March 24, 2005
What's so funny 'bout peace, love, and understanding in the Senate?

This is hilarious. Start with a video in which Sen. Hillary Clinton says a few nice things about her Senate colleague Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, which gets widely circulated by email to those who work themselves into a lather at the mention of the name "Clinton".

Cathie Adams, head of the conservative Texas Eagle Forum, calls the video "very disturbing."

"Is she going to be loyal to a feminist philosophy or the Republican philosophy," Adams asked. "It seems to me, not only in this video but in her politics she is quite loyal to the feminist philosophy." Adams endorsed Perry several weeks ago.

Add in an accusation of shady doings and a perfunctory denial of same:

Hutchison spokesman Chris Paulitz said employees of Gov. Rick Perry used state Republican leaders many of whom have written Hutchison urging to abandon consideration of a challenge to Perry next year to spread the video and "take silly political shots. Sen. Hutchison is doing her job and, at this critical time, the governor should focus on doing his."

Perry spokesman Luis Saenz said aides had nothing to do with the distribution among conservative activists of the 46-second video.

And finally, mix in a belated admission from Team Perry that their previous denials were lies.

Perry's campaign director, Luis Saenz, had said Tuesday that Perry had nothing to do with the e-mail's distribution.

Saenz said Wednesday that the campaign paid $2,000 to a Washington firm, Upgrade Video, to tape the March 3 joint appearance at a Washington museum.

A Hutchison campaign spokesman, questioning the taping, charged Perry forces with "stalking" Hutchison.

Saenz replied: "News flash: Potential opponents trashing my governor are not going to get a free ride."

You can't make this stuff up.

Can folks count on more to come?

"We're being very aggressive in everything we do," Saenz said. "And you ain't seen nothing yet."

Oh, don't worry. We believe you. Nothing brings out the shine in Rick Perry like a nasty campaign.

Dos Centavos, Pink Dome, and PerryVsWorld, from whom I got these links, join in the mirth.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on March 24, 2005 to Election 2006 | TrackBack

Why can't New York State have fun campaigns like this? OK, so Democrats outnumber Republicans 5-1 in the state, but that doesn't mean we can't have fun. :-)

Posted by: William Hughes on March 24, 2005 9:49 AM

And at the root (no pun intended) of the problem is a 15-year rivalry over who has the best hair.

Posted by: norbizness on March 24, 2005 1:12 PM