Psst: Don’t forget to pander on Israel, Dems!

posted at 2:05 pm on August 25, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

We haven’t given much coverage to the special election in Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District thus far, which will pit Democrat Kate Marshall, the state treasurer, against Republican Mark Amodei, a former state senator (Tina profiled Amodei in May).  The seat became vacant when Governor Brian Sandoval appointed Dean Heller to finish John Ensign’s term in the US Senate.  Heller won the seat by a wide margin in the 2010 election, almost 2-1 (63/33) over his Democratic challenger.  A recent Magellan poll puts Amodei up by 13 points with the election just three weeks away on September 13th.

Obviously, that puts a great deal of pressure on Marshall to find ways to connect to Republicans.  So, without having once brought up the subject of Israel during the campaign, Marshall’s team put out a statement expressing her support for Israel, as the dean of Nevada political analysts Jon Ralston reported — and that’s not all Team Marshall published, either (via the Daily Caller):

You don’t see this too often: A campaign puts out a statement by a candidate on an issue she has never talked about and then helpfully explains the political strategy at play at the end. But that’s what Kate Marshall’s congressional campaign did today, expressing strong support for Israel and then mistakenly leaving in a “background” note about why.

It’s priceless[.]

He’s not kidding.  Here’s the additional paragraph that someone forgot to redact before sending it to the campaign e-mail distribution list:

Background: Israel has been in the news lately, and will be even more in the news with Beck’s “Rally to Restore Courage” in Jerusalem. In an R district, it will be useful to express support for Israel and demonstrate some foreign policy prowess while it is a timely topic – especially for people who are likely paying attention to Beck’s event.

Er … Marshall’s team is strategizing around a Glenn Beck rally?  That’s hilarious.  Thanks should go to the staffer who was too incompetent to redact this from the press release, since it exposes Marshall’s expressed support of Israel as a cheap stunt intended to exploit Glenn Beck, of all people.  Not only does this demolish the idea that Marshall has “foreign policy prowess,” it also makes her look fake.

Nevada News Bureau has been doing a fine job of keeping up with the special election in NV-02.  They covered a controversial ad from Amodei early in the campaign that attacked the Obama administration and the hike in the debt ceiling, which enraged Democrats who are apparently unfamiliar with Barack Obama’s attack on George Bush’s “Bank of China” credit card and his lack of patriotism in adding to the national debt.  Amodei had to throw a couple of elbows in the nominating process, but emerged to apparently unify the GOP.   The Nevada Supreme Court had to settle the issue of whether the parties could select their own nominees or had to have a “battle royale,” a fight the GOP won.

Meanwhile, here’s a longish clip of the two candidates addressing the same venue.  You can come to your own conclusions as to which does better on the stump.

We’ll keep an eye on this special election.

Update: I forgot to put in the Amodei clips from the event — which go on for a while:

Update II: Changed second “incompetent” to “fake,” which is what I’d meant to say originally.

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As they say, the key to acting is sincerity. If you can act sincere you can do anything.

pedestrian on August 25, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Thanks should go to the staffer who was too incompetent to redact this from the press release, since it exposes Marshall’s expressed support of Israel as a cheap stunt intended to exploit Glenn Beck, of all people.

Maybe the staffer left it in there on purpose to demonstrate this candidate’s incompetence??? Or, were they #hacked like the Weiner???

#itcouldhappen

ted c on August 25, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Jesus…‘HI I’M KATE MARSHALL..OMG!!!

From the state that continues to give us Harry ‘The War is Lost’ Reid…..

She’s a shoo-in…..

BigWyo on August 25, 2011 at 2:13 PM

That pic is priceless!

RedRedRice on August 25, 2011 at 2:13 PM

I’m sure this type of text appears all over the place in political communication.

**Turn head left, chin up, wag finger, blame GDub, now **turn head right, chin up, state “Let me be clear” and issue a resounding “there are some who say….**”

instructions.

ted c on August 25, 2011 at 2:14 PM

How come this woman is not currently as famous as Christine O’Donnell, who looks like a MENSA member compared to her?

Marcus on August 25, 2011 at 2:14 PM

God is at work again to accomplish His purposes.

jimw on August 25, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Rock me Amodei!

mikeyboss on August 25, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Editing Fail for Marshall’s team. These liberals continue to show us just how much smarter they are than us rubes!!!!

search4truth on August 25, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Doh! Maybe she can send out another flyer with a recall request for the previous mailer. It works so well with e-mail doesn’t it?

DanMan on August 25, 2011 at 2:18 PM

How come this woman is not currently as famous as Christine O’Donnell, who looks like a MENSA member compared to her?

Marcus on August 25, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Because Rove isn’t out there attacking her. Also, not a witch.

RedRedRice on August 25, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Background: Israel has been in the news lately, and will be even more in the news with Beck’s “Rally to Restore Courage” in Jerusalem. In an R district, it will be useful to express support for Israel and demonstrate some foreign policy prowess while it is a timely topic – especially for people who are likely paying attention to Beck’s event.

