Et Tu, Columbus Dispatch?

The Columbus Dispatch is not exactly known as a bastion of liberalism. In fact, it seems to work overtime to inflate every potential Democratic negative (remember "Troopergate," possibly the fakest "scandal" in Ohio political history? The Dispatch couldn't get enough of it) and to minimize every Republican negative. Accusing the Columbus Dispatch of being part of the "liberal media" would instantly brand you as one of the most ignorant, reality-challenged teabaggers alive.

But apparently, some Republicans are just beyond the power of the Dispatch to spin positively. Ladies and gentlemen, I present Josh "The Empty Suit" Mandel.

"Mandel’s claims of support unproven"

Oh no! Don't tell me his pants are on fire again. This guy must have gone through about 1,000 pairs of pants this year alone.

The Dispatch takes on Mandel's howler of a claim that there is widespread disillusionment with Sherrod Brown among Democrats, who are now (according to him) flocking to support HIM instead, despite the fact that he is radically underqualified, a puppet of every big special interest in existence, dishonest, and secretive about virtually all his positions except those embodying a naked hostility toward women.

Yup, just the kind of candidate Democrats flock to.

Mandel, typically, based his claim on absolutely nothing.

Says the Dispatch,

Republican Josh Mandel appears unable to support his oft-made claim that legions of Democrats are supporting his candidacy for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown. ... Asked by The Dispatch for evidence of the backing Mandel says he is receiving from Democratic voters and groups, the Mandel campaign offered only the names of four registered Democrats willing to comment. But one of them actually is an independent who says she has supported candidates from both parties.

You have to read the whole article for its exposure of Mandel's utterly groundless claims and staggering arrogance. For instance, he's claiming that it was the desperate, frantic pleas of Democrats around the state that virtually FORCED him to abandon any pretense of interest in being state treasurer and run for U.S. Senate.

In campaign speeches, Mandel says that not long after he became state treasurer in January 2011, Democrats and other voters beseeched him to run for the U.S. Senate this year... Mandel says he was compelled by this groundswell of support to run for the Senate almost immediately after winning his first statewide office, potentially forsaking the treasurer’s job in which he had promised to serve a full four-year term.

God, he's so noble it makes me ... want to puke.

Now, we've all been hearing over and over about all the liberal Jewish Democratic support Mandel will attract, just because he's Jewish. Never mind that the one thing he's clearest about is his dedication to stripping women of their rights — and liberal Jews have been in the forefront of the feminist movement. Even if that were true, it's dubious he would attract enough of that support to make a different since Jews only account for slightly over one percent of Ohio's population.

Suddes debunks that too, He finds that members of the politically engaged Ratner family, of which Mandel's wife is a member, have given many times more money to Sherrod Brown.

Suddes also says the Mandel is also bizarrely boasting about the support he's getting from labor, even though he hasn't received any union endorsements or a single labor-related contribution. What's weird about this assertion is that one of the main Republican talking points is that Democrats are puppets of labor and that unions are the embodiment of evil — big, powerful villains picking on poor helpless little Republicans who only want to "grow business." Mandel is going to have some mighty fancy juggling to do to claim at the same time that unions are evil but also that they support HIM and not Brown.

But go read the article. If you didn't think Mandel was a snake before, you will now. (Apologies to snakes, which actually do good for the world).

Josh Mandel has no Democratic support. He has no labor support. He very likely has much less support in the Jewish community than he thinks.

In fact, Mandel has only two assets in this campaign: money and lies. He's received a flood of financial support from secretive outside interests. Those that are somewhat known — like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — support big corporate interests, not labor, and certainly not average citizens. And he has a willingness to blatantly lie about anything anytime over and over and then brazenly insist he doesn't have to prove he's telling the truth. The article exposes yet one more area in which Mandel is deploying this ethically challenged tactic.

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