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Senate Democratís reelection pitch to Alaskans: Iím a thorn in Obamaís side
Washington Post ^ | July 13, 2014 | David A. Farenthold

Posted on 07/14/2014 9:11:56 AM PDT by Din Maker

BARROW, Alaska — When Sen. Mark Begich talks about his role in American politics, he describes himself as a sharp object, sent to Washington to jab at President Obama.

“I’ll be a thorn in his [posterior],” Begich (D-Alaska) said in an interview. “There’s times when I’m a total thorn, you know, and he doesn’t appreciate it.”

Begich, 52, is a first-term senator known for being pro-gun and pro-oil. But he is not actually that well known for anything. In the Senate, Begich is a junior figure, moving through the chamber’s power structure at the speed of a mastodon trapped in a glacier. Over five years, just one of his bills has been passed into law. It renamed a courthouse in Anchorage.

He is one of six sitting Democrats, all running for their political lives, whose losses could hand control of the Senate to the Republicans. The others are Mark Pryor (Ark.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Mark Udall (Colo.), Kay Hagan (N.C.) and John Walsh (Mont.).

Republicans have not yet picked his opponent. The GOP primary is not until Aug. 19, and there are three major candidates running. Even running against a Republican to be named later, Begich does not seem to be pulling ahead. “What Alaska needs again is a fighter in the U.S. Senate, and Mark Begich has not been that fighter,” said Dan Sullivan, a former state attorney general and the apparent front-runner in the GOP primary.

How can Begich win? His answer has two parts.

The first is to emphasize, again and again, that he is a lifelong Alaskan, born and raised in Anchorage. The three Republicans all moved in from “outside,” as Alaskans call the rest of the United­ States.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: alaska
Over five years, just one of his bills has been passed into law. It renamed a courthouse in Anchorage.

Are you freakin' kidding me??? That alone should be enough to retire his lazy a**.
1 posted on 07/14/2014 9:11:56 AM PDT by Din Maker
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To: Din Maker

“I’ll be a thorn in his [posterior],” Begich (D-Alaska) said in an interview. “There’s times when I’m a total thorn, you know, and he doesn’t appreciate it.”
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OMG... this dude must have the IQ of a freakin’ foot stool.


2 posted on 07/14/2014 9:13:55 AM PDT by Din Maker (Time to insure GOP will NOT get control of Senate. If you don't like revenge, you've never tasted it)
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To: Din Maker

What a dipwad.

Alaska, you can do better than this.


3 posted on 07/14/2014 9:14:07 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: Din Maker

At the end of his speech he asked, “What else would you like to hear?” /s


4 posted on 07/14/2014 9:16:43 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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To: Din Maker

It must be bad if the commies at WaPo are giving him reelction advice.


5 posted on 07/14/2014 9:17:17 AM PDT by gr8eman (A good rant should have the word "crap" in it at least 4 times!)
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To: Din Maker
The first is to emphasize, again and again, that he is a lifelong Alaskan, born and raised in Anchorage.

Years ago, before Alan Simpson turned to the dark side, he was running his first senate race against Gale McGee, the furthest left senator in Wyoming's history. McGee had been born in Wyoming, Simpson in New York. The only reason McGee stayed in office was that he was pretty good at bringing home pork.

Wyoming begin to realize that the pork bribes weren't worth it, so the only card McGee had left to play was the born in Wyoming thing. Simpson cleverly turned it around by asking the voters "Would you rather have a guy born in New York representing Wyoming values? Or a guy born in Wyoming representing New York values?"

6 posted on 07/14/2014 9:18:59 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Din Maker
See the documentary: Das ObamaSplootGeschlurpin' With Mark "Obama's B*tch" Begich...
7 posted on 07/14/2014 9:19:03 AM PDT by kiryandil (making the jests that some FReepers aren't allowed to...)
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To: Din Maker

If: Democrat
Then: Thorn in the sides of logic, intelligence, and morality.

Dim-bulb-crats are evil...almost as evil as Islam.


8 posted on 07/14/2014 9:20:04 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Din Maker

:: moving through the chamber’s power structure ::

This EXACTLY why we have a Tea-party.
I cannot, for the life of me, understand why local Tea-party folks aren’t pointing at these media inclusions as part of their strategy.
It is the collusion of the media and “old-guard” politicians that needs to be broken.
When [See! BS!] and other media oulets “foster and cultivates relationships” within the congress, the citizen gets “hosed”.
Since when does Al-Jazeera get an audience with my Senator IN FRONT OF ME????


9 posted on 07/14/2014 9:20:41 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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Votes 97% with Obama.

What a joke.

