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‘Mad Men’s’ Don Draper Reacts To Colorado Election Results

Seems as if  mystery ad man,  Mad Men’s Don Draper, was about as stunned as I was by all the young Dems robotically marking their Ds last Tuesday.

Barack Obama Illiterate Off-Teleprompter: Dude In Chief Reveals On Jon Stewart’s Daily Show Doesn’t Know Definition Of ‘Pun’

I often laugh when I hear people refer to Barack Obama as an intellectual elitist.

Barack Obama at Occidental College in Los Angeles. He later transferred to Columbia. (Photo - Time)

He may be an elitist, but he’s no intellectual – a point made even more clear by the Dude in Chief’s (hereinafter,  DIC) appearance on Thursday’s Daily Show, with Jon Stewart.

This followed on the heel’s of the DIC’s latest in-dialect rant where he listed a laundry list of nouns, and then incapable of negotiating an agreement between subject and number, used “has” instead of “have”  – a point noted by few in the media.   Guess I’m racist,  or  at least elitist, for pointing it out. Oh well, I guess while I’m at it, I’ll note what an abysmal failure affirmative action was and how crazy it is that we know exponentially more about Dan Maes’ academic background than the president’s.

His latest blunder is now infamous:  He doesn’t know the meaning of the word “pun.”   On the Daily Show,  in a delusional attempt to brag about his accomplishments,  the DIC claimed Larry Summers did a “heckuva job.”  (No, he wasn’t using “job” as a pun, though I’m sure many viewers were).

Here’s the video of the exchange [Updated video] :

Most analysts focused on the intended part as being the blatant lie that it was, but the diction issue was troubling as well.  Granted, if forced to choose one subject for this phony to have aced, I would settle for  Econ 101 over English 101.   That Dude is a real DIC when it comes to managing the economy.  Pun intended.

‘Airplane!’ Director David Zucker Spoofs Hardworking Barbara Boxer in Video

Describing his move from a center-left Clintonite, to a center-right activist, Airplane! director David Zucker, who has worked on myriad films including the “Naked Gun” and “Scary Movie” franchises, directed the “Call Me Senator” spot for Right Change.  The orgnization is  a 527 and 501(c)4 “committed to supporting policies and candidates dedicated to fiscal responsibility and a strong national security for the United States, while upholding the principles of freedom, competitiveness and entrepreneurial spirit of the American people.”

DA Mark Hurlbert’s Failure To Make Colo. Republican State Senate Ballot Another Blow For Party Establishment

DA Mark Hurlbert failed to make the August 10, Colorado Republican primary ballot for state Senate District 16  after

DA Mark Hurlbert - Photo: Eric Lesser/ Getty Images file

producing  only 394 valid petition signatures, the Secretary of State’s office announced.  Hurlbert submitted 1,118 signatures, but the Secretary’s office invalidated 724 – giving Hurlbert the distinction of  the largest  invalidation rate in Colorado memory.  Hurlbert, labeled a “moderate” by mainstream media and his recruiters, was crushed  by Tim Leonard 71-29 percent at the State Assembly.   Leonard is a conservative/libertarian businessman from Evergreen, who garnered huge tea party support.   Despite the magnitude of the assembly loss, Hurlbert decided to try the petition route – the only Republican who  participated in the State Assembly to gamble on such a long-shot.

Leonard will now face liberal Democrat, Jeanne Nicholson, a Gilpin county commissioner, in the general election and will not have to waste money and effort in a primary contest.   Political analysts, such as Ben Degrow,  consider  Senate District 16 a must-win for Republicans to regain control of the state Senate from the Democrats, who hold a 21-14 majority.

Leonard’s victory marks  yet another success of a private sector, tea party candidate over the Republican party leadership’s pick.  Hurlbert, a career prosecutor like Bill Ritter,  was recruited in January by Senate Minority  leader,  Josh Penry,  and state Senator Al White, even though  Leonard had already entered the race and was campaigning effectively.

