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Hillary and Patty at the Port of Seattle; a political pitch for hubby's company in 2004
It was refreshing to hear Sen. Patty Murray say

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Sen. Patty Murray, Mom-in-Cleats

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Hillary and Patty at the Port of Seattle; a political pitch for hubby's company in 2004
It was refreshing to hear Sen. Patty Murray say that infamous political ad is "a lie." Not the one she and the Democrats have posted online about a Republican, Dino Rossi, who has yet to say he is running against her. The one posted by a Republican, George Nethercutt, who was running against her. "George Nethercutt's ad is a lie, and he knows it," she said in 2004, rolling to another Senate win. Good for her - she wanted to clean up politics.

The ad pushed a soft-on-terrorism accusation at Murray for saying of Osama Bin Laden, "He's been out in these countries for decades, building schools, building roads, building infrastructure, building day-care facilities, building health-care facilities, and the people are extremely grateful. He's made their lives better." It was an accurate quote, not made up like those on the online site about Rossi today. But Murray and her spokesperson said Nethercutt's ad took the quote out of context and therefore was dirty, slimy rotten politicking and had no place in an election campaign.

So what is she saying today about the dirty, slimy rotten politicking of the Democrats' online site accusing Rossi of misdeeds not merely taken out of context but flatly untrue? The senator - whose own misdeeds include obtaining federal funds for her husband's Seattle company - likes it, and isn't asking anyone to take it down.

And why not? It's posted by a Democratic group but not in her name. She's the unindicted co-conspirator, indirectly raking in campaign cash from this high school effort with no pretense of being anything but mud throwing.

It purports to be Rossi's website, and you could hear the Dems giggling like schoolgirls as they wrote the faux-Rossi dialogue, in which he says some people "think my associates are crooks and my deals are unclean. And sure, my career was launched by a real estate magnate who went to jail for defrauding investors. And yes, I continued to do business with him after his fraud was called out. But look, the truth is, I'm a big businessman with good friends, and if you can't depend on your friends for a good deal, who can you count on?" As Murray said in '04, context, context, context.

It's of course the hypocrisy we've come to expect and loath of politicians. As Rossi pointed out in a letter to Murray made public this week (which puts the accusations in context), "Eighteen years ago this is exactly the kind of politics you were against: The mom-in-tennis shoes hated this kind of personal attack."

Times change, she's the mom in cleats now, and the Dems are running interference. In this game, chop blocks are legal - unless it's the other guy doing it.

 
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