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Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK)
Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS is targeting Alaska Sen. Mark Begich with an ad attacking him over the problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs:
"A national disgrace. Veterans died waiting for care that never came. Senator Mark Begich sits on the Veterans Affairs Committee. His response? If there's a problem, they need to fix it. If there's a problem?" says the narrator in the spot, which is the first major ad to focus on the scandal.

"Four years ago, the VA's inspector general failed the Anchorage VA office in thirteen of fourteen areas. Now some Senators are blocking bipartisan legislation to shake up the VA and enforce accountability. Tell Senator Begich: when veterans are dying, it IS a problem," the narrator adds.

Of course, some senators (the Republican ones) filibustered a bill funding improved health care for veterans. But this ad is not actually about the VA. It's about the fact that:
Two weeks ago Crossroads reserved more than $5 million in ad time in Alaska from September 8 through October 26.
Combine that with $450,000 being spent on running the current ad for a week, and you basically have an announcement that Crossroads will be running ads attacking Begich on any and every story in the news between now and November. Crossroads GPS is a non-profit group, allegedly, but it's really a Karl Rove-founded partisan organization that's about beating Mark Begich. Problems at the VA are just another opportunity for them.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Wed May 28, 2014 at 09:43 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  if u sees karl rove, look away/look away.. (5+ / 0-)
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    ericlewis0, whl, sajiocity, hbk, Matt Z

    decent wages don't eliminate jobs. Republicans eliminate jobs; and workers, and prospects, and then excuse it all and call for more austerity. there is no end to their ignorant, arrogant avarice. only political dinosaurs support their treachery.

    by renzo capetti on Wed May 28, 2014 at 10:17:03 AM PDT

  •  Karl Rove wants to be somebody's brain. (4+ / 0-)
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    ericlewis0, whl, sajiocity, Vetwife

    There is an exceptionally large pool of Republicans for Karl to choose from.
    Members of the Tea Party continue believe that they are not in need of a brain at this time.


    I've got a fever, and the only prescription is more cow bell!

    by glb3 on Wed May 28, 2014 at 10:24:46 AM PDT

  •  Typical Karl Rove bullshit (2+ / 0-)
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    whl, sajiocity

    Blame a Democrat for something a Republican did (or didn't do, whichever fits his argument at the time).  When you hear the devil laughing, you will know that Karl Rove has died.  

  •  Whadda' deal for Alaska media companies (1+ / 0-)
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    hbk

    Rover's $5 million is quite a windfall. There were 300,495 votes cast in 2012 for the presidential candidates.

    The 2014 mid-term is unlikely to fetch 300,000 to vote.

    But . . . let's use that 2012 number. Karl and Crossroads GPS will spend $16.62 per voter. When will the patrons of the rethuglicans figure out how badly they are being shafted by the grifters?

    We're all just working for Pharaoh.

    by whl on Wed May 28, 2014 at 05:21:21 PM PDT

  •  Shrugs... (0+ / 0-)

    Maybe Begich can use Rove as proof of outside money?

  •  He's out in front of this... (5+ / 0-)
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    pdknz, poopdogcomedy, hbk, Mister Met, Jeff Y

    ...he's been running ads here talking about his success in getting the VA to allow local providers in the villages to do routine health care instead of vets having to come to Anchorage or Fairbanks for their VA care.

    The republicans have blocked health care benefits for Alaska veterans and Mark Begich made it happen. Nothing they can say can change that.

    He fights for veterans.

    "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

    by CanisMaximus on Wed May 28, 2014 at 05:34:26 PM PDT

    •  He knows what he's doing (5+ / 0-)

      We Alaskans are lucky, I guess, in that we get to actually meet our fed congressional representatives.  He's clearly the best of the three.  He knows what he's talking about, he doesn't bullshit too much, and he knows when to refer a question to staff or an agency.  

      Lisa Murkowski is our other senator.  She's sort of an independent, because she actually ran against both a republican (Joe Miller, the militia candidate) and a Democrat, and won as a write-in.  She is an apologist for the republicans, but at least has some thinking skills and judgement.  

      Don Young, OTOH, is long past his sell-by date.  Reminiscent of John McCain, his opinions were formed back in the seventies, and he has seen no reason to reconsider them since.  

      I've been disappointed in Mark several times, but not recently.  He has stepped up on progressive issues and I'm modestly proud to have him as our senator.  

      How many wrongs does it take to make a right?

      by pdknz on Wed May 28, 2014 at 05:49:32 PM PDT

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      •  Remember where we live: (1+ / 0-)
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        Jeff Y

        An oil producing state.

        I'm sure he'd support climate legislation, but is politically restrained. Don't hold it against him. Like my life-long Democrat mother used to say, "He may be a crook, but he's OUR crook."

        "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

        by CanisMaximus on Wed May 28, 2014 at 06:19:20 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Jackpot!! (0+ / 0-)

    Everything Right is Wrong Again - TMBG (lyrics)

    by GreenPA on Wed May 28, 2014 at 05:37:28 PM PDT

  •  I'll be touching upon this and have another diary (0+ / 0-)

    out tonight.  I know, I had a lot out today but I took Monday off and I got back into town early yesterday morning so I was beat.  But yeah, pretty disgraceful on Rove's behalf.

    Funny Stuff at http://www.funnyordie.com/oresmas

    by poopdogcomedy on Wed May 28, 2014 at 05:41:50 PM PDT

  •  Karl Rove is a desperate man. Sen. Begich is (2+ / 0-)
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    rock solid. He listens to his constituents and Alaskans know it.

  •  Simple messaage. (0+ / 0-)

    Here is my suggestion. We need to plant a new meme, simply put, that the majority of political advertising is there primarily to get ordinary people to vote against their own interest, or to not vote.  I would like to see the Democratic party air a spot in all jurisdictions that simply scrolled the following message, read by a nice voice, say, Martin Sheen:

    Fellow Americans:
    We all are being inundated with campaign advertising related the the upcoming election.  Please know that this is a direct result of two US Supreme Court rulings called "Citizens United" and "McCutcheon." Since these decisions, there are no effective limits on campaign and advertising spending by wealthy corporations, individuals, and groups.  These rulings, by the five Supreme Court Justices appointed by Republican presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush, were opposed by the four Justices appointed by Democratic presidents Clinton and Obama.

    Ten percent of Americans, those with $150,000 or more annual family income, control about 75% of the wealth and ??% of the income in the USA, and they need you to vote against your own economic interest to maintain their advantages. They are sponsoring all manner of persuasive advertising, ranging from outright lies to clever deceptions based on carefully selected half-truths, which give false impressions of individuals, issues and situations.  Many negative ads are intended to leave you so disgusted with the electoral process that you do not even vote.

    You can find independent, non-partisan reviews of the accuracy of campaign ads at FactCheck.org or similar sources.  If you do not have time for that research, simply remember that those with the most ads have the most money and are probably not on your side.

    A Message from the Democratic party. The Party that brought you Social Security, Environmental Protection, Civil Rights, Medicare, and worker's rights. For starters. Help us make America as great as it can be. Check the facts, and vote Democratic November 4th.

    Someone should fact-check my numbers, I couldn't find current income distribution statistics that broke down the top 10%, just 5% and 20%.  
  •  We MUST hit this hard between now & November... (1+ / 0-)
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    Vetwife

    Remind voters in states with heavy military & vet presence that the GOP actually stood in the way of providing for our vets & their families.  Where appropriate, publish the names of the Reps who failed vets.  And keep it in the minds of service members that, with the President 's announcement to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by 2016, there is really only one party they can afford to have in full  control of the Legislature - the only party that has had their backs!

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