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We don’t know which is more idiotic: U.S. Senator Susan Collins, one of the most powerful people in the nation whining that she feels intimidated by a little camera man from the Tom Allen campaign following her around, or The Bangor Daily News backing her up.

University of Maine Political Science Professor Amy Fried said it best in her letter to the editor of The Bangor Daily Saturday:

“Filming should demonstrate respect for personal space and time, but I find it baffling that a newspaper, protected under the Constitution because of its critical role in informing citizens would object to a campaign filming a public official in public and claim that it ‘does not reflect Maine values.’”

Well said indeed.

It has been well-publicized that the Maine Democrats have hired a videographer to attend public events involving Susan Collins and record what she says. Our own Stockton Springs Sesquicentennial Parade made state news because Allen’s man was catching Collins on tape there.

In a carefully thought-out bit of political showmanship, Collins publicly took Allen to task for this practice, making it appear that he had paparazzi tailing her and that there was something shady about this practice.

This comes from someone who supported the Patriot Act with the attitude, “If you’re not doing anything wrong, it shouldn’t bother you.”

What’s wrong with holding a U.S. Senator on the campaign trail accountable for what she says? We believe this falls firmly under the rights giving us a public government and freedom of the press.

What’s next? Will Collins next ask the press to leave her alone at public functions such as parades?

It was all a silly, manufactured controversy -- a tactic that the Collins campaign has used to good effect. But at the end of the day, she and anyone who's defended her on this will get all the scorn and mocking they deserve.

On the web: Tom Allen for Senate

Update: This editorial also ran in the Capitol Weekly this morning, meaning it could very well be running throughout this entire newspaper chain.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 08:12 AM PDT.

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  •  So many Republican hypocrites... (10+ / 0-)

    so little time.

    "No man should advocate a course in private that he's ashamed to admit in public." -George McGovern

    by Arturo52 on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 08:13:08 AM PDT

  •  (Vid) The YouTube-ification of Maine politics (3+ / 0-)
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    mainefem, SheriffBart, Rumarhazzit

    Maine Senator Susan Collins greets her tracker.

    "A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves."--Edward R. Murrow

    by Scarce on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 08:13:29 AM PDT

  •  Money line. (15+ / 0-)

    This comes from someone who supported the Patriot Act with the attitude, "If you’re not doing anything wrong, it shouldn’t bother you."

    How many cars have you taken off the road this year? Join the Kos group at One Billion Bulbs

    by pat208 on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 08:15:47 AM PDT

  •  She's afraid... (8+ / 0-)

    ...that someone might actually see a video of her acting like...herself.  As in, not the faux moderate image she gives off, but of the civil-rights-opposing Republican Senator she actually is.

    An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws. -- T. Paine (-6.25, -7.18)

    by DH from MD on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 08:15:55 AM PDT

  •  Game, Set, Match... (9+ / 0-)

    This comes from someone who supported the Patriot Act with the attitude, "If you’re not doing anything wrong, it shouldn’t bother you."

    "Salvation for a race, nation or class must come from within. Freedom is never granted; it is won. Justice is never given; it is exacted." A. Phillip Randolph

    by Savage on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 08:16:28 AM PDT

  •  Sen. Susan Collins (9+ / 0-)

    This comes from someone who supported the Patriot Act with the attitude, "If you’re not doing anything wrong, it shouldn’t bother you."

    Sen. Collins is rubberstamping 100% of George Bush's agenda.  There's something wrong with that, so it 'bothers' her.

    "Some men see things as they are and say 'Why?' I dream things that never were and say, 'I need to quit drinking!'" - Greasy Grant

    by Greasy Grant on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 08:16:47 AM PDT

  •  Meanwhile, Henry Waxman investigates Chris Shays (5+ / 0-)

    ...another northeastern republican "moderate" about election improprities from Karl Rove.

    WASHINGTON — A congressional panel is investigating whether the White House misused federal resources to help re-elect Rep. Christopher Shays, R-4, in 2006.

    Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Ca., who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent letters Tuesday to the heads of 18 federal agencies seeking documents to determine if that is so.

    On Sunday, the Washington Post reported that Karl Rove, the president's political adviser, organized an "asset deployment team" to "coordinate the travel of Cabinet secretaries and senior agency officials, the announcement of grant money, and personnel and policy decisions" to promote Republicans in Congress. Shays was a major recipient of Rove's assistance, according to the report.

    "A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves."--Edward R. Murrow

    by Scarce on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 08:18:38 AM PDT

  •  Are there any Mainers out there who (4+ / 0-)
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    Savage, Spud1, homo neurotic, mainefem

    get the Courier papers? Was this actually IN the print version of the paper? Otherwise, my grandparents will never see it.

