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Couple of Chet Edwards (US House Dist 17- Texas) Items- Another Ad in the mail AND the Flag Desecrator

22 October 2006 at 5:39:48 PM

First, the ad. I don't know who's doing the ads but this one is great. The front shows a sad-looking, tired working man holding a gas pump with the caption "Ever Wonder What they do with all the money you pay at the pump?"- Turn it over and it reads "Van Taylor... They Run for Congress!" that discusses how Van Taylor is the heir to Exxon Mobil (through his mom, as I pointed out here recently) and makes money every time gas prices go up. Hence, the second part is "He wants to keep Congress out of the big oil companie's business", ie, deregulation. .."Because the longer the government stays out of the oil business, the more Van Taylor makes at our expense". Ending with "Van Taylor- Do the big oil companies really need another Congressman". Slam. Score.

And I might add I have gotten NOTHING from Van Taylor's campaign in the mail. Nada. Maybe the fact that the NRCC pulled out the money and put it into other races where Republicans might actually WIN has something to do with that.

On Chet, Justin Mueller and flag descretion. Capital Annex has an interview with a guy that a couple of right wingers have had some fun with, due to some pics on a website where he showed a desecrated flag and that he was portrayed as an intern of Chet's. CA posed the question about why other liberal websites didn't talk about this? Well, since I actually live IN District 17, I'll answer, at least for myself. I saw those wingers write about this a while back and I figured it was either a lie or if Edwards found out and the guy really was an intern working directly for his campaign, Edwards would dump him. Answer B, with the disclaimer that Mueller says he wasn't actually a campaign intern but an intern through a college course for credit.  What this would mean, at heart, IF the guy was really an intern working directly for his campaign, is that he would be at odds with Chet, who has co-sponsored flag desecration bills. Does that REALLY work for the right-wingers to show that? No. Uh, because it's a Republican-type issue, and if you are trying to trash Edwards with Republicans, that isn't going to do it, because they LIKE CHET'S STANCE.

Let's look at that issue in 2005. Because the majority of Democrats believed it was a free speech issue, most of them voted against it. Not so with some Dems who voted with the Republicans and that included Chet. That's an issue, frankly, for a number of Democrats in this district, but not for Republicans. Instead of wondering why more blogs aren't calling out the issue of free speech for Justin, where are the voices asking why Edwards isn't advocating free speech for everyone? (CA implies that people don't want to call out what Edwards positions actually are because they're trying to keep it low-key)  Here's what I wrote in June, 2005

I think Chet's vote on the Military Commissions Bill is far more important this this little tempest-in-a-teapot. His vote there, which most DEMOCRATS voted against, essentially gives Bush dictatorial powers, undermines habeus corpus and codifies torture. And I think I am about the only liberal blog around that calls out Chet on his voting record, even when it stinks; seems like other blogs give him a cheerleading pass. He has voted FOR Schiavo, FOR limiting the jurisdiction of the courts to hear pledge votes, FOR DOMA, FOR the Patriot Act, FOR the ability to spy on Americans without warrants, FOR slaughtering horses,  AGAINST Net Neutrality, FOR the Republican resolution that conflated the War on Terror with the Iraq War, AGAINST Woolsey's amendment that would have required Bush to have an exit plan for Iraq, FOR drilling in ANWAR, FOR the border fence.

Now, Please. I'm voting for Chet anyway because I want a Democratic majority if at all possible. Republicans are also turning out in droves for Chet and the Yellow Dog Democrats, who vote for anyone that says he or she is a Democrat are, too. So he's going to win against Van "Trust Fund Baby" Taylor. But I'm not going to cheerlead for these stances he takes, and that includes HIS position, not a guy who is an intern (yes or no), on freedom of speech issues.

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