No response

By AL DIAMON  |  September 12, 2012

Well, not really. In truth, he just did a lot of whining in public. But the point is, he didn't ignore the threat. He acted, thereby showing he wasn't taking the election for granted. Also, showing he was a spoiled brat, who doesn't believe zoning rules apply to him.

To date, King has met the attacks on his character, competence, and caucusing choices by acting as if they aren't happening. When a bank on whose board he once sat got slammed by federal regulators, he paid no attention for several days to the online allegations raised by his critics. In response to requests for comment from the news media, he finally issued a statement saying that whatever violations occurred had already been fixed and anyway, he left the board a long time ago and wasn't responsible for anything that might still be wrong.

As for uncomfortable questions about federal loan guarantees for a wind farm project he owned until recently, King let the rumors reach gale force before rolling out his standard excuse: Any irregularities had already been corrected, and even if there are still problems, he's not responsible, because everything was fine when he left.

All of which suggests an excellent slogan designed to rebut all those attacks:

Angus — He Gets Out While The Getting Is Good.

To date, King's foes have succeeded in defining the race as being about his past political and business performances, as well as his ambivalence about which side he'll ally himself with in Washington. As issues go, these are pretty minor ones, but as long as King keeps acting as if they don't exist, they're sufficient to gnaw away at his double-digit lead in the polls by making him look sleazy.

Which is another way of saying more senatorial.

I'm getting out while the getting is good. Email complaints I plan to ignore to  aldiamon@herniahill.net.

< prev  1  |  2  | 
  Topics: Talking Politics , United States, Congress, Senate,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY AL DIAMON
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   BEAR WITH ME  |  August 31, 2014
    It’s the fall of 2015. A bear walks into a doughnut shop in Portland and says, “Give me two dozen assorted to go.”  
  •   LOOK OUT, CLEVELAND  |  August 21, 2014
    Eric Brakey is an energetic guy. But as an admirer of sloth, I have intense disdain for the excessively active.  
  •   LET 'EM FIGHT  |  August 14, 2014
    Politics and Other Mistakes
  •   DUMB AND DUMBER(1)  |  August 07, 2014
    Both Democrats and Republicans in this state appear to have come to a rare bipartisan agreement to increase their production of ridiculosity.
  •   HARD SELL  |  July 31, 2014
    Politics—like almost everything else except getting herpes—is about marketing.

 See all articles by: AL DIAMON