Ray Buckley, Rape and Whataboutism

Yesterday, New Hampshire Democrats held their annual “Kennedy-Clinton Dinner,” which is their major fundraiser.  The dinner is named after former Presidents Kennedy and Clinton.

NH GOP Chair, Jeanie Forester, called on the Democrats to denounce Clinton and remove his name:

When asked about Forester’s press release, Democrat Chair Ray Buckley responded as follows:

Asked by Fox News if the state Democratic party should have a conversation about taking Clinton’s name off the dinner, party Chairman Raymond Buckley said, “I think it would be an interesting conversation right after we see the resignation of Donald Trump.”

Asked again, Buckley responded that “I think that once we see the Republican Party really stand up and represent the real values of America, I think we can have a number of other conversations about other officials. But right now this country, this world, is under assault by Donald Trump and that’s really the most pressing issue.”

Buckley is engaging in whataboutism, a tactic routinely employed by the Soviet Union to deflect criticism.  For example, in response to criticism of human rights violations, the Soviets would criticize race-relations in the United States.  The goal of whataboutism is to avoid addressing the criticism by creating a false equivalence. Continue reading

A Primer on New Hampshire Politics for Jeb Bush

Dear Governor Bush:

I hear you are running for President.  Things have changed a lot in New Hampshire politics since your father won the primary back in 1988, so I thought I would give you an update.

Believe it or not, and I say believe it or not because the press (and presumably the local GOP operatives who claim to be your New Hampshire confidants) persists in calling New Hampshire a “swing state” or a “battleground state”, 1988 happens to be the last time a GOP Presidential candidate won over 50 percent of the vote in New Hampshire.  In 1992, Bill Clinton edged out your father 40 percent to 38 percent, with Ross Perot taking 22 percent.  And in 1996, Clinton won again, this time with 49 percent of the vote to Bob Dole’s 39 percent, with Perot taking about 10 percent. Continue reading