iraq.
It says things like:
How do we bring American military engagement in Iraq to a responsible end?
And answers with,
We must stop counter-productive military operations by U.S. occupation forces and end our military presence in Iraq.
You see people! You end the war by stopping it! That’s clear, right?
Well, in case you were hoping for a few more details on how these big-thinkers plan on getting troops out of Iraq, well, keep on hoping. (“Hope! Change!”).
In the 36 page document guess how many pages are devoted to “End the military action in Iraq”?
The answer: 1.
Here are the details for ending military actions:
“This should be accomplished based on planning provided by our military leadership.”
Uh huh. That’s it.
Oh sure there’s lots of other neat stuff about meeting with allies and war crimes and such. And there are some verrrry unusual things such as the “Media Ownership Act of 2007”. But there is absolutely, freaking, ZERO said about HOW you pull troops out.
Oh but it does use the favorite talk-show buzz word: “Responsible!” (Now if we could only work in “Hope!” and “Change!”)
We here on Leavenworth Street weren’t the only ones pulling the funny on April 1st. Scott Vorhees on KFAB put on a little show with Rep. Lee Terry, that apparently sucked in many many people. You can listen to the KFAB podcast by clicking here.