The Self-Flagellation of David Dewhurst

New campaign spot from lite guv hammers on baby boomers

Someone may want to tell US Senate hopeful Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst who votes in elections. In a new TV spot, he has decided to target Baby Boomers – not for votes, but as a scapegoat. Odd, considering he is definitionally a boomer himself.

In the new spot called "Courage," Dewhurst said, "My dad flew a bomber on D-Day. The greatest generation built the greatest nation on Earth. The next generation spent us into bankruptcy."

Now, let's get this straight. So Dewhurst says the generation that succeeded his father's generation is to blame for the nation's fiscal woes. But since he is his father's son, isn't he that very same next generation?

And why does Dewhurst the Younger concentrate on his father's service career? Why not talk about his own illustrious time in the Central Intelligence Agency? Wait, you didn't know about that? His job as a CIA case officer in Bolivia? Back in 2001, Michael King tried to ask Dewhurst about his involvement in that nation's particularly bloody 1971 CIA-backed coup, and whether he had ever met CIA asset and wanted Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie, known as the "Butcher of Lyons." Dewhurst declined to comment about his time in the Tropics, instead replying that "I never comment on intelligence matters." Seems that applies to his campaign spots too.

Here's that new spot in full …

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