Conway’s desperate “Aqua Buddha” ad

posted at 12:00 pm on October 17, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

This month, Democrats nationwide have explored the outer reaches of the continuum of desperation. First Alan Grayson calls Dan Webster “Taliban Dan” for being too Christian, and now we have Jack Conway in Kentucky accusing Paul of not being Christian enough.  Conway’s new ad goes far beyond questioning the faith of Paul, though, in recycling a smear about a college prank from almost 30 years ago that has already been debunked.  Conway links “Aqua Buddha” with Paul’s position on ending government-funded “faith-based initiatives,” a position so radical that Democrats, er, used it when running against George W. Bush just six years ago:

John McCormack quotes a speech given by Paul in 2008, before his run for the Senate officially launched, about his reasoning on defunding faith-based government initiatives:

“One, I think the money sort of pollutes the mission of a purely Christian organization, or Muslim or whatever organization it is. And it obscures the church-state separation that there really ought to be. We shouldn’t have tax money flowing into churches, and we should let churches do charity work, and that’s wonderful, but they shouldn’t be corrupted with government money.”

Whether or not one agrees with this reasoning, it’s at least a rational argument, and one heard from many people of faith who worry about the co-opting influence of government money in churches.  It’s hardly an attack on religion.  As for ending tax deductions for churches, Paul supports that because he wants an end to the income tax altogether, which would mean the end of all income-tax deductions.  Paul wants the income tax replaced with the Fair Tax, and all deductions would be eliminated in the change.

This ad may not be quite as offensive as Grayson’s despicable attack on Webster through the use of out-of-context sound bites that made Webster sound as if he said the exact opposite of what he actually said, but it’s pretty close.  Sticking “Washington Post 8/11/2010″ on a known smear doesn’t sanitize it at all.  Unless Conway wants to demand religious tests for office, what’s left in this ad is almost as awful, too.


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Why did Rand Paul do these things? Why?

Best guess–He was in college and was stoned.

Just like everybody else…

Kasper Hauser on October 17, 2010 at 12:04 PM

“Aqua Buddha”
=========================

Me thinks,its a mens aftershave!!!(sarc).

canopfor on October 17, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Everything in this video, from implying Rand secretly isn’t a Christian to the vaguely Islamic-sounding background music, just screams desperation.

Questioning someone’s faith is an extreme and personal attack. This is beyond slimy.

Inkblots on October 17, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Jethro Tull- Aqualung

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7-EEGiABBU

canopfor on October 17, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Me thinks,its a mens aftershave!!!(sarc).

canopfor on October 17, 2010 at 12:04 PM

There’s something about an Aqua Buddha man?

Inkblots on October 17, 2010 at 12:08 PM

This month, Democrats nationwide have explored the outer reaches of the continuum of desperation.
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OuterLimits eh,and it appears that Hopey/Changey
is at the precipice!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on October 17, 2010 at 12:08 PM

I’m no Paul fan, but this is just ridiculous.

catmman on October 17, 2010 at 12:09 PM

Me thinks,its a mens aftershave!!!(sarc).

canopfor on October 17, 2010 at 12:04 PM
=====================================
There’s something about an Aqua Buddha man?

Inkblots on October 17, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Inkblots:Tee-hee,it could be worse,Irish Spring,
and its manly too!!

canopfor on October 17, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Who knew that Jack Conway’s ad-man was a poster here at HA?

Bishop on October 17, 2010 at 12:10 PM

The left’s only remaining argument is name calling. They cant cite successes as they have nnone. They cant make any more promises because no one believes them anymore. They cant fool all of the people all of the time so they figure they only need to do that at election time.

The race card is played out, The promise meter has hit full and they are losing. Desperation is not pretty especially to ugly people.

William Amos on October 17, 2010 at 12:12 PM

The Nutroots would support Pat Robertson if he was running as a Democrat. Its still funny how they are trying to out social conservative us in this race.

