Wow, our favorite 9th District Seal Pup appears to be up to his usual standards by stumbling badly at the finish line of the most expensive campaign the 10th Congressional District has ever seen. It just goes to show that sometime no matter how much money a candidate has access to, in the end, the candidate still has to come through. Maybe better luck in 2010, Danno.
Today I was amused to get yet another desperate e-mail plea from Dan Seals, asking for money because a last-minute mailer was apparently lost at the post office. The netroots wasted no time in making thinly-veiled accusations that somehow dirty pool must be at work, since we all know how infallible the U.S. Postal service is. Maybe Team Seals simply forgot to stick the stamps on ;-). Now that I recall, I think Team Seals also insinuated that somehow the break-in at Seals Waukegan satellite office a few weeks ago was also perhaps the result of dirty politics.
Sadly, the appeal from Seals stated that they needed the money they expected to bring in to keep Dan on the air. Now they are out of luck since the mailer didn't go out, and they are desperate for cash.
Here's what I really want to know: How can someone who wants to be our Congressman and handle billions, if not trillions, of budget dollars, not even manage his own campaign well enough to budget money for the last weekend push? In typical Dem fashion, it looks like even though he knew he'd need money for this last big weekend, he counted on funds coming in, and now he doesn't have them. Is this how he'd manage our tax dollars?
The other funny thing is that the "lost" mail was only 8,200 pieces. Was that the whole mailer? Why so few pieces, in a district with hundreds of thousands of registered voters? Or was the mailer much bigger, but only a few thousand pieces were lost? If so, what's the big deal, and why the desperate e-mail? Something doesn't make much sense to me.
ALSO-- THE BARACKSTAR COMES IN FOR SEALS, BUT TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE?
The Seal Team is making a big deal out of the fact that Barack Obama finally figured it was close enough to the election that Seals wouldn't be able to commit any gaffs serious enough to hurt Obama, so the BarackStar finally recorded a voice-only ad for the Pup. Obama was still apparently concerned enough that he didn't want any video to exist of him with Seals, so Seals is promoting the audio with the one and only picture of Seals and Barack taken a few years ago.
What's the saddest part? After all this time, Seals couldn't even feed Obama anything intelligent to say about Dan's accomplishments. In fact, the main line from the ad is:
"To Dan, change isn't just a word, it's a way of life."
Seriously? That's it??? That's the best thing that Seals could get Obama to say about him? What does that really mean, and will the voters of the 10th District be insulted that Obama apparently thinks we're so dumb that a platitude like that will earn our vote?
How many voters do you think that will sway that weren't already going to vote Obama-Seals? And how many votes will such a banal statement lose for Seals?
Tuesday simply can't come soon enough.
UPDATED: 11/1/08 8:30 a.m. LIBERALS PLEA FOR MONEY: This is really getting funny. Check out the further pitiful pleas for money for Dan Seals going on over at DailyKos. It's becoming clearer that Seals can't be trusted with the federal budget if he can't even manage his own campaign well enough to reserve some money to publicize the little radio ad he expected to have cut by the BarackStar. Either that, or he was shocked that B.O. actually decided to do anything for him, and this came as such a complete surprise he now can't take advantage of it. Either way, why would we want this guy as our Congressman?
While we're on the subject, wouldn't you love to take Barack aside from his busy schedule of picking his new cabinet and ask him EXACTLY WHICH instances of "change" brought about by Dan Seals that makes B.O. qualified to tell US that he's lead a life of "change" (except, of course, for the inability to keep a steady job). Can you imagine the blank look on Barack's face with THAT question?
It's also too bad that Barack couldn't take time out to cut a new photo with Seals to go along with the radio spot since Team Seals and even DailyKos has to keep recycling the same years-old photo of the two of them together. It's safe to say that Obama and Seals are not frequent golfing buddies, and that Seals probably isn't someone that Obama "exchanges ideas" with on a "regular basis."