The Death of Jesse Helms

I must admit I write this saddened that Senator Helms is dead.

While most of my fellow travellers --- Senator Helms told me personally when I was working for Senator Moynihan that I was a "wretched little communist" --- are probably gleeful at his passing.  I am not.  He was a frequent friend in the mornings (in the Senate cafeteria) when he and I used to talk Redskins football and the need for Baseball in the Nation's Capitol.  I knew what he was working for and he knew what I wanted and he and I "agreed to disagree"

More importantly, I considered him a boon to liberals.

In 1984, he sucked a boatload of money out of the political system (he actually fundraised in sates with fellow Republicans trying to get re-elected) and kept the Democrats in position to retake the Senate in 1986.  

In 1990, he ran the most racist campaign in 25 years.  It was deplorable.  1990 was an anti-incumbent year and Helms once again defunded the right in his effort to get re-elected.  

In 1996, Helms (two years into a Republican held Senate) again went all out to raise money.

In addition to his penchant for selfishly putting his re-election ahead of everyone else, Helms defined Right Wing.  In 1990 while woprking to re-elect a NJ congressman, I quipped to the press that my boss' opponent had more in common with Jesse Helms than the people of New Jersey.

I studied his every move and his every word, he was teh master of defining the contest and his opponent.  The first Democratic politician I saw that emulated his technique was Harris Wofford...who was advised by Carville and Begala (who would go national with Clinton)

Goodbye Jesse, say hello to Lucifer for me.

Tags: North Carolina, Politics 2008, presidential election (all tags)

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7 Comments

Throw in a Comparison to Obama

Then say something about sexism, and you to can get on the rec list.

by Brandon 2008-07-04 02:24PM | 0 recs
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The saddest thing about his passing is that he won't get to see our nation's first black president.

by Skaje 2008-07-04 02:26PM | 0 recs
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Oh, Malcolm and Martin will point it out to him.

Jesse will be working for them, probably some kind of manual labor, cleaning toilets or yardwork at the heavenly center for black folks....

by WashStateBlue 2008-07-04 03:53PM | 0 recs
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by blueflorida 2008-07-04 03:43PM | 0 recs
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well, now he's a DEAD bastard!

by bushsucks 2008-07-04 03:53PM | 0 recs
Party At My House

HEY GUYS!

Ding Dong the f*cking bastard's dead.

I've got beer, wine, and liquor.  We're shooting fireworks too.  It's gonna be a blast.

If you think about it, the only good thing about death is that it means miserable *ssholes will have a limited time on earth to make people's lives miserable.

Celebrate.  Couldn't have happened on a better day!

by MKyleM 2008-07-04 06:44PM | 0 recs
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Helms was a very nasty piece of work and largely a complete failure. His legislative efforts largely invited derision at home and abroad and the only major law with his name on it Helms Burton(another idiot) was passed 12 years ago and yet the Castro brothers have seen him out along with nine presidents and still rule in Havana. He was mainly a nasty minor nuisance.

by ottovbvs 2008-07-05 09:16AM | 0 recs

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