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Parker Griffith: Loser, Lame Duck and STILL a Loose Cannon

by: mooncat

Thu Jun 03, 2010 at 09:07:28 AM CDT


Parker GriffithOur -- thank you God and Mo Brooks! -- temporary Congressman Parker Griffith still doesn't get it, even after a humiliating defeat at the polls.  He thinks his party switch cost him is seat in Congress -- Wrong!  It sealed his fate, but after an ugly primary challenge he would have lost as a Democrat as well.  Griffith is still spouting the kind of crap that cost him his seat in Congress:

"I think Obama is a socialist. I think Nancy Pelosi is, as well," he said, repeating recent campaign themes linking Democrats, government spending and a suffocating national debt.

He also said that he still thought recent healthcare reforms needed to be repealed, and that North Alabama needed to be concerned about Democratic efforts to curtail manned spaceflight and reduce missile defense.

Griffith's crazy talk started last summer when he implied Nancy Pelosi was crazy and, even now that he is a man without a political future, he's still at it. 

Memo to PG: It's still a fact that trash-talking Obama and Pelosi does nothing to bring pork federal funding to your district.  And oh baby, the pork federal funding is what voters in the 5th congressional district care about, no matter how much lip service "conservative" leaders pay to concerns about creeping socialism or the national debt"We must cut the federal budget," they cry.  "No, no, not our part of the federal budget."

Jess Brown summed up the situation in the 5th CD very well last December:

"We don't need a battleship" to go to Washington and engage in ideological warfare with the other party. We need a submarine."

Parker Griffith is still firing all guns.  God knows how much more damage he'll do to North Alabama between now and January.

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I get so tired of people saying "socialist." (4.00 / 2)

As Inigo Montoya once said, "You keep using that word, but I don't think it means what you think it means."

There's a BIG difference between Socialism and what the president is doing.



"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." ~ Dr. Seuss

I get so tired of people saying "socialist." (4.00 / 1)

As Inigo Montoya once said, "You keep using that word, but I don't think it means what you think it means."

There's a BIG difference between Socialism and what the president is doing.



"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." ~ Dr. Seuss

Countering labels (0.00 / 0)

I agree with your statement that the President is not a socialist.  Labels are being thrown without anyone knowing what the labels truly mean.  However, perception is usually more powerful than truth.

I think we need to be more specific and exact when countering those statements.  How would you specifically counter Mo Brooks, when he calls the administration socialist?  How would you explain the difference to someone who spends no time on political blogs but only listens to Fox News?

This is probably a discussion that could help all of us as we move towards the fall and 2012 elections, so I'd like to hear the specific ways others address these labels.



Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. (Thomas Jefferson)

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an excellent summer policy blog topic. (4.00 / 1)

I'm really getting excited about the possibility of getting deep into policy for a while.  Schleping across the state with cameras, tripods, etc. while stalking candidates and hearing their same stump speeches over and over got old.

As did cutting the video once I got home.



"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith




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Parker supporting Mo. (4.00 / 1)
I wonder how Mo feels about that.

From our Facebook comments... (4.00 / 1)

"He can't help it, cuz he's a dick."

That pretty much sums it up.  And I'd imagine Mo would be reluctant to appear with Parker at an endorsement rally.  Oh wait, Parker never shows up to address supporters anyway, does he?



"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith




He's clearly lost his mind (4.00 / 2)
Maybe now that he'll be out of office , he can get the help he needs :-)

"This is not a Republican or a Democratic issue. This is about the whole system being against us." - an Occupy protester at Obama's Des Moines office.

Funny thing though (0.00 / 0)

If you exclude Madison County from the results, Griffith wins renomination with around 52% of the vote. His thrashing came entirely in Madison and I'd imagine Huntsville itself was a big contributor.

 That gives Raby a huge opening. He can't run against Huntsville but what he can do is solidify himself in the Muscle Shoals area and the areas like Jackson County early because if he can lock those down to where Brooks can't compete and he forces it to all be fought in Madison County, he will probably win the election.



That's what Republicans have been worrying about. (0.00 / 0)

They've been discussing it on blogs, emphasizing the need for Mo to get out into the hinterlands instead of his home base.  That's how Parker beat Wayne Parker in 2008.

Both Steve Raby and Mo Brooks are personable guys - easy to talk to, not jerks, etc.  Which may seem like faint praise unless you've dealt with Parker Griffith!

Mo's problem is that he actually answers questions and tells you what he thinks about an issue.  That sounds like a good trait until he starts with the "Socialism" thing.  He's also relatively moderate on environmental issues - for a Republican.

Raby will, I think, be a more disciplined candidate.



"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith




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