Evans challenger plays morals card
Jim Mowen, a recently announced Republican challenger for Lane Evans' 17th district seat, is apparently more than willing to play the God card, judging by a recent article in the Dispatch/Argus.
"I see a void in economic development, in jobs. I look at the voting record and see a lack of moral leadership and moral values," he said.Ding, ding, ding... extra points for wedging in "moral" twice in one sentence AND equating Democratic views with immorality.
"I think it's fair to say that after 22 years of losing the election at this level, that the Republican base is fragmented. I think it's going to take a serious effort to run a campaign and coordinate a silent majority that is probably feeling beat up, to accomplish what needs to be accomplished," he said.And points for using the code word "silent majority" to appeal to the fundamentalists.
"I think that being a business person, a husband and a father, someone who lives day in and day out a pretty normal life, that I understand what 'Joe Quad-Cities' feels and I understand what representation means. I don't mind going to Washington and ruffling some feathers."Hmmmm. Now he gets down to business. He borrows one of Bush's more queer habits of constantly assuring us he "understands" broad concepts. He's a husband. Guess if you get hitched, that pretty much makes you fit for office. He's a father. Well, he reproduced. That counts for something, though I hear it can actually be fun. And he lives "day in and day out a pretty normal life." Well hell, that cinches it. And the feather ruffling is just icing on the cake.
And notice how he stealthily implies by contrast that Evans, who is unmarried and of course, doesn't have children, is somehow not "normal". Yep, that tactic sounds like it was torn right from Ralph Reed or Karl Rove's playbook. A good Godly tactic to be sure.
He also has taken seven missionary trips since June 2000.Well damn. He's even tried to convert the heathens. It will be tough for Evans to run against Mowen and God. I mean, you can't beat God's name ID, though his "right track/wrong track" numbers aren't so hot.