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I'm not entirely sure where to start with this campaign ad that Charles Taylor is running in NC-11. Click here for a Google Video link (and if someone could let us know what we're doing wrong when we attempt to post embedded video and only get HTML code, we'll be forever grateful!!!) - watch it and come back below the jump...

So, was I the only one who was completely surprised that a choir didn't walk into the frame singing "NIIIIIIINE Eee-Levv-EN!!! NIIIIIIINE Eee-Levv-EN!!!" to the tune of Handel's Hallelujah Chorus?


Anyway, let's just see how much Charles Taylor loves veterans...


- Taylor voted against expanding access to TRICARE health insurance to thousands of reservists and National Guard members, even those who were called up into active duty. (HR 1815, Vote #221, 5/25/05)


- He voted for the passage of a budget that, among other things like decimating the Social Security surplus and clearing the way for ANWR drilling, cut Veterans' health care benefits by $13.5 billion over five years. Oh, and it found $106 billion in tax cuts for the wealthy. (HR 95, Vote #149, 4/8/05)


- A $53 million boost to the Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs funding bill? Not on his watch! (HR 2528, Vote #224, 5/26/05)


- Full retirement and disability benefits for all vets? Nope! (HR 1588, Vote #616, 11/7/03)


- Granting bonuses to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan? Guess what! He was against that, too! (HR 3289, Vote #554, 10/17/03)


I'm sure I'm just scratching the surface here, but I'm pretty sure that there's enough here for anyone to call BS on this ad. This is nothing but a desperate attempt for Taylor to hang onto the Veterans' votes.


I really don't want to come off sounding like Keith Olbermann here, but... Have you no sense of decency, Congressman Taylor? You've exploited the patriotism of those who served overseas by teasing them with jingoistic icons that you don't give a flying fig about. You've even sunk so low as to exploit YOUR OWN FAMILY for your own political gain!!! By running this ad on every single television station within broadcast range of NC-11, you are making a mockery of the brave service of those who did serve proudly in foreign wars, popular and otherwise, and you are insulting the memory of those who did give their lives. How dare you?

Originally posted to WNCNN on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 04:42 AM PDT.

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  •  With a name like Charles Taylor (2+ / 0-)
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    sistersilverwolf, ChaiCat

    It won't be long that he will get the support of Pat Robertson.

    January 20. 2009 cannot come soon enough.

    by Crisis Corps Volunteer on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 05:04:34 AM PDT

  •  I don't watch WLOS too much (2+ / 0-)
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    sistersilverwolf, ChaiCat

    anymore, but it's been fun to tune into the Sinclair Broadcasting News Hour-and-a-Half lately just to see what new attack ad Taylor is paying for tonight.  If he were a Democrat, I'm sure Darcel would be wearing her concerned look, telling us in her "I'm a serious journalist" voice about the stroke he had, and how it's going to reduce his effectiveness as a congressman.  (And really, looking at his ads this time around, the man looks really bad, you know?  He's not even coloring his hair!)  Of course, since he's a Rethug, the whole matter stays under the table.

    But while I agree with you, I think it would be a lot more effective if the Schuler campaign was to release these figures in a counter ad. Taylor does get some traction in the area for the continued expansion of the VA Hospital in Oteen, and people need to hear about the times that he's turned his back on veterans. I don't think that you're going to find a lot of people here from NC-11 that might be leaning R.  God knows I'm not!  (Guess it's time to try another LTE to USA-Today, Asheville edition.)

    •  Shuler's way ahead of ya, Scrutinizer (5+ / 0-)

      I saw the counter-ad on WLOS in the breakroom @ my work a few minutes ago. They used two of the same votes I cited.

      Sometimes it does feel like we're preaching to the choir, but the way I see it, if something like this inspires the LTE Team to assemble fire off letters to the AC-T, Hendersonville Times-News, etc., then it'll have been worth it.

      One of my cohorts suggested that I submit a version of this post as a guest commentary. I might do that.

  •  Holy Crap He is Running Ads (3+ / 0-)

    It is like money is falling out of trees or something. Shuler up 51-40 in a poll out this week though, even with all the non stop ads Taylor is running. The one I hate the most is the one where the woman thanks God for Charles Taylor's existence at the end of it. Yuck.

    "I like guys who got five deferments and never been there and send people to war, and then don't like to hear suggestions about what needs to be done."

    by trifecta on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 05:28:35 AM PDT

  •  Everything You Need To Know... (3+ / 0-)

    ...about how much trouble Chainsaw Charlie is in can be found in the fact that he has agreed to debate Heath Shuler.  This will be the first time Taylor has agreed to debate his opponent since 1994.  He says that voters have a right to know about the differences between him and Shuler.  Apparently voters did NOT have a right to know the differences between him and his ooponents in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2004.

