Worst. Surrogate. Ever.

18 May

Last night, local email enthusiast and perennial picker of fights Carl Paladino appeared on The Ed Show on MSNBC to defend Jane Corwin, attack Jack Davis, and to defend the privatization and elimination of Medicare as we know it that Jane Corwin supports.  He appeared basically as Jane Corwin’s campaign surrogate.

He didn’t do so well.

He tried oh, so desperately to clear up misconceptions about Jack Davis, calling him “more progressive” than even Kathy Hochul – that’s pretty false, as any Democrat will tell you. When Paladino whined that Hochul might win but not with a “majority”, Ed quite rightly replied, “well, it is what it is.”  Indeed.

Next, Paladino tried to sound a tried and true Republican dog whistle, but seemed to get Medicaid and Medicare mixed up. He alleged that Obama refuses to go after “waste, fraud, and abuse” in Medicare because “those are his constituents”.  Actually, Mr. Paladino, every American is President Obama’s “constituent”, but more importantly, no one is complaining about rooting out waste in Medicare. What people are complaining about is replacing a massively popular Medicare system with private insurance and a voucher system.  Because everyone knows the one thing seniors need to add to their myriad worries is “dealing with asshole insurance companies” and “can I afford this medical care I need”.

Schultz asks Paladino, who was appearing on the program purporting to be a Corwin surrogate (Christ, how embarrassing for Corwin), yet couldn’t/wouldn’t answer a simple question: would Jane have voted in favor of the Ryan budget bill?  I.e., would she have voted in Congress to pass a law privatizing and voucherizing Medicare? Paladino fumfered and tried to wiggle out of the answer, but Schultz pressed him on it. The answer, of course, is that Corwin would have voted in favor of that bill. Only four Republicans voted against it. Wouldn’t Jane be proud of having cast that vote, given her vigorous defense of the Ryan Medicare privatization proposal?

There’s lots of back and forth where Paladino digs himself a hole and then tries to claw out with what really comes down to a superficial handle on the issues.

Asks Carl: What taxpayer would not want a private health insurer with a voucher?

I don’t understand why Paladino goes on these shows and tries to pretend he knows what he’s talking about. I don’t understand why he goes into a debate with only a superficial grasp of what’s being talked about.  I don’t understand why he continues to subject himself to tough questioning from reporters who aren’t in the tank or sufficiently submissive to him, because I wouldn’t be surprised if Carl’s got a billboard on the side of a dilapidated building with Schultz’s name on it.


24 Responses to “Worst. Surrogate. Ever.”

  1. Still Republican? May 18, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    OMG, can this campaign get ANY worse? Carl is suppose to be helping Corwin? He just said Hochul will win. Who told this guy to go on national TV and talk about Corwin? This campaign is gasping for air.

  2. peteherr May 18, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    There is the other real possibility that someone ran into Chris Grant’s office and said….”turn on the Ed Show…..carl Paladino is on” and when Chris in his office and Nick in his office turned on the TV they both gasped…..”OH NO !!!!!!”

  3. Bbill May 18, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    Rachel had some fun with this also too. Carl’s becoming a MSNBC star!


  4. Black Rock Lifer May 18, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    Keep talking Carl, the more you say the better the Dem’s look.

  5. Rob May 18, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    Vouchers will get rid of fraud and abuse in the Medicare system? Jesus, do Republicans ever tell the truth?

  6. Buffalo Rude May 18, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    This shitshow is priceless. I’m gonna be sad when this special election is over.

  7. Mr. F.N. Magoo May 18, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    I can’t really imagine that the campaign sent Carl to MSNBC, even with their clown car campaign to this point. It had to have been his call alone, as I more and more suspect that everybody involved with Calamity’s calamity thinks they’re always the smartest guy in any room they walk into…..and almost never are. They all seem to be calling the shots with little or no coordination or anything resembling a sane strategy.

    This thing looks more and more like a hand grenade in a manure pile:when it goes off, you’re lucky if you just get covered in shit.

  8. MichaelRCaputo May 18, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    During the governors race of 2010, MSNBC called no less than 25 times to book Carl on their various shows. We never did any of them – none. It was a rule in the press office that if anyone from MSNBC calls, they get a no. Want Carl? No. Want a surrogate? No. Want a class of water? No. Need help putting out a fire in your hair? No. Carl used to laugh about this ban on MSNBC, and even told a non-press staffer that he never does MSNBC.

    Carl knew MSNBC was a bridge too far. (Obscure military reference, for the Corwin staffers who never served in the military – meaning ALL OF YOU.)

    So, you ask me if Carl booked this, and my answer is no. This booking came from the Corwin juggernaut, whose 20-something press secretary only has experience representing a back bench Congressman who was never invited on the national networks in his life. That is, of course, until his boss got into shirtless Craigslist photography. Then he was on ever television network on the planet, representing NY26 with aplomb.

  9. Mike In WNY May 18, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    @Rob, whether or not vouchers are the ultimate answer, they will bring one very needed component to bringing health care costs under control – cost accountability between patients and providers. The lack of that accountability, across the health care system, is a large reason why health care costs are spiraling out of control and damaging our economy.

  10. Fred May 18, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    We need a new word for a Paladino endorsement: dedorsement? enhorsement? political herpes?

