Saturday, March 20, 2004

SDP has an interesting post that includes this:

Senator Daschle began working to remove the Forest Service’s authority over air safety after its inspectors had consistently complained that a carrier in Rapid City, S.D., B&L Aviation, was shoddily run and should be barred from obtaining government contracts. B&L is owned by Murl Bellew, a friend of the Daschles who taught the senator how to fly.

There is more on this:

With the Democrats' nasty habit of accusing Republicans of poisoning children and killing old people, it's a wonder no one in the media, let alone the GOP, has mentioned a rather disturbing and deadly chapter from South Dakota Democrat Tom Daschle's recent past, now that he's taking over as Senate Majority Leader.

It was quite a scandal back in 1994, when reports began appearing in the New York Times and elsewhere suggesting Daschle had improperly intervened with the Federal Aviation Administration on behalf of a friend whose charter airline company had killed three government doctors in a crash.

The doctors' widows appeared on "60 Minutes," wondering aloud if the investigation into their husbands' deaths wasn't being pursued because of Daschle's influence.

Making matters worse, the Senator's wife, Linda, was second in command at the FAA at a time when an agency office manager said she had destroyed documents relevant to the fatal crash on orders from superiors.

Three government physicians were killed when a plane operated by B&L Aviation crashed in Minot, N.D., on Feb. 24, 1994. B&L was owned by longtime Daschle crony Murl Bellew, who, before the crash, had asked his senator friend to help when the Forest Service found numerous safety violations with his aircraft.

According to the New York Times, the Senator then began "a two-year effort to strip the U.S. Forest Service of authority to inspect air charter companies." What's more, it appears Daschle tried to cover up his attempt to undermine the Forest Service.

In a Feb. 5, 1995, report, the Times revealed:

"[Daschle] initially said that he never pressed the Forest Service to get its inspectors to relax their inspections on B&L. But in November, a senior Daschle aide said that he had, with the Senator's knowledge, intervened directly with the Forest Service inspectors who had warned that B&L was unsafe."

More evidence that the senator's denial was untrue emerged when documents turned up showing that Daschle had personally leaned on the Washington supervisors of the inspectors who had given his friend a bad rating.

The Times added:

"Two FAA inspectors who spoke on condition of anonymity said in recent interviews that the Senator helped Mr. Bellew when he flunked a safety check in 1987."

After Daschle intervened, one agency official was "called on the carpet to explain what happened," the FAA source said.

Then there's the account of Cathy Jones, an FAA office manager in Rapid City, S.D.

Jones told investigators that she was ordered to destroy documents relevant to the case because they "contained information with the possible appearance of improper intervention by Senator Daschle on behalf of the FAA."

The documents in question, Jones said, "would make the FAA look bad" because of Mrs. Daschle's top job with the agency.

Not surprisingly, the Clinton-Reno Justice Department never expressed much of an interest in Daschle's case, despite the fatalities involved and grieving relatives irate over unanswered questions.

The only investigations ever undertaken were done by the Clinton Transportation Department and the Senate Ethics Committee, both of which determined that the South Dakota Democrat had done nothing wrong.

Maybe that's why the media has decided to file this tidbit from Daschle's resume down its memory hole.

There is another post on this that includes this point:

Of course, as with all Senate Ethics Committee probes, the Daschlgate case files were sealed.

Now that the top Senate Democrat has demanded the release of SEC investigative case files gathered during the 1991 probe into President Bush's Harken Energy stock sale, will the Bush White House return the favor and ask for the release of the Ethics Committee's Daschlegate files?

DVT has many more reasons why the Daschlegate files sould be opened...and so does Randell Beck.
Impeach ‘activist’ Judges!
For those who are against abortion, but would not support HB 1191 (the bill that would have banned abortion in South Dakota) due to the threat of the Supreme Court...should consider what a Colorado legislator is doing:

Responding to "judicial activism," a Colorado lawmaker wants to impeach a judge who ordered a former lesbian in a child custody case not to teach her daughter homosexual behavior is wrong.

Republican state Rep. Greg Brophy introduced a resolution yesterday to begin impeachment proceedings against Denver District Judge John Coughlin.

