Good for Nothing

In any campaign, one of the things you work for is “earned media”.  Your candidate gets free media exposure and in most cases, it is a good thing and very valuable.   If you can send that stuff out on the ‘net, all the better!

I received an email earlier this week touting 8 reasons conservatives should vote for JD Hayworth over John McCain.  I read it, but was immediately taken aback. Was this considered positive?  I’ll give the author a pass for not understanding Arizona election history, he is from Idaho.  But didn’t anybody catch the underlying premise, intentional or not, of his writing?  It is now on JD’s website’s homepage, I guess if it is all you’ve got.

The writer gives reason #1: It Could Work…

That’s right, “it could work”.  That is as strong as it gets.  Certainly not a roaring report of candidate supremacy, highlighted by accomplishments and the promise of more; any affirmative belief in Hayworth’s abilities, skills, or even position on the issues is glaringly missing.  He supports the concept by using the results of the 2008 Arizona Presidential Primary.  Sen. McCain WON that contest receiving 47% of the votes cast, the highest by a wide margin, in a multi-candidate primary. The writer attempts to twist that into the idea that R’s might not vote for McCain.  

OK…

Unfortunately, he didn’t mention that Hayworth actually LOST his last general election.  No hypothetical assumptions necessary; Republicans did not vote for him in a district that had 52,000 MORE Republicans than Dems.  Even with that huge party advantage, JD got beat receiving 46% of the vote in a district with Republicans making up 62% of the voters.  The Republicans who know him the best did not vote for JD.

So, that works how?   

It doesn’t get any better….#2: Hayworth is a Plausible Senator…

Now that’s powerful! PLAUSIBLE…really, that’s the best you got?  That has to be the political equivalent of “he has a good personality”.

Encarta Dictionary defines plausible as:

Plausible (adjective)

  1. Believable and appearing likely to be true, usually in the absence of proof.
  2. Persausive, having a persuasive manner in speech or writing, often combined with an intention to deceive.

It does make sense when you consider the lack of demonstrable legislative effort and the overly developed, ummm…loquaciousness.   

Unfortunately, the last week has not been good to Team Hayworth.  After 3+ years of radio rhetoric, pre-announcement festivities, and the road trip to make it official topped off with the high hopes of the “money bomb”.  The grand pronouncement was that $100,000 would be raised in 24 hours; but when reality struck, it took a full 5 days to raise $100,000.  In the scheme of things, this is nearly as ugly as the numbers of his election loss. Donations are an investment in the candidate, evidence of believability in their ability to prevail or the desire that they will.

Plausible? Apparently, not really.

After that, numbers 3-8 never mentions Hayworth.  Nada, zero, zip.  Which is about as much good as this article does for JD.


Comments

  1. Let me see if I get this correctly. This post is about an email you received which was much ado about nothing…

    I’d say we’re all even now.

  2. Sputter sputter says

    I was actually looking forward to seeing this campaign but I can see where it is going already.

    JD will struggle the entire time to raise money and will reaortto desperation. That’s when it will get ugly. With Jason Rose teamed up with JD Hayworth, there is no where else it can go.

    McCain will react but will have millions behind him so a much bigger bully pulpit. The tagline of every Hayworth article will be “strugling in fundraising” and eventually “struggling in the polls.”

    Hayworth will get those 25-30% of R’s that would identify themselves as tried and true Tea Partiers but at the end of the day will lose to McCain 60-40.

  3. “Certainly not a roaring report of candidate supremacy, highlighted by accomplishments and the promise of more”
    ……..

    Curiously, that’s a good description of McCain’s problem.

  4. JD Hayworth for Senate = Another Jason Rose “Nothing Bomb.”

    Why would anyone hire either of those two clowns?

  5. Arizona Luke says

    As a Conservative independent, all I know is that I’m voting against McCain.. 25+ years in office was ample time for him to get nothing done… other than his assault on Free Speech, creating his Obama-lite Cap-n-Trade scam, and his illogical attack on vitamins/suppliments (announced last week).

    JD doesn’t have my vote nor does Deakin but I’ll take either of the 2 instead of the “Roosevelt-lovin’-Progressive-Mavericky-Maverick”.

    And if McCain wins the GOP primary, I will not only vote for the D, but I will make phone-calls, do GOTV, even drive people to the polls, WHATEVER it takes to get that schmuck out of office.

  6. Now I am not dismissing that jd lost cd-5 but it is not 62% republican voters…

    At its height there was a plus 18 voter registration advantage so if there were zero independents it would 59-41 yet there ARE independents and last cycle the numbers were actually more like 45 gop, 30 dem 25 ind. So please at least get your facts straight before attacking someone.

    It makes your post seem much less credible

  7. Stephen Kohut says

    Molly Pitcher = Sputter Sputter = Jeff Vath = McRINO Campaign Staff

    Need I say more? Toss in the towel Jeff. You and all your blog handles stand out on SA like a RINO at an Pachyderm Convention.

    At the Pinal GOP Lincoln Lunch there was one poor gal trying to get petitions signed to put McRINO on the ballot. She sat at my table. Nice person with an impossible task. She did not have a very good day. We talked and I explained why that would be the last petiton I would consider signing. She had a resigned look because she was hearing the same issues over and over across the room. Could be us PC’s already signed for McRINO’s competition. Could be that a no show by McRINO did no go over well.

  8. Molly here, for clarification on the voter count according to the AZ SOS website:

    http://www.azsos.gov/election/voterreg/2006-10-31.pdf

    In October of that year there were 139,057 registered Republicans and 86,743 registered Dems, R’s outnumbered D’s by 52,314. Add it all together and you get 225,800 (it struck me as odd that it would be such an number), divide the R’s by the whole number of R’s & D’s, and the answer is 61.58%.

    Mr. Kohut,

    I am me, just Molly, no one else, have never met Jeff Vath but from his photos…we don’t look anything alike. I am not paid by any campaign or person for my efforts. Shane has been very forthcoming about his paid position with Hayworth and should that ever be the case, I would do the same.

  9. Guess I really have you worried don’t I ‘Steven”? Toss in the towel? I have just started! Stay Tuned…..

  10. Molly you said….
    Molly here, for clarification on the voter count according to the AZ SOS website:

    http://www.azsos.gov/election/voterreg/2006-10-31.pdf

    In October of that year there were 139,057 registered Republicans and 86,743 registered Dems, R’s outnumbered D’s by 52,314. Add it all together and you get 225,800 (it struck me as odd that it would be such an number), divide the R’s by the whole number of R’s & D’s, and the answer is 61.58%.
    ________________________________________

    Molly again that number excludes independents!!!

    Look at the numbers again its 139,057 R out of 315,185 registered voters. Divide the 2 together… thats 44%!! way less than 62%.

    then the rest of the vote is basically split amoung Ind and Dems. So that would put each at around 28%. So nice try
    So dont distort the numbers, it again just makes you look stupid.

  11. oldschoolNick says

    I agree with Sputter-> The tagline of every Hayworth article will be “strugling in fundraising” and eventually “struggling in the polls.” > McCain has the entire az FOP, as well as all the opoulist favs. thank goodness though-this will give us hope of JD back down/ running out.

  12. In response to “realitysays”JD Hayworth for Senate = Another Jason Rose “Nothing Bomb.” -> I couldn’t agree more. JD is known as one of those most corrupt national representatives in the last 20 years. He’d be horrible and would make us a joke.

  13. NotBuyingIt says

    Okay, guys, who else is running for the AZ senate? And I don’t care if they’re Republican or Democrat.

    There is no way I’m putting myself through listening to these two ego-braggerts battle it out like school kids when, in actuality, one is no better than the other. There is not much difference between them, but they are trying to “sell it” as though there is a mountain of difference. It’s all rhetoric, folks! All B.S.

  14. NotBuyingIt says

    Sorry, make it the U.S. Senate, not AZ senate.

  15. Yah, right. says

    Yes:
    In response to “realitysays”JD Hayworth for Senate = Another Jason Rose “Nothing Bomb.” -> I couldn’t agree more. JD is known as one of those most corrupt national representatives in the last 20 years. He’d be horrible and would make us a joke.

    You guys are finally getting it!

  16. Yah Right!

    Don’t know about J.D’S corruption but I AM aware that John McCain served as Charlie Keating’s gopher!

    Pots should refrain from calling kettles “black”!

  17. Republican Lady says

    JD is a conservative and a tea party candidate! Personally I’m ready to give someone else a chance to do what is right. McCain has already proven he isn’t going to listen to anyone. He is going to continue doing what he has been doing and everyone else can just be d—-!

  18. From the McCain campaign:

    “It appears that Mr. Hayworth is today attempting to distance himself from his own recent remarks openly questioning the president’s citizenship in recent TV interviews and as a radio talk show host. Today he said he never endorsed the view that there were questions about the president’s citizenship, but just seven months ago he stated clearly on his radio program that ‘until President Obama signs his name and in fact has the records revealed, the questions will remain.’ Mr. Hayworth can run from his record, but he can’t hide.

    “We welcome Mr. Hayworth attempting to shift positions on this issue, but he can’t obscure his real record as he backtracks. Facts are stubborn things, JD.” — McCain campaign Communications Director Brian Rogers

    Listen to short clip here (7/15/09): http://bit.ly/brFEgV

  19. by the way, the title “good for nothing” is VERY appropriate for JD.

  20. Wow, only $100,000 in five days, and after all that build up. What a joke. I mean, I could have told you he was going to flop. Why doesn’t he just quit now?

  21. I am pretty impressed this time, an article with the names JD and McCain and not too much McCain bashes. Must say, Sonoran Alliance, you are coming a long way!

    AZ Luke, clearly you know very little about the vitamin industry…and while many, many, many are great, some are deadly…do your research before knocking someone for caring about saving lives!

    Carlist, you may think twice before defending JD’s morals, nothing about McCain, this is about JD, he IS the one running against the incumbent. If facts are what we the people want, we all know about McCain, he has faithfully fought for us for years. JD keeps digging himself in deeper and deeper. Yes, I have knowledge of JD and his association with the convicted lobbyist Abramoff, that was why he lost his seat. YEs, I know about all the rumors JD acquired while he was in the House; blowhard, alcoholic, dumbest member of congress, one trick pony, and the latest humor I have gotten from him is the radio show that he, ‘stepped down from to campaign’ Was that because he got into trouble from doing it unethically while he was on-air?? YEP! AZ is not willing to gamble on this guy, he has way too much history of doing nothing-

Leave a Reply