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Moran Mythbusters: Yonkers strikes back

The Tiahrt campaign released the latest installment in the “Moran Mythbusters” series today, this time busting the myth that Jerry Moran is a “consistent conservative.”

However, in the process, the Tiahrt campaign have conflated the words “conservative” and “Republican” to mean the same thing.

Pick of a piece of campaign literature from Congressman Moran and most likely it will make the claim that he is a “consistent conservative.” The truth, however, is that Moran is a reluctant Republican.

The first fact listed in the Mythbuster is that Moran stated to The Wichita Eagle that “Obama is easier to work with than Bush.” It is true that Moran said as much and that The Eagle reported Moran’s comments on January 31, 2009. But it seems a stretch to assert that because Moran believed the new Democratic president may be easier to work with than the previous Republican president that Moran is not consistently conservative.

“The times I interacted with President Bush, generally, I’d get summoned to the White House because I disagreed with something that the president was for,” said Moran, House Republican. “He kind of lectured. It was about ‘are you with me or against me’ in the days of President Bush.”

It may depend on your definition of “conservative” but it doesn’t seem to me that talking to Democrats and liberals is a reflection of how conservative someone is or is not, nor should disagreement with the previous administration, who sometimes did not stick to a policy of fiscal conservatism. Rather, it would seem better to make the primary attack of the Mythbuster about voting records.

The Mythbusters also points to a November 2006 Topeka Capital-Journal article entitled “Call him ‘Avalanche Moran‘” which states that Moran didn’t seem to mind the Democratic takeover of Congress and while preferring Republicans had won, had said that change should be good for the county.

The campaign might have a good point here, except the rest of the article is very positive about Moran. The Tiahrt campaign failed to note that the same article also states that Moran was one of only three congressional Republicans during the 2006 election to receive 79 percent or more of the vote, hardly the mark of an “inconsistent conservative” in a consistently conservative state.

The Mythbusters includes a line that simply states, “Moran’s voting record has been sporadically moderate.” The Mythbusters links to the 2008 Almanac of American Politics as proof.

Moran’s voting record has been sporadically moderate on economic and foreign issues, and he has sometimes gone his own way in pursuing district causes.

So, the claim here is that Moran is not consistently conservative, at least in part, because Moran had a sporadically moderate voting record (meaning he only voted moderately some of the time) on economic and foreign issues (only two of all policy areas that come before the congress) and that he has sometimes advanced district causes over the party line. Well, OK then.

If Tiahrt, while running as the true conservative, was also willing to criticize the former administration and Republican congress for actions that placed fiscal and economic conservatism on the backburner, his attacks on Moran’s record might have a little more heft.

Lastly, of no real consequence, the Mythbuster snuck in a tongue-in-cheek response to the mild criticism that the campaign received recently from featuring tax forms from Yonkers, New York, in a TV ad.

For nearly two decades Congressman Moran has voted to raise taxes on hard-working Americans from Yates Center, Kansas, to Yonkers, New York.

About Jonathan Shorman

A journalism student at The University of Kansas and columnist for The University Daily Kansan.


One thought on “Moran Mythbusters: Yonkers strikes back

  1. According to the Almanac of American Politics http://www.nationaljournal.com/almanac/2010/index.php
    Jerry Moran is a moderate. That description appears on his campaign web site here:
    so given Moran’s commercials, the idea that Moran is either conservative or consistent is tacitly refuted by Moran himself on his own campaign site.

    The other points in this entry do not withstand scrutiny. Moran’s 79% of the vote must be evaluated in light of the fact that KS-1 is one of the most, if not the most, conservative district in the nation. Any Republican will win a large vote percentage, because the good folks of the First are not about to send a Democrat to DC to betray their values. Moran has voted to the left of his conservative district, so if he were conservative his votes are unforced errors, but if not, they indicate a his true sentiments.

    The idea that a conservative would welcome a Democrat Congress is absurd. The Democrats’ agenda is the antithesis of conservatism. If Moran were conservative, he would be appalled by what was in store for America. Either he is incapable of recognizing danger, or is untroubled by its arrival.

    Moran’s “sporadically moderate” foreign policy is focused on financing the torturing, murderous, tyrannical Cuban dictatorship. Moran wants to accomplish this through extending American credit to Cuba, and opening the hard currency spigot for Cuba through American tourism. Both of which will make it easier for the Cuban regime to continue its violence against its dissidents and preserve its communist status. This is not a conservative position.

    Moran has voted to try terrorist in civilian courts (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2006/roll491.xml), to make it easier to raise taxes and difficult to cut them (http://bit.ly/clpITh), for government-run health care in the form of SCHIP (http://www.adaction.org/media/votingrecords/2007.pdf). These are not the votes of a conservative, so Moran’s ads claiming consistent conservatism are false.

    Jerry Moran is neither conservative, nor consistent.

    Posted by jeffersonmorris | June 11, 2010, 5:16 am

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