Mar
19
2012
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#rsrh Carol Shea-Porter on course for another humiliating defeat.

It’s quite exciting, really: with the dropping out of… somebody or other; I don’t follow New Hampshire politics that closely; besides, it’s just a Democrat anyway… Carol Shea-Porter is on track to challenge Frank Guinta, the incumbent that beat her 54/43 in 2010.

Now, there’s some argument that Guinta’s going to have a tougher time in a rematch, and that’s almost certainly true – the polls mentioned in the first link above have Guinta with Shea-Porter tied in one January poll, and ahead-but-not-at-50% in a later one –  but you have to look at Shea-Porter as an actual candidate, too.  Her win in 2006 was a 51/49 squeaker upset, and in 2008 – a great year to be a Democratic incumbent – she managed a 52/46 win in her rematch.  Shea-Porter is also a notable hypocrite with the political instincts of a tasered marmoset whose standard progressive (and antiwar rhetoric) got her in trouble time and again.  And, oh yeah: she thinks that she was taken down by the Chinese government.  Which is better than thinking that it’s all a Jewish plot, so at least Shea-Porter has that going for her. (more…)

Jan
01
2011
2

Hey, that’s what she said!

You may recall from last week that Ms. Carol Shea-Porter got herself in a bit of hot water over the following quote about the secret cabals out there trying to destroy our democracy, or something: “They’re in the halls of Congress everywhere, and it means, for example, that you sit on a committee and you say something about concern about Chinese influence or something, you don’t even know if in the next election, somehow or another, they manage to send some money to some group that now doesn’t even have to say where they got it.*”  This gem was from a ABC News article wherein the news group interviewed four politicians who had their heads handed to them in the last election, so as you can imagine, there was some bitterness involved.

Now, WMUR has decided to chime in on this, indicating that Ms. Shea-Porter** is attempting to ‘clarify’ the story, which was widely seen as at least implying that the former Congresswoman was blaming her election loss on rampaging Chinese hordes.  The claim is that Shea-Porter was speaking generally, and that she had not intended to suggest that said Chinese influence had had anything to do with her election.  This argument will probably work for anybody who thought that Ms. Shea-Porter was a shining example of Congressional majesty – which is to say, the class of people who are often impolitely designated as having ‘room temperature IQs.’  For the rest of us: read on. (more…)

Dec
27
2010
3

Carole Shea-Porter… BROUGHT DOWN BY THE PRC?

That’s the implication, at least: Ms. Shea-Porter is going around telling people that the reason that she lost was because of all that dirty, dirty (and apparently foreign) special interest money.  The quote: “They’re in the halls of Congress everywhere, and it means, for example, that you sit on a committee and you say something about concern about Chinese influence or something, you don’t even know if in the next election, somehow or another, they manage to send some money to some group that now doesn’t even have to say where they got it.*”

Let us leave aside for the moment the minor detail of why the PRC would want to topple a fellow-leftist: has the woman no understanding of campaign disclosure rules?  It’s not as if the money’s being delivered in paper sacks: we are actually able to know who contributed to various campaigns.  For example – and to use her own election race as an example – incoming Congressman Frank Guinta raised a total of 1.53 million this cycle, 21% of which was via PACs (and none of it from, say, the US Chamber of Commerce’s PAC).  Ms. Shea-Porter?  1.64 million, 30% via PAC money. Business/ideological in Guinta’s case, labor/ideological in Shea-Porter’s: all perfectly obvious,  and all reasonably transparent.

What’s actually bugging Shea-Porter, of course, is that the aforementioned US Chamber of Commerce happened to allocate 149K worth of negative campaign ads against her in the last two weeks of the race; probably not all that necessary (her polling was terrible), but it certainly didn’t help the incumbent much.  It nonetheless does give a crumb of rationalization to any progressives out there not yet ready to face objective reality; which is why the soon-to-be-former Representative is implying as overtly as she dares that her election losses were all the fault of the Godless Chinese Hordes. It’s a more appealing narrative to the left than the truth, which is that being an open progressive in the wild is an excellent way to lose one’s election by double digits. (more…)

May
12
2010
1

‘So, Moe, how’s your election cycle going?’

Let me put it this way: below (in no particular order) is my Top Ten List of Democratic Members of the 111th Congress Whose Presence There Personally Offends My Sense of Civics.

