Michael Barone: Scozzafava Is an ACORN Pawn

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 2:46 pm

This morning, Michael Barone joined a number of American Enterprise Institute fellows for a briefing on the 2009 elections. One of the more interesting observations from Barone — the editor of the Almanac of American Politics and a writer for the Washington Examiner — was that potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates were making smart decisions by backing Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate, in the New York 23rd Congressional District special election.

“The Republican candidate, Dede Scozzafava, is a pretty dodgy character from a Republican point of view,” said Barone. “I mean, this is a woman who was endorsed by the Working Families Party, which is basically front for ACORN … As we’ve seen, it’s an organization whose organizations have systematically aided and abetted child prostitution, as reported in the videos that Fox News ran — that other networks were finally forced to run, that Andrew Breitbart put on the Big Government Website. There is some reason for principled Republicans not to back the Republican nominee in a situation like that.”

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de stijl
Comment posted October 27, 2009 @ 3:11 pm

Some people are saying that NAMBLA is leaning towards endorsing Hoffman. I wonder how Barone will react?

NAMBLA? Also a front group for ACORN. ACORN:They're freaking everywhere!


Sammy
Comment posted October 27, 2009 @ 4:46 pm

Well it seems we will get a 3rd party after all – just not the one I thought (or hoped for).

Seems the GOP will soon be battling the Dems and the GOR…Grand Ole' Rednecks.

And here I've been missing that southern, ultra-paranoid, ultra religious, ultra-conservative vibe…haven't had much of it since the 60s. Sigh.


clydedog
Comment posted October 27, 2009 @ 5:11 pm

I love how you throw around the word Acorn whenever you don't agree with someone. Each time you do, you have to elevate the rhetoric to be noticed over your last claim. Now it is child prostitution? At some point even your true believers are not going to buy it. What ever happened to just calling people commies. Since you like the word Acorn so much, you can call you new party the Nutter Party.


strangely_enough
Comment posted October 27, 2009 @ 5:20 pm

“We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee…”


Sammy
Comment posted October 27, 2009 @ 5:50 pm

well said clydedog – instead of having meaningful discussions, we get paranoid rantings from the extremes of both sides – especially the right. Death Panels Death Panels!

it would seem, from the far right, and many conservatives, their astronomical premium payments for health care, which rise non-stop as you age, are A-ok.

I'm not sure I'm comfortable with a government run health care program, but I don't hear anyone on the right with any kind of idea to improve our current system. Or maybe I'm missing something, it's perfect, right?


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baronesucks
Comment posted October 27, 2009 @ 8:13 pm

Michael Barone, I worked at U.S. News, and everyone there thought you were a moron.


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leewatkins
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 11:08 am

systematically aided? the videos implied this was possible but did not prove anything. they didn't even file paperwork in the videos. if ACORN's activities had been monitored undercover, this could be proven, but since there is no proof you can't go any further than to say it was assumed possible but unproven. The only proof in the videos is wiretap law violations by the makers of the video.

Also, Working Families is the labor unions party, which includes lots of labor unions, not just Acorn. Acorn is part of the labor unions party because they support labor unions, obviously. There would still be a labor unions agenda with or without Acorn.


leewatkins
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 11:23 am

Aren’t they all pretty much just guaranteeing the Dem will win in a three way?

I said three way.


leewatkins
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 3:08 pm

systematically aided? the videos implied this was possible and raised some questions, but they didn't prove anything. So no, the videos are not evidence. If ACORN's activities had been monitored by undercover police or detectives for a period of time, this could be proven either way, but that's not what happened. You can't call it systemic without evidence. As I recall all but a couple of the Acorn offices booted the video makers straight to the curb, which would indicate this could have happened at a few isolated locations – possibly problematic, but hardly systemic…

Also, Working Families is the labor unions party, which includes lots of labor unions, not just Acorn. Acorn is part of the labor unions party because they support labor unions, obviously. There would still be a labor unions agenda with or without Acorn. And most of what Acorn does has nothing to do with the interests of labor unions, and very few of Acorn's members belong to labor unions. What they have in common is that they are both trying to help the poor and working classes.

Heaven forbid the GOP should do anything for the working poor, or to prevent jobs from being shipped overseas. These are not left-wing issues – it's just that the GOP doesn't have any answers.


leewatkins
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 3:23 pm

Aren’t they all pretty much just guaranteeing the Dem will win in a three way?

I said three way.


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