by Peter Freyne
Talk about a flashback to the old "Red-Baiting" days of my youth!
Republican U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass of New Hampshire went after Vermont’s one-and-only U.S. Independent Rep. Bernie Sanders at a GOP fundraiser at Lake Morey in Fairlee two night ago.
Vermont GOP hopefuls Rich Tarrant (Senate) and Martha Rainville (House) were in attendance. And (see below) you can watch Rep. Bass’ outrageous remarks yourself online over at You Tube: "Charlie Bass Unplugged in VT!" Don’t you political junkies just love the Internet?
You can also read about Bass’ intelligent remarks in a column by John Gregg in today’s Valley News:
Come election time, U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass, R-N.H., has long appealed to independent voters by portraying himself as a moderate Republican.
But that didn't stop him from lobbing heaps of red meat Monday night to 200 Grafton and Orange County Republicans gathered at the Lake Morey Resort for their annual dinner. Did the six-term lawmaker use code words that some might consider un-PC? Judge for yourself.
First, Bass equated Vermont Independent Bernie Sanders with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a fellow socialist.
“Ah, yes, it's going to be nice not to have Hugo Chavez across the Connecticut River, representing Vermont at large,” Bass said of Sanders, who is leaving the House to run for the U.S. Senate. “Bernie Sanders and his ‘Sandernistas' can go back to taxi-driving in the Bronx of New York City where they came from to begin with.”
Bass also knocked Sanders (who is from Brooklyn, not the Bronx) in referring to his possible replacement in the House, Republican Martha Rainville, the former adjutant general of the Vermont National Guard. Bass said she is “somebody who has real substance, not fluff, somebody who has a real career in public service.....”
Look, we’ve already declared Sanders the winner-by-landslide in the Vermont U.S. Senate race to replace Jeezum Jim Jeffords.
We’re holding off on the Rainville-Welch race for a little while longer, but it’s not looking good for Marvelous Martha. Even without the plagiarism on her website and the porn probe left behind at the National Guard, it’s simply not a good year to be carrying a Republican torch anywhere in the United States of America.
And the DCCC has a poll out today indicating things may be slipping away for Marvelous Martha Rainville in the House race against Democratic State Sen. Peter Welch for Ol’ Bernardo’s open seat. As long as she continues to refuse to publicly criticize the Bush administration in any way for its deceitful and reckless invasion of Iraq in 2003, Rainville's credibility looks a bit thin, eh?
Head to Head: Welch 52%, Rainville 41%. A stunning 19% of voters in Vermont think that the country is going on the right track, while 68% say we’re headed down the wrong track and only a 21% give President Bush a positive rating for the job he is doing. [Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, 401 voters; October 8-9; margin of error 5%]
Also debate-wise, the League of Women Voters and the Rutland Herald are sponsoring one tonight at 7 p.m. at the Paramount in Rutland. Sanders-Tarrant-Welch-Rainville will all appear onstage for 2 hours taking the same questions. Darren Allen's the moderator. Sue Allen from the Freeps editorial page and Editor Sabina Haskell from the Brattleboro Reformer will ask questions.
AND - for those looking for Governor debates (which. it appears, is something the incumbent Republican is not real eager to paticipate in this year), there is one Friday morning at 9:05 A.M. on radio hosted by Mark Johnson on WDEV. That's 96.1 FM and 550 A.M. And it'll also be online (which, unfortunately, tonight's Rutland Herald debate will not!).