How not to run for Congress, 2010 version

posted at 8:48 am on March 3, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Carol Shea-Porter didn’t learn her lesson from six weeks ago. The Union-Leader reports that Nancy Pelosi will hold a big fundraiser for the incumbent Democratic Representative this Friday, hoping to rescue Shea-Porter from an angry electorate. Unfortunately, Pelosi is part of Shea-Porter’s problem:

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will raise money for New Hampshire Rep. Carol Shea-Porter later this week in Boston.

The Granite Status has learned the Shea-Porter campaign has sent out invitations to a fund-raising reception featuring Pelosi and Shea-Porter on Friday at The Liberty Hotel on Beacon Hill.

“Please send all checks to Carol Shea-Porter for Congress,” with a Rochester post office box, the invitations say.

Republicans jumped at the chance to tie Shea-Porter to Nancy Pelosi, calling her the Speaker’s “sock puppet” and the fundraiser a “nice reward” for her devotion to the Pelosi-Obama agenda. That led to this rather interesting defense by the state Democratic Party chair, Derek Richer:

State Democratic Party spokesman Derek Richer countered that Shea-Porter “has been an independent voice in Congress and will continue to fight for the best interests of her constituents.”

Richer’s defense got undermined by Shea-Porter herself six weeks ago. This clip shows the Congresswoman attempting to convince the audience that she’s working hard for her constituents — mainly by working hard for Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama. Pay attention to the reaction:

“Just giving full disclosure here” — that the Republicans were right to call her Pelosi’s sock puppet. If that’s what Democrats believe “independence” to be, it explains why they think “bipartisanship” means “agreeing with Democrats 100% of the time.” That fundraiser with Pelosi will remind truly independent Granite State voters that a vote for Shea-Porter means a vote for the radical Pelosi-Obama agenda.


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I can’t watch the clip at work, but if an Obama appearance is the kiss of death for Democrats seeking reelection, then a fundraiser headlined by Pelosi would be cause for eternal damnation.

Doughboy on March 3, 2010 at 8:50 AM

If I was a constituent I would be insulted that my state wasn’t hosting the event. What a slap in the face.

Cindy Munford on March 3, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Who is her opponent? Seems like easy pickings for the RNC. As is Rep. “Goofy” Grayson of Orlando.

Marcus on March 3, 2010 at 8:54 AM

November can’t come soon enough!!! Please vote her out.

yoda on March 3, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Holding a fundraiser headlined by Pelosi is like having Godzilla stopping by Tokyo for a visit.

pilamaye on March 3, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Oh, this ought to be good. Fetch me the popcorn, and release the krakken!

I R A Darth Aggie on March 3, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Oh, man…that’s just toooo beautiful.

Dopenstrange on March 3, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Hopefully the voters in her district will express what they believe too. Time for a new day job, for example.

GnuBreed on March 3, 2010 at 8:57 AM

pilamaye on March 3, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Good stuff. +5!

Dopenstrange on March 3, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Holding a fundraiser headlined by Pelosi is like having Godzilla stopping by Tokyo for a visit.

pilamaye on March 3, 2010

It would have to work that way because Toyota can’t stop by Godzilla.

SKYFOX on March 3, 2010 at 8:59 AM

How did that Candidate from Massachusetts fair in the election when their fund raiser was held in either Washington DC or New York right before the last election?

PappaMac on March 3, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Sorry, I don’t even know if Toyota is in Tokyo. That pretty much flamed my joke, didn’t it?

SKYFOX on March 3, 2010 at 9:00 AM

release the krakken!

I R A Darth Aggie on March 3, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Is this what we are calling Pelosi now? I thought Pelosi was a synonym for BS. I guess they both work.

PappaMac on March 3, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Elitists who expect the unwashed masses to blindly follow them because they know what’s best for us.