David Obey
Jack Murtha
Alan Mollohan
Eric Massa
Charlie Rangel
Russ Carnahan
Carol Shea-Porter
Alan Grayson
Jim Moran
Patrick Kennedy

It’s going great. Thanks for asking!

Moe Lane

Mar
03
2010
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Ah, Carol Shea-Porter. Dear, *dear*, deeply off-message, Carol Shea-Porter. #rsrh

I couldn’t improve on this Ed Morrissey post, no matter how hard that I tried.  So just watch the video:

…and privately chuckle at how expanded the New Hampshire Democratic party’s Maalox budget must be, these days. Ach, well, nobody held a gun to their head and made them run a howling progressive for Congress.

Feb
09
2010
1

Carol Shea-Porter (D, NH) in trouble.

There’s a lot of good news in this WMUR Granite State poll (as of this moment, we’re looking at retaining Gregg’s seat, and picking up both House seats), but Shea-Porter’s numbers are the most immediately interesting. 35/40 approval/disapproval (the worst she’s ever had); and she loses to all four hypothetical candidates:

In a race between Shea Porter and her best known challenger, Frank Guinta, 43% of likely 1st CD voters say they would vote for Guinta, 33% would vote for Shea Porter, 2% prefer some other candidate, and 22% are undecided.

In a matchup with Rich Ashooh, 36% of likely 1st CD voters say they would vote for Ashooh, 33% would vote for Shea Porter, 3% prefer some other candidate, and 28% are undecided.

In a matchup with Bob Bestani, 36% of likely 1st CD voters say they would vote for Bestani, 33% would vote for Shea Porter, 2% prefer some other candidate, and 30% are undecided.

And in a matchup with Sean Mahoney, 39% of likely 1st CD voters say they would vote for Mahoney, 32% would vote for Shea Porter, 1% prefer some other candidate, and 28% are undecided.

“Shea Porter does not break 40% against any of her challengers a sign that she faces an extremely difficult challenge to keep her seat,” said [Andrew Smith, Director of the UNH Survey Center].

(more…)

Jan
24
2010
6

It’s a miracle Shea-Porter didn’t talk about cooking her colleagues’ dinners.

Come, I will conceal nothing from you: when I read this title (“Shea-Porter: Send the men home and Congress could pass health care reform”) I assumed that it was just some garden-variety nonsense about the war. Rep. Craol Shea-Porter is a Democratic Member of Congress who was active in the antiwar movement, so she’s going to be saying stupid things about national security at pretty much the same rate that you or I emit carbon dioxide.  This is hardly acceptable, but it’s a situation that exists.  People get used to it.

But no.  No, Rep. Shea-Porter actually just fell out of the Stereotypes about Women tree, and hit every branch on the way down.

Apparently, the reason why we don’t have health care rationing is because all the MEN (from both parties) in Congress are keeping all the WOMEN (who are all automatically nurturing caregivers) in Congress down. And the WOMEN in Congress are being kept from doing anything about it because the MEN won’t listen to them. And the WOMEN don’t complain about it because the MEN… I’m not sure what Rep. Shea-Porter thinks that the MEN are doing to keep the WOMEN down, although I have my suspicions at what she thinks what it’d take. And how does Rep. Shea-Porter know all of this? Because she talks about it with other WOMEN. In the bathroom.

In. The. Bathroom.

162 years since Seneca Falls, and we’ve come this far.

Moe Lane

PS: Rep. Shea-Porter has two potential Republican opponents: Frank Guinta and Bob Bestani.

Crossposted to RedState.

Dec
04
2009
1

Rep Carol Shea-Porter (D, NH) can’t remember what she believes.

In this case, she apparently forgot completely that the antiwar movement was supposed to be all about fighting in Afghanistan, not that awful Iraq place. Why else would she be trying to abandon headlong the war that we’re fighting there now?

‘Because she was cynically lying about the need to win in Afghanistan all along?’ Interesting answer, but that would imply that Shea-Porter was smart enough to pull that off.

Moe Lane

Crossposted to RedState.

Oct
21
2009
1

*Now* Carol Shea-Porter (D, NH-01) wants to be anti-stimulus.