    I'm just a simple hyperchicken from a backwoods asteroid. Relentless!

    by ablington on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 08:19:02 AM PDT

  •  Dear Senator Collins (10+ / 0-)

    if you're not doing anything wrong, you shouldn't mind a cameraman following you around.

    Freakin' hypocrites.  The only thing more annoying than Collins' whining is that she got a newspaper, for chrissakes, to opine that there was something wrong with information gathering.  Unbelievable -- that paper should just shut down now and be done with it.

    "We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them." -- Abigail Adams

    by jsmdlawyer on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 08:19:04 AM PDT

  •  Line of the Year. (Ouch!) (6+ / 0-)

    This comes from someone who supported the Patriot Act with the attitude, "If you’re not doing anything wrong, it shouldn’t bother you."


    Please, save the conservative.

    by MrHinkyDink on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 08:21:38 AM PDT

  •  right the hell on (4+ / 0-)
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    mainefem, joanneleon, Ken in MN, LynneK

    chiming in similarly to pat208's comment:

    In a carefully thought-out bit of political showmanship, Collins publicly took Allen to task for this practice, making it appear that he had paparazzi tailing her and that there was something shady about this practice.

    This comes from someone who supported the Patriot Act with the attitude, "If you’re not doing anything wrong, it shouldn’t bother you."

    that's some stingingly succinct and on-target small-market journalism right there. would that more big media types "get it" to a similar extent.

    Time for Miles to soothe me again, because jazz is the antibush. --zic

    by homo neurotic on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 08:25:25 AM PDT

  •  Collins wants the benefit of public exposure w/o- (7+ / 0-)

    the cost of public scrutiny.

    Sorry Sen. Collins (R-Whinerstan), you can always retire if you feel overly "put-upon".


    The distinction that goes with mere office runs far ahead of the distinction that goes with actual achievement. H.L. Mencken

    by BenGoshi on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 08:29:27 AM PDT

  •  'Manufactured controversy" this phrase will (5+ / 0-)
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    zasu, Spud1, mainefem, SS Eye, BlueGenes

    reshape the 2008 campaign and remove the Roverian approach to campaigning for good if we call them. Obama is doing a good job identifying them and pointing them out.

    U.S. Senator and 2008 Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama accused his opponent, fellow senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, of creating a "fabricated controversy" over his foreign policy comments in July 2007

    Pace University Professor of Law John A. Humbach argues that "fabricated controversy" as a lawyering technique undercuts the trial as a "search for truth," and thereby undermines justice and the rule of law

    Time Magazine dubbed Ken Starr's investigation into U.S. President Bill Clinton's infidelity a "manufactured controversy" in a 1998 cover feature story.

    Obama Continued:

    This notion that's peddled by the religious right - that they are oppressed is not true. Sometimes it's a cynical ploy to move their agenda ahead. The classic example being that somehow secularists are trying to eliminate Christmas, which strikes me as some kind of manufactured controversy

    Now you know why "O" is the only candidate that is truly progressive and symbolizes change. If you want a working majority in Congress in 08 "O" is your guy.

  •  Great letter to the Portland Press Herald..... (11+ / 0-)

    Casco resident Jason Thaxter minces no words in the Portland Press Herald:

    Sen. Susan Collins is upset about someone taping her in public, at public functions?  Really?  Where was she when her esteemed colleague Joe Lieberman paid people to bully and disrupt Ned Lamont's campaign events?

    And a staffer apparently complained about someone taping a license plate of a car Collins got into.  This is a senator who has recently (and repeatedly) voted to gut the Fourth Amendment.  If law-abiding Americans can't expect privacy in private any more, then why should a public servant expect it in public?

    I'm sure we'll hear much more of this kind of silliness as the GOP loses power and seeks to roll back the hardball tactics it pioneered before it ends up on the other end of the stick.  If there's any good to come out of this, it's that she has unwittingly given Rep. Tom Allen's campaign national attention as people pick up on this story.

    "Judge me on the content of my character, not the underwear on my head."

    by Bill in Portland Maine on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 08:43:04 AM PDT

  •  I pray for a Collins macaca moment! (3+ / 0-)
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    "You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case." - Ken Kesey

    by Glinda on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 08:43:22 AM PDT

  •  There is a Reason They Fear (3+ / 0-)
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    mainefem, SS Eye, BlueGenes

    The recorder.  In a primary campaign, even if running unopposed, Republican candidates will almost always try to pander to the hard rightwingnut segment of the base.  That is where they get their volunteers and funding (well the funding that doesn't come from corprate PACs).  And in that pandering, they are afraid they may say something that could hurt them in the general election, when they need to veer back towards the center to attract independent and moderate voters.

    A real pickle for many of these faux moderate Republican candidates.  So sad.