I just wonder how many Bostonians are going yo have to “suddenly” become New Hampshirians(?) in order to give Carol Insane-Porter a shot at retaining her seat.

rbj on March 3, 2010 at 9:01 AM

These people are beyond out of touch. She was trying to tout her bonafide Democrat status and got a less than expected reaction. Another Democrat that doesn’t get that their party is increasingly being seen as having been hijacked by statists…. and the people are revolting against it.

MarkABinVA on March 3, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Prediction: She will win in November. That is how little faith I have left in Americans.

angryed on March 3, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Why do they have big fund raisers for senators from another state? Is she going to represent New Hampshire or Mass? If they want to reform election finance, why don’t they put a stop to out of state fund raisers.

Kissmygrits on March 3, 2010 at 9:04 AM

A very large demonstration of angry NH voters in front of the Liberty Hotel on Beacon Hill in BOSTON, MA seems like an appropriate response to the uberstupid campaign decision.

DrStock on March 3, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Just a couple of charming, demure ladies. Aren’t they? /

kingsjester on March 3, 2010 at 9:07 AM

I live in Manchester NH. Shea-Porter’s competition is likely to be Frank Guinta. I can’t wait to vote for him but I already miss having him as mayor.

If you want to throw $ towards his campaign his site is here.

A UNH poll has him beating her by 10% or so.

livefreerdie on March 3, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Prediction: She will win in November. That is how little faith I have left in Americans.

angryed on March 3, 2010 at 9:04 AM

New Jersey and Massataxes should have restored a little faith. If you get them riled up enough Americans usually step up to the plate. It sometimes takes a lot to get their attention though.

Oldnuke on March 3, 2010 at 9:10 AM

If this is how Pelosi handles her “frontline Democrats” (defined somewhere as those most vulnerable in 2010), then I say keep up the great campaign strategy! It mirrors Obama’s misguided impression that if only HE gets out there and endorses the candidate, all will be fine. Pelosi in her arrogance surely thinks the same. Can’t wait to watch how this plays out.

DrStock on March 3, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Well, Ojesus had campaign rallies in Europe, so this makes perfect sense…

.

in bizarro world.

hillbillyjim on March 3, 2010 at 9:14 AM

I just wonder how many Bostonians are going yo have to “suddenly” become New Hampshirians(?) in order to give Carol Insane-Porter a shot at retaining her seat.

rbj on March 3, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Pre-January 19th, Shea-Porter might be able to rationalize that she was campaigning to pull in the ex-Bay Staters, because nobody from Massachusetts would ever elect another Republican to Congress.

Post-January 19th, the only explanation could be the Carol somehow thinks that the people who moved to the no income tax/no sales tax state did so because they thought the Bay State was too conservative, and that what they’re hankerin’ for is a big dose of San Francisco liberalism. No doubt when her staff posts pictures of the Shea-Porter and Pelosi in any outdoor locations, they’ll have to do Photoshop color-correction of the sky.

jon1979 on March 3, 2010 at 9:17 AM

My most Liberal friends even think Pelosi is a joke. Frisco is the only place that would elect that women, and their she’ll be reelected forever.

Sorax on March 3, 2010 at 9:20 AM

Not just tone-deaf. Deaf. And stupid.

NH, you know what to do…

ROCnPhilly on March 3, 2010 at 9:20 AM

“their” should be “there” in my former post. Come on HotAir, let’s use some of that Salem cash to make comments editable.

Sorax on March 3, 2010 at 9:22 AM

Remember? Shea-Porter ejects speaker from town hall meeting.

aunursa on March 3, 2010 at 9:23 AM

angryed on March 3, 2010 at 9:04 AM>/blockquote>

I really, really wish I could find fault in that statement, but I can’t, and I’m forced to agree.

Virus-X on March 3, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Every seat counts! Thanks Nancy!

