Video: New Richardson ad features nutroots all-stars

posted at 6:25 pm on September 25, 2007 by Allahpundit

Hey, it worked for Ned Lamont, right? Stoller was last seen clapping Pete Stark on the back after he publicly commended MoveOn for that “Betray Us” ad America loves so much; Bowers is the one responsible for the immortal, oblivious, comically self-important summation of the nutroots oeuvre, the important action alert and the pretty vicious rant. Richardson needs them because he can’t get the kind of traction on the left that Silky and Obama have notwithstanding his chopper-off-the-embassy-roof “everybody out” plan for Iraq, which logically should have made him a darling of liberals eager to see a truly catastrophic Teachable Moment happen inside the country.

If Kosistan represents the new Democratic majority, why isn’t Richardson doing better and Hillary, the Democrats’ most hawkish candidate, much worse? Read David Brooks’s op-ed in the Times today for a possible answer to that. He thinks the nutroots phenomenon is hugely overblown and that the Glacier’s lead proves that conclusively. I don’t think so; he’s using the Clintons as a generic stand-in for centrist Democrats but there’s simply nothing generic about Bill. The goodwill he enjoys among rank and file Dems, the symbolic value he holds as a memory of pre-9/11 politics, and his amazing fundraising ability amount to an enormous advantage for Hillary. It’s hard to imagine her leading Obama and Edwards, at least by the margin she now holds, if she were simply Sen. Rodham from Illinois. The true test of nutroots influence will come in the congressional races, not defeating Hillary. That’s asking a lot of a nascent movement. Maybe in 2012.

Which isn’t to say Hillary can afford to ignore the left altogether. If she could, she wouldn’t have voted against the senate resolution condemning the MoveOn ad. And then Mike Huckabee wouldn’t have had the chance to accuse her of chapping her lips on George Soros’s rear end.


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I don’t think I agree here. My mother is a good friend of the chairman of the Democratic Party in a rural county. He agreed with us about the immigration issue. There are strong forces that oppose the nutroots within the Democratic party. & we both hope I’m right, though I suppose we’ll see over the next three years.

thuja on September 25, 2007 at 6:31 PM

Lame, at least it was easy to make fun of the Freshmaker ad.

Bad Candy on September 25, 2007 at 6:33 PM

How come it wasn’t in espanol? I mean, if you’re gonna pander, might as well go all the way.

darwin on September 25, 2007 at 6:35 PM

Good luck with that, Bill.

- The Cat

MirCat on September 25, 2007 at 6:36 PM

Bowers was a horrible card reader.

Editor on September 25, 2007 at 6:49 PM

The lesson for Richardson is that when your support comes from a tiny but loud minority and a bunch of folks who are here illegally and can’t vote don’t expect too much.

Buzzy on September 25, 2007 at 6:55 PM

darwin on September 25, 2007 at 6:35 PM

Yeah, like the NFL did on Sunday night. Ay carumba!

(ot, I know … still, I saw “pander” and “espanol” and got fired up about the Osos’ loss).

yo on September 25, 2007 at 7:10 PM

Oh, the Important Action Alert & Pretty Vicious Rant (TM)!!! I love that, so much!

BJ* on September 25, 2007 at 7:24 PM

….. folks who are here illegally and can’t vote don’t expect too much.
Buzzy on September 25, 2007 at 6:55 PM

Ah, but they CAN vote; He gives them official drivers licenses indistinguishable from regular citizens’ which allows them to register to vote. There are at least 40,000 of them issued this year (considering our population is only two million total, that 40,000 is a significant number)

The State Republican party has been suing (unsuccessfully) to have the names of those illegals so licensed released so they can compare it to voters rolls. Richardson and his minions have so far been successful at keeping it secret.

LegendHasIt on September 25, 2007 at 8:03 PM

Am I the only one that thinks this is great? The move to the left and the pandering from all of the main democrats to the nutroots has got to have the effect of driving the moderates away from the party. I know quite a few folks that have voted dem all their lives, and they are pissed about all of this. And upset about congress like I have never seen before.

If this keeps up, and the nutroots keep the nominee from moving to the center after the primaries. I expect the Republican candidate to pick up a windfall of democratic voters the likes of which we have not seen since Regan.

conservnut on September 25, 2007 at 8:21 PM

Ah, but they CAN vote; He gives them official drivers licenses indistinguishable from regular citizens’ which allows them to register to vote. There are at least 40,000 of them issued this year (considering our population is only two million total, that 40,000 is a significant number)

The State Republican party has been suing (unsuccessfully) to have the names of those illegals so licensed released so they can compare it to voters rolls. Richardson and his minions have so far been successful at keeping it secret.

LegendHasIt on September 25, 2007 at 8:03 PM

Well, if the Dems have their way, no IDs will be required for voting, anyway.

flipflop on September 25, 2007 at 8:37 PM

Bowers was a horrible card reader.

Editor on September 25, 2007 at 6:49 PM

super horrible – really bad. Amateur hour ad.

Topsecretk9 on September 25, 2007 at 8:42 PM

yo on September 25, 2007 at 7:10 PM

And I got fired up about the Vaqueros win!

Harpoon on September 26, 2007 at 10:19 AM

Richardson ? ? ? What a jerk. Someone, please, ask him about his good old friend from MSNBC. The talking cowboy hat. I should say “cowboy wanna be. “

oldelpasoan on September 26, 2007 at 11:59 AM