Senator Sockpuppet: GOP mystery candidate rips Bush

posted at 12:53 pm on July 25, 2006 by Allahpundit

At an off-the-record luncheon with nine reporters, including Dana Milbank. Who, come to think of it, has achieved near-sockpuppet status vis-a-vis Keith Olbermann.

Here’s what we know about the mystery candidate from Milbank’s piece:

He supports the Iraq war and opposes immediate withdrawal but thinks Bush bungled the peace and has failed to clearly explain our strategy.
He calls the response to Katrina “a monumental failure of government.”
He opposes federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
He disagrees with Bush’s Dubai ports deal.
He supports constitutional amendments to ban flag-burning and gay marriage.
He opposes a guest-worker program for illegals.

Geraghty reads the tea leaves and points an accusatory finger at Michael Steele. Is he right?

Steele supports the Iraq war and opposes immediate withdrawal but thinks Bush bungled the peace and has failed to clearly explain our strategy.
Steele calls the response to Katrina “an incredible failure of the government.”
Steele opposes federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
Steele disagrees with Bush’s Dubai ports deal.
Steele supports a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
Steele opposes a guest-worker program for illegals, at least until the border is secure.

Milbank also writes, “The source of the candidate’s anger — and his anxiety — is the Iraq war,” to such an extent that he doesn’t want Bush coming to the state to campaign for him. Coincidentally, Maryland’s most high-profile newspaper published a poll just a week ago linking Bush’s “striking unpopularity” in the state to Iraq.

Which means: (a) yeah, the mystery candidate is almost definitely Michael Steele, and (b) this is the worst blog scandal ever.


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Even if it is Steele, I can understand. It is tough being an R and getting elected in the Peoples Republic of Maryland. Michelle, you know what it is like like to be a pilgrim in an unholy land….

dallas94 on July 25, 2006 at 1:05 PM

But still its one thing to change your campaign depending on your location. Its another to basically tear the Republicans apart like that when your running for that party.

Defector01 on July 25, 2006 at 1:12 PM

Yeah, getting mad at Steele is like getting mad at Giuliani. I just can’t do it! :P

venmax on July 25, 2006 at 1:33 PM

Two words: Arlen Specter.

Did the same thing a couple of years ago and he got White House support, too.

P.S. Yeah, it stinks, politically, living in Maryland. But Steele should remember that Ellen Sauerbrey nearly won for governor in 1994 running as a conservative, then got trounced in 1998 running as a moderate.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on July 25, 2006 at 1:35 PM

Michelle, you know what it is like like to be a pilgrim in an unholy land…

Fortunately some of us manage escape, granted I’ve only gotten to Virginia so far but I haven’t given up yet. Good luck to Steele, Maryland deserves someone better than they’ve been getting.

High Desert Wanderer on July 25, 2006 at 1:42 PM

Hah! I always thought Dana Milbank was a girl.

Kevin M on July 25, 2006 at 2:18 PM

Sounds more like the RI Rodent Lincoln Chafee to me.

George on July 25, 2006 at 2:29 PM

Hah! I always thought Dana Milbank was a girl

LOL so did I! sheesh!

Travis on July 25, 2006 at 3:14 PM

Apparently I wasn’t paying attention. I thought Dana was female until I read the two comments above.

High Desert Wanderer on July 25, 2006 at 3:46 PM

Chafee is my guess too. Scoundrel.

NTWR on July 25, 2006 at 3:50 PM

Whether it’s Chafee or not, he is still a nauseating male figure.

Entelechy on July 25, 2006 at 4:07 PM

I am just SICK of this Hurricane Katrina crap!! Does anyone believe that when a demorat president is in the office in the future, 10′s of thousands of people that did not evacuate from a storm will be aided IMMEDIATELY ?? That
is just bull!!

gary on July 25, 2006 at 6:02 PM

I am just SICK of this Hurricane Katrina crap!! Does anyone believe that when a demorat president is in the office in the future, 10’s of thousands of people that did not evacuate from a storm will be aided IMMEDIATELY ?? That
is just bull!!

gary on July 25, 2006 at 6:02 PM

Really, how much can gary put up with??? Don’t know if a dem or rep president would do this or that, but hope in the future the FEMA director position is not inexplicitly awarded to someone whose job experience lies in the horse business.

honora on July 26, 2006 at 12:38 PM

Honora, it is just so much of the “blame the feds”, when in fact, the first responders and the first preparers are the municipalities, counties, and states…..then come the feds. The absence of the cities, counties, and state to do THEIR job should not go un-noticed. And what does the city of New Orleans do ?? Re-elect school-bus nagin. go figure.

gary on July 26, 2006 at 6:17 PM

Honora, it is just so much of the “blame the feds”, when in fact, the first responders and the first preparers are the municipalities, counties, and states…..then come the feds. The absence of the cities, counties, and state to do THEIR job should not go un-noticed. And what does the city of New Orleans do ?? Re-elect school-bus nagin. go figure.

gary on July 26, 2006 at 6:17 PM

I agree with you 100%. But that does not excuse putting a political hack into a key role like FEMA director. Why does this have to be a zero sum game????? Nagin was beyond bad, actually pitiful. And, FEMA was completely disfunctional.

honora on July 27, 2006 at 3:37 PM