Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s campaign just released a web video criticizing her potential Republican challengers for pandering to the radical right-wing fringe. The video employs an excellent compilation of clips from the recent Republican primary debate in which all three candidates practically do a slapstick routine trying to out-Tea Party the other. In it, we see them endorse Creationism in the public schools, side with the climate change deniers, and prove their superior Tea Party bonafides.
The only things missing are the face slaps, head punches, and eye-gouges.
So, who are the cast of characters here?
David Malpass: Former chief global economist for Bear Stearns from 2001 until its collapse in 2008. Of course, he made millions while the taxpayers were stuck with the bill. He’s also been endorsed by the New York Post and Rudy Giuliani, and he pays homage to Ronald Reagan in practically every ad he releases. I wonder if he’s heard this 1948 radio broadcast of The Gipper as firebrand liberal?
Bruce Blakeman: A cipher who the Gillibrand campaign calls “a failed Nassau County politician whose only legacy is that he raised property taxes on seniors and families on Long Island.”
Joe DioGuardi: A former Republican Congressman who calls Social Security “the biggest Ponzi scheme in the world.”
One of these three stooges will be her general election opponent, and it’s never too early to expose them for what they are – puppets to the extreme right-wing fringe. It’s good to see a Democrat not sitting back in hand-wringing mode, too afraid to take the fight to the Republicans.
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