NY Times bias
The New York Times ran a report with this headline, “Cheney Attacks Kerry's Record on the Military”. Here is an excerpt:

Mr. Cheney began a half-hour defense of Mr. Bush's policy and a review of Mr. Kerry's voting record and past statements. Mr. Cheney pointed to what he said were inconsistencies in both.

He derided Mr. Kerry for suggesting last week that certain foreign leaders, whom he later would not name, wanted Mr. Kerry to win the election. "American voters are the ones charged with determining the outcome of this election — not unnamed foreign leaders," Mr. Cheney said.

He then began a review of Mr. Kerry's voting record, finding inconsistencies in his 1991 vote against the first gulf war and his subsequent vote in 2002 to authorize military use against Saddam Hussein. "Had the decision belonged to Senator Kerry, Saddam Hussein would still be in power today in Iraq," Mr. Cheney said. "In fact, Saddam Hussein would almost certainly still be in control of Kuwait."

He said Mr. Kerry had voted numerous times against weapons systems, but "fortunately, on matters of national security, he was very often in the minority."

Note that the report used “review” to describe Cheney’s action that disclosed Kerry’s voting record. Why did the headline say “attack”? It is a sneaky way to lead readers into thinking that Cheney was conductng a negative campaign.

This is the same bias that the Argus Leader uses on conservatives. When the Club for Growth presents Daschle’s votes against tax cuts, they are portrayed as “anti-Daschle” attacks. When conservatives were planning an ad campaign that was to inform South Dakota about the liberal voting record of Tom Daschle, David Kranz immediately turned the issue into an anti-Daschle attack.

As I have posted last week, since when does political speech that involves the disclosure of a candidates voting record became taboo and classified as ‘negative campaigning’?

Friday, March 19, 2004

David Kranz…past and present
SDP continues to put forward the case that, “Kranz cannot be impartial in covering the Daschle v. Thune race given his close association with Democratic political figures past and present.”

First let’s start with the past regarding Kranz’s close association with George McGovern. SDP posted a 1986 Lowell Hansen column with this revelation:

When Kranz was the editor of the Mitchell Daily Republic, he was an unapologetic promoter of Democratic candidates for political office. During the golden years of the Democratic party in South Dakota, folks like Kneip, Jimmy Carter, and George McGovern beat a path to Kranz's door. In Mitchell, they used to have a saying: "When George McGovern sneezes, it's Dave Kranz who catches the cold."

Both SDP and DVT have brought up a June 2003 column of Noel Hamiel, current publisher of the Mitchell Daily Republic. This comment gives further proof of the close Kranz-McGovern relationship:

At the same time, newspapers should have no reservations about their reporters’ backgrounds being made public. Newspapers need to be accountable. It’s about watching the watchdog. For example, while Kranz’s long and friendly relationship with George McGovern is well known, reporters who work in one state for most of their careers are going to form relationships with some of the folks they cover. The requirement, though, is to keep them at arm’s length.

Understanding how this past association relates to Kanz’s present relationship with Tom Daschle, can be gained by this post I made on July 14, 2003:

In a 11/5/80 Mitchell Daily Republic report Kranz sadly announced that McGovern lost to Jim Abdor:

"The end of an era came Tuesday for George McGovern, the builder of the Democratic party in South Dakota."

Then this showed up in a 11/8/80 Mitchell Daily Republic opinion while Kranz was the managing editor:

"Tom Daschle has to be regarded the new leader of the Democratic party in light of his overwhelming victory. That makes him a hard act to beat for Clint Roberts in 1982 when the two will likely challenge each other. Daschle has been labeled the heir to McGovern by the people in power positions in the party. They privately groom him for a race with Larry Pressler in 1984 – one they are convinced will be winable at that point. And Daschle seems ready to face that confrontation."

This documents how in David Kranz’s mind, his fondness of George McGovern is also being satisfied through Tom Daschle..."the heir to McGovern". Now we have the “close association with Democratic political figures past and present”...beyond any reasonable doubt.
Daschle obviously a socialist
While campaigning in Aberdeen, it is reported that Tom Daschle is still pushing for socialized medicine:

"Someday we're going to have universal access to health insurance," Daschle said.

