Put the Lid on it, Liddy

From The Seattle Times:

RALEIGH, N.C. — Sen. Elizabeth Dole, who speaks often about prayer and faith, is gambling her re-election bid by raising religion in the campaign’s final days.

In a television ad this week, the North Carolina Republican questioned the Christian credentials of Democratic challenger Kay Hagan. The state senator responded angrily, filing a lawsuit Thursday and airing an ad that says Dole is breaking the Bible’s Ninth Commandment by bearing false witness.

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The two candidates are locked in one of the nation’s closest Senate races. Recent polls indicate that Hagan has a slight edge. The pair has spent months swapping negative ads, but even some Republicans think Dole’s assertions about Hagan and her faith have gone too far.


Dole’s 30-second ad shows clips of some members of an atheist advocacy group — the Godless Americans Political Action Committee — talking about their goals, such as taking “under God” out of the Pledge of Allegiance and removing “In God We Trust” from U.S. currency. It questions why Hagan went to a fundraiser at the home of a man who serves as an adviser to the group.

“Godless Americans and Kay Hagan. She hid from cameras. Took Godless money. What did Hagan promise in return?” the narrator says.

The ad ends with a picture of Hagan while another woman declares in the background, “There is no God!”

Hagan is a Presbyterian church elder who teaches Sunday school. On Wednesday, her attorneys demanded the ad come down within 24 hours. On Thursday, Hagan’s attorneys filed a lawsuit accusing Dole of defamation and libel.


Dan McLagan, a Dole spokesman, said the campaign had no plans to pull the ad and dismissed the lawsuit as a “silly political gimmick.”

The editorial board of The Charlotte Observer, the state’s largest newspaper, compared Dole’s ad to an infamous spot run in 1990 by [Dole’s predecessor Jesse] Helms against challenger Harvey Gantt, who is black. That ad showed a pair of white hands crumpling a rejection letter, while a narrator slammed “racial quotas.”

From The News & Observer (Editorial):

State Sen. Kay Hagan, who’s giving Elizabeth Dole the run of her life for her seat in the U.S. Senate, might well ask the following question of a Dole advertisement that could be the sleaziest of the entire campaign: Did the devil make her do it?


The ad features lighting right out of a Halloween show, with shadowy pictures of Hagan and ominous narration about Hagan’s attendance at a September fundraiser in Boston hosted by former Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts and others seeking to boost Democrats for the U.S. Senate.

The fundraiser was held at the home of a couple involved in a group that is trying to take references to God out of government venues.


But there’s no indication whatsoever that the fundraiser had anything to do with that group or its agenda.

Should Hagan have attended, given that Dole’s campaign already had criticized, before the event, the host’s link to the atheist group? Politically, it wasn’t the smartest thing to do. But that was a failing of staff preparation. Hagan was then in the midst of a frenetic campaign, and says she didn’t know anything about the connections of people who were involved in the fundraiser with the controversial group. And the headlining of John Kerry, a former ambassador and a number of other people of course gave the event credibility.

But even acknowledging that Hagan’s campaign should have known better, it’s hard not to rate Dole’s advertisement attacking Hagan as the lowest of the low in this election season.


Dole clearly is desperate to hold on to her seat for herself and the Republicans, and Hagan has been tough on Dole for what the challenger says are rare appearances in North Carolina and steady support for the unpopular Bush administration. This ad is the most telling sign yet of just how stressed Dole is, but it may well leave a permanent stain on a long government career. Appearing to question someone’s faith, particularly when the question clearly isn’t applicable in Hagan’s case, is beneath a person of Elizabeth Dole’s stature and reputation.

From Indy Week:

This week, Republican U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole began running a statewide 30-second TV ad linking her opponent, Kay Hagan, to a political action committee that supports equal rights for atheists and the separation of church and state.


While the Dole campaign produced the 30-second spot, the National Republican Senatorial Committee created a longer version, which runs almost three minutes and can be seen on YouTube.

Hagan did attend a Sept. 15 political fundraiser in Boston hosted by Democratic U.S. Sen. John Kerry and about three dozen others. It was held at the home of Woody Kaplan, a former shopping-center developer and Godless Americans PAC advisory board member. The event was not sponsored by the PAC, nor was it secret.

Both ads feature shadowy photographs of Hagan standing next to a nameless gray-haired man—presumably one of those atheists to whom the Democrat is allegedly indebted. He is, in fact, Charles Frederick (Rick) Stone III, who currently studies theology at the Harvard Divinity School. Until his 2007 move to Boston, Stone lived in Greensboro and taught Biblical studies at Greensboro College, which is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, and Guilford College, which draws on Quaker tradition.

His courses have included Old and New Testament, religious law, and the teachings of Jesus. Stone himself is Episcopalian and a believer in God.

Stone met Hagan in the late 1990s, when he taught Sunday school at Greensboro’s First Presbyterian Church. Hagan is an elder at First Presbyterian, and her family has attended for more than 100 years.