Speedwagon82 on October 17, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Jack Conway in Kentucky accusing Paul of not being Christian enough.
==============================================
That smacks of Crist’s Not Enough Hispanic of
Rubio crap!!

canopfor on October 17, 2010 at 12:14 PM

Who knew that Jack Conway’s ad-man was a poster here at HA?

Bishop on October 17, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Bishop: Got a *linky!!

*(Kidding):)

canopfor on October 17, 2010 at 12:16 PM

So many flies. Where do they all come from?

My collie says:

Because someone’s soul is rotten, it’s stinking to high heaven, and the maggots are feeding on it, maybe?

Well, it’s sure not the Aqua Buddha, collie.

My collie says:

*sniff* *sniff* Smells like…like…Demonrats!

CyberCipher on October 17, 2010 at 12:17 PM

tax deductions are incentives… and who debunked the Aqua Buddha thing? as far as I know it happened. “debunked” leads me to believe someone proved that it didn’t. please link to this debunking.

Kaptain Amerika on October 17, 2010 at 12:20 PM

its an old trick james Carville played in Pennsylvania:

The Maharishi, who died last Tuesday, was the man who introduced transcendental meditation to the West. The Beatles were his most famous disciples, but another was William W. Scranton 3d, who went to Europe in 1970 to study TM.

Mr. Scranton came from a wealthy and renowned Pennsylvania political family. He went to Yale where he used drugs “recreationally,” protested the Vietnam War, and sported long hair and a beard.

After meeting the Maharishi, Mr. Scranton became a life-long proponent and practitioner of transcendental meditation and returned home to pursue a more conventional career in politics, serving two terms as lieutenant governor.

Then Mr. Scranton ran for governor. He was a formidable candidate, a moderate Republican in the days before that was an insult.

His Democratic opponent was Robert P. Casey, the state’s former auditor general, who had run for governor three times before and lost.

Mr. Casey brought in James Carville to run his campaign and ramp up the aggression level. It was a big break for the “Ragin’ Cajun,” the most important campaign he had handled to date.

rob verdi on October 17, 2010 at 12:21 PM

The democrats are desperate. Prepare for the worst. I think Chris Coons is about to lose it in public. O’Donnell has him rattled.

SouthernGent on October 17, 2010 at 12:22 PM

So,there is a Democrat who won’t waste his own
wee wee at a TownHall Meeting!

Two Democrats have assaulted reporters.

Democrat Goons Assualt a African American Tea Party
member.

And Jack Conway is saying that Rand Paul isn’t a
true believer!!

And another Lefty utelizes the word,Wh***,and
another Lefty use’s the word Witch!!
===============================================

And,these Leftys don’t seem to care!

Give’m more rope,they keep Politically
hang’n themselves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on October 17, 2010 at 12:29 PM

What`s wrong with using “Aqua Buddha” after shave?

ThePrez on October 17, 2010 at 12:30 PM

“Aqua Buddha”
=========================

Me thinks,its a mens aftershave!!!(sarc).

canopfor on October 17, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Well, it should. After all, desperation is a stinky, stinky cologne.

JohnGalt23 on October 17, 2010 at 12:32 PM

What`s wrong with using “Aqua Buddha” after shave?

ThePrez on October 17, 2010 at 12:30 PM

ThePrez: I bet,its banned in the Middle East,hehe!!!:)

canopfor on October 17, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Here is hoping a laugh will brighten everyone’s day..:)

PS..Jodi Miller is hot!..:)

Dire Straits on October 17, 2010 at 12:36 PM

canopfor on October 17, 2010 at 12:04 PM
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Well, it should. After all, desperation is a stinky, stinky cologne.

JohnGalt23 on October 17, 2010 at 12:32 PM

JohnGalt23: Ya know,if you switced labels on it,to
“Aqua Mohammed”,and import it to Iran,
one good make a good killing,I mean
a good buck!!(sarc)

canopfor on October 17, 2010 at 12:38 PM

If church donations and tax exemptions for churches were not tax deductable maybe pastors priests, and other religious leaders would not be afraid to shepherd their flocks in the manner they should.

fourdeucer on October 17, 2010 at 12:38 PM

The democrats are desperate. Prepare for the worst. I think Chris Coons is about to lose it in public. O’Donnell has him rattled.