Everything from January to September comes from what will no doubt be the single most potent anti-Shea-Porter site in 2010: I refer, of course, to her own House website. Watch the ‘evolution’ of a Beltway Bandit:

  • January, 2009:  “Low-income seniors could really use this money right now,” said Shea-Porter. “Extending the tax rebate to seniors is not only the fair thing to do, but it’s also one of the best ways to stimulate the economy. This helps all of us.”
  • February, 2009: “Congress has passed an economic stimulus package to provide much needed aid to American families and small businesses,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter.
  • March, 2009: “Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today announced that New Hampshire will receive a $25,827,000 grant for the State Energy Program and a $23,218,594 grant for weatherization projects.  These funds, totaling $49,045,594, are through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.”
  • April, 2009: “Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today announced that New Hampshire will receive $4.6 million in funding for airport infrastructure. These funds were made possible by the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. “
  • May, 2009: “Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today announced that the Portsmouth National Passport Center will receive $2,570,000 for facility renovations.  This funding is provided through the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.”
  • June, 2009: “Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today announced that the North Conway Water Precinct will receive $8,190,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Program.  …  The funding comes in the form of a $4,255,000 grant and a $3,935,000 loan made possible by the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.”
  • July, 2009: “Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today announced that $558,591 would be sent to New Hampshire to provide employment-related services to dislocated workers affected by layoffs and closures from eight manufacturing companies around the state. … This funding is through the National Emergency Grant (NEG) from the Department of Labor and is made possible by the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.”
  • August, 2009:  [Rep. Shea-Porter took the month off.]
  • September, 2009: “Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today announced that the University of New Hampshire will receive $487,350 to research internet safety materials used by Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces.  …  This grant is provided by the United States Department of Justice and is made possible by the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.”
  • October, 2009: Rep. Shea-Porter walks back from the stimulus. (H/T: Instapundit)

For somebody who thought that the stimulus was such a failure, she was certainly happy to see all that money. And she certainly wasn’t shy about assigning it to non-infrastructure projects, either.

Now, I can understand not wanting the money, and not taking any of it. I can also understand wanting the money, and taking it. I can even understand not wanting the money, but taking it (whether because it’s been effectively forced on you, or because you figure that you should make the best of a bad situation). What I can’t understand is how somebody can want the money, take the money, then pretend that she’s against how the money was given to her in the first place – and still be taken seriously as a elected representative.

Which is a roundabout way of saying: Frank Guinta for Congress.  Because this embarrassment has gone on for long enough.

Moe Lane

Crossposted to RedState.

Oct
01
2009
1

Cops = Thugs to Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D, NH).

Oh, Carol.  Why does she keep making us point out her lies?

Portsmouth PD: Shea-Porter was removed from Bush town hall by two police officers

Two officers of the Portsmouth, New Hampshire Police Department removed Carol Shea-Porter and Susan Mayer from a February 2005 town hall event hosted by then-President George W. Bush at the request of the owner of the property, a spokesman for the Police Department tells NowHampshire.com.

The revelation contradicts statements made by Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter as recently as this week that she was not removed from the event.

“[T]here were no disruptions and no rudeness and I wasn’t removed. If it happened, don’t you think there would have been photos or video or news stories from that day? There aren’t because it didn’t happen,” Shea-Porter told the Portsmouth Herald this weekend.

Or because they went quietly enough, and weren’t notable enough then, to justify either.  The ‘thugs’ comment mentioned later in the article is more of a problem; it’s just not credible to imagine that Rep. Shea-Porter would not have recognized police officers as being police officers, given that this statement is an official one from the Portsmouth PD.  So: either Shea-Porter was lying (being also unaware that the police keep records of this sort of thing), or she thinks that cops are thugs.  Given her affiliation with the antiwar movement, I’m going to assume the latter.

Now, it’s not just affecting Rep. Shea-Porter, or her crony Mayer (who, as the article notes, is now taking in about 70 grand a year on the taxpayers’ dime*), or even the people who are stuck with trying to explain away every contradiction and evasion that Shea-Porter makes.  It’s affecting the people of New Hampshire’s First District, who honestly don’t deserve this kind of amateurism from their Member of Congress.

So: Frank Guinta for Congress.

Moe Lane

*This antiwar thing worked out great for those two, didn’t it? Personally, that is.

Crossposted to RedState.

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