I ask that you take a few minutes to search out ads, especially those from 70-year-old Ralph Smith, the Dumbest Man in Virginia Government, according to one poll (mine). His opponent, Brandon Bell, a former Republican who lost patience with the direction of the party (off a cliff), started the little tiff by correctly calling Smith (who says he owns four houses outside his Senate district, but "lives in" a rented cabin, which is in the district*) a "liar." Not a "truth stretcher" or a "provaricator" or even "a man who wouldn't know the truth if it stuck a pin in his ass," but "a liar." In old Western movies when a guy called another guy a liar, usually in a bar, the lie-ee pulled a beat up old Civil War gun and the accuser drew a faster, silver-plated Colt .45 and blew a fake hole in him. Frontier justice, it was.
Smith's version of justice is to tell more lies. This is pretty much Republican Party dogma, though. Bell once voted for a tiny tax cut in order to save Virginia from becoming Greece and today Smith has turned that on its head saying it was a job-killing tax hike. Smith forgets--or probably never knew--that 30 years ago when taxes were high compared to today, we had 3 percent unemployment and even his little business was humming along. A lot of the Repubs--who caused the economic conditions we are experiencing today--are daring anybody to even mention a tax increase.
|Brandon Bell on WSLS-TV|
The great solace I take from all this is that it will be over Tuesday about 7 p.m. and we'll see if anybody believed the people who are telling the whoppers on the people who know how to run government in a sensible manner. That would be Edwards and Bell, but you sure as hell can't tell it from the ads.
(* Yeh, right Ralph.)