The report ended with this:

Again using familiar lines, Daschle said that if the country has money for a mission to Mars or to fight a war in Iraq, it should have more money for health care.

Sounds like a plank from Spain’s Socialists Party’s platform. Instead of a limited government whose main purpose is protecting our national security interests, the government should instead control every aspect of our lives.

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Standard of judgement on David Kranz
South Dakota Politics has a post on what would be a reasonable standard of judgement regarding David Kranz’s impartiality as a political reporter as we head into the 2004 Senate race.

At first I thought it would be easy to argue that point. As I began I had difficulty deciding where to start. There is so much stuff out there.

Jason brought up the 1968 college relationship of David Kranz and Tom Daschle as one of those reasonable standards. Jason linked to my web site as I uncovered this relationship in May 2003. What would cause me to spend hours going through years of Mitchell Daily Republic back issues during the time Kranz was managing editor? The answer was my first hand experience of the 2002 Senate race regarding the gun issue. Here is my documented account as reported in the Argus Leader on 2/22/2004:

The Argus Leader Editorial Board ran an editorial on 1/8/2004 titled, “Keep Senate Race clean”. This was in reference to the upcoming Thune verse Daschle race. The Argus Leader put the responsibility solely on the “candidates and their supporters”. Specifically the Argus Leader signaled out the Club for Growth as supporters who - they claim - run “anti-Daschle commercials”. The piece continued to point its finger at conservatives by saying, “For Republicans, this is just as much about voting Daschle out as it is voting Thune in”. Then the editorial stated “voting records were fair game”, but “using innuendo – instead of facts” was wrong.

Those who live in a house of mirrors should not be throwing stones. Instead the Argus Leader should look into the mirror and see that they were as much responsible for the negative tone of the 2002 Senate Race as anybody. I will use the gun issue to demonstrate this.

As a member of NRA, I was invited to attend the NRA’s 9/23/2002 endorsement of John Thune. To my surprise, David Kranz’s 9/22/2003 column was titled, “Sportsman split in support of Senate candidates”. This began the negative attack of Tony Dean against the NRA. Kranz stated, “Dean says Thune and Johnson both support the Second Amendment, which guarantees the right to bear arms.”

The day following the 9/23/2002 NRA endorsement of Thune, Kranz wrote an Argus Leader report titled, “Thune, Johnson backers dispute records on guns”. In that negative report Kranz included false accusations from Tony Dean and Democrat partisan Clark Butler against the members of the NRA whose endorsement was based on the candidates voting record.

In a 9/25/2003 email to Kranz I brought up Johnson’s voting records which included support for the anti-gun Million Mom March, that was lead my Rosie O’Donnell. He never responded, so I mailed him copies of the Congressional Record which he also never responded to. Tony Dean was allowed his negative anti-NRA innuendo while Johnson’s voting record was never covered.

So why would the Argus Leader print such a damning op-ed? Maybe it is because I sent the documentation that backs it up to Randell Beck, the Executive editor. Now, how would I best define the ‘reasonable’ standard to judge David Kranz’s lack of objectivity to fairly cover the 2004 Senate race? I lived it during the 2002 Senate race. There are just things one has to experience first hand to fully understand.

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Another Democratic gaffe
After just posting the anniversary of Daschle's gaffe, John Kerry has recently committed a gaffe of his own:

I've met foreign leaders who can't go out and say this publicly, but boy, they look at you and say, "You've got to win; you've got to beat this guy. We need a new policy." Things like that.

Hugh Hewitt has a must-read column that responds to this gaffe:

CNN quickly discovered that Kerry hadn't met with any foreign leaders since declaring for the presidency, but elite media seem prepared to issue Kerry yet another pass (after the ones he got for proclaiming his desire to be the country's "second black president," and the one bestowed after branding Bush as "crooked" and "lying.")