  •  Love the Patriot act analogy (1+ / 0-)
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    if you got nothin' to hide then why worry about the government eavesdroppin' on you, right?

  •  without micro managing by handlers (0+ / 0-)

    Without a dodge and spin answer made up for them by some political industry hack they are not safe in public for more than shaking hands and kissing babies.

    have we hit bottom yet?

    by eddienic on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 08:54:41 AM PDT

  •  It may interest you all to know that (0+ / 0-)

    (not surprisingly) Collins' blogger, Lance Dutson, has not commented on this or the Betts piece from last week. And for those of you that visited his site when he insinuated that dKos is a hate site, diary, you'll find it funny (in a sad way) that his latest diary has been up for two days and hasn't received one comment. If you want to stop by and say hello, it might help him not feel so lonely (but be nice in his time of need).

    17. Ne5

    In chess you may hit a man when he's down -- Irving Chernev, on Przepiorka v. Prokes, Budapest, 1929

    by Spud1 on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 09:01:55 AM PDT

  •  I wish we could afford to do this always (2+ / 0-)
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    This is doing the press's job for them .... How can they lie to their backers if someone is watching them?

    Favorite slap ..

    This comes from someone who supported the Patriot Act with the attitude, “If you’re not doing anything wrong, it shouldn’t bother you.”

    Ironic complaining as she's being doing the wrong thing for years.

    Avoiding Theocracy at Home and Neo Cons Abroad

    by UniC on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 09:02:30 AM PDT

  •  I have a solution for Collins- (4+ / 0-)
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    She should not announce her public appearances ahead of time. Perhaps visit localities in the middle of the night and campaign when there is no one around. Stay away from urban areas. Just visit uninhabited areas- cornfields and abandoned warehouses and such. Then no one will see her or video her or write down what she says. Problem solved.

    "She was very young,he thought,...she did not understand that to push an inconvenient person over a cliff solves nothing." -1984

    by aggressiveprogressive on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 09:38:54 AM PDT

  •  Republicans: "Boo hoo, whine, whine, somebody's.. (4+ / 0-)
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    following me around with a camera." Democrats: "Hey, bring it on. I have nothing to hide."

    Who wins this confrontation?

    Thanks a lot, DICK!!! -K.O.

    by Rumarhazzit on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 09:42:49 AM PDT

  •  Contribute to Tom Allen (3+ / 0-)
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    Spud1, mainefem, SS Eye

    here on the Actblue page

    Be sure and add the penny to signify Dkos support.

  •  The litany is over@ (1+ / 0-)
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    Turn Maine Blue, folks (Prof. Amy Fried is one of my WST faculty; and is "sanctimonious" as hell, BTW).

    However, she would say the same about Tom, too (if he tried to pull an avoidance stunt like this--as would I).

    Collins & her so-called 'staffers' neglected to read Ensign's June 6-13th internet 'playbook'.

    In addition, Collins resides a mere five miles from next weeks' free and public Iraq forum (U/Maine); and has refused to attend.


    Snowe is equally as culpable, folks; and we're stuck w/her until 2012 (the netroots shouldn't have dissed Jean Hay Bright's campaign to death--she literally "wrote the book" on Collins' whiny-assed tactics).

    Collins is getting away w/copious amounts of stonewalling; and has attempted to project blame elsewhere, is the issue. ain't workin' anymore.

  •  As a Former Mainer (3+ / 0-)
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    from Bangor...and knowing intimately the Bangor Daily News...
    The owner and publisher of the BDN is a longtime Republican.   Susan Collins is something of the hometown gal in Bangor, even though she's really from the very top of the state in Aroostook County.  After losing the election for Governor, she took a high profile job in Bangor as the Director of the Center for Family Business at Husson College there.   Through this she most likely worked all the contacts in the city through that, and Bangor is small enough that a lot of folks are going to support her.    There is certainly no way the Bangor Daily or its publisher is ever going to endorse a Southern Maine city slicker like Tom Allen.  

    The papers like the Republican Journal are the Central Maine papers and just don't have that big a readership.   The BDN and the Portland Press Herald are the key media outlets in Maine.  The tv stations are completely useless journalistically.  (I used to work at one, so I know that for a fact!!)

    I've said all along that this race is going to come down to a North vs South agenda.  The north is more conservative than the South, and as such the war issue will play in Portland.  But in Bangor, the business and social classes are going to be more worried about losing their connection to the bacon Susan Collins has brought home for things like redevelopment of the Bangor Waterfront and other economic development projects.  They'll feel that Tom Allen will not deliver that to them, and will favor Portland.  

