One of the decisions I have to make in our primary
a week from tomorrow is whether to vote
for Frank Guinta or Dan Innis to oppose my current
CongressCritter/Toothache, Carol Shea-Porter. I've been
getting negative mailers for both: Innis trashing Guinta,
Guinta trashing Innis. I can't imagine what Pun Salad
Manor's mailbox is going to look like for the next few days.
(I wish I had easy access to a scanner, so I could stick
the ugly-ass things somewhere you could see them. Trust me.)
But based solely on the mailers, I'm leaning toward Innis.
Guinta (actually "Friends of Frank Guinta") tells me:
DAN INNIS & CAROL SHEA-PORTER. ONE IN THE SAME.
Yes, that last bit is in red and manages
to botch the cliché "one and the same".
Innis's crimes? Well, he's a "liberal professor". (Eek!)
And, back in February,
he was willing to
for the "clean" debt ceiling increase then under consideration.
(Only 28 Republicans voted for that, which was just enough to squeak it
through.) He (allegedly) supported a gas tax increase.
And, Guinta claims, Innis fails to support a "Balanced Budget Amendment".
Whatever Innis's other sins,
this last bit sticks in my craw. A Constitutional amendment to mandate
a balanced budget is a real stupid and phony idea. If Innis doesn't
support it, good for him.
You may remember from civics class the process for getting a
Two-thirds vote from both houses plus ratification from 38 state
But the procedure for getting a balanced budget is: a simple
majority vote in both houses. (With maybe a two-thirds
vote to override any veto.) Much simpler.
politician, especially one running for Congress, is basically
promising to evade his or her own responsibility for keeping spending
in line with revenues. Why would you vote for anyone like that?
[Innis's official proposals on taxes and spending can be found here
(PDF). Modulo the usual campaign vagueness, they look OK to me.
Guinta, on the other hand, is short on specifics.
His tax proposals are OK, if pretty standard.]
Not that Innis's mailer's are a lot better. Actually, they're not from
Innis, but the "American Unity
[Super] PAC", and they are careful to state: "Not authorized by any
candidate or candidate's committee." This PAC was established by
billionaire hedge fund manager Paul E. Singer, who is conservative
and gay. And the PAC is pretty much organized to support gay and
gay-friendly conservatives. And Innis is both.
Anyway, the mailers are even less issue-oriented than Guinta's: each
points out the stunningly obvious: Dan Innis is neither Frank Guinta
nor Carol Shea-Porter! Who, together, have represented our Congressional
district for the past eight years. "Seems longer!"
There's a hint of cleverness: on one mailer, portraits of Carol and
Guinta are labelled: "Mrs. Been There" and "Mr. Done That." Heh!
My fearless prediction: Guinta will trounce Innis next week, with or
without my vote. And (in any case) I will hold my nose as
much as necessary to vote against Carol Shea-Porter in November.
show a tight
race, so in addition to holding my nose, I'll also have to
cross my fingers.