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NYT: Youngstown yawns at Traficant

By Tyler S. Clark (Contact)


Published January 11, 2010

As the remaining years in Traficant's sentence dwindled, and the prospects of his return grew more real, my principal concern was that he be marginalized on his return. Though some misguided folks, like the lamentable Biz Society, are still inviting him to make headlines, and though a handful of supporters refuse to let the dream die, as the New York Times opines this morning, "Trusted civic leaders — people who fight endlessly for reform — estimate Mr. Traficant’s standing to be at best as a talk-radio grievance peddler, not as a resurrected politician capable of catching on, as he is trying to do, with the new tea-party theatrics."

Mr. Traficant was spellbinding in the courtroom — a self-absorbed bully, a tragic clown vowing vengeance as he was led off. You had to hope there was no second act for a politician like him.

If there isn’t, something is right in Youngstown.

Despite reports of an upcoming radio show in Cleveland and the expectation that Traficant will challenge Charlie Wilson in the primaries, there is evidence that Youngstown has moved on. In fact, the very fact that Traficant's show is in Cleveland demonstrates that Traficant's best deal for his pontifications was not in his home market.

Traficant is not one to let an opportunity pass where he can get attention. Therefore, the most optimistic scenario is that he uses his radio show as a platform to push his campaign for Congress. The radio sponsors come under pressure for having a candidate as a hired talker and push him out. Cool heads prevail in the primary and hand him a definitive defeat, shattering the mystique still held in some press circles about his influence with the voting public. And, finally, Traficant is resigned to a career as wig consultant at his wife's beauty parlor.


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1tylersclark(182 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Westsider, thanks for being the 1,000th comment on the blog!

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2Attis(879 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

So, if Traficant is DOA, then why would the NYT find it necessary to beat him to death again? And what makes you think he'll run as a party candidate in the primary? He, like the best of this country, has always been independent and We, The People are about to declare our independence all over again from journalistic and political prostitutes.

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3candystriper(575 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

"It's not the Kennedy seat. It is the Peoples seat."

quote of 2010

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4Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

"...my principal concern was that he be marginalized on his return."

"...Traficant is resigned to a career as wig consultant at his wife's beauty parlor."

Does the smearing ever get old? Does it ever feel unseemly or tawdry?

I could not find any content related to Traficant's positions on issues, his law enforcement or congressional record, or qualifications. Just more tired "palinization." It's really all you lefties have, isn't it?

What troubles me far more than a man who has paid his debt to society are ones who haven't, such as tax-evaders Geithner, Rangel or Daschel.

Charlie Wilson, for the sake of the Nation and the 6th district, needs to be defeated. By no means is Traficant an ideal candidate, but even my slobbering and flatulent dog would do far less destruction than Wilson, et al.

I personally don't care about Mr. Traficant, but I do want him treated fairly. The leftist "fear and smear" strategy's effectiveness will wane as the citizenry continues to realize the lack of integrity of those who traffic in the politics of personal destruction.

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5Tigerlily(488 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

It is amazing that people say "leftist fear and smear strategy's" as if the neocon right did not invent the strategy in the first place, and refine it to an art. Simply amazing, the loss of memory.

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6UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Go away Jimbo, please go away!!! Your radio is an infomercial for Jimbo paid for by yourself.

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7Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Tigerlily,

"Marginalization" or "smearing" is equally distasteful when done by a "neocon" or a leftie.

I have followed the American political environment for decades, and I do not see the conservatives "smear" their opposition the way I've witnessed it done to numerous conservatives or ones who dare oppose the leftist agenda (conservative or not). Please cite examples of libs who were smeared in a fashion similar to Governor Palin, President Bush 43, Ken Starr, VP Quayle, Congresswoman Bachman...

I don't care much about Mr. Traficant. There are better people than him, and there are much worse. Mr. Traficant, like everyone, deserves fairness. The author of this smear could have and should have presented a factual account of the actions or words of Mr. Traficant and then voiced his strong opposition. I wished the Vindy aspired to be better than a small time HuffPo or MoveOn.org.

It matters because if we are going to transform the land of liberty into the land of government-dependence, it should be based on a factual discussion.

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8HaydenThomas(208 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Obviously Nonsocialist hasn't followed the smear the Obama rhetoric. He's a Muslim, he wasn't born here, the pictures of him as Hitler. Remember the swift boat campaign to smear Kerry the Vietnam hero? Isn't it wonderful how people have selective memories?

