As much as it pains me to do this to you, I must give you those gruesome details by embedding this YouTube from the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC):
So, stripped of all the cloying nonsense, the basic claim is that John Kerry hasn’t gotten anything passed in 9 years. Now, a discriminating, politically astute individual might look at that and think, “well, most of that time was with a GOP Senate and a GOP President, so it’s not surprising he didn’t get legislation passed.” Well, that discriminating viewer would, unfortunately, be giving the NRSC far too much credit. Because the whole point of the ad is a lie. Bald-faced. Unvarnished. Complete fabrication.
John Kerry has authored and shepherded a number of bills into law. In fact, Knowlegis named Kerry the 12th most powerful Senator because of his effective advocacy for Massachusetts and progressive issues.
Here’s a blog post with a sampling of some of them. Short version: help for veterans. Fairness for our fisheries industry. Ethics reform. And more.
As my friend (and fellow JK staffer) David Wade said:
NRSC must stand for ‘nobody really shows competence.’ When people get their facts this wrong they usually lose on the first round of ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th grader.’ In just the last two years, John Kerry has written and passed legislation that denied congressional pensions to corrupt members of Congress like Duke Cunningham, passed legislation to establish eye injury centers for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, secured $13 million in disaster assistance for Massachusetts fishermen, and put the Senate on record condemning Burma’s military junta.
OK, attacks are part of politics. But, note to NRSC, when you attack, can you please just get the basic modicum of facts right? I mean, really. If you are going to come in to Massachusetts from your GOP DC offices and attack our legislators, I, for one, would really appreciate it if you wouldn’t be so obvious and bald with your lies.
If I can get “meta” for a second, the NRSC is mostly just trying to raise money for itself. It’s far, FAR behind the DSCC in fundraising, and their entire online fundraising haul amounts to a rounding error in a day of Barack Obama’s online fundraising. So they’re trying to juice it any way they can. I’d feel pity, if they had the basic sense to keep their attacks in the realm of reality.
But, the question is, what are our esteemed Republican Senatorial candidates going to do about it? Are they going to allow the NRSC to destroy (well … further destroy) the GOP’s name in Massachusetts in order to fundraise for themselves? Or are Scott, Beatty, and Ogonowski going to move past lying politics and distance themselves from it?
With the ideology and policies of the GOP so thoroughly discredited, I’m sure it seems easier to run on gimmicks like these, but as much as I’m making fun of them here, this is serious. The decisions and work Senators do can make a real difference in people’s lives. It can be the difference between health care for children, or those children going without. It can make the difference between a veteran getting support they need when they get home, or having to go it alone. It can make the difference between a future with new energy sources and a cleaner environment, or one with a warming planet and environmental catastrophes.
As much as the NRSC would like us to think otherwise, politics matters. Results matter. And lies just don’t cut it.