This blog started out as a companion piece to my book, Musings from the Christian Left (excerpts of which can be found in the July 2004 link) and to support a planned radio show. Now, its simply a long term writing project from a Christian Left Libertarian perspective (meaning I often argue for liberty within the (Catholic) Church, rather than liberty because the church takes care of a conservative view of morality.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Little Georgey Allen's Attack Ads

The junior Senator from Virginia has unleashed his right-wing attack machine on his much more worth opponent, former Secretary of the Navy Jim Webb. This series of ads picks apart Jim's record as Secretary of the Navy, putting a negative spin on official decisions that were most likely staff driven. If Mr. Allen had done any oversight in his time as Senator, he would know that much of what a service secretary does is speak for the department under his command. Political appointees make many decisions, although these are bounded by law, regulation and administration policy. Occassionally they get a few calls wrong. By and large, according to the boss (I served as an Air Force civil servant during the same period), Jim did a good job.

This is more than we can say for Junior. He is part of a Republican Senate that has done nothing while Iraq has burned. They have held no oversight as contractors have looted the public treasury. They know it, and they know that we know it. That is why they are going negative.


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