SouthernGent on October 17, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Lol. He could take a nap for the next 10 days and keep his 10 point lead.

Everyone with the internet thinks their a pundit these days.

NoStoppingUs on October 17, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Everything in this video, from implying Rand secretly isn’t a Christian to the vaguely Islamic-sounding background music, just screams desperation.

Why not? Hasn’t everyone from Glenn Beck to Rush done the same to Obama? Anyway, Buddha has nothing to do with Islam.

…we should let churches do charity work, and that’s wonderful, but they shouldn’t be corrupted with government money.

What the hell does this mean anyway? Next time a Catholic priest gets caught molesting little Billy, it was caused by government corruption?

bayam on October 17, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Here is hoping a laugh will brighten everyone’s day..:)

PS..Jodi Miller is hot!..:)

Dire Straits on October 17, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Dire Straits: One of the best,thanks!!:)

canopfor on October 17, 2010 at 12:48 PM

we should let churches do charity work, and that’s wonderful, but they shouldn’t be corrupted with government money.

What the hell does this mean anyway?

bayam on October 17, 2010 at 12:47 PM

It means that once a church starts taking government money, even if it is meant to do good works, at that moment the church’s interest starts to suffer, and the government’s interest starts to rise.

You can’t serve two masters… I know I’ve heard that somewhere…

JohnGalt23 on October 17, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Why not? Hasn’t everyone from Glenn Beck to Rush done the same to Obama?

Have they? And if they did, are Rush and Beck running for political office?

Bishop on October 17, 2010 at 12:54 PM

What the hell does this mean anyway? Next time a Catholic priest gets caught molesting little Billy, it was caused by government corruption?

bayam on October 17, 2010 at 12:47 PM

No, that’s not what it means; but you probably knew that already.

MeatHeadinCA on October 17, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Makes me think about South Park’s SUPERFRIENDS Look Buddah and Sea Man!

The Expert Knows
http://theexpertsblog.blogspot.com

HotAirExpert on October 17, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Next time a Catholic priest gets caught molesting little Billy, it was caused by government corruption?

bayam on October 17, 2010 at 12:47 PM

That is a pretty sick statement to make, the Catholic Church does not condone what you make light of. It is the government that would teach your child in the ways of evil, those that have escaped the sacrament of abortion that is.

fourdeucer on October 17, 2010 at 12:59 PM

This is pathetic.

ladyingray on October 17, 2010 at 1:01 PM

I have a question, and am wondering if someone here can answer it. Can we sic the EPA on the dems? The stench of desperation they’re giving off is becoming overwhelming. Entertaining, but overwhelming.

thekingtut on October 17, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Democrats: Working hard to ensure that I’ll never, ever vote for them.

News flash – I was already there, you don’t have to expend any more effort.

Merovign on October 17, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Why not? Hasn’t everyone from Glenn Beck to Rush done the same to Obama? Anyway, Buddha has nothing to do with Islam.

First of all, no. Both Rush and Beck have said that Obama is not a Muslim. As has just about every major conservative face.

…we should let churches do charity work, and that’s wonderful, but they shouldn’t be corrupted with government money.

What the hell does this mean anyway? Next time a Catholic priest gets caught molesting little Billy, it was caused by government corruption?

bayam on October 17, 2010 at 12:47 PM

No, that’s not what it means. But you knew that, you just wanted to drop a priest/molestation reference in.

So it’s okay to smear the Catholic church with the actions of a few priests but don’t dare connect Islam to terror. That’s wrong.

amerpundit on October 17, 2010 at 1:06 PM

So they want to play both ends against the middle? To Christian, or not Christian enough? Geeeeeeeeze.