10 posted on 07/14/2014 9:20:50 AM PDT by Species8472 (Ordinary acts of everyday folks keep the darkness at bay)
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To: Din Maker

That’s the position most democrats take during the campaign. After that, they sell their souls to the devil again.


11 posted on 07/14/2014 9:22:34 AM PDT by boycott
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To: Din Maker

More like a dingleberry in Obama’s butt.


12 posted on 07/14/2014 9:24:41 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Din Maker

translation of the message...this guy is the reason Harry Reid rules the Senate with an iron fist.


13 posted on 07/14/2014 9:25:03 AM PDT by rod1 (CTLY)
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To: Species8472

I don’t buy him being a thorn in 0’s side, but put that aside for a moment...

Is he, or will he be a thorn in Reed’s (sicK) side? Not likely!


14 posted on 07/14/2014 9:25:36 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Din Maker
Over five years, just one of his bills has been passed into law. It renamed a courthouse in Anchorage.
>>Are you freakin' kidding me??? That alone should be enough to retire his lazy a**.

Right there is a big problem with these United States.

Why should he be retired? What laws, that are not already on the books, do you think should be passed? What bills has he sponsored, that the leftist stooge Harry Reid has in turn tabled?

I would feel properly represented if my Congressthing and Senators spent their entire time in Washington proposing bills to REPEAL current violations of the Constitution. I can name several agencies or departments that should be abolished entirely.

The idea that legislators must propose new laws, new departments, new agencies, new pieces of our private lives in which to meddle is one of the reasons we have a bloated, unconstitutional, meddlesome, and unsupportably expensive government.

15 posted on 07/14/2014 9:26:32 AM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: Species8472

“Votes 97% with Obama.

What a joke.”

That’s a mighty small and limp thorn...a RINO could do better.


16 posted on 07/14/2014 9:27:46 AM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Din Maker

One of the most infuriating things about American politics is how frequently this shameless approach works.


17 posted on 07/14/2014 9:28:00 AM PDT by denydenydeny ("World History is not full of good governments, or of good voters either "--P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: Din Maker
The town is dominated by the Inupiat people, Alaskan natives — part of a demographic Begich desperately needs to win. He set up a meeting with local veterans. Most didn’t show. Word came back that they were cutting up a seal that someone had killed.

"Only in Alaska!"

18 posted on 07/14/2014 9:29:40 AM PDT by Hugin
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To: Din Maker
Did Begich vote for Obamacare?

That's all you have to know?

19 posted on 07/14/2014 9:31:09 AM PDT by eCSMaster ("It is not the color of his skin, ... it is the blackness that fills his soul")
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To: Din Maker

I love this argument.

Libtards are using it to distance themselves from Obama, by saying they will be a “thorn” in his side...

But the Republican in the race can easily say he will distance himself even further than a pretend thorn.

Its a losing argument for them, if that’s all they have to run on.


20 posted on 07/14/2014 9:33:16 AM PDT by Mr. K (Palin/Cruz 2016)
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To: Species8472

Exactly...some “thorn”.

Like Kay Hagan...bootlickerbuttkisser.


21 posted on 07/14/2014 9:39:47 AM PDT by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: Din Maker

The first is to emphasize, again and again, that he is a lifelong Alaskan, born and raised in Anchorage. .......................... Sounds good, but the same thinking didn’t work in NYS. I remember 2 senators in my lifetime that came from outside.


22 posted on 07/14/2014 10:09:06 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Hillary 2016! Really??? That's Retarded Sir.)
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To: Din Maker

Seems to me he was a cushy pillow for Obama when his vote was needed to pass ObamaCare.


23 posted on 07/14/2014 10:14:20 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (Boko Haram was enabled by Buku Huma)
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To: PJ-Comix

Alaska...you can do better than this shameless nobama-loving DIMocRAT.


24 posted on 07/14/2014 10:25:29 AM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: ogen hal

Palin should run against him. That is 1 seat. Now put her, Cruz and Lee together.


25 posted on 07/14/2014 10:41:45 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (GM is dead and Al Queada is alive.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz; All

Palin should run against him. That is 1 seat. Now put her, Cruz and Lee together.
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I’ve not been able to figure out why Sarah will NOT run for any office.... Could it be because there is always a chance she could lose the election and in so doing, her influence and speaking engagements and FOX News contributorship will ALL be over? If she ran and lost, she’d be finished. Besides, she’s doing well at what she’s doing.


26 posted on 07/14/2014 11:45:26 AM PDT by Din Maker (Time to insure GOP will NOT get control of Senate. If you don't like revenge, you've never tasted it)
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