  11. Mr. F.N. Magoo May 18, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    @Mike: Given your inside knowledge of Carl, I have to defer. Having said that, your point begs the question, who changed Carl’s mind? A young press secretary or Carl himself? I’d still bet on Carl. He’s got Trump syndrome, it appears. “I’m rich; I must be good at everything”

  12. Jesse May 18, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    You are demagoguing with the best of ’em, Alan.

    The Ryan budget proposal is horribly flawed, in that it essentially kicks the can on military spending.

    But it’s a fuckload MORE than just Medicare vouchers and means testing.  Boiling it down to that and claiming it’s going to destroy Medicare is just base politics.  Claiming the moral high ground after that is lame.

  13. Rob May 18, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    And while gutting Medicare because we supposedly can’t afford to take care of the elderly, it keeps the highest marginal income tax rate at its lowest level since the 1930s. It’s almost like all Republicans really care about is low taxes for rich people.

  14. Jeremy May 18, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    “I don’t understand why Paladino goes on these shows and tries to pretend he knows what he’s talking about.”

    Why does Paladino go on these shows, you ask? Because he has an ego and loves that people talk about him and care what he has to say. Narcissists and hatemongers are fed by even negative attention. The more attention they get, the more powerful they feel.

    In light of that, the question you might want to ask yourself is, “who is Ed and does anyone watch The Ed Show?” That’s the question I had to ask when looking at this article. Most people would have no idea that such a program actually airs on (cable) TV, and that it apparently is some late night alternative to watching Greta Van Susteren and Anderson Cooper. The Ed Show is apparently watched by around 2/3 the number of people who watch Van Susteren’s show. That’s not a huge crowd. And probably a much smaller number are watching from this area. Except now, The Ed Show and Paladino both get press for scheduling that appearance, which means maybe better ratings for the show, and more attention for Paladino. Yay, right?

    I appreciate that you enjoy beating the dead horse (almost as much as Paladino would, particularly if a nude woman was being recorded doing so), but for god’s sake, flip the off switch on this guy already. After undeservedly winning huge local margins in an election where he should have been roundly defeated everywhere – thanks no doubt to attention he generated with his angry, awful crap – Paladino has thankfully been relegated to ghosting and muttering on no-name cable programs. Let the man fade from the spotlight in peace. 

    • Alan Bedenko May 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm #


      I long ago stopped watching any cable news opinion shows. They are all equally horrid to me. I only watch snippets from them when curated for me by trusted bloggers or Tweeters.

      As to whether Paladino deserves any attention, he doesn’t. But when he embarrasses himself, I have to make sure we preserve this for future reference, and use it as much as possible to further embarrass the feckless Corwin campaign.

  15. Fat Tony May 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    A few days ago, I said I’d vote for Corwin in spite of herself because I have no interest in bolstering the liberal wing in Congress by electing a Hamburg resident to represent a conservative district. I feel less that way now.

    Hochul is what she is, which is not my taste. But to watch Corwin pull an Antoine Thompson and run from the cameras, incapable of standing up for herself makes one think she is nothing more than a vacuous housewife from Spauling Lake who shouldn’t be serving in anything higher than town Clerk or Assembly minority….oh, wait a minute.

    Seriously, is that hard to say this:
    “People on my campaign made some grave errors in judgment and now they are no longer on my campaign. They engaged in tactics that I do not approve of and have been a distraction. I apologize for their actions. It’s a shame that we see more of these gotcha games in campaigns rather than discussion of the issues and I must take responsibility for those on my campaign who crossed the line.

    Now, I want to spend the last week of this campaign talking about (insert whatever here.)

    Of course, the campaign geniuses found how to take a one day story and turn it into a a ten day distraction. Nice work.

  16. peteherr May 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    “Of course, the campaign geniuses found how to take a one day story and turn it into a a ten day distraction. Nice work.”

    What Tony said !

  17. MichaelRCaputo May 18, 2011 at 1:37 pm #


    Hire Fat Tony!

  18. Mr. F.N. Magoo May 18, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    @Jeremy; You know what the weird thing is? It took Carl Paladino to make Ed Schultz look reasonable. I’m a progressive but I can’t take Schultz because he’s a blowhard and an opportunist and I think your take on his show is solid. Saying that, I’m mystified what the Corwin campaign imagined they could gain from sending a time-bomb to an interview in a combative, progressive venue. The audience it has is almost entirely made up of people who’ve almost entirely made up their minds on this race. Are they arrogant enough to believe they can change those peoples’ opinions by sending Carl?!?! That’s why I think he did this on his own.

    @ Fat Tony: I think we’re on opposite sides of the political aisle but I empathize. Corwin’s campaign has been pretty much the script for what’s really wrong with campaigns and though I should be gleeful for what its doing for Kathy Hochul’s chances, the process isn’t as much validating her competency or positions on the issues as it a freakish show of serendipity. I don’t think this race says much about the way the political winds are blowing beyond the Medicare kerfuffle. Anybody trying to extrapolate this clusterfuck to the national picture is trying to predict the future reading entrails.

  19. Greg May 18, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    It’s almost like all Republicans really care about is low taxes for rich people.

    Almost like?

  20. Jeremy May 18, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    @Alan: I’m not saying that bad people always go away if everyone ignores them, but this particular person should be ignored. At this point, he gets more attention and press from WNYmedia than anyone else.

  21. peteherr May 19, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    @Jeremy – Carl Paladino is like Sarah Palin to me. I don’t want to ignire them. Everytime they do something it is usually funny….and they are the poster children for what is wrong with the Republican party these days.


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