Alex Isenstadt on the Inside and Out

Apparently his Republico linkbait hit job on Carol Shea-Porter today isn’t the first time he’s had trouble with the outsider-insider terms:

Perhaps most importantly for his future national prospects, [Bobby Jindal] hails from outside of Washington-a strong asset to a party that has been suffered from its close identification with Beltway politics.

Really not so much:

* Bobby Jindal was appointed by former President George W. Bush in 2001 to be Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Planning and Evaluation.

* Bobby Jindal was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2004 as a Republican, taking over for now-Senator David Vitter and serving until January of 2008…

* Bobby Jindal, upon coming to Congress in 2004, was elected Republican Freshman Class president by his GOP colleagues. How outsidery.


  • Vis Unita Fortior

    Is it true, though, as it says in Isenstadt’s piece on CSP, that she isn’t denying that she said in a Portsmouth Herald interview that she had not been removed at all from the 2005 Bush event?

    I am particularly interested in that point because here on BH Ray Buckley declared that I was “spreading Republican lies” for merely asking a question about the discrepancy in that Portsmouth Herald interview.  It’s something I’m willing to forgive CSP for but I’m still pretty P.O.ed at Ray for treating an honest question that way.

    • Ray Buckley

      Is an outstanding member of congress. Her tireless work on behalf of the people of NH’s first district has produced a laundry list of significant accomplishments.

      From the day of her election she has been the victim of a daily vicious smear campaign. The lies and attacks on her character and work is unprecedented in NH politics.

      I certainly understand that politics is a tough business, but many of us who admire her strength of character and amazing work ethic are fed up with the smears and outrageous, over the top, attacks on Carol.

      If you unwittingly joined in their despicable behavior then I apologize.

      • Vis Unita Fortior

        I asked a question about one particular thing: the statement she made to the Portsmouth Herald.  As best as I can tell it has turned out to be true, despite your strenuous efforts to excoriate me for asking such a question and to make it out as a mistake on the part of the Herald’s staff.

        So what we’re talking about was never a “Republican lie”.  I don’t care if you’re “fed up”, that does not excuse you from working the same underhanded smear tactics that you’re desperately trying to hold on to some criticism of.

        As I said last time I can forgive CSP but I do not forgive you.  Everyone should know that this is how you react to truthful negative facts about members of your own party, by unrelentingly trying to sweep it under the rug and muddy the waters by talking about “lies”.

        So far as I’ve seen you really aren’t any different from Republicans who do the same thing and every statement you make needs to be taken in light of this dishonesty.

        • Ray Buckley

          whatever.

          Good bye.

        • JimC

          Don’t give aid and comfort to the Republicans.

          I know almost nothing of the original incident, but it looks to me like the GOP is trying to create a false equivalence between a peaceful gesture (wearing a T-shirt) and the truly disruptive behavior of the teabaggers.

          I take you at your word and appreciate your instinct to vet this, but let’s do so in a way that doesn’t advance their talking points. This is after all a partisan site.

          • Tim C.

            To the best of my knowledge, this is the situation:

            Wayne Semprini, likening Carol to tea party protesters, said that she was removed from a Bush event for being disruptive.

            Asked about this by a reporter, Carol said that his statement was false.  Whether she expanded on this at all to the reporter we don’t know.

            The GOP leaped on the story, claiming that she was denying being removed (as opposed to denying being disruptive).

            A tempest in a teabag ensued.

    • susanthe

      to the topic – which is Bobby Jindal?

      I know you never see them together, but I assure you that Carol Shea-Porter and Bobby Jindal are not the same person.  

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