Strickman pointed out that several different legislative districts converge in Supervisor District 4, where she was running. A better GOTV campaign combined with the targeting of all Democratic races would have boosted her chances. As it was, Strickman said, there was no one even coordinating the activities of all the different campaigns.

"If we had played like a team, I think we could have had a different result," Strickman said.

State Dem flack De­Rose argued that the party did all it could in a red state with a GOP homeboy running for prez and an Obama campaign with only a couple of offices statewide. Then there was the Dems' historic registration disadvantage. She's probably right about John McCain bringing out GOPers to the polls, but what happened to all those new voters the Dems have been boasting about and all that enthusiasm for Obama?

"We'll be doing detailed postmortems in the coming weeks," chirped the effervescent DeRose. Meanwhile, she had no answer for why the Dems' GOTV effort was a bust. She couldn't say what the party had done to help non-targeted races. Nor could she even cough up the names of the people at the state party responsible for strategy.

Landfried, Larson, and many others noted a problem with the Dems' message, or lack thereof. Republicans have a simple answer to the immigration problem: arrest, prosecute, and deport all illegal immigrants. But Dems refused to engage on the issue.

Similarly, the far right had a hunk of red meat in Prop 102, the anti-gay-marriage amendment, and it drew GOP voters to the polls like jackals to a carcass. The state Dems response? Ignore the 800-pound GOP pachyderm in the room.

In The Bird's view, the party's pusillanimity and strategic stupidity drips from the top down. And though Dems will miss her veto power, the likelihood of Janet amscraying to D.C. might be a blessing in disguise. Like with a losing sports franchise, sometimes the best thing is to oust the entire coaching staff. Now if the party could make sure Bivens and Weeg take a powder as well . . .

ARPAIO'S WATERGATE

Maria Weeg's been gloating in recent weeks over the fact that state GOP chairman Randy Pullen's had to give back $105K in donations from the shadowy Sheriff's Command Association, which has a P.O. box in Mesa and MCSO Captain Joel Fox writing checks.

In one recent state Democratic Party statement on the GOP funny money, the press release began with one line: "Republicans have only $73,000 cash on hand."

Of course, the GOP still kicked donkey ass, and that's where the parallels to Watergate begin but don't end, because if you'll recall, President Richard Nixon didn't really need a secret team of "plumbers" to break into the Dems' HQ in the Watergate complex in D.C. back in 1972, or to undermine their Democratic opponents as such GOP dirty tricksters did back then.

As anyone who's seen All the President's Men knows, Nixon was barreling toward a landslide re-election. Nixon's ultimate rival, Democrat George McGovern, would have lost, even without all the political subterfuge on the part of Nixon's CREEP, the Committee to Re-elect the President.

Similarly, Arpaio far out-raised Dan Saban. Until Arpaio ran the scummy anti-Saban TV ads in September, Arpaio and his operatives were successfully ignoring Saban's scramble for votes. And the electorate was generally following their lead. The anti-Saban ads were as unnecessary for Arpaio as Nixon's shenanigans were for him in 1972.

But it's almost as if, like Nixon, Arpaio, et al. couldn't help themselves.

Captain Fox, fronting for the SCA, donated $105K to the state GOP. Chairman Pullen funneled $78K of that into an independent expenditure group called Arizonans for Public Safety, which targeted (in a bad way) the campaigns of Saban and Tim Nelson. Such earmarking of funds is illegal. And groups like the SCA have to disclose the names of donors, so the party in turn can hand over that info to the Arizona Secretary of State.

According to an October 31 letter from Pullen to the Secretary of State's Office in response to the state Dems' complaint that the GOP had violated several state laws, Pullen asserts that he asked "Mr." Joel Fox for the names of those in the SCA, but received no reply. So he finally, grudgingly had to return the dolo. Of course, by then, the nasty anti-Saban ads had already been paid for.

Pullen claims, "No one at the party ever had a direct or indirect conversation with anyone . . . associated with SCA regarding the use of the funds."

The whole affair smells like a loaded diaper, and Joel Fox bears a too-close resemblance to infamous Nixon operative G. Gordon Liddy, mastermind of the Watergate break-in. Attorney General Terry Goddard confirmed that his office received a complaint concerning SCA-gate and that it was looking into the matter. Mysteriously, he said he could say no more.

What Goddard should do is call in Fox for questioning and interrogate Mr. Mustache under a hot light. Who knows? Maybe SCA-gate could do what Saban was unable to: remove Joe from office. But this heron would settle for whatever top member of Joe's command staff pulled the strings.

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plumbing pleasanton

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Flu-Bird
Flu-Bird

Arizona is pretty conservative after all they have MARAPOSA COUNTY and SHERIFF JOE ARPIO which we need more of

DennisGilman
DennisGilman

It's about time someone remembered the good old "Sheriff's Command Association" (SCA) other than myself. But will Terry Goddard have the courage to pursue it? I am bitter about this! While the local media barely covered it and the Dem's made some noise-they all seem to think it was OK since Arpaio won and they gave back the money. I guess we are supposed to believe that 105K is sitting in a PO Box in Mesa and thats all we need to know about it. As Arpaio would say while wagging his finger " None of your business!" Arpaio's official doner list was filled with contributions from employees of MCSO. When is the last time employees making 40,000/year line up to fork over 390 dollar contributions? Joel Fox received a nice promotion last election for working on Arpaio's campaign in 2004, but no one wants to touch this? Follow the money!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

William Crum
William Crum

Attention All Voters of AZ:I am really wondering whether or not the Democratic Party wanted to be in charge of AZ. It is so much easier to blame the other party for all the problems but I blame you registered party membership for not pushing the issues. Well, you can't get that right so how about doing something positive for this state: help the AZ Green Party get back on the ballot for 2010. You think you lack money for all your candidates; all we want is to be able to just get on the ballot. You want to join the party; that is fine also. Welcome to the party who believe in civil rights for all people. AZGP.org.

