June 19, 2009

A Larger Lesson in Lugubrious Lee Fisher’s Folly

Filed under: Activism,MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:15 am

UPDATE, June 23: The original vid is pulled; a suitable replacement (direct link here) is what will now play.


Here’s the folly (HT to RightOhio via Hot Air; related RO blog post here; direct YouTube here):

Original Text of Taken-down vid (that’s why they’re transcribed :–>) –

Off-camera questioner: Is everything okay?

Fisher: I just don’t like being filmed at 1:12 in the morning, when I’m exhausted and I’m trying to do something. …. (unintelligble)

Off-camera questioner: I apologize, but this is what you signed up for, it’s truthful and honest here …. This is …. all right?

Fisher: (following crosstalk and mumbling) I do not think that we have a clear, concise, memorable message in this campaign. And it is eating at me every day. And I cannot go to sleep until I send this memo tonight to some of my friends in the campaign saying to them, “It’s time that we clearly hone our message,” and make it clear (vid cuts off)

Yes, it’s an absolute laugh riot.

But getting to the lesson, what Fisher is really telling us, despite the facade, is that he doesn’t have a message, and that he’s still trying to figure out what he should pretend to believe so he can be victorious.

You doubt? Look at Fisher’s cynical flip-flop on gay marriage. If you’re in your late 50s and still have to wrestle with where you stand on this at least 13 year-old issue, chances are you have no core except the desire for power, and that you’ll “believe” whatever you need to believe to win.

That’s the fundamental left-right political campaigning divide in a nutshell.

Leftist politicians know that the large majority of the voting public can’t stomach their true beliefs, so they “hone their message” to most effectively fool ‘em, while co-opting the sympathetic media elite.

Sensible conservative politicians start with the comforting proposition that they are in the single largest ideological group by far (“moderate” is NOT an ideology). They already know their message; all they have to do is figure out how to best reach their presumptive supporters while, sadly, maneuvering through or around the media elite’s filter and fighting the other side’s (that would be their opponents’ and the media’s) lies.

Exit request: Nothing personal, but I think I speak for more than a few Ohioans when I express a sincere wish that Fisher’s Democratic Primary opponent, Jennifer Brunner, resist the urge to do a copycat vid.


UPDATE: While Fisher engages, intentionally or not, in pectoral electoral poses, the verdict on his performance as Ohio’s Director of Economic Development, as well as the damage done to the Buckeye State by the creators of the POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) Economy, is in from Uncle Sam’s Bureaus of Labor Statistics.

Ohio’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in May was 10.8%, up from 6.3% in May 2008, the month before the POR Economy began. Not seasonally adjusted, it was 10.4%, up from 5.6% a year earlier.

Ohio’s economy has indeed performed POR-Lee.



  1. Greetings Tom! Still love your site. Thanks for posting the video- I’m glad to be back.

    Conservatism is not an ideology: http://www.kirkcenter.org/kirk/ten-principles.html . But I suppose Americans do approach it as if it was.

    Comment by Matt N. — June 19, 2009 @ 3:36 pm

  2. Ohio’s economy is in the tank so what does Development Director Fisher do? He quits so he can campaign and turns the job creation agency over to a guy with serious tax problems, Mark Barbash.

    Barbash was forced to take a leave. This from the Plain Dealer:

    Mark Barbash’s resignation Friday, May 15, as Ohio’s top development official was sudden, but the personal financial troubles that chased him from the job were no surprise to the governor’s administration.

    Barbash quit as interim development director after a media report revealed his federal tax debts and court filings showed that his Columbus-area home is facing foreclosure.

    He owes the Internal Revenue Service $146,313 in back taxes, penalties and fees for personal tax returns dating to 2000, according to court filings.

    Comment by Marty Warren — June 19, 2009 @ 6:02 pm

  3. #1, thanks. I think anything that has 10 core principles is an ideology, but maybe I need to brush up on the vocab.

    Comment by TBlumer — June 19, 2009 @ 7:41 pm

  4. #2, I noted this shortly after it happened. Is there a replacement?

    Comment by TBlumer — June 23, 2009 @ 11:33 am

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