Has Greg Patterson of Espresso Pundit started working directly for the Schweikert campaign (if he has, it's not obvious from the campaign's most recent filings with the FEC)? Or has he chosen to turn his blog into a Schweikert campaign press release outlet?
I, and most Democratic bloggers, for that matter, happily republish campaign press releases, but when I do so, I always clearly identify them as such.
Patterson never publishes such a disclaimer.
Earlier this week, he published a post declaring the race over in CD5 based on the results of what was essentially a third party-funded internal poll. This suspect poll declared Schweikert ahead in the race by 5 percentage points. Patterson focused only on the percentages, not the questionable methodology of the company that conducted the poll.
He also rather blithely ignored the fact that in late October 2006, a SurveyUSA poll showed then-Congressman JD Hayworth ahead of Mitchell by three percentage points.
Mitchell ended up winning the race by slighly more than 8000 votes.
He backed that one up with a post published on Sunday. Perhaps he was simply regurgitating Schweikert campaign's wishful thinking, or perhaps he is doing his part to add a little reality to some of the lies that the Rs spewed about health care reform last year, but he took the initiative to become a self-designated "death panel."
He placed a "Do Not Resuscitate" directive on Harry Mitchell and his political career.
His primary concern was Harry's age, 70.
Perhaps Patterson *is* correct in his insinuation, and Mitchell is too old for public service, but then that would then bring up another point -
Harry Mitchell, date of birth: July 18, 1940
John McCain, date of birth: August 29, 1936
Guess which one is running for a six-year term, and which one is running for a two-year term?