They Couldn’t Get Debby?

6 May

It was supposed to be another coronation of another million-heir; she was going to be a less trannyphile version of Chris Lee, whisked into office by an apathetic Republican-leaning voting population.

It’s not going that well. The wunderkinds behind the Collins and Lee victories seem to be having some difficulties revisiting their “run ____ like a business” mojo.

And it’s not just the fact that Corwin is so spooked by Hochul that she’s run a relentlessly negative campaign of lies against her, nor is it just the fact that Corwin is so spooked by Davis that she’s running negative TV spots against him and trying to tie him to Nancy Pelosi (of all people!)

It’s because she and her campaign have either solicited, or are otherwise proud to publicize the endorsement of this guy:


Legendary entertainer Pat Boone, national spokesman for a non-partisan senior citizen group, announced today that Jane Corwin has won the 60 Plus Association’s Honorary Guardian of Seniors’ Rights award. Corwin is a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in New York’s 26th District.

Boone, still performing at concerts, was a recording, movie and TV star with over 45 million records sold and 38 top 10 hits during his career. In the 1950’s he was second only to Elvis Presley in record sales. Now the national spokesman for 60 Plus, Boone labeled Corwin a “fighter for the elderly.”

The Association’s Guardian Award is presented to Democrats and Republicans in Congress based on their “senior friendly” voting records. The Honorary Award is given to those running for office and is based on their views on seniors’ issues.

“I’m still singing at concerts,” Boone said in a prepared statement, “but today I’m singing the praises of Jane Corwin who can always be counted on to protect Social Security and Medicare while also working to reduce the federal budget deficit. Jane Corwin will be a tax cutter, protecting the pocket books of senior citizens. 60 Plus calls on nearly 7.5 million seniors nationally for support and so I believe I can speak on behalf of seniors when I say that they can count on Jane Corwin. Clearly, seniors will have no finer friend in the U.S. House of Representatives than Jane Corwin.”

Previous recipients of the award from New York include Representatives Peter King (R-3), Ann Marie Buerkle (R-25), and former Representative Tom Reynolds of the 26th District. 60 Plus presents pro-seniors awards on a bi-partisan basis. Past recipients include U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), and U.S. Representative and Congressional Black Caucus member William Lacy Clay (D-MO).

The 60 Plus Association is a 19-year-old nonpartisan organization working for death tax repeal, saving Social Security, affordable prescription drugs, lowering energy costs and other issues featuring a less government, less taxes approach as well as a strict adherence to the Constitution.  60 Plus calls on support from over 7 million activists.  60 Plus publishes a newsletter, SENIOR VOICE, and a Scorecard, bestowing awards on lawmakers of both parties who vote “pro-senior.”   60 Plus has been called, “an increasingly influential senior citizen’s group” and since 1992 “the conservative alternative to the AARP.”


I mean, at least Debby Boone had a hit in 1977 with her love song to God. Pat Boone hasn’t had a hit since 1961.

That’s the best she can do in terms of walking back her vocal support of the Paul Ryan Medicare-killing Republican budget. That’s the best she can do to try and reverse the fact that she stuck her neck out to back a piece of idiotic political suicide – a proposal to abolish Medicare as we know it, thus breaching the social contract with tens of millions of Americans under 55 – and just this week Eric Cantor and John Boehner both acknowledged that it’s a non-starter and that they won’t be pursuing it.  (Cantor and Boehner’s weak and clumsy “leadership” is striking, given the way in which their caucus has relentlessly accused the Obama administration for being wishy-washy).

The endorsement of Pat Boone – right-wing fan of abolishing Medicare – isn’t really going to resonate with seniors, I think, and every senior on the campaign trail should be relentlessly pressing Corwin on why exactly she thinks voucherizing one of the most popular, efficient, and successful social programs in the country is a good idea.

It’s almost axiomatic that politicians shouldn’t mess with seniors, because they vote. Smart Republicans would be targeting Medicaid, because the people it serves have much less political juice. Because that’s what they do.

Perhaps there’s a voucher that can fix Corwin’s feckless campaign for a weak and formulaic candidate.

25 Responses to “They Couldn’t Get Debby?”

  1. buffaloobserver May 6, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    I just remember Pat Boone as a square white guy who sang songs previously sung by black recording artists. I didn’t care for him way back when and I certainly don’t care about what he has to say about not so “Plain Jane” or anything for that matter now!

