The campaign of Paul Broun, Jr., winding down and apparently getting ready to finish with a resounding whimper, is demonstrative of both his age and his inability to adapt to technology and communications advances. An old Gray in an iPhone age, Dr. Broun’s campaign may come to set the standard for how a campaign should not be run in the New Media era — and is demonstrating the perils of attempting to selectively use some technological advances, while choosing to ignore others (and then being shocked — shocked! — that it comes back to bite you).
Trying to run two different races in two different areas — say, Athens and Augusta — is much more difficult now than it was in the past, because people from both places have access (via this series of tubes we call the internets) to what was said elsewhere. Radio, newspaper, and television appearances are accessible to people everywhere moments after they air, making it much tougher to get away with lying about, or mischaracterizing, positions and actions.
There are plenty of examples — simply search “Paul Broun” on this site for more than you can read in a day — but this latest and greatest has to take the cake. If his campaign hadn’t shown such total ineptitude — both in terms of being consistent and in terms of understanding New Media to such a rudimentary degree that they realize that what they say and send will get out — then I’d go ahead and call this a full-on election-eve “Paul Broun Melt Doun.”
Heck, let’s call it that anyway; after all, it sure seems to be. Check out this latest development:
As we broke the story here at PP, Broun’s wife sent an email to her list asking that it be forwarded on to certain people who met the certain standard which the Brouns seem to think is a requirement for participating in our representative Republic. The email was lengthy, but here’s the important part:
Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2007 3:24 PM
Subject: P and N Broun testimonyHi [redacted],
Please read the following synopsis of our testimonies. If you feel so led, please forward it to the REAL Christians in your email address book. I believe that Christians can make a big difference in this race and networking is one way to spread the word.Thanks!
Non-”REAL Christians,” of course, need not apply. Further:
Paul Jr. my husband, is running for the seat vacated by Charlie Norwood’s death. We have been under such attack; it’s too long to go into here. I just ask you and your friends to pray for us. The enemy is coming against us with such fury it’s scary. Our opponent is not being all that nice either.
Check the last two sentences. Apparently (and perhaps it’s obvious if you’re a “REAL Christian”) Broun is not only fighting the two Jim Whiteheads, but Satan himself as well! (You know what a special place in Satan’s cold, black heart GA’s 10th CD has always held. Fight on, Paul…)
It is not my place to judge Jim Whitehead’s spiritual condition but I’ll just tell you that a pastor in Hartwell invited Paul and Mr. Whitehead to speak at his church. Paul accepted gladly, as he has in many churches. Mr. Whitehead said he felt uncomfortable speaking in churches and didn’t think you should mix church and state.
We could rephrase that first sentence: “It is not my place to judge Jim Whitehead’s spiritual condition but” I’m going to anyway, and since he is against us, and (based on the paragraph above) Satan is against us, then Q.E.D. he is working with Satan!!
Paul feels that as a Congressman, he would be a missionary to government. And don’t we need that!! He is profoundly pro-life and as a medical doctor he can fight abortion on a physiological level, beyond his spiritual beliefs of the sanctity of life. (He did run for office in 1990 as pro-choice before God removed the scales from both of our eyes about that important issue.)
Here we get into that whole disparate-messages issue. You see, Paul Broun wants to be “a missionary to government,” and says that the Bible will serve as his guide. Is his campaign so inept that nobody realizes that the Liberals in Athens whom they are trying to woo in hopes of ganging up on Whitehead will hear that message as well? Wow.
Here’s the real kicker, though. The AJC’s Political Insider, one of our favorite sites here at PP, picked up our coverage of the above letter, and the result was (predictably) a Brian Passante-esque Paul Broun Melt Doun of the first order. This morning, Paul Broun sent an email to Jim Galloway of the AJCPI in which he slammed Peach Pundit, implied that Galloway was dishonest and irresponsible, and demanded a correction. Peach Pundit has obtained a copy of that email, and the full text is posted below (with commentary, of course ).
07/16/07 09:44 AMTo: Jim Galloway
From: Paul Broun
Subject: From Paul Broun re Niki’s email
You are in the news business. News should be premised upon accuracy.
So should campaigning, Dr. Broun, as you so often remind us all (both with your statements to that effect, and your actions otherwise).
Political Insider posted an allegation gathered from Peach Pundit that “the Broun campaign”