But Joe Citizen stood up at a forum at which Kerry appeared this weekend and demanded answers as to whom Kerry had met with. Kerry doubled down on his lie, first by snarling that it wasn't any of the questioner's business, and then by denying he said he'd met with any leaders. This last bit was the clear attempt to maneuver away from the lie Kerry told last week, and lawyers recognized it immediately as a damaging admission that the first proclamation was a lie.

My previous post also mentioned a letter in 1998 to Bill Clinton sent from a group that included John Kerry. Again here is the ending:

In light of these developments, we urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraq sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.

Here is more on the WMD issue from the Hewitt column:

John Kerry is caught in a lie. And it is an obvious lie, and it is hurting him.

Kerry and his allies have made credibility a central issue in the presidential campaign, repeatedly accusing George W. Bush of lying in order to push the country into war. Of course, the president did no such thing, and no serious analyst argues that the WMD data was fabricated by the Bush team because every Western intelligence service believed that Saddam possessed stockpiles of WMD.

So too did Bill Clinton, and so did John Kerry. The effort to shred the president's credibility on the "yellowcake" paragraph in the 2003 State of the Union address is simple propaganda, and not very effective propaganda at that, especially when the very real and now dismantled WMD programs of Libya are added to the mix.

Hewitt ended his column with this:

Kerry's stonewalling on this lie might be the first big blogosphere-meets-the-2004 campaign story. Instapundit is leading the charge to keep Kerry accountable with posts here and here. Perhaps others will follow in demanding of Kerry the same sort of accountability as was demanded of Trent Lott when that unfortunate senator put his foot in his mouth in late 2002.

Looks like Sibby Online is now putting forth the effort to hold Kerry accountable. Lets not forget about the al-Qaida reference in my previous post. Clinton should have had bin Laden and should be held accountable for 9/11 and the bombing in Madrid...and what was the political ramifications:

Al-Qaida planned to carry out attacks to sever Madrid from the U.S. and its other allies in the war on terror, according to a document published months before Spain's national elections.

CNN said it obtained a copy of the document, posted in December on an Internet message board used by al-Qaida and its sympathizers.

"We think the Spanish government will not stand more than two blows, or three at the most, before it will be forced to withdraw because of the public pressure on it," the al-Qaida document says, according to CNN.

"If its forces remain after these blows, the victory of the Socialist Party will be almost guaranteed - and the withdrawal of Spanish forces will be on its campaign manifesto."

On Sunday, that prediction was fulfilled when the Socialists overcame a late deficit in the polls and ousted Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar's Popular Party just three days after 10 bombs ripped through Madrid's central rail station, killing at least 201 people.

Then, yesterday, Prime Minister-elect Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero vowed to pull out 1,300 Spanish troops in Iraq by June 30 if the United Nations "doesn't take control of Iraq."

The Socialists party of Spain have something (if not a lot) in common with Democrats (including John Kerry and Tom Daschle)...the notion that the UN is our savior. Here is how the UN dealt with Iraq in the past:

It now develops that instead of providing help for innocent Iraqi's, the Oil for Food program became a gigantic multi-billion slush fund which Saddam Hussein, Durkin's "madman" used to reward his supporters abroad, including, it is now alleged, the program's top U.N. executive.

In order to vote for either John Kerry or Tom Daschle, you have to be siding with the Socialists party of Spain. You will be caving in to terrorism and turning the United States security interests over to the United Nations. Like Bill Clinton, the United Nations will do nothing about terrorism.

One last point regarding Kerry's gaffe. No doubt that John Kerry has respect for foreign leaders...but only the ones who are anti-American. Let's not forget about the John Kerry book with the cover dissing the American flag.
Failure of diplomacy anniversary
South Dakota Politics and the Daschle v. Thune blogs remind us about the first anniversary of this Tom Daschle gaffe:

“I’m saddened, saddened that this president failed so miserably at diplomacy that we’re now forced to war. Saddened that we have to give up one life because this president couldn’t create the kind of diplomatic effort that was so critical for our country.”

Let’s not forget the obvious hypocrisy of the statement verses a letter a group (including Tom Daschle and John Kerry) sent Bill Clinton on October 9, 1998. Here is how it ends:

In light of these developments, we urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraq sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.

