In his campaign for the special election in California’s Tenth Congressional District, to fill the seat vacated when its then-representative Ellen Tauscher became Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs, the Democratic candidate, California lieutenant governor John Garamendi accused his Republican opponent David Harmer of supporting “off shoring jobs,” citing a story from Utah’s Deseret News from April 23, 2004.
So, what does the Democrat do when alerted to this error?
Well, he takes a page from the playbook of the Democratic National Committee. He attacks his Republican opponent, you know the one whose campaign alerted him to the error:
The important point is that David Harmer opposes President Obama’s efforts to create jobs in the 10th congressional district, provide for our schools and children, repair our roads and highways, deliver much needed medical services, and fund research programs. The bottom line is that David Harmer’s positions are just out of touch with the people of the 10th congressional district.
Note the clever wordsmithing–he says opponent opposes President Obama’s efforts to create jobs. And well, those efforts don’t seem to have amounted to much at least not in the Golden State. If the number of new jobs in the state’s Tenth Congressional District is anything like the number of new jobs in the state at large, more jobs (many more) have been lost than have been “saved or created.”
This guy Garamendi is almost a caricature of the divisive, self-righteous politician who sees only errors on his opponents’ side. If Hollywood scribes didn’t always seek to denigrate Republicans, they might be taking notice.
Wonder what happened to that new era of politics President Obama promised?