  2. Buck Turgidson May 6, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    Pat Boone has a message for Kathy Hochul: If you think you can beat Jane Corwin, you have another thing coming

  3. RaChaCha May 6, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    Wow, that’s this guy:

  4. King Kong May 6, 2011 at 8:56 am #

    Pat Boone was just a white boy who stole black recording artists music and made it seem as if it was his own. This is different from Eminem, who makes black style music but creates his own original content and Elvis, who did cover the songs of black recording artists, but did so with respect to their style and at least gave them credit for their work and influence on him.

    Pat Boone is a fraud. Another reason not to vote for Corwin.

  5. Jesse May 6, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    It’s really too bad you’ve chosen to demagogue Paul Ryan’s proposal as “breaking social contracts” and “abolishing Medicare” and sheer crap like that.  Also crap: calling Medicare “efficient”.

    Nothing like “OMG SCARE THE SENIORS!” to get votes.  Then you turn around and act like you’re all enlightened and nuanced in your views, while completely ignoring the facts on the fiscal state of Medicare and the reasons for it.

  6. Mike In WNY May 6, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    Pat Boone has had 7 singles in the Billboard Top 100 since 1961, most recently in 1984. He had a Top 100 album in 2006.

  7. King Kong May 6, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    Mike – Having a single in the top 100 is not a ‘hit’, particularly for an artist as well known as Pat Boone. Having a top 10 single is a hit. Having a top 10 album is respectable.

  8. Thomas May 6, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    Boone’s last soiree into Special NY congressional elections worked out so well for the Repugs….this should give Hochul the outright lead

  9. Mike In WNY May 6, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    In the United States and the United Kingdom, a single is usually considered to be a hit when it has reached the official Billboard Magazine’s Hot 100 or the Top 75 of the ‘UK Singles Chart’ and stayed there for at least one week (the definition used by the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles since the 1970s).


    • Alan Bedenko May 6, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

      By that definition, I’m only off by 5 years. 1966.

  10. STEEL May 6, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    I like how they claim to be a non aligned group but they spew talking points that dropped out of Carl Rove’s brief case.

  11. Brian May 6, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    Oh, gee, Republicans dig white guys who stole material in the 1950’s!!  This is news?  

    Anecdotally, the only good Republican I ever saw was dead.

  12. Eric Saldanha May 6, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    Hard to believe Pat Boone hasn’t had a hit since the Johnson Administration when he’s involved in so many classy productions.

    I’m surprised that Ray “The Streak” Stevens wasn’t available for an endorsement as well.

  13. Chris Charvella May 6, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    @Eric, I’m at work, so no speakers. I watched that without sound I think I’m better off for it. Ugh…

  14. Eric Saldanha May 6, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    @Chris – you’re right…it sounds every bit as pathetic as it looks.
    Conservatives do comedy about as well as Pat Boone relates to today’s generation…or the two that preceeded it.

  15. Jesse May 6, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    @STEEL: what makes you think they’re non-aligned.  They’re obviously right wing but hate what the Republican party stands for.

    Are you seriously suggesting that anyone on the right side of the aisle must be either a Republican or (secretly?) in league with them?

    Do you suggest the same for the left?  (Green party?  Ralph Nader?)

  16. Hank May 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    I’d like to see someone apply for Medicare at age 55. All you’ll hear is “YOU HAVE 10 YEARS TO WAIT, SONNY”. @Brian: The only good republicans are dead ones?
    OK, the best part of living liberals ran down the crack of their mama’s ass and left a brown stain on the mattress! You’re quite a gent.

  17. jimd May 6, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    I got that message today on my answering machine. Pat Boone?? In the immortal words of James Hetfield, “So fucking whata”

  18. Hapklein May 7, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    Pat Boone wore white shoes before Memorial Day and after Labor Day – his Frat nearly had to to black ball him.
    But keep in mind that issues of Over 60 and AARP are piled up on every Senior Center, barber shop and beauty parlor in the 26th. 
    When you look closely at Corwin’s public appearances she is a Pat Boone person, they each have a convincing depth of a sheet of paper.

  19. Tom Dolina May 8, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    Poop! I’m late to the fun! What would CSI’s David Caruso have to say about this endorsement?

  20. rastamick May 8, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    I guess Grandpa Al Lewis and Danny Bonaduce wanted to se more data from Hochul’s camp before they’d throw their weight to the Corwin campaign ? 

  21. An Outhouse May 10, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    I sometimes perform a puppet theater for kids birthday parties. I’d be happy to endorse Queen Jane.

    (not really, but my wooden headed dummy will)

  22. gand May 22, 2011 at 11:09 pm #

    Pat Boone is a class act. I’m with him 100%.


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