Speaking of Bill Clinton in 1998, NBC News is providing proof that Clinton put more effort in chasing down Monica than he did Osama bin Laden:

In 1993, the first World Trade Center bombing killed six people.

In 1998, the bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa killed 224.

Both were the work of al-Qaida and bin Laden, who in 1998 declared holy war on America, making him arguably the most wanted man in the world.

In 1998, President Clinton announced, “We will use all the means at our disposal to bring those responsible to justice, no matter what or how long it takes.”

NBC News has obtained, exclusively, extraordinary secret video, shot by the U.S. government. It illustrates an enormous opportunity the Clinton administration had to kill or capture bin Laden. Critics call it a missed opportunity.

In the fall of 2000, in Afghanistan, unmanned, unarmed spy planes called Predators flew over known al-Qaida training camps. The pictures that were transmitted live to CIA headquarters show al-Qaida terrorists firing at targets, conducting military drills and then scattering on cue through the desert.

Also, that fall, the Predator captured even more extraordinary pictures — a tall figure in flowing white robes. Many intelligence analysts believed then and now it is bin Laden.


I see a lot of people yelling for peace but I have not heard of a plan for
peace. So, here's one plan.

1. The US will apologize to the world for our "interference" in their
affairs, past & present. You know, Hitler, Mussolini, Tojo, Noriega,
Milosovich and the rest of those good ol' boys: We will never "interfere"

2. We will withdraw our troops from all over the world, starting with
Germany, South Korea and the Philippines. They don't want us there. We
would station troops at our borders. No one sneaking through holes in the

3. All illegal aliens have 90 days to get their affairs together and
leave. We'll give them a free trip home. After 90 days the remainder will
be gathered up and deported immediately, regardless of who or where they
are. France would welcome them.

4. All future visitors will be thoroughly checked and limited to 90 days
unless given a special permit. No one from a terrorist nation would be
allowed in. If you don't like it there, change it yourself and don't hide
here. Asylum
would never be available to anyone. We don't need any more cab drivers or
7-11 cashiers.

5. No "students" over age 21. The older ones are the bombers. If they
don't attend classes, they get a "D" (for "deport") and it's back home

6. The US will make a strong effort to become self-sufficient energy wise.
This will include developing on-polluting sources of energy but will
require a temporary drilling of oil in the Alaskan wilderness. The caribou
will have to cope for a while.

7. Offer Saudi Arabia and other oil producing countries $10 a barrel for
their oil. If they don't like it, we go some place else. They can go
somewhere else to sell their production. (About a week of the wells filling
up the storage sites would be enough.)

8. If there is a famine or other natural catastrophe in the world, we will
not "interfere." They can pray to Allah or whomever for seeds, rain, cement
or whatever they need. Besides, most of what we give them is stolen or
given to the Army. The people who need it most get very little, if

9. Ship the UN Headquarters to an isolated island some place. We don't
need the spies and fair weather friends here. Besides, the building would
make a good homeless shelter or lockup for illegal aliens.

10. All Americans must go to charm and beauty school. That way no one can
call us "Ugly Americans" any longer. The language we speak is
ENGLISH.....learn it...or LEAVE...

The Statue of Liberty is no longer saying "Give me your poor, your tired,
your huddled masses." She's got a baseball bat and she's yelling, "You want
a piece of me?"

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

NRA Banquet
Thursday, March 25th, 2004

For more information contact Kyle Aspaas at 605-332-2755

The Tri-State “Friends of NRA” Annual Banquet and Auction will be held at
the Oaks Hotel Banquet Room on March 25th 2004, at 5:30PM. The Friends of
the NRA Dinner will feature door prizes, bucket raffles, auctions, silent
auctions, a "Table of Guns" prizes, and other raffles and drawings that
allow almost everyone who attends to win something. Some of the prizes

· Remington Model 572 BDL Deluxe Fieldmaster .22 Cal.
· Smith & Wesson Model 629 Classic .44 Magnum
· Beretta ES 100 Slug Combo 12 Gauge
· Weatherby Vanguard Synthetic .300 Weatherby Magnum
· Ruger New Model Single-Six Revolver NR617 .17 HMR

Since its inception in 1993, Friends of NRA has raised millions to support
programs like youth firearms safety and education programs; hunter
education; range development and improvement; support materials for training
classes; women's safety classes; and many wildlife conservation efforts.
Recognizing that America's young people represent the future of the shooting
sports, these grants frequently target youth programs, allocating more than
50% of grant monies to this important area.

