Perry’s Porn Problem; Rubio Snubs Univision; Dems Get WV Back

Perry’s Porn Problem; Rubio Snubs Univision; Dems Get WV Back

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 by Jason Johnson, Chief Political Correspondent, Politic365.com

Perry’s Porn Problem!

Liberals just aren’t good at dirty politics. There is no left wing Karl Rove, or Dick Cheney or even Ann Coulter. When liberals try something dirty they just end up desperately sounding like someone who wants to be the ‘bad cop’ but just can’t manage it.

With that in mind, I have to give DailyKos a little credit for trying to get traction with this “Perry the Porn-Perv” story they’ve been promoting over the last couple of days. I’ll be honest, I hadn’t gotten over the Perry “Niggerhead” story. I still wasn’t sure if that was the name of his old family hunting grounds or  a new brothel that Karrine Steffans was starting in Vegas . However, Porn Perry might have an even better run on the Daily Show than the ranch. According to this Kos post Rick Perry invested millions of dollars in Movie Gallery which was the largest porn distribution company in the country and was at one point the target of protests by the conservative American Family Association which is now supporting his campaign.

This sounds wonderfully hypocritical on the part of Governor Perry and could sink him politically, but DailyKos is forcing the issue somewhat. Movie Gallery was a large national chain of video stores just like Blockbuster and Hollywood video used to be, the only difference is that they were the only national chain that carried porn movies. This allowed parents to slip into a back room and get a copy of “My Baby Got Back #36” while their kids rented “Finding Nemo” for the hundredth time. To be fair, investing in Movie Gallery doesn’t make Perry anymore of a porn monger than buying “Back to Black” made you complicit in Amy Winehouse’s drug problems, but the press likely won’t make that distinction. There is a bright side for Governor Perry though: this isn’t the first time Porn and Politics have come together, the most popular porn DVD in 2008 was a happy mishmash of the two, I’m pretty sure that now he can score an endorsement from Lisa Ann.

Marco Rubio Flexes Muscle … And Snubs Univision ?

I know that Marco Rubio is the popular pre-primary choice for a Republican running mate, but I have always wondered if the freshman senator from Florida is anything more than a blind GOP stab at identity politics.  Rubio is the son of Cuban exiles which doesn’t automatically make him social or cultural kin to Mexican-Americans in the Southwest or Puerto Ricans and Carribeans in the Northeast. Plus, anyone who is referred to as the “Crown Prince” of the Tea-party movement is going to have some explainin’ to do to Latino voters in a general election.

Compounding these issues, the senator has gotten into a tiff with the powerful Spanish language Univision network after the news channel ran a story about his brother-in-law’s drug conviction in the late 80’s. Rubio’s team claims that Univision tried to use the story to blackmail him. Supposedly, if he agreed to an interview with the station they would have sat on or even softened the story.

Marco wasn’t having any part of that, and now refuses to appear on the channel. All those guys who think that he might be their VP in 2012, Romney, Perry and (*ahem*) John Huntsman have agreed to boycott the station in solidarity. I don’t know how successful you can be as a Republican candidate for president (or V.P.) in courting the Latino vote if you refuse to even appear on Univision, but the GOP has never been all that good at identity politics for anyone except for White people; remember this  ?

Despite Obama’s Best Efforts Democrats Win Something in West Virginia

Last night in a special election Democratic Governor Earl Ray Tomblin defeated his Republican challenger Bill Malony in a close special election for governor. While Tomblin had been acting governor after previous governor Joe Manchin (D-WV) moved up to the Senate, he still had to run for the position until the actual general election in the fall of 2012.

Republicans went whole hog in the campaign, outspending Democrats 2-1 and closing Tomblin’s 30 point lead to a slim victory of 49 to 47 on Tuesday. Like most special elections, I am hesitant to make too much of the results, and Democrats have a very good record in special elections, they’ve won 24 of 35 special elections in the last 8 years including 7 where the party switched. The one assessment that can be made though is that all politics is local if you work on it. Obama’s approval rating in West Virginia is 28%, one of his worst in the 50 states, the Republican Governor’s association spent millions of dollars attempting to tie Tomblin to Obama – but he won. Not by distancing himself from the president but by focusing on West Virginia and painting those ads as ‘interference’ from outsiders. Probably a good strategy for Red State Dems in 2012.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Liberals aren't good at dirty politics? Are you kidding? You have a president flying around country on tax payers dime promoting a "jobs plan", blaming Republicans for not passing while his own party will not introduce it and are currently recommending changing bill?!?!

    Come on, write something more truthful.

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