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AP Calls Primary Winners ‘Inexperienced’

From the memory deficient Associated Press:

Primary winners highlight political inexperience

By David Espo, AP Special Correspondent
August 11, 2010

WASHINGTON – All hail inexperience — the less familiarity with politics the better, no matter the party or state.

Was this the AP’s headline and lede when Mr. Obama won the Presidency last November? Somehow we don’t think so.

"The support of the voters of Connecticut isn’t bestowed by the establishment or the pundits or the media. It isn’t a birthright," former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon said after winning the GOP senatorial nomination in her first run for office.

The AP loves to trot out Ms. McMahon’s background. Even though the sham journalism they practice makes professional wrestling look positively dignified.

Two mountain ranges away, appointed Sen. Michael Bennett of Colorado, tried to express the same sentiment after dispatching his rival, a former state house speaker. "This election is the first time my name has ever been on the ballot," said Bennett, who enjoyed President Barrack Obama’s support in the bitter Democratic primary.

Also in Colorado, businessman Dan Maes edged out Congressman Scott McInnis for the Republican gubernatorial nomination after a campaign in which both candidates suffered self-inflicted woounds [sic].

Bennet, McMahon and Maes were three of the most distinctive winners on a busy primary night, one an incumbent who proved able to handle the type of primary challenge that has claimed lawmakers elsewhere, the other two the epitome of the conservative outsiders who will carry the GOP banner into the fall campaign, with control of Congress and 37 governorships at stake.

Each now pivots to the fall campaign. Bennet will face Ken Buck, another self-proclaimed outsider. McMahon is the clear underdog against Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut’s veteran Democratic attorney general.

For some reason the AP does not mention Mr. Blumenthal’s “self-inflicted wounds” until near the end of the article – which we have not included.

Maes faces Democrat John Hickenlooper, the Denver mayor, and American Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo, a former GOP congressman, in the general election.

On a four-state primary night, former Rep. Nathan Deal led ex-Secretary of State Karen Handel narrowly in a Republican gubernatorial runoff in Georgia that was so close it could take days to resolve. The two vied for the right to take on former Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes..

In Minnesota, former Sen. Mark Dayton narrowly won the Democratic nomination for governor. He will face conservative State Rep. Tom Emmer, the easy winner of the GOP line on the ballot…

With Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell retiring in Connecticut, voters also settled a pair of contested gubernatorial primaries.

Tom Foley, a businessman and former U.S. ambassador to Ireland, won a three-way race for the Republican nomination.

Former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy defeated businessman Ned Lamont for the Democratic nomination. It was Lamont’s second try for statewide office and far quieter than his first. He won a Senate primary four years ago in one of the standout races of the 2006 campaign, upsetting Sen. Joe Lieberman, who then won a new term in the fall as an independent…

Note, too, how far down the AP buried these tidings about their (and Daily Kos) darling, Ned Lamont.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, August 11th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “AP Calls Primary Winners ‘Inexperienced’”

  1. proreason

    “The AP loves to trot out Ms. McMahon’s background. Even though the sham journalism they practice makes professional wrestling look positively dignified. ”

    ROFL

  2. AcornsRNutz

    The smearing of Linda McMahon surprises me. She was an integral part in making something as foolish as men in gaudy tights and face paint pretending to be beating one another with chairs and thumbtacks into a multi billion dollar industry. To me, that means she has enough real world smarts to sell something that strange with a good deal of success. Last I checked, the msm can barely stay afloat selling the news.

    • proreason

      You are right.

      One would think that Axelrod would be calling her for advice.

    • AcornsRNutz

      Not to mention Bahney Fwank. I am sure he hasn’t yet figured out how to make a typical saturday night ast his house that profitable either.

  3. AP……..”Inexperience”??? So where does that place Barack Obama then?

  4. wardmama4

    Some aspiring JournoList just might want to do some research and just for grins take a gander at WWE tv for a normal day, a holiday and of course a special version against a normal day, a holiday and of course (other than the Immaculation of Obama) a special day of MSNBC (closest I can get to Obama tv) ratings . Or compare 2009 through current day – Income/profits of WWE to any nationally read newspaper.

    Yes like a business person has less experience to be in Congress than lawyers – the only diff would be lawyers know how to word the legislation to provide loopholes and exemptions for themselves and their patrons.

    So to me, a Congress full of inexperienced business people just might be perfect for American citizens.

  5. bill

    So experienced socialists are better for America.

    Heck if I could, I would get rid of every last one of these congressional clunkers.

    And so how did they ever support Barrack Hussein Obama

    • AcornsRNutz

      I think that sentiment is the elephant in the room that they are all tiptoeing around in these types of reports. Without saying it outloud this is why the media is so excited about Colorado. Every incumbent, espescially the dems, is running against the odds in 2010, and they know it whether they or the media admit it or not.

  6. Right of the People

    The AP says this like it is a bad thing. This is why we need term limits so we can get fresh faces with fresh thinking and no ties to all of the lobbyists in congress. Heck, if we could replace them all, it would take those crooks (lobbyists and special interest groups) two terms to even get to know them and if you limited them to two terms, problem solved.

    • wardmama4

      I like your thinking – too bad too many people I know answer – we already have term limits – voting. Yeah right, look how well that has turned out.

    • TwilightZoned

      Absolutely we need term limits. If for nothing else to keep those on the government dole from re-electing the socialist, wealth redistributing morons. When you don’t pay taxes you have no vested interest to keep them low. And while we’re at…Politicians live off social security and the same health care system as the rest of us poor schlubs with no retirement pension after leaving office. Make lobbying illegal. The ONLY people to benefit are the politicians, lobbyists, and the company they lobby for. Joe citizen always foots the bill and payoffs on these deals.

    • Right of the People

      I’ve stated many times before that only people who pay taxes should be allowed to vote. That would keep the welfare bunnies from elected d-bags like the O’ster and his crowd out of our lives.

  7. misanthropicus

    “Inexperienced” – eeeerrrr, wasn’t this state not long ago called “freshness” “hope-inducing” “refreshing” and “optimistic audacity”?


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