Party leaders cynically used Hurlbert’s prowess as a skier and mountaineer in an attempt to market him as a moderate,  “green Republican.”  Hurlbert and his handlers must have thought substantive discussion of issues was some kind of political third rail, making him the only candidate in Colorado I’m aware of to refuse to put an issues section on his website.

In thinking Hurlbert would be more electable than Leonard, he and his recruiters failed to clue-in that a candidate  typically must run an effective campaign to get elected.  Penry and the others did a poor job of vetting their candidate, and thought the voters would fall for generalities and spin about phony electoral prowess.

In his Assembly speech, Hurlbert clearly mislead his audience, including the media, by touting his victory in the 2008 DA’s race – an election in which Hurlbert failed to mention he’d run unopposed.  Was Penry complicit in this misleading spin, or did he just fail to exercise due diligence?

Unaccustomed to anything but nominal opposition, Hurlbert ran a “lazy and complacent” campaign, according to one Republican party official knowledgable about the race.  Hurlbert raised barely $15,000 in the entire campaign, compared to Leonard’s $70,000.  And so much for Penry’s hopes of Hurlbert’s popularity generating big support from Summit County.  Only 12 Summit residents contributed to his campaign.  Perhaps Penry and other party leaders from different  parts of Colorado mistook a lack of critical coverage of Hurlbert in the local media for  popularity.

Hurlbert has more excuses for his campaign’s failures than a criminal defendant coming before the same judge after violating probation for the fourteenth time. After  I broke the story of his stealth petition effort (apparently designed to draw minimal attention upon likely failure), Lynn Bartels picked up the story, and Hurlbert and Al White told her a flyer distributed at the assembly by the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners that supposedly distorted Hurlbert’s gun record prompted him to petition.  I’ve followed Hurlbert as much as anyone in the media,  and I am unaware of any record he has on gun rights.  He pointedly avoided telling Lynn Bartels what it might be, too.

The following Saturday, Hurlbert was caught on this video taken at the June 5,  Eagle County Lincoln Dinner, with an entirely different version of events – one that makes no mention of guns at all.  It’s only a minute and a half long, but it’s loaded with at least five misleading statements, and enough nervous body language to occupy both the Tim Roth character on Lie to Me and Bill O’Reilly’s body language expert.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDkjNAF4kpY

Here’s a quick fact check of  Hurlbert’s misrepresentations:

1. Hurlbert lost by two votes, not one; 2. He had at least four days to petition, not three  (seven had he been prepared for defeat); 3. Ballot problems caused it (all ballot procedures were approved by both candidates, before the vote and after – and he’s the lawyer in the crowd); 4. Great volunteer effort – no, he used mostly paid signature collectors and spent at least $3,000 of his contributors’ funds on this long-shot;  5. He didn’t submit “1,200” signatures; only 1,118- quite a rounding error, given the importance of invalidation rates.

Once the petition failure was announced, Hurlbert still refused to accept responsibility for a botched campaign.  Details aside, he lost at the assembly 71-29 percent.  What did he think would change in the next two months to prompt him to be the only Republican who participated in the assembly to try a long-shot petition effort?  Was it that he didn’t have a dime of his own or his wife’s money in the campaign, so what the heck? After all, every dime he spends on the job as DA  involves playing with other people’s money in deciding what should and should not be prosecuted?  He told Lynn Bartels:

“It’s like a court case.  If you’re not happy with the result you appeal, so I’m appealing to the people.”

Actually, private citizens who have  to spend their own money on an appeal need to do a cost-benefit analysis, and can’t just launch an appeal because they’re “not happy” with the result.  But when you use other people’s money, I guess the calculus is different.

