McCaskill attacked primary opponent in 2004 for … using a private jet; Update: RNC warned voters in ’06

posted at 11:36 am on March 28, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Claire McCaskill has more in common with John Kerry than just a work address.  Like the 2004 presidential contender, McCaskill turned out to be for an issue she used in that election before she was against it.  In this case, though, the issue was the use of a private jet by then-Governor Bob Holden, a Democrat she ousted in the primary, only to lose to Republican Matt Blunt in the general election.  Politico has the story — and the ads:

My colleague Dave Catanese reported last week that Senator Claire McCaskill, seven years before coming under fire for her use, and government reimbursement, of a private jet, ran a tough and successful campaign against the incumbent Democratic governor whose key points included … attacks on his use of a private jet. …

One ad in the 2004 primary challenge to Governor Bob Holden is a parody of MasterCard’s famous “Priceless” spots: “Bob Holden’s 336 taxpayer funded trips on a private jet — $1,270 per hour,” intones the narrator. “Replacing him with a Democrat who will win in November — priceless.”

Another ad features a mocking animation of the jet, while a third shows it amid other lurid “perks” she suggests she’ll sweep away when she takes office.

The ads are pretty effective, although the second one is probably more so because of the variety of issues it hits with Holden. Undoubtedly, they helped to get Missouri voters to think Republican in the fall of 2004. And McCaskill probably has them thinking Republican for the fall of 2012 all over again on the same issue.

The most ironic part of the second ad may not be the reference to the 300+ jet trips Holden took, but the slam on increased property taxes in Missouri under Holden’s term. Those are the taxes that McCaskill didn’t pay, along with the reimbursements she took from her Senate expense funds to pay for the trips on the airplane owned by her and her husband.

McCaskill knocked Holden out of the primary with this issue in 2004. I’ll bet McCaskill doesn’t even get into the primary thanks to the same issue in 2012.

Update: Missouri voters can’t blame the RNC for being taken by surprise by McCaskill’s tax evasion:


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Nice!

abobo on March 28, 2011 at 11:38 AM

The Left is not against privilege, they are only against people other than them having privilege.

rbj on March 28, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Hoisted by her own private jet petard.

steebo77 on March 28, 2011 at 11:43 AM

It sucks if she doesn’t run in 2012. It would be sweet to take out that nasty, phony piece of work in the general.

BuzzCrutcher on March 28, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Typical. “Now, don’t call me a hypocrite… Democrats can’t be hypocrites.”

BoomJunkie on March 28, 2011 at 11:44 AM

“Don’t you trust me?”

“NO!”

a capella on March 28, 2011 at 11:45 AM

sometimes those rhetorical boomerangs come back and smack ya upside the head. Looks like this one took a 6 year trip and found its way right back into ol’ Claire’s noggin. ah well.

ted c on March 28, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Monkey see monkey do wasn’t such a good strategy, was it Claire?

What is laid apon you now, is of your own doing, or undoing.

capejasmine on March 28, 2011 at 11:46 AM

er….7 year …trip.

*mathfail. 2011-2004=7, duh

ted c on March 28, 2011 at 11:46 AM

The MSM slams Conservative women with all they have, but the one woman who I fully expect to use womanly tears as a campaign tactic is the Missouri Mommy.

Marcus on March 28, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Karma really is a b*tch, eh Claire?

AZCoyote on March 28, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Why would being a criminal stop Missouri Democrats from voting for one?

VBMax on March 28, 2011 at 11:57 AM

I have a client who has a Great Dane female dog named Karma…

Republican Yogi on March 28, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Ha Ha!!

ladyingray on March 28, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Is this hypocrisy or irony? I forget the difference.

mchristian on March 28, 2011 at 12:02 PM

She’s committing political suicide……leave her alone, she seems pretty good at it!

cartooner on March 28, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Forget the MasterCard parody. This is begging for a Southwest “Wanna Get Away?” or “Bags Fly Free” parody!

Christien on March 28, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Is this hypocrisy or irony? I forget the difference.

mchristian on March 28, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Both. The hypocrisy is Clair’s. The irony is she got caught in her hypocrisy.

IowaWoman on March 28, 2011 at 12:15 PM

IIRC, when the RNC and Talent brought up the questionable tax record of McCaskill and her husband, especially regarding her husband’s unwillingness to release his tax returns, McCaskill started whining about how it was a standard political hit-job.

That worked at the time, but it’s not going to work in 2012.

teke184 on March 28, 2011 at 12:19 PM

The Hypocrisy! IT BURRNNNS!

Naturally Curly on March 28, 2011 at 12:19 PM

One ad in the 2004 primary challenge to Governor Bob Holden is a parody of MasterCard’s famous “Priceless” spots

Ooo that’s original. When she’s next up for reelection, perhaps her campaign slogan should be “I Can Has Private Jet?”

Sharke on March 28, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Is anyone who watches her really surprised? She isn’t the “maverick” she wants us to think she is. After all, Claire did vote for Obamacare, that speaks for itself.

Dr Bob on March 28, 2011 at 12:24 PM

McCaskill started whining about how it was a standard political hit-job.

That is what happens when you put a target on your own back.

tinkerthinker on March 28, 2011 at 12:30 PM

McCaskill – projection.

Caststeel on March 28, 2011 at 1:38 PM

But she made Michael J. Fox feel better!!

SouthernGent on March 28, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Poor Claire. All she ever wanted was a Cabinet post like Hillary, Kathy, Hilda and Big Sis, but she was left to languish in the Senate. I don’t think she ever really liked being in the Senate (constituents, ugh). Oh well, she won’t have to worry about it for much longer.

SukieTawdry on March 28, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Forget the MasterCard parody. This is begging for a Southwest “Wanna Get Away?” or “Bags Fly Free” parody!

Christien on March 28, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Oh, my. Bags Fly Free… and put a photo of this fat hag on the commercial.

Jaibones on March 28, 2011 at 1:59 PM

The most ironic part of the second ad may not be the reference to the 300+ jet trips Holden took, but the slam on increased property taxes in Missouri under Holden’s term. Those are the taxes that McCaskill didn’t pay, along with the reimbursements she took from her Senate expense funds to pay for the trips on the airplane owned by her and her husband.

There’s at least some consistency here. She ran against the tax, and she didn’t pay it.

Personally, a yearly usage tax on moveable property is something we can all agree is not very nice. It’s bad enough paying yearly taxes on non-moveable property.

I imagine those in favor will get their comeuppance when the Democrats start charging us mileage fees on our cars.

unclesmrgol on March 28, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Liberals are most impertinent.

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Hoisted by her own petard pitot tube.

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Is HotAir on the fritz?

Cindy Munford on March 28, 2011 at 3:21 PM

There’s at least some consistency here. She ran against the tax, and she didn’t pay it.

She didn’t run against the tax. She’s a democrat and Holden was/is a democrat. She was for the tax and against Holder not paying it. She was the Missouri auditor which gave her commercials some legitimacy.

Vince on March 28, 2011 at 5:18 PM

She’s a re-peat offender.

disa on March 28, 2011 at 7:11 PM