Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

April 11, 2004

by J

Brad Carson v. the NRSC

The NRSC is freaking out over an Oklahoma Senate candidate who has a weblog and, according to them:
promot[es] radical, anti-President Bush Web sites while claiming to be a conservative Oklahoma Democrat.

"I think this speaks volumes as to the type of people Carson would associate with if he were to get elected to the United State Senate," said Dan Allen, commu nications director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Allen based his criticism of Carson on entries the lawmaker has made on his campaign's official weblog, encouraging supporters to read other Web sites.

He said one Web site by a California university professor, Brad DeLong, suggests that Bush should be impeached, and another, the Daily Kos, attracts users who post rants against the war in Iraq along with claims that Americans, including Republicans and the media, do not care about the troops dying in battle.
I always had the sense that the Republican mentality could not grok the Internet, but to see it demonstrated in such stark relief (they freaked out about Herseth and online fundraising, too) is quite striking. "Encouraging people to read other websites"? The horror! Imagine if he encouraged them to read books and magazines, too! Carson has posted a response on his official blog:
Along this line, I will recommend the following reading material too. For the NRSC's benefit, I will note their political affiliation. Further note to NRSC followers, PLEASE don't read anything that you might disagree with, no matter how brilliantly written.

[...] If you are one of my supporters, please read a varied list of sources, both liberal and conservative, so that you can better understand the world around you.

If you are one of the NRSC's kind of folks, only read material that reinforces your political perspective.
Nicely done. I gave him $25, just for that post. I should also point out that Carson's is one of the few campaign blogs where I get a sense of an authentic voice behind his posts. Points for that, too. (Howard Dean sounded like himself when he posted on BFA, but it was done much too rarely.)
Posted by J at April 11, 2004 07:47 AM

Recommended Reading:

The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity: A Diplomat's Memoir
The Politics of Truth... A Diplomat's Memoir

Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush
Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush

Against All Enemies by Richard Clarke
Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror

LIES by Al Franken
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

The Great Unraveling
The Great Unraveling

The Great Big Book of Tomorrow
The Great Big Book of Tomorrow

Clinton Wars
The Clinton Wars

Blinded by the Right
Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative

Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat

Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture

Living History

The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton

John Adams

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace

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