Well let’s throw in blasphemy. Isn’t that what it’s called when a President doesn’t set foot in a church for months, and months, yet prays with the Islamics, while claiming to be Christian, only to then go into a Christian church when it becomes politically expedient to do so? I think it’s not only blasphemous, it’s hypocritical too.

capejasmine on October 17, 2010 at 1:07 PM

The democrats are desperate. Prepare for the worst. I think Chris Coons is about to lose it in public. O’Donnell has him rattled.

SouthernGent on October 17, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Coons going to the funny farm.

the_nile on October 17, 2010 at 1:25 PM

Hard to hear over the ominous announcer voice, but is that Islamic music playing the background?

Paul-Cincy on October 17, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Questioning someone’s faith is an extreme and personal attack. This is beyond slimy.

Inkblots on October 17, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Lets remember that for 2012. I suspect that Romney won’t be the only one who will face an attack on their religion. Palin and other conservatives will face it too.

And the sad thing is that religious attacks sometimes doesn’t come from liberals but from conservatives.

Conservative Samizdat on October 17, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Maybe the real question is why in races all across the USA , no matter how experienced the DME candidate is they are all struggling ?
BOOBY Bright is the weak DEM here and he cant pt a weak Rep. candidate away ,…BOXER , REID the list goes on and on e

ELMO Q on October 17, 2010 at 1:32 PM

I was waiting for the voiceover to say Rand Paul is the devil and eats babies.

ButterflyDragon on October 17, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Absolutely nothing wrong with bringing up an opponent’s past, as long as it isn’t deliberately deceitful like Grayson’s attack on Webster.

We should vet our candidates a little better. Tea Party favorites may fill out the issues questionnaire perfectly, but some of them turn out to be very flawed. Maes in Colorado is a good example, but Paul isn’t a bad one, either.

His handlers have kept him away from unscripted interviews so he can’t spout off any of his true beliefs and tip the voters as to how much of a lunatic he really is, so his opponent has to dip into the past for a taste of the crazy.

Wait until the POS starts voting against our national security interests in the Senate – then step up and defend him, mmmkay?

Adjoran on October 17, 2010 at 1:38 PM

If church donations and tax exemptions for churches were not tax deductable maybe pastors priests, and other religious leaders would not be afraid to shepherd their flocks in the manner they should.

fourdeucer on October 17, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Do you really want your tithe to be double-taxed?

unclesmrgol on October 17, 2010 at 1:53 PM

And how, pray tell, is Conway’s extraordinarily bizarre confession in this ad that he’s ignorantly confusing participation in a rather typical, playfully over-the-top frat intitiation-style pranking scenario with actual demonstration of actual belief in an actual organized religion supposed to convince the people of the state of Kentucky that Conway is of competent mind & sound judgement & can therefore capably represent their interests in Washington?

Gee, I thought that the whole purpose of political advertising campaigns was to try to convince voters that the candidate is NOT a hysterical gullible idiot.

Rather interesting to see that Mr. Conway’s campaign strategists have decided to take the opposite tack.

leilani on October 17, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Dems everywhere are scraping the bottom of the barrel.

LASue on October 17, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Wait until the POS starts voting against our national security interests in the Senate – then step up and defend him, mmmkay?

Adjoran on October 17, 2010 at 1:38 PM

And yet you’re the one coming off as an insane POS at the moment. Perhaps someone should get you some HotAir handlers to keep you from hitting “enter.”

MeatHeadinCA on October 17, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Paul wants the income tax replaced with the Fair Tax, and all deductions would be eliminated in the change.

Except those pre-bait deductions, right?

“Fair tax” would be a bureaucratic nightmare and a huge incentive for all Americans to become tax-evasion criminals by buying on the black market.
Now, a flat tax with no deductions, that would be a good starting place.

Count to 10 on October 17, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Unbelievably stupid ad.

tinkerthinker on October 17, 2010 at 2:54 PM

2010, the year of the Democratic “Spaghetti Campaign Strategy”.

Throw it all against the wall and pray something sticks. (but don’t let anyone know you’re actually, you know, praying)

Wind Rider on October 17, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Oh, and why are there so many questions about Jack Conway and Alan Grayson having a threeway with a farm animal?

