Hosmer vs. the Koch Bros.
To the Daily Sun,
As is plainly obvious our suddenly forceful governor has seen fit to go on a veto blitz this year in order to position herself for a possible run at the U.S. Senate seat held by the doggedly don't-rock-the-boat Kelly Ayotte.
The governor's budget veto plaintively highlights her opposition to business tax cuts, which, according to State Senator Hosmer in his Sept. 3 op-ed, are thought by all as "more symbolic than substantive." However pointless, this position is designed to play well with the reflexively and self-congratulatingly anti-business/anti-corporate core Democrat voter.
Senator Hosmer has evidently decided to work on firming up his position as highly possible choice for whichever office Gov. Hassan decides not to pursue next year. His overblown rhetoric touches on most if not all the stock leftist fears, spending priorities and bogeymen, referring to the dreaded Koch brothers several times. The "Koch-funded budget stalemate"(absolutely ludicrous), "hyper-partisan attacks" and "toxic partisan politics" may play well with the simplistic audience this piece was designed for but clearly the "compromise" budget he is advocating does not allow for input from the other viewpoint. He also plays up (three times, no less) the pro New Hampshire/anti Washington sentiment so saleable these days, not unlike Senator Ayotte. But both are or would be straight-line party leadership votes unless they can sneak in a meaningless "optics" vote to seemingly be responsive to that sentiment.
However, Hosmer's only real claim to fame in his elections has been his not-too-anti-business and not-too-political (slimey) image. Whether personally written or composed by an earnest summer intern, I'm afraid he has just slimed himself.
Stephen J. Conkling
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