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Democrats Hail the Defeat of a Democrat as a Victory, Sort Of

Written by Gary North on May 8, 2013

Mark Sanford, who became famous for hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2009, was elected to the House of Representatives yesterday. He defeated the sister of political comic Stephen Colbert by a vote of 54% to 46%. The election was not close.

I normally pay little attention to political races, but this one revealed the extent to which political spin is not just out of touch but uproariously out of touch.

Rep. Steve Israel of New York, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said the candidate’s efforts will be an example of how the party will stay aggressive in the 2014 elections. Democrats need a net gain of 17 seats next year to win majority control in the House. Sanford’s election does not change that equation.

“The fact that the Democrat made this competitive is a testament to the strength of Elizabeth Colbert Busch as a candidate and the Republican habit of nominating flawed candidates,” Israel said. “Democrats will be aggressive and drive deep into Republican-held territory this cycle to find districts with flawed candidates where we can compete.”

Rep. Israel was apparently attempting to perfect his stand-up comedy routine as a parody of Steven Colbert, whose entire career is single gag: a parody of Republican politics. Like Mr. Colbert, he did it with a straight face.

He told the media that a 54 to 46 loss by the Democrats’ candidate was “competitive.” She was a “testament of strength.” A testament? Maybe as in “last will and testament.” The Republicans nominated a “flawed candidate.” He was so deeply flawed that only 54% of the voters voted for him. This outcome pointed to 2014, where other Democrat candidates as powerful as this one will “drive deep into Republican-held territory this cycle to find districts with flawed candidates where we can compete.” Drive? When your candidate cannot drive over a man who hiked the Appalachian trail, your party is in trouble.

It got even more amusing. The Democrats’ political action committee (PAC) is called the House Majority PAC. The Democrats are the minority party in the House.

The House Majority PAC, which spent $450,000 on TV ads and direct mail to boost Colbert Busch, said the outcome in South Carolina reflects poorly on the GOP.

“The House Republican caucus has added yet another ethically challenged embarrassment who will be an albatross around the neck of every Republican forced to answer for Mark Sanford’s embarrassing and reckless behavior,” said Alixandria Lapp, executive director of House Majority PAC.

Normally, albatross status is for candidates who get 46% of the vote, not 54%.

We will see if the Democrats re-nominate Ms. Busch in 2014.

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35 thoughts on “Democrats Hail the Defeat of a Democrat as a Victory, Sort Of

  1. Jsmith says:

    What a tough vote for SC, an immoral philanderer and a criminal sister of an unfunny clown.

  2. Phillip the Bruce says:

    Worse than "Dumb and Dumber"

  3. Franne says:

    Remember that politicians are strange bedfellows. Even the beloved Pres. JFK was a philanderer, and a few other Pres.
    whose names I feel everyone must know.

  4. redpens says:

    Yes because the Democrats never run flawed candidates, right? There was a poll in which Colbert-Busch was up by 9 three weeks ago. What happened to that? I heard she went all Martha Coakley

  5. awkingsley says:

    Thank goodness Rand Paul stepped up to the plate to make a last minute endorsement. Rand is the hero who took the political risk. While I'm sure Rand didn't exactly like the task due to Sanford's tarnished reputation, Sanford is a Fiscal and Economic Conservative, and we must have more Fiscal and Economic Conservatives in the Senate. The Republican National Congressional Committee is insane for withdrawing endorsements. We need to pick more palatable candidates, but at the same time if we do not stand behind our choices, we lose big time. What ever happened to grin and bear it?

  6. 2WarAbnVet says:

    I hold Sanford in rather low esteem; however, it would have been a shame if the seat once held by the great Mendel Rivers went to a leftist Nancy Pelosi clone.

  7. (He was so deeply flawed that only 54% of the voters voted for him.) Well,Well and OBAMA got what? Was it like 51%? Therefore he to must be even more FLAWED! 😀

  8. VoiceOfReason says:

    Like Slick Willie Klintoon, perhaps?

  9. Seymour Kleerly says:

    How about the King of CHEATING and HYPOCRICY New Gingirich!!

  10. Seymour Kleerly says:

    The audacity of North is only exceed by his desire to deceive is gullible readers. He left out the word CHEATING ON HIS WIFE! in his decsription of Sanford's fame. Then in the very next paragraph accuses the left of POLITICAL SPIN! He's a joke.