Er … Marshall’s team is strategizing around a Glenn Beck rally? That’s hilarious. Thanks should go to the staffer who was too incompetent to redact this from the press release, since it exposes Marshall’s expressed support of Israel as a cheap stunt intended to exploit Glenn Beck, of all people. Not only does this demolish the idea that Marshall has “foreign policy prowess,” it also makes her look incompetent.

Not only incompetent but highly hypocritical. Soon the U.N., and surely with Obama’s blessing, want to declare Palestine a state.

Who wants to bet where the lefties all stand on that?

Shame on all the Jews who fund the left.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2011 at 2:20 PM

She’s a Democrat, and therefore an imbecile … as a given. So I had no interest in hearing her screechy blather from the podium. I just wanted to know if she is nice to look at.

She isn’t.

Jaibones on August 25, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Glenn Beck, the leftie superstar – if it were not so risible it w/b entertaining.

Beck should totally expose the rats and materialize on this.

Good thing the left are so inept.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Like the apocryphal grovelling letter sent by an airline CEO about how horrified he was to hear that the complaining passenger had a bug in his in-flight meal, and how the plane would be taken offline and fumigated and so on, to the back of which was affixed a Post-It Note that read, “Send this guy the bug letter.”

Akzed on August 25, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Never let a crisis go to waste . . . but then, don’t let folks know that your were hoping there would be a crisis and using it to gain some brownie points.

What a dolt (moron is reserved for barack).

DuctTapeMyBrain on August 25, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Liberalism is a mental disease.

angryed on August 25, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Well this gals people tell her more about Israel than bho’s people does! The problem, bho will try to crater Israel as he is trying to do to the US!
L

letget on August 25, 2011 at 2:26 PM

its all a manipulation game to the dems.

rob verdi on August 25, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Democrats are really loathesomely desperate to keep up their class-warfare rhetoric AND nutty notions: all their rotten negative stereotypes, used by the Left for so long now to ruin any and all else, have been exposed and they’re scrambling to revive the hate and hate mongers who believe their rotten rhetoric.

Lourdes on August 25, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Not only incompetent but highly hypocritical. Soon the U.N., and surely with Obama’s blessing, want to declare Palestine a state.

Who wants to bet where the lefties all stand on that?

Shame on all the Jews who fund the left.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Ditto.

Lourdes on August 25, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Marshall Marshall Marshall! It’s always about Marshall!

What an puny little woman. Shame on you!!!

capejasmine on August 25, 2011 at 2:31 PM

I’m positive that she is ‘sincere’ in her support. Just as ‘sincere’ as Barry is.

GarandFan on August 25, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Not only does this demolish the idea that Marshall has “foreign policy prowess,” it also makes her look incompetent.

She’d fit right in with the Obama/Wasserman Schultz team!

cartooner on August 25, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Her current job as State Treasurer has to be by appointment…not election???

Please???

BigWyo on August 25, 2011 at 2:39 PM

How come this woman is not currently as famous as Christine O’Donnell, who looks like a MENSA member compared to her?

Marcus

You really have to ask? /

honsy on August 25, 2011 at 2:42 PM

How come this woman is not currently as famous as Christine O’Donnell, who looks like a MENSA member compared to her?

Marcus on August 25, 2011 at 2:14 PM

1) She has no “witch” gimmick.

2) She’s running for an empty House seat in a special election — not Senate looking to replace the vice president.

3) She’s not really competing (13 points down).

4) She’s a liberal so the media will cut her slack.

amerpundit on August 25, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Background: Israel has been in the news lately. Israel is a country. It is located on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea.

I’m told Jewish people live there, like New York City – though Israel is not as big as the state of New York. Israel is a developed country and a representative democracy with a parliamentary system and universal suffrage. (note: sufferage = right to vote.) I hope this memo is helpful to you.

Fallon on August 25, 2011 at 3:08 PM

This was my favorite part…. (going from memory) “What else have I done for you? … I have invested your tax dollars and made about $305 million…for the state…”

I don’t want you to make money for the state. I want you to let me have my money so I can invest it to make me money. If the state has enough money to invest, then it has too much money.

drocity on August 25, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Fallon on August 25, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Hehehe.

“Try to hold a Bible while you talk to the conservative hicks, they get excited about all the God stuff.”

Bishop on August 25, 2011 at 3:13 PM

1) She has no “witch” gimmick.

amerpundit on August 25, 2011 at 2:59 PM

I still say the first 5 seconds of O’Donnell’s “I’m not a witch” ad were the most charming thing I’ve ever seen in politics.

Jaibones on August 25, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Great, now Beck is giving talking points to the dems….
HAHAHA! The dems are right, Beck does feed talking points to the politicians…the dimwitted dems.

right2bright on August 25, 2011 at 4:22 PM

I am shocked, shocked to see a Democrat being “fake”.

the_souse on August 25, 2011 at 6:13 PM