Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Wacko Wing of the Republican Party Rallies Around Adrian Smith

by Kyle Michaelis
If Adrian Smith is to be judged by the company he keeps, Nebraska's Third District voters should be very wary of who he'd really represent in Congress. Besides his hundreds of thousands of dollars in support from the extremist, anti-government, anti-farm assistance Club for Growth, Smith has essentially sworn allegiance to the most reactionary and irresponsible wing of the Republican Party. Nowhere is this more evident than in the fact that, yesterday, Smith brought notorious nut-job Steve King of Iowa to Nebraska to campaign on his behalf.

The Omaha World-Herald reports:
Sen. Chuck Hagel and other top Republicans are lending their help to State Sen. Adrian Smith in his bid to succeed Rep. Tom Osborne....

"We're in a neck-and-neck race in a district with a sizable Republican majority," said Kleeb spokesman Ben Lumpkin. "We think voters will still vote for the best candidate, regardless of party"....

Smith, a two-term state senator, has hosted several campaign appearances by prominent GOP leaders, including Vice President Dick Cheney and House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.

That continued Monday, as Smith toured Columbus with Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. He will be joined Wednesday by Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., and next Monday by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Agriculture Committee....

Lumpkin said Kleeb's campaign has taken a different tack from Smith's, focusing on "grass-roots" and door-to-door efforts rather than appearances by members of Congress.

He said the number of Republicans appearing with Smith indicates the GOP is nervous about the race.

The number of Republicans appearing with Smith does indicate nervousness about his chances, but it's the type who are supporting Smith that should make all voters nervous. Among Congressman Steve King's most notorious statements and actions are the following:
*Steve King supports the Consumption Tax that is estimated to raise taxes on 90% of Americans - Adrian Smith has gone out of his way to avoid taking a position on the issue.

*Steve King called one of the most distasteful characters in American history, disgraced Sen. Joe McCarthy, "a great American hero," although the hearings he conducted in the 1950s are remembered as one of the darkest times for American democracy and ended in McCarthy's censure by Congress.

*Steve King has called labor unions "economic weapons of mass destruction."

*Steve King dismissed the shameful torture of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib as "hazing."

*While thousands of Iraqi civilians are murdered each and every month, Steve King declared people are "at far greater risk" in Washington D.C.

*Steve King said of Iraq this year: "Every single mission we’ve set out to do in Iraq has been successful."

*No suprise, the Club for Growth and its members gave Steve King's 2002 campaign for Congress more than $150,000.

*The Des Moines register published an editorial aptly titled "Spare us more embarrassment: Replace King."

That Adrian Smith would ally himself with so dangerous and out-of-touch a Congressman as Steve King does not surprise. Although King is more outspoken and flamboyant, Smith clearly patterns himself in the same extremist mold on the issues.

Steve King and Adrian Smith may be Republicans, but - thankfully - they do not represent the average Republican voter who is conservative but who also lives in reality. Nebraska's Third District has to do better than this. They must spare themselves and their country any further embarrassment.

Lucky for all of us, they can do just that by electing Scott Kleeb to Congress.


Blogger Kyle Michaelis said...

On a side note, Congressman Jeffrey Cole of Oklahoma, who will also be campaigning on Adrian Smith's behalf, stated during the 2004 election:

If George Bush loses the election, Osama bin Laden wins the election. It's that simple. It will be interpreted that way by enemies of the United States around the world.

He's no Steve King, by any means. But, it's hard to imagine a more clear exploitation of the tragedy of 9/11 for political gain.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kyle - dont forget Bob Goodlatte. He is the most notorious anti-farm subsidy member of the house of reps. Funny that smith insists he isn't for eliminating farm subsidies - just all of his friends are.
National Journal did a report on farm policy if the Dems take over the House - their conclusion was that if the GOP retains control farm subsidies will be eliminated and if the Dems take over farm programs will be saved.

Blogger ScottsBluff said...

I appreciate your comments about 'normal Republicans' that live and know reality. However, we have a joke out here in Western Nebraska. "Mickey Mouse could run for office as an Republican in Scotts Bluff County and he would get elected." Sorry, elections here for reasons unknown are pretty much a sham. So, now ask how some lightweight, impressionable school teacher named Adrian Smith went from Scottsbluff to Lincoln to (help us) Washington DC


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