Shaheen's Strings: A Partisan Puppet


Union Leader

October 26, 2008

The most important question of the U.S. Senate race between Sen. John Sununu and former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen is this: What does Jeanne Shaheen believe?

Not even Shaheen seems to know. During Tuesday night's debate, James Pindell of asked Shaheen, "Governor can you give one issue that you believe in your gut to be absolutely true but that the polls suggest to be politically unpopular?"

Shaheen paused, like a deer in the headlights, for seven seconds. She had no answer. Finally, she stumbled through a response, saying that fighting global warming was important even though some people worry about how much it will cost. Debate moderator Laura Knoy noted that, well, fighting global warming was actually pretty popular.

So Shaheen's one answer was that she is willing to raise taxes even if it's unpopular.

It has become crystal clear throughout this race that Jeanne Shaheen's entire campaign is scripted from Washington. If the national Democratic Party leadership doesn't have a talking point on it, then she doesn't have a position on it. In short, Jeanne Shaheen is an empty pantsuit.

If she gets elected along with Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Paul Hodes, New Hampshire will lose almost all of its voice in Washington. Hodes and Shea-Porter are nothing but rubber stamps for Nancy Pelosi's radical left-wing agenda. The Washington Post analyzed their votes and found that they voted with Nancy Pelosi 98 percent of the time. That is shocking, considering that Pelosi's hometown of San Francisco has so little in common with New Hampshire, and Pelosi's far-left ideology is so at odds with New Hampshire values.

Jeanne Shaheen has shown that she has no ideas of her own; she just does what party leaders tell her to do. Imagine three of New Hampshire's four voices in Washington being directly controlled by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. It is a frightening thought.

Sen. John Sununu is a thoughtful and independent voice for New Hampshire in Washington. He has stood up to his own party to defend individual liberty and fiscal responsibility time and time again. Sununu thinks for himself. It isn't clear that when it comes to politics Jeanne Shaheen thinks at all. New Hampshire voters have a great senator in John Sununu. They would be foolish to replace him with a puppet whose voice and votes will be controlled from smoke-filled rooms in Washington.