Gone Are The Days Of Running On Accomplishments
Some of us saw the emails that came out of the Obama campaign and the DCCC in 2012. The ones that played upon hate and fear using a stack of falsehoods and in some cases, outright lies. Many even bordered on creepy. Emails that were designed with one purpose of frightening people into funding the Democrats. Give us money, give us money.. give us money NOW – or else!! Well, it’s campaign time again and NC’s Kay Hagan isn’t just taking a page out of that book of fear and hate, she’s using it as a how-to guide.
Oooooh. Scary, scary Koch brothers! They give money to conservative causes and that racist Tea Party. STOP THEM! Give money to me… just like all the unions do.
In the last two months, not a single email has come from her campaign touting an achievement of hers. Instead, they’ve all been about fear, hate and misdirection. Her campaign of fear and loathing goes back further; I’ve kept all the emails but you can sample the last few months here. My favorite was the one attacking the NCGA for cutting education spending by half a billion — a claim well debunked.
Spending in education actually went up $400 million, Kay. You should really know better, having served on the NCGA yourself. In fact, Hagan sat on the Joint Legislative Study Committee on Public School Funding Formulas. Well…How embarrassing for her to not have gotten that basic math right or apparently to know how to read a budget.
The NCGA wasn’t going to take Hagan’s assaults lying down. Rep. Phil Burger responded:
A spokesman for NC Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) responded Thursday to U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s baseless attacks on the North Carolina legislature.
Hagan, who faces a tough re-election, attacked the General Assembly for cutting taxes on the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians and passing a hugely popular voter ID bill.
As a budget writer in the North Carolina Senate, Hagan crafted budgets that led to historic deficts, out-of-control spending, and the highest taxes in the Southeastern United States.
“It’s tough for North Carolinians to take seriously the policy advice of someone who wrecked the state budget, raised taxes and killed jobs, cast the deciding vote to force Obamacare down our throats, and lacked the political clout to extend federal benefits to 70,000 unemployed North Carolinians,” said Berger spokesman Ray Martin. “I’m not sure if we’re better or worse off because of Kay Hagan’s failure to pass a budget in Washington, but she should stop the hypocritical rhetoric and thank Senator Berger for cleaning up the disaster she made of state government.”
Distraction, Deflection and Shiny Objects
Not one of those emails touts her achievements and every single one stokes a particular fear or is designed to incite anger — all so the reader opens their wallet and donates. In particular, Hagan has taken to using the NC General assembly as a shield.
Hagan is using the same tactic President Obama used with that ‘evil do-nothing’ Congress to distract from his horrific record. In these emails, Hagan wants you to focus on anything but her. In her TV spots, well, she’s the golden girl…or at least that is how the Council for American Job Growth wants you to think.
Keep an eye on Hagan’s TV spots and fundraising emails and I think you’ll find they follow a pattern as The Dems Rally Their Legions of Haters for 2014.
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