After losing this contribution-funded appeal to the people, Hurlbert commented that his  65 percent invalidation rate  might have been a result of  Democrats collecting signatures, as if the career government lawyer can’t be expected to follow the rules.  He even suggested if that pesky and antiquated rule that only Republican signatures count toward the 1,000 wasn’t in the way, the result might have been different.

“That we collected 1,100 signatures in three [sic] days was pretty incredible. I think it does show that I had support among rank-and-file Republicans. And there were also independents and Democrats saying, ‘Mark, I can’t sign, but I support you.’”

When the Summit Daily asked  Hurlbert what he could have done differently, he did not mention any improvements he might have made to his campaign despite the glaring deficiencies. Instead, he took a move from Coach Josh Penry’s  playbook and said he would have avoided the assembly altogether and petitioned from the start.

Hurlbert notably failed to congratulate Tim Leonard on running an outstanding campaign and failed to even muster a phone call after conceding defeat.

Obama Gives Teleprompter Speech At Michigan High School; Lucky Student Snoozes Through It… (via THE B.S. REPORT)

The most brilliant president in the history of America, lulls high school students to sleep, with chin in air, back and forth, like a lanky version of Mussolini officiating a tennis match.  H/T to my prolific pal at the B.S. Report for unearthing this video.

via THE B.S. REPORT

Joe Gschwendtner Submits Almost 17,000 Petition Signatures in Late Bid for GOP Governor’s Race: Joe G Would Face Maes and McInnis in Primary – UPDATED 5-31

Joe Gschwendtner, or “Joe G” as he dubs himself,  submitted just under 17,000 signatures in his petition bid  for a late entry on the GOP primary ballot in the Colorado governor’s race, according to his campaign.  If the petition effort is successful, Gschwendtner, a wealthy business workout specialist from Castle Rock, will face former Colorado Congressman and lawyer-lobbyist, Scott McInnis, and businessman Dan Maes, in the August 10 primary.

Joe G’s ballot spot is not a done deal yet, though.  The Secretary of State’s office will check each signature against voter registration roles to ensure the campaign submitted 10,500 verified signatures of registered Republicans, with at least 1,500 from each of Colorado’s  seven congressional districts.  They will announce their decision by June 11.

The latter requirement proved pivotal in Colorado’s last governor’s race in 2006.  After failing to gain enough votes to make the primary ballot against former Congressman Bob Beauprez, former DU president Marc Holtzman submitted petition signatures that well exceeded the 10,500 required.

After completing the verification process, however, the Secretary of State ruled Holtzman failed to meet the 1,500 threshold in two congressional districts. Holtzman then initiated a bitter court fight that some believe might have been responsible for saddling Coloradans with current gubernatorial nightmare, former career prosecutor Bill Ritter.

The two other statewide candidates facing the same signature requirements,  U.S. Senate Candidate Jane Norton, and treasurer hopeful Walker Stapleton, left greater margins for error. Norton turned in about 35,000 signatures and Stapleton delivered 27,000 to the Secretary of State for verification.  They also had more time to collect the signatures.  Joe G’s late entry also forced him to rely primarily on paid signature collectors.  According to election law experts, including Republican Secretary of State candidate Scott Gessler,  paid collectors with a tight deadline typically produce a higher percentage of invalid signatures, as was the case for Holtzman in 2006.

Gschwendtner entered the race about two months ago on a platform to get Colorado on the fast track to economic recovery and with the promise of  having enough of his own  money to run a winning campaign.  As of April 25, he put  $129,000 into the race, and raised another $15,500, according to campaign finance reports.  A report for the most recent 30 days is due June 1.

Joe G’s “Vision 2014″ plan promises to immediately cut $1 billion in inefficient government spending and to lower  Colorado’s unemployment rate to 4 percent by 2014.  He touts his experience as a workout specialist turning failing businesses around in a 30-year career in a video interview with Ben DeGrow.

