Silliest Ad Yet Hits CD-3 Race

ThinkProgresscheck this one out:

Fourth-term Republican Rep. Scott Tipton, facing a tough re-election in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, has launched a new broadside against his Democratic opponent Diane Mitsch Bush — falsely accusing her of socialism because she once subscribed to a non-profit magazine that was originally founded by a socialist historian.

Though she is not a socialist, in an attack ad posted on Wednesday, Tipton first warns that the Democratic Socialists of America (an organization with which Mitsch Bush has no affiliation) “openly propose to do away with capitalism” — which is sort of the point of socialism. The narrator then claims that Diane Mitsch Bush “helped fund a leading socialist magazine.” In text on the screen, the ad cites three issues of the award-winning monthly magazine In These Times — a progressive publication that has not identified as an “Independent Socialist Newspaper” since 1989…

For those unfamiliar, the magazine In These Times was started over 40 years ago as a fairly unapologetic lefty magazine–for a time even adopting the tagline “The Socialist Newsweekly.” Since that time, though, the magazine has evolved into a more mainstream source of still unapologetically progressive news and commentary, and is particularly popular among labor unions.

A spokesperson for the Mitsch Bush campaign told ThinkProgress that she was a subscriber and believes she made an “insignificant” small additional contribution to support the publication. The campaign also provided a list of other publications she has “helped fund” by subscribing, including Time, Newsweek, Ms., The Nation, the High Country News, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Colorado Politics, and the Denver Post.

That’s right, folks. This is an attack ad entirely based on a magazine subscription. Like most nonprofit or modestly for-profit publications, it’s no surprise that In These Times solicits subscribers for additional donations in support of their work–just like Colorado Public Radio or any charity does. But even that doesn’t make Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush anything more than a subscriber to a magazine, and on the basis of that magazine subscription voters are supposed to believe she is some kind of anti-‘Merican saboteur? By this logic, every Money subscriber is Bernie Madoff and every Playboy subscriber is a pervert. It’s completely ridiculous.

And above all, it shows Rep. Scott Tipton doesn’t have anything to use on Diane Mitsch Bush.


24 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. ZappateroZappatero says:

    D’s should take the “socialist” attack and turn it around to Republicans. Not difficult. 

  2. ModeratusModeratus says:

    I'd give you the benefit of the doubt if it was just a subscription, but the additional donation means she sides with the goals of the publication. Fair game.

    • unnamed says:

      This from the guy who whines about guilt by association when this blog calls out GOPers for palling around with White Supremacists that refer to themselves as part of the Right Wing Death Squad.

  3. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    Hell, I used to read Pravda.  What's wrong with knowing your enemy?

  4. itlduso says:

    Coincidentally, I just received a voicemail message from her even though I live in CD6.  I just made a donation.

  5. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    It could be worse, or funnier, depending on one's perspective. This past Saturday morning, I observed this hand-made sign hanging on a fence along US 87 between Havre and Fort Benton, Montana. Quotes are mine.

    "Vote Republican"

    "For God's Sake, Vote Republican."

    • gertie97 says:

      That part of Montana has been Republican forever, although they do love the REA, Bureau of Reclamation and farm payments.

      Living on the High Line takes a special sort of political “thought.''


      • Conserv. Head Banger says:

        As an FYI, Gertie, current U.S. senator Jon Tester (D-MT) is from Big Sandy, MT, 32 miles southwest from Havre along US 87. He was born in Havre.

        • gertie97 says:

          I know he is. I was Montana born, raised and educated and wound up in Colorado for employment, which is not an easy thing in the Big Sky. Tester, as a Democrat, is an honest REA, BuRec and farm payment supporter.

          I support him, of course. His ace in the hole is that he's a genuine Montanan, not a carpet-bagging pretend rancher like his opponent.


  6. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Money is for financial illiterates who need everything dumbed down.
    Barron's is for the potential Bernie Madoffs.

  7. And how did they determine this?

  8. Gilpin Guy says:

    Thank God West Slopers don't depend on socialist services to live rugged individual lives.  No need for roads or wildfire protection for these salt of the earth heros.  By God, they can cut every damn tree and pollute every river in their God given land because they don't need to worry about what happens to the next generation.  Boo Socialism.

  9. Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

    Our trio performed at a fund raiser for DMB last night at Las Colonias Park in GJ. A crowd of about 150 people showed up. The folks were fired up to get out the vote and chase ballots.

    She has a chance, but everyone must vote.



    YES ON 112!!!!!!


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