Mr. Joe on March 3, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Remember? Shea-Porter ejects speaker from town hall meeting.

aunursa on March 3, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Yeah, and the great irony is that Shea-Porter made a name for herself by going in to her predecessor’s town hall meetings and shouting and being disruptive. She was basically everything the left accused Tea Partiers of being at the townhall meetings last summmer.

So it’s kind a sweet sweet glory when someone comes in and boos her at her own townhall.

t.ferg on March 3, 2010 at 9:28 AM

That’s a man, baby!

UltimateBob on March 3, 2010 at 9:32 AM

A fundraiser in Boston? Aren’t there any hotels in New Hampshire?

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on March 3, 2010 at 9:34 AM

How not to run for Congress, 2010 version

If you look at last nights results in the Texas Republican Primary, it looks like there’s a template on how “not to run” for any public office.

‘Yes’ for Texas Governor Is ‘No’ to WashingtonHOUSTON — Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison had all the advantages a year ago when she laid her plans to run for governor: a high popularity rating, a party shaken by President Obama’s victory, a big bankroll and, most important, the backing of influential Republicans, who felt the incumbent governor, Rick Perry, was too divisive and too conservative.

But by the time Republican voters went to the polls here in a primary on Tuesday, the political ground had shifted under Senator Hutchison, who lost in a three-way race to Mr. Perry.

If a “moderate conservative” like Hutchison can get trampled like this in a primary, how do leftward Democrats feel going against any conservative in November? Hint: That “ground shifting” for the liberals isn’t an earthquake.

Rovin on March 3, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Hotels, yes.

Rich liberal donors, not so much.

livefreerdie on March 3, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Shea Porter did spend some time living in New Orleans. I wonder how closely she worked with ACORN?

Kermit on March 3, 2010 at 9:41 AM

then a fundraiser headlined by Pelosi would be cause for eternal damnation.

Doughboy on March 3, 2010 at 8:50 AM

Dough, amen to that!!!

chai on March 3, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Sorry, I don’t even know if Toyota is in Tokyo. That pretty much flamed my joke, didn’t it?

SKYFOX on March 3, 2010 at 9:00 AM

They were aiming to be in another city but the throttle hung up.

backwoods conservative on March 3, 2010 at 9:43 AM

New Hampshire voters, you deserve better than this. Vote this idiot out.

AZCoyote on March 3, 2010 at 9:44 AM

If a “moderate conservative” like Hutchison can get trampled like this in a primary, how do leftward Democrats feel going against any conservative in November? Hint: That “ground shifting” for the liberals isn’t an earthquake.

Rovin on March 3, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Don’t get too excited just yet. Texas is a very different place than New Hampshire. Perry won through a combination of sovreignity-embracing speeches and hinting that Hutchison has picked up too many bad habits from her tenure in DC. That probably doesn’t play as well in other states.

Vashta.Nerada on March 3, 2010 at 9:44 AM

November can’t come soon enough!!! Please vote her out.

yoda on March 3, 2010 at 8:54 AM

We will. Fund raising in Taxachussetts will hurt her as much as Pelosi. There have been several articles where Shea-Porters staff and other have leaked that she’s been “unhinged” since last year.

dogsoldier on March 3, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will raise money for New Hampshire Rep. Carol Shea-Porter later this week in Boston.

Maybe I don’t get other states… but why not do it in NH?

I’m sure in a recession somebody will note the business being taken outside the state.

mankai on March 3, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Sorry, I don’t even know if Toyota is in Tokyo. That pretty much flamed my joke, didn’t it?

SKYFOX on March 3, 2010 at 9:00 AM

I saw one of their ads last night. Their slogan is still “Moving Forward”.

I thought to myself, “Well moving forward isn’t the problem, is it? Stopping the movement is.”

Vashta.Nerada on March 3, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Fetch me the popcorn, and release the krakken!

I R A Darth Aggie on March 3, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Ha! Always releasing the Krakken! Awesomely played.