Friends of NRA is an exciting grassroots fund-raising program that fosters
community involvement, raises money and gives 100% of the net proceeds to
qualified local, state and national programs. NRA membership is not required
and money raised is not for any political purposes. In 2002, over
$65,000.00 went to South Dakota groups like the Paralyzed Veterans Trap
Shoot to the Youth Hunter Education Challenge in Mitchell.

What can I expect at a Friends of NRA Event?
Food, fun, family and fund-raising. Whether you are a hunter, competitive
shooter or just a proud gun owner, Friends of NRA events have something of
interest for the entire family. Events include dinner followed by exciting
auctions and special drawings for unique and collectible merchandise.
Attendees will bid on items from the standard Friends of NRA merchandise
package, as well as special products and services donated to specific events
by local businesses and community members. "Friends of NRA” merchandise
includes very desirable limited edition firearms, wildlife art from popular
artists and shooting sports, hunting and outdoor equipment. Events offer
every participant an opportunity to take home valuable merchandise and
enjoyable memories.

Monday, March 15, 2004

Tony Dean falsely attacks President
On March 12, 2004, Joan Lowy reports, via Scripps Howard News Service, Tony Dean’s false attack against President Bush on wetlands:

"It seems like no matter which area you look in or what shrub you look under, this administration has waged all-out war on conservation," said Tony Dean, who hosts a popular television and radio show for hunters and anglers in the Midwest.

Dean, who lives in Pierre, S.D., said he is most angered by a policy the administration proposed last fall that would have made it easier for farmers and developers to fill in wetlands.

On 12/16/03, after Bush met with several Sportsmen groups, EPA administrator Michael O. Leavitt announced it would not remove federal protection of wetlands:

"At the root of this is a commitment from the Bush administration to achieve the goal of no net loss of wetlands," he said, adding that these waters "function as nature's kidneys."

Almost 3 months later, Tony Dean is completely misrepresenting the position of President Bush on wetlands. Of course this is typical of Tony Dean. Take his support for Tom Johnson in 2002:

“There are two things we as sportsmen have to look at when we support a political candidate,” said Tony Dean. “Number one, I believe they should be a strong Second Amendment supporter. I’m interested in protecting guns that Sportsmen use when hunting in South Dakota, and Tim Johnson’s always supported that right. Number two, it’s just as important, maybe more so, that we have good wildlife habitat on all of our land in South Dakota – that means more grass on the prairie, a lot of prairie restoration, it means better wildlife habitat, that means better hunting. Tim Johnson has always been a staunch supporter and staunch believer in those concepts.”

Tim Johnson voted in support of the Million Mom March. The organizer was anti-gun Handgun Control Inc. The emcee was Rosie O’Donnell who said in April 1999:

I don't care if you want to hunt, I don't care if you think it's your right. I say 'sorry'. It is 1999, we have had enough as a nation. You are not allowed to own a gun and if you do own a gun, I think you should go to prison.

To be his consistent phony self, Tony makes this statement about guns (also from the Lowry column):

"I think I own 60 shotguns and rifles. I certainly am a Second Amendment believer," Dean said. "But if there is nothing to hunt, then guns don't mean that much to me."

Tony…the Second Amendment says nothing about hunting. It’s about self-defense including defense of our freedoms. You certainly are NOT a Second Amendment believer. You are way too liberal to even care about what it stands for.
Tony Dean with Ed Schultz
Tony Dean posted this email he had received:

I listened to part of your discussion with Ed, as a farmer, and I do hunt and fish, how many ducks, waterfowl deer ect do we need? As a farmer trying to keep productive, and do the best job possible, I need to alter my land to be able to work it in my best interest. I do not think we need a duck pond every mile.