    After that longwinded background, stuff like whining about dirty campaign tactics is likely to play well in Northern Maine and be laughed off in Southern Maine.   Now, the South is more populous than the North, but there is a fairly decent size bunch of neocons in Southern Maine.  (Daddy Bush lives there a lot of the year!!)  So the question for Allen is turning out as many people as possible in Southern Maine.   I don't know if the tracker thing is a mistake or could well backfire for him, since Mainers tend to be ornery about "big city tactics" like that.  But if he catches a misstep, it would certainly play well in Southern Maine.  

    I think she's way too conservative for the Maine I know that elected Ed Muskie, George Mitchell, and William Cohen.   She hung around the wrong folks when she got to Washington.   I think this race will be very very very tight.  I think Allen can do it, but I don't think he can do it without some help in Northern Maine.  

    •  What constitutes "North" in Maine (1+ / 0-)
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      CD#2 now starts in Waterville now, Dash, which is a huge help--from just above Camden on up.

      Tom will be out & about w/Michaud during a great deal of his stumping time (everyone knows Mike).

      CD#2 covers the majority of Maine's geography, folks (and is also poorer).

      It will be framed as an economic issue (how many millions in scarce taxpayers' dollars we're losing--in Iraq, Dept. of Homeland Insecurity, & tax cuts for the rich, for starters).

      Mainers do understand money (lack thereof)....

      Tom is up here in Bangor/Orono twice next week; and the media can't help not to cover those events (as well as Collins' absence).

      There will be grassroots activists (like Moi) "tracking" ol' Suzie-Q, for sure.

      All public servants are fair game @public events (i.e., parades & fairs, etc.).

      She's a fucking liar, that's what; and lying doesn't bode well to Mainers (or enabling 'em, for that matter).

      Tom isn't stupid enough to give up a perfectly safe CD#1 House seat, if he thought he'd lose; and it strikes me as doubtful that Diana (Allen) would play along, either.

      •  Oh I think he'll win (0+ / 0-)

        I really do. I grew up in Bangor and that's why I think that it's going to be more difficult for Allen in the 2nd district.   You and I both know that folks in Southern Maine hate to go north of Augusta...

        Also remember, Mike Michaud is officially a Blue Dog Democrat.   You can look him up on their website.


        •  I don't need to look Mike up... (1+ / 0-)
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          I live in Brewer; and am a member of both the city & county Dem. committees.

          I also know him, F2F; and no--I don't vote for Blue Dog Dems (the '02 primary in CD#2 was hostile & rugged--as will the CD#1 U.S. House primary).

          However, he will take Tom around up here in CD#2 w/those more unenrolled elders; working class blue-collars, & uber-Roman Catholic Dems (who aren't terribly librul); which I consider pennance, of sorts.

  •  The real story here is this: (2+ / 0-)
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    Susan Collins wouldn't be in the mess she's in now if she hadn't sacrificed her principles. If she had kept true to her historical center, kept a moderate (for a Republican) voting record, steered clear of giving George Bush everything he wanted, looked out for the middle class ... we wouldn't even be having this conversation.

    It's unlikely the Dems would have even found a decent opponent in the general election.

    But you changed all that when you danced with the devil. I hope it was worth it, Susan. So far, I'd say you were on the losing end of the deal.

    "Fool me once, shame on -- shame on you. Fool me -- you can't get fooled again." --George W. Bush

    by RevJoe on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 11:25:34 AM PDT

  •  _The Republican Journal_ is based (0+ / 0-)

    out of Belfast; and MBNA pulled out when they sold out to Bank of America last year...Belfast's schmucks are hurtin', re: jobs.

    They swallowed the Kool-Aid when MBNA gentrified the area--then split.

    Hence, the article (that entire area certainly isn't "blue" in its voter demographic, BTW).

    Guess which corporate conglomerate is @the top contributor's lists of Suze (#1 in career totals)?

    MBNA & General Dynamics (Bath Iron Works), natch.

    See bankruptcy legislation roll call vote fmi.


  •  Woodward's phone contact (0+ / 0-)

    is here...he obviously doesn't wish to receive emails, huh?

    A. Mark Woodward, Executive Editor, 990-8239

    Can't imagine why.

    In addition, Woodward is the Exec. Chair of the Board of Directors of Bangor's Chamber of Commerce.

    Makes sense.

    Let's keep those wages low.

    "Bangor Daily News executive editor to visit UMFK"

    May 7, 1999


    "In 1997, Woodward left the Bangor Daily News to work in Washington, D.C. for Senator Susan Collins as her communications director. Later in the year, he returned to the newspaper as its executive editor."


  •  Susan, if you're not doing anything wrong, (1+ / 0-)
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    (or saying anything stupid and/or crazy) you don't have anything to worry about from a guy with a camera.

    -6.00, -4.41 "The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions" - poet James Russell Lowell

    by Deano963 on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 02:44:49 PM PDT

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