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That's a new ad from the Republican Governors Association for Maine's Paul LePage, Chris Christie's new BFF on the campaign trail. And it seems like they might have had a hard time coming up with anything to put in this positive ad to recommend their candidate. So you get things like:
"Governor LePage is a real person."
"He's blunt."
"He's brutally honest."
"Extremely candid."
"He's not like anybody else."
That's one way of putting it. Another might be "delusional." Take for example, his assertion that the IRS could become the Gestapo and that the agency is "headed in that [the Holocaust] direction." I guess that could be construed as "blunt." And certainly "not like anybody else." When he said that President Obama "hates white people", he was saying what a lot of teabagger kind of people have said, just not very many of them elected to the highest office in their state.
"Look what Governor LePage has done for domestic violence."
He signed a bill that the legislature passed about domestic violence. You know what else he did? he talked about whether state Democratic leaders were guilty of treason and should be executed with "Sovereign Citizens," members of a group considered a domestic terrorist movement.
"And he's trying to get more money for the elderly."
And he says Social Security and Medicare are welfare, "redistribution of wealth—taking money from hard-working taxpayers and giving it to a growing number of welfare recipients." So there's that.
"Welfare reform."
Would advocating for 11 year-olds going to work count as welfare reform?
"I think Maine has become a stronger state because of him."
Or, who knows, Maine could be stronger because of global warming which is something else LePage really does believe.

None of which made it into this new ad, which seems to be trying to put a happy face on all of it by suggesting LePage isn't a crazy extremist, he's just "blunt."

Please give $3 to help Mike Michaud give LePage the boot.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 11:05 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (21+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 11:05:05 AM PDT

  •  "Governor, when did you stop beating your spouse?" (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JML9999, a2nite, hbk, Mopshell, denig
    "Governor LePage is a real person."
    "He's blunt."
    "He's brutally honest."
    "Extremely candid."
    "He's not like anybody else."

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 11:08:18 AM PDT

  •  As I've said before (7+ / 0-)

    "Keeping the Goober in Gubernatorial"

    "Not likely, now that the Right wears its lunatic fringe like a badge of honor" phil nye

    by rebereads on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 11:45:44 AM PDT

  •  what are the polls saying in the race? (1+ / 0-)
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    Mopshell

    this clown cant be be beating Mike can he?

  •  I know Maine is 95% white, (1+ / 0-)
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    Mopshell

    but there is not a single non-white face in that whole ad.  Most political ads try to show a least one minority in the mix.  I think what is missing says more about Le Page than what is there.

    •  Very sharp observation (0+ / 0-)

      and very important to point out - thank you!

      Please note that lamps in the Magic Lamp Emporium are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

      by Mopshell on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 05:07:02 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  ***RadGal70 writes "I know Maine is 95% white, ... (0+ / 0-)

      ***RadGal70 writes "I know Maine is 95% white, but there is not a single non-white face in that whole ad. Most political ads try to show a least one minority in the mix. I think what is missing says more about Le Page than what is there."*****

      What percentage of the ad participants should be "minority" faces? What percentage of the ad participants should be gay, mentally challenged, physically disabled, etc. What number of each group will be acceptable to you?

      My only thought of "race" is when someone like you points it out [and then I dismiss it]. It is not important to me what a candidates ethnicity, heritage, gender, sexual preference, etc. My focus is on: What do I expect from the person 'applying' for this job? Is he or she honest? Has he or she done what was promised What are his or her talents, accomplishments, weaknesses, etc.

      Unfortunately, many will base their vote on a 1 minute commercial or a website's interpretation of the ad and not by the areas mentioned above.

      As race is important to you. Here's a LePage family photo you may want to look view. (Hint one of his 5 children is a "minority".) What does that say about him?

      http://www.maine.gov/governor/lepage/family/index.shtml

  •  Aside from being a sociopathic douchebag (1+ / 0-)
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    Mopshell

    with the IQ of rancid peanut butter and charm of a steaming hot pile of dogshit, he's actually a really nice guy, if you never get to know him...

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 04:54:12 PM PDT

  •  LePage blunt? (1+ / 0-)
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    Mopshell

    If LePage is blunt my blat just had blittens.

  •  Tell 'Ralph' Cutler. (0+ / 0-)

    Yeah, I say it yet again.

  •  "I think Maine has become a stronger state" (2+ / 0-)
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    RadGal70, Matt Z
    I think Maine has become a stronger state because of him.
    As in 'whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger'.

    ...wispy longings for a time before Elvis and the Beatles, back when "a girl could cook and still would". You know before the troubles.~Hunter.

    by denig on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 05:38:08 PM PDT

  •  I thought Maine had sane voters? (0+ / 0-)

    Turns out they are as nutty as my home state of Texas.

    ...the GOP seems perfectly willing to hold their breath until the whole country turns Blue.

    by tommy2tone on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 05:41:40 PM PDT

    •  Just the 35% backing Lepage which is basically all (0+ / 0-)

      the Republicans. Maineis a pretty liberal state , but it has fondness for independents and multiple candidates , which is how LePage got elected there  were 5 candidates for office and no runoff provision. if there was Cutler would likely have been governor the last 4 years , as the Dems would have rallied around him to stop LePage.

      •  That's why I said I thought they had sane voters (0+ / 0-)

        I live in Texas and we know we have an insane base of clueless voters. The prove it election after election.

        Maine will hopefully fix their problem. Sorry Maine.

        ...the GOP seems perfectly willing to hold their breath until the whole country turns Blue.

        by tommy2tone on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 11:09:44 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  *****RadGal70 writes "I know Maine is 95% white... (0+ / 0-)

    *****RadGal70 writes "I know Maine is 95% white, but there is not a single non-white face in that whole ad. Most political ads try to show a least one minority in the mix. I think what is missing says more about Le Page than what is there."*****

    What percentage of the ad participants should be "minority" faces? What percentage of the ad participants should be gay, mentally challenged, physically disabled, etc. What number of each group will be acceptable to you?

    My only thought of "race" is when someone like you points it out [and then I dismiss it]. It is not important to me what a candidates ethnicity, heritage, gender, sexual preference, etc. My focus is on: What do I expect from the person 'applying' for this job? Is he or she honest? Has he or she done what was promised What are his or her talents, accomplishments, weaknesses, etc.

    Unfortunately, many will base their vote on a 1 minute commercial or a website's interpretation of the ad and not by the areas mentioned above.

    As race is important to you. Here's a LePage family photo you may want to look view. (Hint one of his 5 children is a "minority".) What does that say about him?

    http://www.maine.gov/governor/lepage/family/index.shtml

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