South America and other developing countries are just laughing over this. Every acre lost to "conservation" is just another acre of opportunity to them.

The biggest waste of money I see spent is the CRP program. It is no wonder young people leave the state, as this land is turned into a grassland, and ag related services suffer as the need for seed and other inputs disappear. It is ironic, in the FSU, they are letting citizens acquire land, and in the US the Govt is "grabbing" land.

Tony Dean informs what the “discussion with Ed” meant:

By the way, this gentleman is referring to the hour I spent with Ed Schultz on News and Views on KFGO in Fargo. There were plenty of opportunities for those who disagreed with my views on conservtion[SIC], to do so.

Just in case you think Tony Dean may be a conservative Republican, check out this far-left elitist comment Tony Dean made in response to the above email:

When I read your comments, I come back to our government and am thankfull[SIC] that it is a benevolent one that saves those with views like yours...from themselves.

This leaves no doubt that Tony Dean is a big government far-left liberal elitist who thinks he knows what is good for you...more government.

Sunday, March 14, 2004

Negative Campaigning Part 3
There is a letter to the editor in today’s Argus Leader from Benjamin D. Lehman titled, “Senate campaign”. It is not online, so here is an excerpt:
And in just two short months, John Thune’s campaign manager has attacked Tom Daschle’s family over and over and over again. He spends more time attacking the Daschle family than he does promoting his own candidate.

The Daschle v. Thune blog has posted more details on the issue Lehman is bringing forward. Note that Steve Hildebrand, Tom Daschle’s campaign manager, is making the same argument that Lehman is making. By Thune's campaign bringing up Linda Daschle’s lobbying (in self-defense), the Daschle campaign is spinning that as an “attack on Tom’s family” and should be classified as negative campaigning.

In my first post on Negative Campaigning I referred to a David Limbaugh column. This excerpt applies to the above Lehman letter:

We must understand that dirty campaigning is lying about or distorting your record or your opponent's record. It is not dirty to expose the truth about your policy positions and record or that of your opponent, even when it puts him in a negative light. Such an airing of the record is not only not dirty campaigning, it is essential to inform the electorate. If the candidates' views and records aren't fair game, then there is no point to political campaigns or even to democratic participation.

The Daschle campaign wants to make Thune’s lobbying an issue, but hypocritically argue that the truth about Daschle’s conflict of interest, regarding his family’s lobbying, should be considered negative campaigning. I don’t believe there is an attack against Linda Daschle…it is simply pointing out the hypocrisy of the Daschle campaign and the conflict of interest that Tom Daschle finds himself in(such as the money that buys a very, very,very big house). It simply puts Tom Daschle into a negative light, the truth the Daschle campaign doesn't want us to believe.

Speaking of conflict of interest, in September 2003, it became known that the author of today’s letter, Benjamin D. Lehman, is a brother to a Daschle staff member Jonathan Lehman. This came to light when Benjamin wrote a letter (which is now on the Argus political web site) to the Argus Leader in response to one of my letters. This helps explain his lack of judgement and logic in creating the false accusation that John Thune is creating the negative tone…when in fact it is the Daschle campaign and now...their family members who are guilty of that. Lehman is simply repeating the Hildebrand spin.

Based on the 2002 Senate race in regard to the gun issue, I have argued that the Argus Leader is promoting the negative campaign rhetoric of the Daschle campaign. Instead, it should be the responsibility of the Argus Leader editors to seek and report the truth, even when the truth puts Tom Daschle in a negative light. The fact that they post on their political web site opinions of Benjamin Lehman, which are repeats of Daschle campaign positions…speaks volumes on the Argus Leader's pro-Democrat bias.

SPECIAL NOTE: A Google search on "Linda Daschle" and "conflict of interest" produced 116 hits.

UPDATE: A Sibby Online reader has informed me that the Watertown Public Opinion has reported the engagement of Ben Lehman...to a Daschle campaign worker. No wonder he is so sensitive to the Tom and Linda conflict of interest issue.

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