CooperG
CooperG

It seems to me that if you believe your presidential candidate isn't going to win because they're the "home town" boy, then wouldn't a prudent strategy be to help those who do have a chance? Why wouldn't you use resources to build the home team bench and prepare candidates for future elections? Democrats have lost every time they've used this single-minded approach.

Who knows if they'll ever learn.

Ted
Ted

Heh, Heh, G. Gordan, wasn't it those mousey types that exposed you and the other participants in the Watergate affair? And didn't you, unappreciated hero to your own psychopathic mind, then spend a number of years in the federal penitentiary in partial atonement for those crimes thanks to those same journalist weenies? Looks to me and the vast majority of Americans that they are the true heroes in your twisted saga of warped patriotism gone completely bad. You pathetic example of a man really have nothing to teach anyone except to avoid lunatics posing as patriots!

Emil Pulsifer
Emil Pulsifer

Well, G. Gordon does live in Scottsdale (or did, the last time I checked). Once, I even saw baldilocks driving through the parking lot at Biltmore Shopping Plaza. Whoopee.

So I guess, theoretically, it could be him. The "can of hash" reference is roughly consistent with someone of both his generation and his temperament.

Speaking of which, having read "Will" many years ago, and having heard a little of his AM Radio rants (in much the same vein) since then, it seems odd to me that "G. Gordon" should grouse about "the bile of discontent". This from someone who seems to have developed a bitter hatred of everyone and everything aside from J. Edgar Hoover, Tricky Dick Nixon, John McCain, and (now it is revealed) Uncle Joe Arpaio. Kind of like a crazy pit-bull frothing at the mouth most of the time, but turning all warm and fuzzy whenever his owner (the Alpha Male) walks into the room.

Now -- typical psycho -- he's regurgitating those talks with the prison chaplin he received in the spare moments when he wasn't distilling pure nicotine (for use as a poison) from a box of cigars, or fuming about how his plan to kill Jack Anderson petered out -- like all his grandiose schemes, except the one he landed in prison for, and that one was just a failure. (Wasn't it, "Superklutz"?) Seems he's a bit of a wackjob. According to his bio, he spent his childhood admiring the speeches of Adolph Hitler and castigating himself for cowardice; and then one day he felt something go "snap" in his head, and a sensation like warm treacle dripping over his brain. Right about then was when he began holding his hand over open candle flames. Ever since then, he's been a one-man pit-bull, for the right Alpha Male. Arf, arf, baby! What an oddball. No wonder talk radio is the only place he's ever fit in.

Now, if the signature is to be believed, he's up at 1 in the morning posting smack about The Bird. Yeah, that geezer's "in the game" alright. Probably Russian Roulette. I'll bet he gets insomnia over all those lost years in the slammer, and sits in front of the mirror interrogating himself by way of castigation.

G.Gordon
G.Gordon

heh

heh....heh

You mousey news types that just love to hide behind your desks and your first amendments and your fat bellys have such a grand ol' time talkin trash about everybody else. You even got your little boobs following you around chanting your praises and demanding that "something be done".

But you're a sidelines kinda guy. A story-teller. A witness. A puny little wannabe important attention whore who stays at work all night because it's just too depressing to go back to your run down studio apartment and watch reruns of old cartoons while eating your last can of hash.

If you only had the guts, or the brains, or even just the motivation to get into the game you probably wouldn't hate so much.

But you go right on choking on the bile of discontent. You go right on blaming everyone else for your pitiful life. People like you will never win a fight because you don't know how. You don't even have what it takes to learn.

You go right on publishing lies about me and other great Americans like Joe Arpaio. There is no punishment for you that could be worse than letting you live your rotten life.

heh....heh....

david saint
david saint

well here it is AG Goddard, a big, early christmas present nice and wrapped for you and everything!!! lets see you do the right thing and prosecute this as it should be, and not say you cant becuase of a conflict of interest about an investigation that arpaio doesnt even have jurisdiction to do in the first place!!

Emil Pulsifer
Emil Pulsifer

Dear Mr. Lemons,

Thank you for pointing out the fact that the Arizona Democratic Party leadership is composed of feculent weenies. My theory is that Myrtle the Turtle has them p-whipped.

Meanwhile, here is some timely information on card-check unionization which the Arizona Republic will never report. And, I daresay, likely not the New Times under the stewardship of Mr. Lacey. (My gracious heavens -- I'm being FORCED to join a union, at the risk of earning an average of $200 a week more than my non-unionized counterparts, according to Labor Department statistics.)

http://firedoglake.com/2006/05...

 
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