‘This Video Has Been Removed By User’: Cowardly Washington State Democrat’s Controversial Campaign Ad Angers Critics

Oops! I guess being in the national spotlight made what started as a self-inflicted political blunder turn into a full-scale retreat

Oops! I guess being in the national spotlight made what started as a self-inflicted political blunder turn into a full-scale campaign catastrophe. “My name’s Estakio Beltran, and I approved this message.”

Washington Examiner‘s T. Becket Adams contributes to embarrassing a reckless Washington state congressional candidate. Does he stand by his message? Well, no. He yanked the YouTube link, as illustrated in the screen cap above. The Yakima Herald reports that Beltran pulled the ad on Saturday after Americans for Responsible Solutions, a pro-gun control group, criticized it. Here’s how Beltran‘s (now removed) ad begins:

“They say I can’t win in this district.”

Estakio Beltran might as well have added “so let me take this opportunity to prove them right.”

Read Adam‘s full Examiner article here. Estakio Beltran

“But what happens to an elephant that stands around doing nothing for too long?” he asked, referring to Republican Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington’s 4th District.

The Democratic candidate pulls the trigger and blows away the elephant.

The Seattle Times blog asks, Funny or offensive? and invites readers to opine. Double standard? You bet.

UPDATE: Breitbart‘s  has this item:

According to The Seattle Times, the backlash over the imagery of the “Republican Party Symbol” has been heaviest among conservatives, who say the Democrats “would flip out if a GOP candidate blasted away at a symbol of the [Democrat] Party.”

Understandable, yes, it’d be a Democrats-with-hair-on-fire cuckoo-bananas flip out.

Beltran pulled the ad on Saturday after Americans for Responsible Solutions, a pro-gun control group headed by former congresswoman Gabby Giffords, stridently criticized it.

“Mr. Beltran’s ad showing him shooting a stuffed elephant — the longtime symbol of the Republican Party — is irresponsible and offensive. This kind of misguided imagery and rhetoric on both sides of the political spectrum just furthers the lack of balance in our nation’s debate about guns,” a statement from Americans for Responsible Solutions read…(read more)

T. Becket Adams continues,

…this is slightly different from shooting a copy of the Affordable Care Act. There’s the Imagery of the party mascot and the suggestion that “this is what happens” to incumbent Republican politicians…

…Remember: Hours after Jared Loughner on Jan. 8, 2011, opened fire on a crowd in Casas Adobes, Ariz., killing six people and injuring 13, including Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, economist Paul Krugman penned a blog post blaming former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin:

Just yesterday, Ezra Klein remarked that opposition to health reform was getting scary. Actually, it’s been scary for quite a while, in a way that already reminded many of us of the climate that preceded the Oklahoma City bombing.

You know that Republicans will yell about the evils of partisanship whenever anyone tries to make a connection between the rhetoric of Beck, Limbaugh, etc. and the violence I fear we’re going to see in the months and years ahead. But violent acts are what happen when you create a climate of hate. And it’s long past time for the GOP’s leaders to take a stand against the hate-mongers…

We don’t have proof yet that this was political, but the odds are that it was.

It wasn’t.

Elsewhere, the Washington Post’s Dana Milbankwho’s not exactly known for honesty or accuracy, blamed the Arizona shooting on Palin and Glenn Beck…(read more)


7 Comments on “‘This Video Has Been Removed By User’: Cowardly Washington State Democrat’s Controversial Campaign Ad Angers Critics”

  1. Paul Lemmen says:

    Reblogged this on Dead Citizen's Rights Society.

  2. Risa Carson says:

    The only way that Beltran could have made his ad better is if he had put a balloon full of corn syrup, dyed red, into the head of the paper elephant and shot directly into the head! BOOM!

    • The Butcher says:

      That’s true! Instead of a slightly damaged political career, it would be a completely destroyed career. He’d be lucky to get a job as a janitor in Olympia, Washington. Great idea!

  3. Risa Carson says:

    Personally, I thought it was brilliant! Why? It caused your heads to implode. (Sorry, the vision of this caused me to giggle momentarily, due to my last comment! Implode – not explode! Get it?).
    It was Rep. Gabby Giffords that spoke to Mr. Beltran about the tasteless ad. That is why he pulled it from his campaign website so quickly. He admitted his obvious lack of good judgment and sought to correct his mistake post haste.
    Now, don’t you all go whining about getting an apology. He does not need to apologize to anyone. We all know that you people do not comprehend “apology” anyway. Just look at Todd Akin as a perfect example. Classless, uncouth Cro-Magnon Republicans haven’t the grace to admit to offensive behavior. And, it will not change as long as you people act poorly in our society.

  4. ------------- says:

    According to Wikipedia, The page “Pundit from another Planet” does not exist.
    Now go away.

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