Monday, December 05, 2005

Why Won't Brummett say "Jim Holt"?

Mr. Brummett used three paragraphs to NOT say "Jim Holt" today. Does the Morning News editorial board have a new policy, or is it just easier to insult someone if you depersonalize them by not using their name.......

By Mark Moore (click "comments" below for article).


Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Or perhaps it is simply an acknowledgement of the wide-name recognition the Senator from Springdale enjoys. Below are some quotes from John's article in italics, with my comments on it in normal font...

Coincidentally, efforts were disclosed in Colorado - which is something of a bellwether Western state - to get a state constitutional ban on services for illegal immigrants on a forthcoming ballot.

Hey, that sounds like SB206 sponsored by Senator Jim Holt. I thought the editorial writers assured me that only fringe racists would support such a measure (even though 47% of Hispanic voters supported a similar measure in Arizona that passed handily).

Arizona already has enacted such a citizen initiative. A religious right-winger proposed such a law through normal legislative channels last year in Arkansas, and, having failed, might be expected to take it to the people next.

He might indeed. The legislature would not even move his bill on preventing homosexuals from being foster parents out of committee. When they are that out of tune with the folks they are supposed to be serving, a ballot initiative might be the answer.

An oddball extremist, this same fellow rode the gay hatred to a 44 percent showing in a seemingly quixotic bid for the U.S. Senate in 2004 that the national Republican Party pretty much ignored. This fellow called the Chamber of Commerce a liberal and pro-tax outfit.

Gay hatred? Does he mean that Jim was prominent in stopping homosexual activists from re-defining marriage? The marriage amendment passed with 70% of the vote. Holt was for it, Brummett was against it. So who is the oddball here? Who is the extremist?

Clearly, Brummett is the oddball here whose views are extreme relative to the population of our state. The only reason he can hope to paint Holt that way is that he has a huge platform from which he can push his distorted view of what is "normal".

What I'm saying is that he makes Pat Robertson seem circumspect. If he could get 4.4 of every 10 voters to support him, anyone could - except, maybe, an illegal immigrant trying to marry within his gender.

John, that 4.4 out of 10 was with him being outspent 40-1. It likely would have been 5.4 out of 10 (or more)if he had a reasonable amount of money to campaign with. Just the farmers who agreed with Holt on every other issue but voted for her because they thought she would give them the most farm subsidies (she has crossed them in a big way but that is another column)would have put Holt over the top.

The main point of Brummett's column is that the GOP senses that the public is getting fed up with illegal aliens and that the GOP may try to ride that issue to victory, as they did with defending marriage in the last cycle. Well, Holt was on this issue before being on this issue was cool.

John Brummett, oddball extremist who favors redefining marriage to accommodate deviants, advises Republicans not to make illegal immigration an issue. I am sure they will give your advice all due consideration, Mr. Brummett.

10:01 AM, December 05, 2005  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...


While business owners tend to be conservative, Chambers of Commerce tend to be big spenders. To give the reader an idea of how out of touch they are, here in Benton County the Chamber supported a 1 cent sales tax increase that was voted down over 7-1!

My theory is that Chambers have a different psychology from a small business. Together, they are big enough to lobby the government to take from all citizens and spend it on projects that disproportionaly benefit favored businesses in their organization.

That is my idea of why businessmen who are normally anti-tax can form a Chamber that is consistently pro-tax. Oh, and did I hear that the state Chamber is backing the bond issues?

10:06 AM, December 05, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you would feel uncomfortable as the "best person" at a "gay wedding", then you are an oddball extremist to Brummett. The guy is a joke.

10:22 AM, December 05, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone could get that many votes? Did John "Oddball" Brummett really write that about Holt?

I wish Brummett would run for something, instead of just running his mouth. Then we could see if he, running as a Democrat (if the socialist party is not on the ballot)with their built-in advantage in Arkansas, could get anywhere near as many votes as Holt got.

10:29 AM, December 05, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should pray for John Brummett.

11:11 AM, December 05, 2005  
Anonymous The Truth said...

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8:27 PM, December 05, 2005  
Anonymous ThePatriot said...

In spite of my best efforts to educate Mr. Brummett on the issue of the bond election, he has chosen, as many are, to allow money to over ride principle. Everyone has to understand that Brummett's paycheck is signed by the Stephens Media Group, which also is the lead underwriter for a majority of bond issues in Arkansas ($$$) In regard to his rather childish way of not referring to Senator Holt by name, Brummett obviously felt he need not give the Senator any "free" promotion in his collumn by stating his name. John Brummett has very little if any influence over voters, this piece shows he obviously has very little if any influence for doing what is right.

6:09 AM, December 06, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't mean to say that Brummett is a hired pen who hypocritically clothes himself as someone looking out for the people while failing to reveal his corporate conflict of interest do you? Why I am shocked!

11:43 AM, December 06, 2005  
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