Saturday, February 6, 2010

DSCC Coats Coats in His Own Idiocy

A few days ago, I had a strong message for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC): don't help.

Mary Beth Schneider of the Indianapolis Star reported that the DSCC issued a statement saying, "Indianans won’t ignore Dan Coats’ decade as a lobbyist working the system to gain special favors for the banking industry at the time of financial collapse and at the expense of working Americans.”

Indianans?!? This is why you're in Washington, and we're here. How embarrassing!

But the DSCC redeemed itself by producing the ad below, which, frankly, is devastating for Coats, who stated last week he is collecting signatures to get on the ballot to run against Evan Bayh for U.S. Senate.

Coats' idiocy here is the stuff of legend. You never diss a place you're not at to curry favor with a hometown crowd. In a Youtube era, candidates must assume everything they say will be heard worldwide. Also, any time you have to preface a remark with, "Don't tell anybody I said this, but...." you don't say it.

Thanks are due to Terry Burns at Indianapolis Times for flagging this for us.

The whole video is on Youtube (16:51-21:33). The terrifying part is when Coats says he felt like "shouting out loud" when Sarah Palin was selected as John McCain's running mate because she was a "superb choice." Coats called her "smart, bright, articulate, and not from Washington." Palin is none of the first three, and if Coats values people who aren't from Washington, he might want to not sign his own ballot petition.



Paul K. Ogden said...

I hate to say it, but from a political analyst perspective, that's a darn good ad. If I were them, I'd have saved it instead of trotting it out this early.

Anonymous said...

Oh this is going to be fun.

Chris Worden said...

The DSCC might think they can still get Coats out before he starts. I know that's what I'd do.