by Max Brantley
It's the Republican strategy. Every election at every level — even dogcatcher, presumably, if it was a partisan office — is about Barack Obama, particularly in the former slave states where he is held in low regard.
So we're likely to see almost daily a news release from Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Keet calling on Gov. Mike Beebe to repudiate one thing or another Barack Obama has said or done. I give you this one as an example. I won't make a habit of it. I'd be far more interested in what Jim Keet proposes to do about Arkansas schools and prisons, the state budget, Arkansas health care and human services. Less about how the White House should be run, unless Keet decides to run for that job.
I'd also like to know why, if presidential politics are so important, Keet didn't even vote in the presidential primary election in 2008. I sent an e-mail to him yesterday about that; no response so far. I wonder if he told Mike Huckabee that he'd supported him.
KEET NEWS RELEASE
GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Keet is calling on Governor Mike Beebe to take a stand against a job killing energy tax discussed by President Barack Obama in an address to the nation Tuesday night. Keet is launching a statewide radio campaign to inform Arkansas taxpayers why Beebe should oppose the dangerous tax.
“At a time when the state is suffering record unemployment Governor Beebe should put Arkansas first and not stand by silently while the Obama Administration puts more Arkansans out of work and imposes an additional tax burden on businesses. Arkansans can no longer afford to foot the bill while Beebe sits on the sidelines,” said Keet.
Keet goes on to say, “Governor Beebe needs to use every means at his disposal to persuade Democrats in the Arkansas Congressional Delegation and the President not to impose this ill-advised tax.”
Keet has also written a letter to Governor Beebe and to the Arkansas Congressional Delegation encouraging them to stand against the tax.
Full text of radio ad:
I’m Jim Keet running for governor and I’m opposed to the energy tax discussed by President Obama Tuesday night. This tax will devastate your family’s budget, raise your electric bill, what you pay for gas, and it will destroy jobs all across the state.
Governor Beebe has been the President’s silent partner and has refused to oppose the President even when his policies hurt the Arkansas economy.
I’m Jim Keet. I want to be your next Governor to fight for you.