Smart Dems will try to run away from the Obama/Pelosi agenda. Most will find that next to impossible especially if they have voted for the unholy trinity: so-called stimulus, Cap & Trade and Obamacare.

Ordinary1 on March 3, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Maybe I don’t get other states… but why not do it in NH?

I’m sure in a recession somebody will note the business being taken outside the state.

mankai on March 3, 2010 at 9:47 AM

I read somewhere that many Bostonians are moving to NH to escape taxes in Massachusetts.

SouthernGent on March 3, 2010 at 9:50 AM

I’m sure in a recession somebody will note the business being taken outside the state.

mankai on March 3, 2010 at 9:47 AM

I totally agree. I think that Ms. Cloakley made a huge mistake going to a D.C. fund raiser instead of MA like Sen. Brown. Hopefully Rep. Shea-Porter’s supporters will control any urge they have of pushing a reporter to the ground while in Boston.

Cindy Munford on March 3, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Pelosi is coming to Boston???!!! Oh the humanity!!

D2Boston on March 3, 2010 at 9:57 AM

“And I said — this is what I believe.”

Hey, give her points for being the rare liberal nitwit who proudly declares that she’s a liberal nitwit, and not a “moderate” anything. Can’t blame her mouthpiece for his desperate attempt to spin that as independence, but still. Hats off to Carol for honesty!

Now, get the idiot out of office. She’s obviously incapable of rational thinking on public policy.

Jaibones on March 3, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will raise money for New Hampshire Rep. Carol Shea-Porter later this week in Boston.

Right. Because us Granite Staters like nothing better than to be lumped in with the sh** from Massachusetts.

crazy_legs on March 3, 2010 at 9:58 AM

I read somewhere that many Bostonians are moving to NH to escape taxes in Massachusetts.

SouthernGent on March 3, 2010 at 9:50 AM

And yet, when they get to NH, they’ll probably continue to support the politicians and policies that made Massachusetts such a crappy place to live in the first place.

UltimateBob on March 3, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Don’t get too excited just yet. Texas is a very different place than New Hampshire. Perry won through a combination of sovreignity-embracing speeches and hinting that Hutchison has picked up too many bad habits from her tenure in DC. That probably doesn’t play as well in other states.

Vashta.Nerada on March 3, 2010 at 9:44 AM

While I agree in part V, then how does that explain Scott Brown’s victory in one of the most liberal states in the nation? Brown also used Perry’s anti-washington sentiment in rejecting ObamaCare.

Rovin on March 3, 2010 at 10:00 AM

My most Liberal friends even think Pelosi is a joke. Frisco is the only place that would elect that women, and their she’ll be reelected forever.

Sorax on March 3, 2010 at 9:20 AM

Agreed. Even the blue North East can’t match the liberalism of her district. I worked in SF for years, it was bizzare then, even more so now.
So I hope Nancy continues to get out the vote!

JusDreamin on March 3, 2010 at 10:04 AM

And yet, when they get to NH, they’ll probably continue to support the politicians and policies that made Massachusetts such a crappy place to live in the first place.

UltimateBob on March 3, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Scary, isn’t it.

JusDreamin on March 3, 2010 at 10:06 AM

how does that explain Scott Brown’s victory in one of the most liberal states in the nation? Brown also used Perry’s anti-washington sentiment in rejecting ObamaCare.

Rovin on March 3, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Brown is himself a moderate conservative. What I am saying is that anti-Washington may work in many places, but only in a few places will sovreignity play well – Texas being the best example – and that really helped Perry avoid the runoff.

Vashta.Nerada on March 3, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Gozira!

Why do I get an image of Congressmen popping out of eggs in MSG now? ;)

Scott H on March 3, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Given the recent election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts, what makes Pelosi think she’ll get money from Bostonians for a representative from New Hampshire? Or is this just more of Nancy’s “reality” thinking?