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9Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

I'm hoping that "THE JIM TRAFICANT MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY" is still on track to be built .

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10Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

HaydenThomas,

John Kerry's claims of War Crimes that he states he witnessed and the details of his 4 months of service in Vietnam are disputed by the vast majority of his fellow vets as well as his own commanders. It is a small few that corroborate his accounts. The Vietnam vets had a right, if not a duty, to set the record straight and to counter Senator Kerry's "smears".

It is true that the GOP funded the swift boat ads that opposed the Kerry Presidential bid, but that doesn't mean the majority of vets that served with Kerry are liars.

I would actually categorize the swift boat episode as a double leftist smear: first, the war crimes claims in 1971, and second, the claim that all of these vets are liars in 2004.

Regarding Obama...you gotta admit he's an enigma. We know as fact that he comes from a family that practices the Muslim faith, he spent his formative years in Jakarta and he has been far less than transparent in releasing his personal information, especially from his pre-Chicago days.

I don't find inquiries into the background and beliefs of the POTUS "smears." Similarly, there were inquiries about Senator McCain's birth in Panama...and there should be such inquiries.

More examples please...but put more effort into it this time.

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11Tigerlily(488 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Nonsocialist, if you want to excuse the smearing of John Kerry and Obama by saying there is some kind of truth to the smears, then you must concede the smearing of Sarah Palin has truth at the heart of it, too. The woman is a fraud, and her entire state now understands just how much of one. She ditched her duties in order to get on the media circuit where she could make more money. She's not interested in the public welfare. She's interested in her own welfare. On top of that, she committed numerous legal infractions as governor, and on top of THAT, she's ignorant, and cannot even pronounce words correctly, or develop any logical arguments.

Is that smearing, or is just you not liking to hear the truth about your girl?

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12Tigerlily(488 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

And no, I don't have to admit Obama is an enigma. He's not. Face it: you're simply ideologically bound to one side of the political spectrum and will cry like a baby when your team gets hit, but applaud when it occurs to the libs.

Grow a more complex brain.

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13Nunya(1356 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

@Nonsocialist

Oh really?

The only thing I agree with you on is where I'm no Jim Traficant defender. It's distinctly clear you are and are so cowardly cunning about it. You're trying to eek him into a realm of acceptance with the manner of a insidious snake oil salesman.

See where I accept he's done his time for the disgraceful crime. But can't find any reason nor sense in continuing to berate him. He was criminally convicted, tried found guilt and he did his time. So he's now a citizen of no interest to me and one I bear no accord with and on that merit leave the man be.

Although I also respect that since he's taken to getting back into the ring of political spectrum. It's he himself who's opened himself up for debate and discussion of what people feel about him. See in that balance he's summonsing others to berate him and rehash how disgusting his showing was.

Where in the public spectrum not all will find it repulsive that a felonious former legislator want's another crack at landing more federal salary for personal comfort posturing as their representative again.

Although a far greater number in fact do and always will find him and his mere request of seeking even the remotest consideration unthinkably repulsive,.. and with reasons of his own display.

However other than that you're as tainted as an apple that was planted in a snake pit. See you know all views expressed are personal perspectives and those where others derive an opinion of agreeing, disagreeing or varying a bit.

Where in my opinion as a non partisan individual that knows my fair share about life, the political history and the facts that associate them. It's my take that you're a cunning quack and one that has an absolute slithering snake like angle, manner and hiss.

See not just some or a few but everything you allege in offering is laced with lies. Which gives a distinct texture to the fabric of your Emperor of no clothes variety and I find you hilarious.

Somehow you persistently try to link a Jim Traficant to reigning non criminal leaders that hail from within the democratic party. Then allege the criminal is better in character than others within the democratic party accord and try to wedge in your disdain for the president.

Which makes it unquestionable you're a bias ply liar and the truth can't dwell within nor emit from you. What does a John Kerry or president Obama have to do with Jim Traficant?

Absolutely NOTHING but to forge your cowardice ilk you'd love to infuse them.

See you bear no substance, your slanted stream of lies is cesspool fodder. Presented in manner that reveal you're too despicable to even come right out and say what you are bearing such a willful illness.

Get over it and realize that Jim Traficant can't sensibly be sold to the American people ever again,.. PERIOD !

He's through, it's not without reason and you're a tasteless joke for trying to craft a mural of absolute make believe around him.

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