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Monday, August 21, 2006

Larry Grant: the Not Republican

Larry Grant's website claims that "he also is committed to working with both Democrats and Republicans to rise above partisan rancor and find real solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems." (Translation: We can count on him to be socially liberal.)

This is inconsistent with what you'll read at Red State Rebels and Grassroots for Grant, penned by Grant's blog manager, Julie Fanselow. Together these blogs are focused on demonizing Republicans in general and the Bush Administration in particular.

Simpson, Crapo and Craig are regular targets; men with whom Grant, if elected, will need to work alongside to "find real solutions." Instead of finding common ground with them, something his Republican-leaning voter base is looking for, he is attacking the Idaho delegation--not based on their values or voting record, but by tying them to the corruption of others. Grant is trying to create a bogeyman of the Republican party and tie Bill Sali to it.

Not exactly high-minded.

How does Grant expect to earn our trust while he builds his campaign not, as he claims, on leadership, but on cultivating partisan rancor?

Will his tactics work? Perhaps Grant is counting on the 1st Congressional District to overlook the issues in November and just have a good pout.

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Blogger Lois E. Lane said...

Clearly you are ignorant, dear girlfriday, of how successful every demonizing and name-calling campaign has been throughout time. "Foolproof" is the word I use for it...

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Blogger girlfriday said...

Good point.

Although my point was more that defining yourself against a candidate rather than taking strong positions yourself is a sign of weakness. The name-calling and mud-slinging doesn't help.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Blogger Lois E. Lane said...

Um, I don't know how to tell you this ... I was being s-a-r-c-a-s-t-i-c. It's a little-known (and rarely practiced in our home) form of humor. It obviously didn't land :)

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Blogger girlfriday said...

Got it, sis. Gimmee, I got it. I got it, gimmee...

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Blogger Julie Fanselow said...

Girlfriday, once again I must point out that Red State Rebels is my personal blog. I write it on my own time. I am a part-time employee of the Grant campaign and I disclose that fact at RSR, but the two blogs are separate and I am not paid to write RSR.

The comment you make about how "we can rely on him to be socially liberal" is, quite simply, full of it. Larry Grant is a social moderate. He does not personaly favor gay marriage, for example (nor does he favor changing the Idaho or US Constitution to outlaw a marriage equivalent like civil unions).

Larry says this election is NOT about guns, God, and gays nor other social wedge issues, but about how we are going to solve the fiscal crisis our nation faces. That is his number 1 issue.

I'd also suggest that on the Grant blog, I rarely diss Republican leaders, but rather the overall failure of leadership in our nation - because that's where Larry stands. He blames Dems as well as Republicans for failing to address the issues.

Please stop trying to tie my views to Larry. I have been blogging since 2003, and the views expressed at RSR are my own - not those of the Grant campaign.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Blogger girlfriday said...

I understand the distinction and appreciate you commenting.

It strikes me as unwise in a hotly contested race to make the kind of petty, inflammatory remarks about Republicans in general and Christians in particular when you are linked to a candidate in the way that you are. As you've pointed out on other blogs, Grant is not an idiot. He knows what those on his payroll stand for and he has the power to monitor or manage it.

I might point out that bloggers at Grassroots for Grant have drawn similar correlations between Sali and his peers. "It's said a man is known by his friends and if political endorsements count as friendship, then Bill Sali has some interesting friends."

As for Grant not being a social liberal, we have to take your word for it. His website is glaringly silent.

Friday, August 25, 2006


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