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Friday, October 6, 2006

Guns, gays and gosh-awful schools

Posted By on Fri, Oct 6, 2006 at 3:41 PM

OK. OK. The A$a campaign wants everyone to know that the NRA is running radio ads for their candidate. Mike! will see them a shotgun and raise them a semi-automatic assault rifle, most likely. Ron Crawford, the tireless defender of defunct Paron High School, the supposedly wonderful rural retreat with the 100 percent remediation rate its last year in business, is also running independent ads in support of A$a! And then there's the Republican-financed Coalition for Arkansas Future, which apparently thinks a regiment of gays is about to burn the Arkansas Code Annotated and the State Constitution, slaughter the state Supreme Court and start marrying in droves. It's running ads about the gay peril that Democrats want to loose in Arkansas.

Consider yourself told.

This ad blitz might matter if 1) Beebe wasn't the better candidate 2) Beebe hadn't smashed A$a in the last debate 3) Beebe wasn't fully ready to demagogue the gun and gay marriage issues to whatever extent necessary. Beebe has boxed himself into a rare principled position on the school issue -- he doesn't want to retreat from the promise of a better education for all Arkansas children. It takes real courage to articulate such a message (read sarcasm). On the other hand, A$a's cravenness on the subject perhaps illustrates that it really DOES take courage for a political candidate to take such a position. Confidential to Mike H.: If you're really serious about wanting A$a to succeed you, how about telling him to get right on schools?

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