Touchiest Campaign Ever®

27 Apr

Carl Paladino’s wife seems like a really nice woman, and I can’t blame her or his campaign for setting up an overly friendly look at Paladino’s character issues. Who better to try and defuse questions concerning his decency than his wife? It’s genius.

But the taintlicking “article” then takes a weird detour into what we’re supposed to believe is internal campaign discussions about potentially damaging information. Roger Stone’s mini-me, Michael Caputo claims that the campaign set up:

  • Focus groups to gauge reaction to the out-of-wedlock kid issue.
  • Focus groups to gauge reaction to the emails featuring an historically derogatory term for black people, and also horsefucking videos.

The candidate’s and campaign’s reaction to the release of the emails in question reveals that this is utter bullshit.  There is no way – no chance – that Paladino and his campaign retained the services of a pollster or marketer to gauge reaction to the emails.  This is because Paladino still doesn’t think the emails were any big deal.  They’re just jokes.  Everyone does it.  Everyone forwards jokes containing the word “ni**er” and videos featuring graphic horse-on-woman sex.  Right?

Just the other day, Paladino doubled down on the dumb by sending around this pathetic excuse masquerading as a poignant parable about how sending horsefucking videos to your buddies is exactly like loving your friends and going to heaven.

He doesn’t comprehend what’s wrong with them, and his WBEN-listening, tea party constituency is eating it up. He speaks to them – to their insecurities, to their inferiority complexes, to their prejudices, to their misguided but earnest victimhood.

That Buffalo News article featuring Mrs. Paladino was very nice, and I suspect that it was set up to ensure that the Buffalo News writ large wouldn’t join WNYMedia.net, WGRZ‘s Josh Boose, and the News’ Jim Heaney as persona non grata on the Touchiest Campaign Ever.®

The Thick Skin Express.

But it wasn’t news, and gave Michael Caputo an opportunity to spin what’s been a truly stunning display of clumsy campaign mismanagement.

8 Responses to “Touchiest Campaign Ever®”

  1. Linda Foster April 27, 2010 at 10:37 am #

    “WHO” is being touchy and super-sensitive here? Not the Paladino side, but YOU! You are a farce.

    • Sean C April 27, 2010 at 1:09 pm #

      It’s a farce to think that Mr. Paladino stands a viable chance of being elected (post email). Potential constituents have heard nothing but damage control, what’s his plan? Mr. Paladino’s own worst enemy is himself…. which has become evident over the past few weeks. I give him respect for trying to shake things up. This issue of the emails and finger pointing has been talked about ad nauseam. The people of NYS want to hear about viable change and ideas. We are tired of scandal and corruption. Next time Mr. Paladino is asked about the emails or his 9 year old daughter maybe he should take a lesson from politics 101 and DEFLECT.

  2. Tootruesue April 27, 2010 at 12:16 pm #

    Did anyone noticed how quickly the news deleted the comments and shut the comment site down completely? Seems like censorship to me. If they were trying to protect the nine year old, who may go online to read this stuff, they should have thought about that before they open their mouths to the News.

  3. Sarah April 27, 2010 at 5:32 pm #

    It’s a farce to think that Mr. Paladino stands a viable chance of being elected (post email). Potential constituents have heard nothing but damage control, what’s his plan? Mr. Paladino’s own worst enemy is himself…. which has become evident over the past few weeks. I give him respect for trying to shake things up. This issue of the emails and finger pointing has been talked about ad nauseam. The people of NYS want to hear about viable change and ideas. We are tired of scandal and corruption. Next time Mr. Paladino is asked about the emails or his 9 year old daughter maybe he should take a lesson from politics 101 and DEFLECT.

  4. Ward April 27, 2010 at 6:01 pm #

    Shorter Pundit: News profile of Mrs Paladino = not character assassination = “taintlicking”.

    Nice.

    Safe to say we won’t be running for elective office soon, lest some muckraking blogger dig this up.

    • Christopher Smith April 28, 2010 at 12:08 am #

      lest some muckraking blogger dig this up.

      Right, because there is an equivalence between that and forwarding a video of a horse performing anal sex to completion on a woman and images that say “RUN N*GGER RUN” to hundreds of people in the public sector, media and business community over the course of a decade. Fucking hell…

      • Ward April 28, 2010 at 12:42 pm #

        No, Christopher — I was addressing the tone of Alan’s post in its own right. At some point he may come to regret his use of the term “taintlicking” in reference to the treatment of a female subject of a news article — whether she is the wife of a politician or anyone else.

      • Alan Bedenko April 28, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

        The taint being licked was Mr. Paladino’s. Not Mrs. Paladino’s. That “interview” was produced by Michael Caputo who, I would suspect, threatened to turn the entire Buffalo News into persona non grata if they didn’t do exactly what they did in that “article” – basically, transcribe whatever they were told.

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