GarandFan on March 3, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Shea-Porter: “I am soooo into representing my New Hampshire constituents that I am holding a fund raiser in Massachusetts.”

It’s her “Martha Coakley in DC fund raising moment”. Will we be blessed by a return performance of the press-bashing galoot who served Martha’s cause so well? I hope so!

ya2daup on March 3, 2010 at 10:26 AM

At least this lady is honest. I wish all liberals like her would admit they were liberal, and run a campaign as a liberal instead of pretending to be the incarnation of Ronald Reagan.

Bleed_thelizard on March 3, 2010 at 10:29 AM

The Commissars are meeting at The Liberty Hotel. How Orwellian.

Buy Danish on March 3, 2010 at 10:31 AM

And yet, when they get to NH, they’ll probably continue to support the politicians and policies that made Massachusetts such a crappy place to live in the first place.

UltimateBob on March 3, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Just as the Californians who came to Nevada have done. Now we are starting to see the same problems here that they left behind.

When will they realize that if they succeed in their progressive, liberal, statist agenda, there won’t be anywhere to run?

Jvette on March 3, 2010 at 10:33 AM

I’m a Democratic Congressperson. I want to keep my job this November because I just love the attention…er…helping my consituents. Do I:

a: support the Pelosi / Obama healthcare plan and vote YES on the Senate bill even though I know my district will have my hide.

b: vote against the Senate bill and invite a primary challenge from the Left and banishment from the Dem cash machine, or -

c: start drinking now.

DrW on March 3, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Will we be blessed by a return performance of the press-bashing galoot who served Martha’s cause so well?
ya2daup on March 3, 2010 at 10:26 AM

If he doesn’t show, it’ll most likely be attributed to him having to attend an emergency meeting of the “Candy Selections Offered on Amtrak Oversight Board” or whatever B.S. sinecure position to which he was appointed by the Dhims.

ya2daup on March 3, 2010 at 10:38 AM

I read somewhere that many Bostonians are moving to NH to escape taxes in Massachusetts.

SouthernGent on March 3, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Yep. And they vote in people in NH that are doing to NH what they did to MA. Same with Californians moving to Nevada/Orgeon. Same with NYers moving to FL.

They live their liberal wastelands for conservative states and the day they get there they start turning their new homes into the old wastelands.

Which makes sense since liberalism is a mental disease.

angryed on March 3, 2010 at 10:47 AM

When will they realize that if they succeed in their progressive, liberal, statist agenda, there won’t be anywhere to run?

Jvette on March 3, 2010 at 10:33 AM

They never will. They don’t look at the problem in terms of socialism is to blame. They think socialism is just groovy but it was implemented incorrectly. So when they come to Nevada or NH they think they can start fresh and do it right “this time”.

angryed on March 3, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Even I could win this election.

Shy Guy on March 3, 2010 at 11:24 AM

She would have done herself better if she had told them she poop her pants and wets the bed.

Helloyawl on March 3, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Even I could win this election.

Shy Guy on March 3, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Go for it. Please. Somebody needs to run against this woman / guy whatever it is.

UltimateBob on March 3, 2010 at 11:29 AM

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will raise money for New Hampshire Rep. Carol Shea-Porter later this week in Boston

Number of Boston residents who can vote for Shea-Porter = Zero! Brilliant move by San Fran Nan–make any NH libs fight the traffic into Boston to drop their dough! Maybe the Botox has migrated to her brain!

Steve Z on March 3, 2010 at 11:29 AM

angryed on March 3, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Exactly. The disciples of socialism will never admit that it is not a workable system, despite its failures throught history.

They want to give it a go here in the US on a national level, believing that “it’ll work this time.”

UltimateBob on March 3, 2010 at 11:35 AM

A fundraiser in Boston? Aren’t there any hotels in New Hampshire?

