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Friday, June 30, 2006

VA-Sen: Senator Dude Ranch

Posted by James L.

Steve Jarding of the Jim Webb for Senate campaign cracks me up:

Jarding also took issue with [Allen campaign manager Dick] Wadhams’ attempt to attack Webb as a “Hollywood movie producer” for Webb’s role in the film “Rules of Engagement.”

“What part of ‘Rules of Engagement’ did George Felix Allen Jr. and his insensitive mouthpiece Dick Wadhams not respect – military service? Patriotism? Honor? Valor? We know that George Felix Allen Jr. spent much of the Vietnam War years on a dude ranch in Nevada and chose not to serve, but his continued silence as his key staff dismiss military personnel and their patriotism is beginning to shine a very unfavorable light on Senator Dude Ranch,” Jarding said.

If nothing else, this is gonna be one of the most amusing races to watch this cycle. Heh. "Senator Dude Ranch".

Posted at 11:47 AM in 2006 Elections - Senate, Virginia | Technorati

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What's especially ridiculous is that George Allen himself appeared in a Hollywood film! Yep, he had a cameo in Gods & Generals, a Civil War flim.

Posted by: DavidNYC [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 30, 2006 12:43 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

I think Webb & Co. are doing a great job in fighting off Allen's smear campaign. Coming up with slogans like "Senator Dude Ranch," and referring to Allen by his full name (including his middle name, which he detests) seem like trivial components, but they really do go a long way toward affecting people's perceptions of a candidate. And, once a slogan sticks, it's hard to shake (remember "Kerry the Flip-Flopper?" All the nuanced explanation in the world couldn't scrape that one off!) Democrats across the nation would be well-advised to take a page out of Webb's book (no, not one of his novels,) and throw some catchy smear-slogans at the Republicans. Whoever came up with the old "sticks and stones" aphorism clearly did not work in politics!

Posted by: The Caped Composer [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 30, 2006 02:39 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

"Felix", I'm sorry but that is too funny.
With Mark Warner and Felix looming on the prez horizon and "RONO" (running on name only) more interested in a prez bid than his Senate seat, I can't think of a better scenario for an upset win than this one. Hopefully Felix's campaign will emulate Kilgore's and immolate. Looks like it if these are the lengths they are going to.
In 1990 popular NJ Sen Bill Bradley was viewed as a serious contender for Prez, in a surprise, he came within a few percentage points of being beaten by then Somerset County Boardmember Christie Todd Whitman, in part because of his focus on the prez race. Whitman also had the Florio adminstration economic debacle to help dent Bradley, no advantage to Allen here however. Webb is sitting pretty with a popular Dem Governor and the support of Mark Warner.

Posted by: Predictor [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 30, 2006 02:49 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

BTW, Felix was born in Whittier, CA a short distance from Hollywood.

Posted by: Predictor [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 30, 2006 02:53 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

The Webb Allen race is the race to watch this fall. The primary was a real win for the grass/netroot communtity. Here in Kentucky we're rooting hard for Jim Webb and Harold Ford and would like to see the Southeast region, especially these old mountains so dear to us, come under the protection of the Democratic Party.

I think James Webb will be an extraordinary Senator.

Posted by: Nick Stump [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 7, 2006 02:52 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment