Free Markets, Free People
Sen. Patty Murray, Chair of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC), wants help with formulating a “pithy catchphrase to rally the troops” according to POLITICO.
No seriously, they need help – and they’re outsourcing the effort.
“Because Harry Reid really likes his nice Majority Leader office"
"Please, please, please vote for us in 2012!"
"Will the last Senate Democrat in office please turn out the lights?"
A POLITICO reader suggests, "Hey, at least we didn’t flee". A variation I like is “At least we’re not fleebaggers”.
Moe Lane pops in with "Drink the Kool-aid". Lane also reminds us of the DSCC’s recent performance:
[T]he DSCC spent 97.8 million and went into debt for 8.9 million in order to lose six Senate seats and gain zero – [which] demonstrates handily that the DSCC cannot be trusted to come in out of the rain; wipe its own nose; or, indeed, wear its underpants underneath its outer clothing.
“Democrats: Not Republicans since 1854.”
“Democrats: Because Republicans are icky.”
“Democrats: More Hope, Less Change.”
“The D Stands For Debtor.”
“Democrats: The Starter Party.”
Me? I’m kind of partial to "Our symbol isn’t a jackass for nothing".
Doug Heye points out something of which I’m sure few people are aware:
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) has apparently decided to keep $100K in contributions from Bernie Madoff, who faces up to 150 years in prison for swindling billions from the likes of Steven Spielberg, Elie Wiesel, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick in a massive Ponzi scheme.
In campaigns, one side often calls on the other to return money for one reason or another. Sometimes it’s valid, sometimes not. Regardless, it’s Campaign 101. But when the contributor in question is the single biggest financial criminal in history, there can be no question that those illicit funds should not remain in campaign coffers.
Given the economic uncertainty our nation faces and that Madoff not only fleeced the rich and famous but major corporations such as HSBC — in other words, Madoff swindled all of us — the DSCC’s decision is shockingly tone-deaf.
No kidding. People all over have been fleeced by this guy, they’re looking all over for assets with which to recover some of the funds and pay back the investors and the DSCC is keeping the funds he sent them. Shocking.
What isn’t shocking, however, is what Heye notes next:
However, what’s almost equally surprising is the virtual silence from the media. During the Enron scandal, returning campaign money was a daily drumbeat, as were the news stories discussing Enron’s purported ties to President Bush. Now, when the Democratic Senate campaign vehicle makes the conscious decision to keep $100K in Madoff money, stolen just as if it came from a bank holdup, there’s little to no outrage.
Heye seems surprised and asks “why” this is receiving no coverage.
Most of the rest of us are just shaking our heads knowingly and are not at all surprised by that fact.
UPDATE: Commenter Linda Morgan provides a link from the Washington Times, apparently the only MSM outlet which carried the story, with some positive results:
One day after The Washington Times reported that a key Democratic fundraising group was holding onto $100,000 from disgraced financier Bernard Madoff, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee decided to donate the money to his victims.
“We’re reviewing this internally, and decided to give the money to the trustee for distribution to the victims,” DSCC spokesman Eric Schultz told Roll Call on Thursday.
Given the fact the Madoff scandal is old enough that he’s been to trial, plead guilty and is awaiting sentencing, you have to wonder why it has taken this long for the DSCC to “review this internally”.