Like LBJ, just because I want to hear them deny it.

Wind Rider on October 17, 2010 at 3:34 PM

2010, the year of the Democratic “Spaghetti Campaign Strategy”.

Throw it all against the wall and pray something sticks.

Wind Rider on October 17, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Nailed it.

Inkblots on October 17, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Do you really want your tithe to be double-taxed?

unclesmrgol on October 17, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Sorry about the late response. No, I do not want my tithe or anyones tithes to be taxed twice. The point I failed to make was that Pastors, Rabbi’s, Priests and religious leaders are not doing a good enough job at the pulpit if they have to fear losing their tax exempt status. Having lived in many parishes and attending Mass regularly it amazes me the number of parishioners who vote candidates that do not follow the Churches teachings. Is it fear of losing parishioners or losing their tax exempt status, I don’t know but I can’t remember the last homily I heard against abortion, homosexuality, pre-marital sex or even the public schools espousing evolution and AGW.

fourdeucer on October 17, 2010 at 4:07 PM

“Fair tax” would be a bureaucratic nightmare and a huge incentive for all Americans to become tax-evasion criminals by buying on the black market.
Now, a flat tax with no deductions, that would be a good starting place.

Count to 10 on October 17, 2010 at 2:50 PM

While I’m okay with a “flat tax”, it’s obvious you don’t know enough about the “fair tax”. There would be very little bureaucracy. And the IRS would be history, which would not be the case with a flat tax.

Read the “Fair Tax Book”. It’s most definitely worth it, even if you don’t agree with it.

Squiggy on October 17, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Now, a flat tax with no deductions, that would be a good starting place.

Count to 10 on October 17, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Amen to that!!

Conservative Samizdat on October 17, 2010 at 5:04 PM

The only question I have for Rand Paul is what is up with your hair?

mizflame98 on October 17, 2010 at 8:07 PM

Dude…. Given the choice between worshiping Aqua Buddha or the Porcelain God… Aqua Buddha wins hands down.

iceman1960 on October 17, 2010 at 9:34 PM

And I thought I’d seen it all when Ron Paul was in the spotlight!

Hey Conway – go ‘way and stay ‘way!

Dark-Star on October 17, 2010 at 10:27 PM

For the record, I’m a bible-believing Creationist and I’m against funding “faith-based initiatives.”

Next.

mankai on October 17, 2010 at 11:38 PM

So… if I have the Democrat math right here:

Irresposnible college prank in the 80s = Socialism now works in 2010

That’s what we’re supposed to conclude?

mankai on October 17, 2010 at 11:40 PM

I just finished watching (on C-SPAN) the Oct. 17th debate. You can see same on YouTube using search keywords of conway paul debate october 17.

Conway came off being a slime merchant to me, there were quite a few fireworks between them about this lame political attack piece; Conway sounded like an automaton when he kept repeating (verbatim) the same lame attack claim at every opportunity.

To me, Paul came off as a class act when in his closing statement he first said he’d not be shaking Conway’s hand at the debate close.

electric-rascal on October 18, 2010 at 12:49 AM

So… if I have the Democrat math right here:

Irresposnible college prank in the 80s = Socialism now works in 2010

That’s what we’re supposed to conclude?

mankai on October 17, 2010 at 11:40 PM

Yup, that’s about the sum of it. (pun intended)

electric-rascal on October 18, 2010 at 12:51 AM

I don’t know but I can’t remember the last homily I heard against abortion, homosexuality, pre-marital sex or even the public schools espousing evolution and AGW.

fourdeucer on October 17, 2010 at 4:07 PM

My parish priests do this on a regular basis – but I am in a GREAT parish and a pretty orthodox one at that :) But I’ve been to parishes – mainly in the greater Chicago area [yes, Cardinal Geo I'm LOOKING straight at you] where it’s demonrat talking points.

#proudPapalist

Branch Rickey on October 18, 2010 at 2:30 PM