    I was taking the recent Zogby poll giving Shuler an 11 point lead with lots of salt.  It looks like Taylor isn't.

    •  I've wondered about that (0+ / 0-)

      Zogby poll myself.  Taylor's strength has always been in the rural areas of the district (that's how he beat Keever last time).  IIRC, Keever beat Taylor by a pretty wide margin in Asheville, a narrower margin in Buncombe County, but got buried in the surrounding counties.  I wonder if Zogby has a representative sample---although I agree that Taylor seems worried.  As you point out, he hasn't agreed to a debate in ages, and even though attack ads have been part and parcel of his campaign, I don't remember being inundated like this since he and whatshisname (Herndon ?) were swapping seats back in the 90s.

      I wonder if Taylor will play the "not from around here" card a lot in the debate?  I have to admit that resonates a little with those (few and getting fewer) of us who are "from around here" (my family's been in the hills since the early 1800s), but to my mind Taylor's bandit ways disqualify him for anything but a seat in the County Jail.

      •  Shuler (1+ / 0-)
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        Christopher Walker

        The thing is that Shuler IS from the district.  he was born and raised in Swain County.  Repugs are doing the hypocrite things again by bashing him for having lived elsewhere for a few years.  They happily supported Elizabeth Dole in 2002, even though she had lived out of state for more than 40 years.

  •  Latest Ads (2+ / 0-)
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    sistersilverwolf, ChaiCat

    I saw a new one this morning where Shuler was out in front of his Baptist Church, saying that Taylor had been spreading lies about him.  Maybe that will prove effective.  I love the one where Taylor is sitting at his desk, working, with his sleeves rolled up, in front of a laptop.   I doubt he even knows how to turn one on.

    I cannot bear to watch the one with the old redneck woman sitting in a quaint mountain town babbling nearly incoherently, monotonously and negatively about Shuler.  My dog could have done a better job in that bit.   When that one comes on, I pause the Tivo and zoom through it when it's over.   I'm not trying to be overconfident, but I don't see how Taylor can pull this one out at this point, with the Foleygate stuff on top of everything else.   Shuler has a lot of money and probably will hold his own at the debate.

    •  Overconfidence (1+ / 0-)
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      scrutinizer

      Taylor has pulled out of tight spots before, usually by starting a slightly under the radar whispering campaign against his opponent, so this race isn't even close to being over yet.

      Still, Taylor has never had to run in a year in which the Repug party has been as on the defensive as it is this year and he's never had an opponent quite like Heath Shuler.  That Chainsaw Charlie has agreed to his first debate in 12 years is a strong indication that he is either taking the Zogby poll seriously, or that his own internal polls aren't looking very good for him, but with a full month to go until Election Day this is not a race to get complacent about.

  •  Charles Taylor (2+ / 0-)
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    scrutinizer, sistersilverwolf

    I know from personal experience that when a voter calls on Charles Taylor he responds quite quickly to help that voter out.  I know this from first hand experience, but after learning all of the other things he has done, i.e., raiding the social security fund, voting to take vetrans benefits away etc., etc.,and giving tax benefits to the ultra wealthy it would be impossible for me to vote for him.

    A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats. Ben Franklin

    by ChaiCat on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 06:48:01 AM PDT

    •  I agree with this--- (0+ / 0-)

      ---even though Taylor fits the mold of an "I'm going to find a way to line my pockets anyway I can" politician, he has been very responsive to the average voter in the district.  That's one of the reasons that it's been hard to get him out of office---there's always someone with a story about how good ol' Charles Taylor helped out.  I shudder to say it, but Taylor's Congressional career seems like the Republican version of Lyndon Johnson in the House---he always makes time for the average Joe, and he never misses a chance to enrich himself at public expense.  Like you, I feel that the way he's built his family's fortune on our backs, and his support of the radical Republican agenda overshadows any positive effect he has had, and he needs to go---preferably two years ago.  (I'd much rather be supporting Keever's re-election right now, but that's just me.)

    •  Taylor's responses are quick, but very selective (0+ / 0-)

      I've known people who got their passports expedited triple-quick through the intervention of Taylor's office, but I've also talked to people whose passports actually came later than they normally would after talking to one of Taylor's staff.

      You know how every Representative has a thing on his or her website saying "Let us know when you visit DC, and we'll do everything we can to make your visit memorable"? My wife filled out the form on Taylor's house.gov site about two months before we visited DC last summer, and we didn't get a response.

      Makes me wonder if he or someone on his staff doesn't visit the NC SBOE website and look to see what party the constituent requesting services is registered with...

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