When Stone learned that Hagan would be attending a fundraiser in his new hometown, he and his wife decided to join her. Would it be safe to assume that this was not billed as a political event for atheists? “That would be an inference I think you could make, given the fact that she attended and I attended,” he says.


The Charlotte Observer called the ad “indecent,” comparing it to the doctored photo of UNC President Frank Porter Graham’s wife dancing with an African-American man during the 1950 Senate race. “It has no place in N.C. politics. Unless she admits this egregious, shameful mistake and acts appropriately, Elizabeth Dole has no place in N.C. politics, either.”


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20 responses to “Put the Lid on it, Liddy

  1. jmadlc55

    Hi Nonnie,

    Paid a visit via the JedL cover story at Dkos. Sorry, I hadn’t made the connection before. Great effort here. I will blogroll it.

    All the best.

  2. hi jesus!!
    welcome to the raisin! 😀 what a nice surprise! i hope you will stop by and comment often. thanks for the blogroll mention!

  3. jeb

    Well, I’m sure that this is just the Christian thing to do. I mean, isn’t sliming people and destroying their reputations for your own personal gain somewhere in the New Testament? I’m sure it is in the Rethuglican version.

    I hope she loses and I hope that she’s humiliated in the loss because it’s obvious that just like her fellow travelers, she has no shame.

  4. jeb,
    i honestly don’t understand the need these people have to hold onto power. she’s 72, and she certainly doesn’t need money. i am sure she could have many other opportunities to do important things. instead of running a dignified and honorable campaign, she has tarnished herself in the history books whether she wins or loses.
    i hope she loses and has to stay home on nights when bob has taken his viagra.

  5. jlms qkw - jenn

    liddy dole is a maroon. 72? time to retire to kansas.

  6. jenn,
    i agree she should retire, but how much you want to bet she would never move back to kansas. for as much as all the rethugs diss the blue states, have you noticed that most of them always seem to relocate to one when they leave office?

  7. writechicpress

    Lovely work, Nonnie!

  8. jeb

    It’s power for it’s own sake Nonnie. It’s like crack and once you get on it, it’s very hard to let go. These people have such a sense of self-entitlement that they can’t imagine themselves not being in a role.

    You’re right about her ruining her reputation. Years ago, I admired that she moved up in the Rethug structure. She was a pioneer for women on that side of the aisle. As the head of the Dept of Transportation in the Raygun years, she was the first woman to head a branch of the armed forces (US Coast Guard). She seemed to be a moderate then so it was easy to admire her work. I also thought she did a fairly good job heading the Red Cross.

    You’re also right about Kansas, Dorothy. They do flee the places and people that they profess to admire so much and they burrow themselves inside the Beltway that they claim to despise. I heard that one of things hurting Dole in her run is that before the campaign season started, she’d only spent about 33 days in NC since she took office.

  9. thank you, writechicpress! and welcome to the raisin! 😀 please stop by often!

  10. jeb,
    i guess they are different animals than the rest of us. i know that i hate to lose, but selling your soul to win is quite another story.
    i started to really dislike liddy when she was the head of the red cross. that was the beginning of the red cross becoming a branch of the rethug party.

  11. nightowl724

    Nice work, nonnie! It just “shows to go ya” that yet another Dole has………..

    ………Wait for it………


  12. I used to like Liddy Dole, but that was 10+ years ago. Now, it seems that she’s followed most of the rest of her party and become power-mad and unhinged.

  13. thanks nightowl,
    i am starting to think that the rethug cloakroom in the senate has some kind of strange fumes that are affecting the minds of the rethugs. either that, or they are just evil bastards. hmmmm i think i will put my money on the latter.

  14. neon vincent,
    i never liked her, but i respected her until she became the head of the red cross. up until now, though, i thought she had some decency in her. i was mistaken.

  15. I’ve added you to my blogroll. More visits guaranteed! I saw your work first with “Horton hears a Yoo” and loved it. Should have linked to you then. I repent.

  16. you’re so sweet, writechicpress. do you have a link to your site? let me know what it is, and i can edit your comment so that your name links to it.
    **editing my own comment–i searched the google and found your site, wcp, and i edited your comment to link to it. i just read your bio, and i am very impressed! 🙂

  17. Blech. I hate the idea that there’s some sort of religious test if one wants to hold office.

    Love the photoshop! You never fail to hit every detail.

  18. dcup,
    i hate, hate, hate that religion has anything to do with politics! i hope that the religious right is marginalized by this election. i want them to shut up and go away. the pols who declare themselves the most religious are usually the most hypocritical. for example, the moron who wants the 10 commandments posted everywhere, but he doesn’t know what they are. 🙄

  19. Your like Scoop McGee! 😎 Thanks, Nonnie!

  20. oh, my, my. now i have to scold you, wcp! when you leave a comment, make sure to include the url of you website so that everyone can click over. they simply must watch the video of the meanest woman in the world and other goodies!
    p.s. i am considering changing my name to scoop mcgee. it has a nice ring to it! 😉