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on March 3, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Maybe she should go to the Overlook Hotel in Colorado. . .

rbj on March 3, 2010 at 11:42 AM

the last part could be the motto of the new DEM pol:

“This is what I believe, this is what I believe”

Not this is what my constituents want, or this is what the nation wants. Obama has led the way on this, making a State of the Union more about what he wants, instead of using the third person “the Nation is is XXX condition, our country requires XXX, the people want XXX….”

In the Townhalls it became a talking point, as various pols repeated what was obviously a practised response, it was not their job to do what others wanted, it was their job to vote their convictions and be thrown out if the voters did not like it. I remember one pol saying something like – this is not a democracy, it is a republic, and in a republic you elect someone to make decisions for you

I would rename the DEM party the party of Me, as opposed to the party of We. I would throw the RINOs into the same group

All arrogant elitists.

entagor on March 3, 2010 at 12:03 PM

I am sorry to say that this woman is my representative – I am going to work very hard to be sure she is not reelected. We do have hotels, and convention centers here in NH, why is she doing a fundraiser in MA?? By holding her fundraiser in MA, she is taking jobs away from NH folks.

NotPC on March 3, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Hopefully the voters in her district will express what they believe too. Time for a new day job, for example.

GnuBreed on March 3, 2010 at 8:57 AM

I can’t BLEEPIN’ wait! Good to see so many fellow Granite Staters here!

Maybe we can get that moat dug while she’s down in Meninostan sucking up to Queen Nancy.

Bruce in NH on March 3, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Wow! This woman is reeeeeeeeeally out of touch, isn’t she? LOL

capejasmine on March 3, 2010 at 12:38 PM

NotPC on March 3, 2010 at 12:07 PM

I think she’s got that infamous smart power that Dems are so proud of! That, and she could give a crap about her constituents. It’s all about the title, and power. You’re just supposed to go along, smile, and be grateful for the opportunity to bow at their feet.

capejasmine on March 3, 2010 at 12:40 PM

If anyone’s attending Shea=Porkers love-fest down there, here’s a sign you can get printed on 11×17 card stock.

(be warned: very large .png file)

Bruce in NH on March 3, 2010 at 12:53 PM

I am attending a fundraiser/town hall event tonight for Carol CHE Porter’s possible opponent, Frank Guinta. I invite all my fellow Granite state Air Heads to attend. It is at the Wolfeboro Inn @ 6:00 PM.
Please come to this event, I hope to meet you there. Porter must be stopped.
Let’s take NH back from these radicals.

mountainmanbob on March 3, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Got to love those hard working NH Dems – who love the “everyday people” … holding a fundraiser in Beacon Hill, Boston.

I can only dream of the arugula choices…

Odie1941 on March 3, 2010 at 1:21 PM

I love her “90% in line with Obama , 95% in line with the House”… then someone says “what about NH????

If you dont even know the pulse and tone of your constituency, vs the national sentiments – you dont deserve that seat…

Odie1941 on March 3, 2010 at 1:26 PM

We will. Fund raising in Taxachussetts will hurt her as much as Pelosi. There have been several articles where Shea-Porters staff and other have leaked that she’s been “unhinged” since last year.

dogsoldier on March 3, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Thanks dogsoldier!! I will try to send some here from Nebraska to help your candidate out after the Primary.

yoda on March 3, 2010 at 1:29 PM

New Hampshire voters, you deserve better than this. Vote this idiot out.

AZCoyote on March 3, 2010 at 9:44 AM

In other words, live up to the motto Live Free or Die!

BobAnthony on March 3, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Please give Nancy Pelosi a great big, loud, TEA PARTY WELCOME on Friday when she arrives in Boston for the fundraiser!

And then post the vidoes and pictures on the web!

Pelosi’s power comes from the money she raises around the country for other Democrats.

We must make Pelosi toxic for any candidate to be associated with her by having large news worthy protests against Pelosi wherever she goes.

Protesting Pelosi is the best way to drain her of her power!

wren on March 3, 2010 at 10:39 PM