  11. Winston says:

    Mark Sandford may have said he was "hiking the Appalachian Trail" but in reality he was hiking up a skirt and exploring Mammoth Cave.

  12. Winston says:

    Folks this clearly demonstrates that the Republican Party is without moral compass, but more into accepting moral turpitude.

  13. Chicago guy says:

    If you want to see flawed democRAT candidates, see any election in chicago.

  14. Not even Republicans like that obnoxious ugly troll anymore.

  15. That's funny, coming from an amoral, atheistic fascist-democrap. A guess you mental defectives think that all the faults you enumerate are vices in everyone else, but virtues in one of your pathological libtards. Liberalism is a mental disorder, but there's a pill that cures it–cyanide. Bon Appetit!

  16. Colbert roasting Bush at the 2006 White House Correspondents' dinner was brilliant, but I don't know what kind of candidate his wife made. You know he really hit home when you see him walking back to his seat after his speech and the First Lady very plainly says "F**k you!" to him as he passes by her!

  17. Seymour Kleerly says:

    Only because he called Romney a liar, not because of his cheating and hypocricy.

  18. Seymour Kleerly says:

    But you can't dispute my post, just hurl incorrect, ignorant ad-hominum attacks!

  19. The media is still not able to swing EVERY election, even when acting as a free source of endless campaign brainwashing for the Democrat candidate.

  20. Seymour, you sound like a sore loser. Both dems and repugs are laughable hypocrites. People love to bring up erections when discussing elections, both are a yawn.

  21. Rick Q says:

    Granted, Sanford may have a few flaws but at least he doesn't have a mug shot. His opponent can't say that about herself.

  22. lilbear68 says:

    if people were willing to put marion berry back in office it should be a walk in the park for sanford. this demonstrating the the code that washington depends on 'the memory of the people is about as long as that of a hamster'

  23. WhiteFalcon2 says:

    The "flawed" Republican candidate is no more flawed than Bill Clinton or Jack Kennedy or Robert Kennedy or Ted Kennedy or Jimmy Carter or for that matter the idiot that is in the White House now, or the other comic in cheif Joe Biden.

  24. Seymour Kleerly says:

    Just pointing out the "spin" of this article and the hypocricy of the righteous Repubs. voting for a lying cheater.

  25. Seymour Kleerly says:

    What about the war criminals Bush and Cheney?

  26. North is a "spinmeister", a "joke" and beneath contempt in your book, but you CAN'T resist coming back to his site day after day after day after……… I'm sure he appreciates your contributions to his page hits and revenue stream. HA! 😉

  27. This just shows how far people will go not to vote for another democrat to be put in government . More to come in 2014-16

  28. Years ago you voted for the best man (or woman) in the contest. Today you analyze both candidates and vote for the one that you feel will do the least damage in the next four years. Obviously the voters believed a philandering Republican would do less damage than another wacko Democrat like Pelosi, Biden, Reid, Waters, Feinstein, etc. etc.

  29. The election was not even close but CNN pegged Colbert’s sister as the winner. That should tell you something. The other thing the the election should tell you is that the gun rights issue is more of a threat to Democrats than they want you to know. That’s good news for liberty.

  30. Jack Hollis says:

    Dems do it every election, they either vote for a lying, cheating, immoral shipwreck of a person or they vote republican. Their only other choice is to stay at home.

  31. Jack Hollis says:

    Better than the war criminals in the white house at present by a long shot.

  32. And then AGAIN, the last I knew, the corrupt Charlie Wrangle is S T I L L serving the Communist state of New York. The dems/Communists not only don't KNOW what criminal candidates mean, they have no shame in running them DECADE after DECADE. And supporting them in their criminal activities. They are fine people to talk about the "Quality" of the people the Republicans run. They wouldn't KNOW QUALITY if it slapped them upside their stupid, ignorant, lying heads.

  33. Seymour Kleerly says:

    I know you are but what am I?

  34. Seymour Kleerly says:

    Please explain?

  35. WhiteFalcon says:

    Lets let his actions as a Representive speak. Everyone, sort of, loved John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy and Ted Kennedy and Bill Clinton, and they all were at least as bad as Sanford.. Some of the founding fathers. Ben Franklin comes to mind, liked their women also. If Sanford turns out to be a stupid commieonazicrat liberal, then blast him.