Dole, best in Congress?

When I saw Elizabeth Dole's ad touting her "Best in Congress" award, I sort of wondered why there was no assocation listed. Like, USA Today's Best in Congress, or The Hill's Best in Congress. So, i went Googling. The first thing I found was this Kay Hagan ad. It's really poorly done for such a good setup from Dole, they could have knocked it out of the park. Still, it makes the point, Best in Congress...for whom?

Over at NC Politics, I found the rest of the story about her prestigious award for 6 years in the Senate.

So what is this Best of Congress? Doing a little research brings you to two groups, Corporate Voices for Working Families and Working Mother Media.

Corporate Voices for Working Families seems to be a group lobbying for family rights in the work place. They have started (yes, this was the first year) this award for politicians that both help create family friendly policy and bring this philosophy into their own offices. So my kudos to these 24 politicians that received this award.

But the funniest part is the press release that says Corporate Voices for Working Families received 50 applications for the award. So 10% of the Senate received the award, and applicants had a 50% chance of winning.

Two things, first is that Working Mother Media published the article and Corporate Voices for Working Families gave the award. Now, as I just wrote elsewhere, I have nothing but respect for single moms AND I have nothing but respect for working moms. I happen to be married to a wonderful woman who has been both a stay-at-home and a working mom. Second, I think the author missed one thing, from the press release:

Corporate Voices for Working Families and Working Mother Media have received 50 applications from U.S. Senators and members of the U.S. House of Representatives for the inaugural “Best of Congress” award.

The 24 were chosen from 50 Senate and HOUSE members. There are 100 Senators, but 435 House members. For all we know, there were only 10 Senate applications and 40 House applications were processed. Anyone want to quiz them on how many Senators actually applied?


Hagan will not be a independent voice in the US Senate

Hagan's success has been totally dependent on certain senators in the NC Senate. She is a product of their mentoring whether you think that is good or bad.

She is supposed to receive over $8 million in ads from a 3rd party financed by the US Democratic Senators. hagan herself may not raise half that herself. Whether you like her or will not vote for her, you have to realize she will not be independent voice in the US Senate.

Whether you like Dole or not, she has crossed the aisle in the US Senate a WHOLE lot more than Hagan has in the NC Senate. Dole is for the Cap and trade provision that may or may not help make our country a litle less polluted.

Isn't our political process all about what is right for our state and our country, not whether either major party wins in 08?

I really don't care

if Dole has crossed the aisle to Recognize The Importance of a Balanced Diet or to celebrate Pat A Child On The Head Day.

She has voted with the Bush Administration on every subject that is now ailing this country, and she needs to be surgically removed from the U.S. Senate if we want to get well.

92 and 93

92 and 93 are the only numbers I care about in this race.

Vote Hagan.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"


Considereing that you are the republican candidate running against Dan Blue for the State House im not surprised that wouldnt support Hagan or any democrat for that matter.

Aren't you the one who is spreading falsehoods over at TAP?

Hey Paul!

Don't you feel it's kind of ludicrous to suggest Hagan won't be an independent voice in light of Dole's record in the Senate? What does it tell you that Hagan is running so close to Dole? Clue: People are really fed up with do-nothing Dole and the administration she has backed so consistently.

And aren't you the one who is spreading it over at TAP that this blog is "financed by"

Must you always make me giggle with every post?

I have not seen Liz

I have been to DC all six years Liz has been on the Hill. I even visited her office when it was in the basement of the Hart Senate Office Building. Each time I have been there I have made an appointment well in advance. Each time I have met with a staffer...I think it was the person responsible for making coffee in the office. NOT one time has Liz come by and said "Good to see you" or "Are you having a nice time in Washington" or "Where you from in NC?" Nope, just the coffee maker....all I best at what avoiding voters from her state?

Go Kay!!!

Has anyone seen Liz?

The essence of trade unionism is social uplift. The labor movement has been the haven for the dispossessed, the despised, the neglected, the downtrodden, the poor.--A. Phillip Randolph

Great post, Robert

Thanks for breaking it down so we know just how meaningless that award is.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Do you know who should be worried about Liddy Dole?

Actually, do you know who should be worried about the campaign that is being run against Elizabeth Dole?

That other Senator from North Carolina, and no, I'm not kidding. Whatshisname? Uhmmmm.....geez, I might actually have to Google him......

Yep, I have to Google him, I remember he is the platform Chair for the GOP, but he really hasn't done anything for North Carolina. Now, I'm just stalling. C'mon, what's his name, not Bob Barr......Burr, Aaron Burr? No, Ah! Thank you Wikipedia, Richard Burr.

Whew. Anyways, my point was that Richard Burr has done nothing for North Carolina and you can tell! I can't even remember his freakin' name. Why should he be worried? I'll tell you why, because this DSCC group has figured out how to do this whole "take down the incumbent" election thing.

Case in point:

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.