Saturday, July 12, 2008

Lines BeeTween Dots

Tucson, Arizona. Daniel Scarpinato's weekly political notebook refers to the upcoming Eggplant visit to Tucson to raise funds for congressional candidate Tim Bee (R), who seeks to unseat incumbent Democrat Gabrielle Giffords in AZ CD-8. Readers may or may not recall that in January Karl Rove visited Tucson for a fund raiser at the Arizona Inn. Although president of the Arizona Senate, Bee wasted no time high tailing south to meet with the soulless mastermind and "pick his brain."

For what?

Bee's decision to associate with Rove helped lead to an AZ Democratic Party funded hit piece one might have predicted. Still, most people have never heard of Grover Norquist, and while they may have heard of Steve Forbes, they probably don't remember who he is. Virtually no one respects Karl Rove as a human being, most regarding him as everything horrible about Machiavelli or what that name conjures up. No name carries the political malignancy of the Eggplant himself, distilled incompetence, dishonesty, stupidity, arrogance, and destruction. Dumb Dubya is easily the most embarrassing presidency in the history of the country. Most GOP operatives advise that being seen on the same TV screen, in the same sentence, paragraph or the same room as the despised and reviled Idiot-in-Chief is a bad idea for a candidate for office.

If that's the case, why this event? Is the visit a simple matter of raising funds? Let's ask who really generated the event. The vegetable lands in Tucson, rides a limousine up to a palace where ultra rich part with peanuts, only $25K to $100K or so to be seen with the Moron who declared, "I don't understand how poor people think" in a sentence four words too long. Without generating a story about the nature of Tim Bee as candidate or person, for now I offer one assertion: Tim Bee did NOT generate this event. Others invented, arranged, and produced the entire circumstance with at most Bee's acquiescence.

Tim Bee is the one moved, not the mover, in the flow of causation leading to this visit. One has to see dots before lines. By the way, does his campaign get all the funds raised?


Blogger roger said...

Your last question is an excellent one. I would like to know the answer to that. How much does the party take in?

As to him being moved to do it...that is one take. Another might be that he really really needs the dough...badly...and its desperation.

Another possibility is that this is about stimulating the base...which to mean is very very telling. There may be massive worries about the GOP base coming out strong for him given his votes with the Gov. on the last two budgets. Another telling decision is his to cast the deciding vote to put a const. amendment banning gay marriage on the ballot.

My question is why? Especially if his history is that he is the great moderate who can beat Giffords? It might be that polls are showing his right flank to be quite soft.

With all of marriage...losing the support of Kolbe...he is in big big trouble.

He looks less moderate at a time when he needs to look as moderate as they get. His decisions lately make him look like he is running a primary race...not a general election one.

My bet is that he is trying to activate the base and hope and pray that the independents, moderate republicans, and conservative Dems that put Kolbe over the top...and Giffords...forget.

7/12/2008 5:21 PM  
Blogger roger said...

Oh...and on them forgetting...I suspect any half-witted Dem operative would know that Rove, Bush, and losing Kolbe would make a HELLUVAN Ad.

Another great add would be to put Randy Graf on one half screen, Bee on the other...and then list the bills that they agree on...and their ratings by interest groups.

Moderate? I doubt it.

7/12/2008 5:23 PM  
Anonymous Craig said...

Looks the conservatives will not even claim Bee as their own now.

7/12/2008 6:50 PM  
Blogger The Navigator said...

With all due respect, Roger, I think you miss almost all of x4mr's point, except that indeed ties to Bush make rich 5 second inserts for 30 second spots.

I can't answer your questions about how the kitty is split up, but I know that it is shared among several parties and Bee only gets a slice. Ask the "Joan Rivers" blog how the pie is cut.

As human beings (read prior story) what ties Bush to Bee? You can't believe Bush made himself president by virtue of his own initiative, drive, will, and action. X4mr asserts the same for Bee (well, underneath the surface), and I think more is coming.

My question, x4mr, is how you tag Bee with such features without placing them squarely on a candidate you apparently esteem.

7/13/2008 10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who claims to know who moves whom in stuff like this is kidding themselves. Are you suggesting Giffords had more to do with the Governor's Viscount shin dig next week?

7/13/2008 7:23 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Actually, anon, yes, I am suggesting Giffords had more to do with the Governor's visit, although nothing necessarily profound other than an invite and direction to arrange a time and place.

What I am asserting is that Randy Graf, Tom Jones, or Cinderella could be running as the GOP candidate for this office, and the Friday event would be unchanged. Bee is not a factor.

7/14/2008 10:41 AM  

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