The most loathesome act of a loathesome year
Tue Oct 24, 2006 at 02:51:28 PM PDT
Is she insane? She would threaten to beat down a handicapped man for telling the truth? I guess Kiss of Death is her favorite movie. I bet she'd be happy to stand on staircase and cackle as she pushes him down a flight of stairs like Tommy Udo.
So Cubin changes her story again, and then throws in an apology.
"It was person to person and it was not an attack on the disabled," Cubin said in a telephone interview from Rock Springs, Wyo. "In retrospect I was wrong in what I said and I apologize."
Cubin, who is seeking a seventh two-year term against Democrat Gary Trauner and Libertarian Thomas Rankin, also presented different account of what she said compared to what Rankin recalled and her account of the incident was different from the one her campaign initially issued.
Rankin, who has multiple sclerosis and uses an electric wheelchair, said that after the debate Sunday night Cubin "walked over to me and said, 'If you weren't sitting in that chair, I'd slap you across the face."
Cubin said she went over to Rankin, challenged his debate assertions and remarked that "if you had said that to anyone else, they probably would have smacked you."
Again, to be clear -- Cubin said she'd resort to violence against Rankin if he wasn't wheelchair bound, all because Rankin had the gall to point out that Cubin took money from Tom DeLay. Which she did.
Of course, there would be no need for Cubin to apologize had she really said what she now claims she had said (which remember, was different than what her campaign said she said yesterday).
As Rankin said earlier today:
"The best response Barbara Cubin could give would be a resignation," he said. "Nothing less than that would satisfy me.
"She is not the type of person Wyoming residents want representing them," he said.
Of course the good people of Wyoming find such thuggery appaling
Sun Oct 29, 2006 at 05:09:32 PM PDT
A new poll, commissioned by the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, shows Democrat Gary Trauner in a statistical dead heat with Republican Barbara "If You Weren't Sitting In That Chair, I'd Slap You Across The Face" Cubin. Cubin leads Trauner by just under 4%, 44%-40.4%. The poll has a margin of error of 4.2%.
That a Democrat has made this race competive is nothing short of incredible, given the fact that President Bush carried Wyoming in 2004 by an overwhelming margin (69%-29%). But let's look a little closer at this poll to see something truly amazing--the Slap Effect:
Cubin's well-publicized threat to smack Rankin, who has multiple sclerosis and uses a wheelchair, across the face following a broadcast debate on Oct. 23 became news at a point when a third of this poll had yet to be conducted.
Breaking down the numbers shows that between Oct. 18-23, Cubin was at 48.6 percent. For the final two days, her numbers dropped to 35.3 percent.
Trauner was at 36.9 percent for the first period; he gained 10.1 points to 47 percent.
Rankin also gained; he was at 3.7 percent and jumped to 7.8 percent.
Because the pool of survey respondents was smaller for the final two-day period, the margin of error for these numbers is 7.1 percent. Even so, the shifts in support for Cubin and Trauner were greater than that margin.
We have yet to see the full extent of fallout from Curbin's bully behavior. What we do know is that this is--and will likely remain--a very, very close race, so close in fact that the GOP is deploying Dick Cheney himself next week to Wyoming to help remedy the situation. Also, the RNC and his opponent have started airing attack ads against Trauner. You can watch Trauner's response here.
Nine days. Let's give Trauner all the help we can give and make history.
posted by Steve @ 8:28:00 PM