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Steele and Foley: oh yes they are Republicans

Posted by Thomas Nephew on October 5th, 2006

Sun photo by Chiaki Kawajiri, Sep 21, 2006
Baltimore Sun photo by Chiaki Kawajiri, Sep 21, 2006

What is it with Republicans wishing they or their pals weren’t Republican? First Maryland Senate candidate Michael Steele (R-MD) — who this summer confided to a journalist that he considered the “R” designation to be a “scarlet letter” — unveils a deceptive campaign sign saying nothing but “Steele” and “Democrat.” Like the Steele campaign theme color, the sign is blue. The sign is ostensibly part of an outreach to “Steele Democrats“, but Steele doesn’t display his own party affiliation on his regular signs either.

Now Tennessee Guerilla Women and others are reporting that the FOX News “O’Reilly Factor” show is repeatedly identifying the creepy Mark Foley (R-FL) as a Democrat. They have a photo and a video clip to prove it.

Josh Marshall caught the same thing in an AP report (now fixed). This kind of dirty pool is par for the course for O’Reilly, of course, but while the Associated Press has not been above a bit of partisan spin in the past, this would be a new low.

But meanwhile: how telling that the Republican machine is resorting to political mimicry to survive.

EDIT, 10/12: “spin” link added; leads to “Talking Points Memo” coverage of John Solomon’s reporting on Senator Harry Reid (D-NV).

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