The focus of Joe G’s campaign thus far, however,  has been to attack grassroots favorite Dan Maes, whom he had hoped to oust from the race at the Assembly stage.   Some, such as Reclaim the Blue blogger, Al Maurer, contend Joe G might be working in concert with Scott McInnis to split the anti-establishment vote.

Besides Gschwendtner’s Maes-centric focus, other evidence of  possible coordination with McInnis includes harsh attack robo-calls against Dan Maes using the same out-of-state robo-call company employed by McInnis.  Critics also pose the question about how Joe G, not yet an official candidate, could have obtained a delegate list.

Maurer observed what looked like  hired homeless people carrying signs for Joe G at the State Assembly.  Ben DeGrow put Joe G in the “loser” category in his review of the aftermath of the State Assembly.   He pointed out that Joe G’s campaign spokesman boldly predicted to the Post’s Lynn Bartels before the assembly vote, “after Dan doesn’t get his 30 percent, it will be McInnis and Gschwendtner.” In fact, Maes edged out McInnis and gained the top line of the ballot.  DeGrow observed,  “McInnis’ party establishment backing and Maes’ outstanding grassroots showing leave [Joe G] very little political oxygen.”

Gschwendtner’s two recent radio ads are high quality,  focus on the economy, and criticize McInnis in particular and “career politicians” in general.   So maybe the Maes attacks were a strategy limited to the assembly stage.  The video interview with DeGrow supports this possibility to some extent, as Gschwendtner talks game theory with Ben in describing his Maes attacks.

Assuming Joe Gschwendtner makes it through the petition process, no one can dispute  we’ll be looking forward to a contentious and entertaining GOP gubernatorial primary campaign.

Update 5-31. Joe G campaign spokesman Kyle Fisk told me this morning Plan A was to knock Maes out to make it a two-way race.  That was the logical strategy at the time.  Now it’s a three-way race and they’v adusted their strategy accordingly.

Fisk said he doesn’t believe Maes is electable in the general and that Assembly delegates are party insiders who don’t represent the views of Republican voters.  He said Maes has spent 14 months campaigning to persuade less than 2,000 people to vote for him.

Update: 5-31 – Al Maurer at Reclaim the Blue just posted a detailed analysis of Joe G’s campaign finance reports, and finds interesting info about the petition company he used.  Tom Wiens may have had problems with the same company, Silver Bullet. Don  Johnson’s take on Joe G’s candidacy.

Pennsylvania Tax Amnesty TV Ad, “We Know Who You Are,” Invokes “Enemy of the State” (of PA): How about just cutting spending?

I’m a fan of tax amnesty programs and their promotion.  But this ad (which I think was produced by Mad Men’s Don Draper at Sterling, Cooper), is funny in the same way the Enviro-Nazis Audi Superbowl ad was funny.  It’s parody merging with stark realism.  I just watched Enemy of the State for the first time the other night.  Now I feel like the Will Smith character.

This is a must watch 30-second video, and is starting to go viral.

Sadly, it’s another sign that government does not get the basic point:  They work for us, not the other way around.  H/T to Radley Balko, the Editor of Reason magazine, from his blog, The Agitator.  Comments from his readers are worth checking out.  For many Americans, Orwellian threats are counterproductive.  Maybe PA can sell this ad to Canada and they can repackage it for their submissive inhabitants.  Come to think of it, Don Draper wouldn’t have been this clueless.

Update: Philadelphia Inquirer reports this is a $3 Million dollar advertising campaign and is the brainchild of Governor Ed Rendell, former head of the DNC, and big pal of MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.  Why am I not surprised?  Article is nauseating, and mentions a “business-privilege” tax they have in PA.  So running a business is a “privilege” granted by the monarchy?   Progressive HuffPo is even critical of ad, and 68% of their readers agree it’s too “big brother.”  9:37 a.m. 5-6. Rendell is on Fox criticising conservative bloggers and tea partiers .  Says this ad was one of five possibles and this is the “least aggressive.”  A focus group allegedly loved it.