What follows is a guest blog by the former Communications Director of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.
Ed Garvey and Charlie Sykes make a perfect match, since they both are hideous liars.
That Sykes is a liar need not be debated in this space at any length. Just ask the nun who caught him making up quotes. Or any of his ex-wives.
But Garvey has gotten a pass for too long, and I find it especially galling that he’s now the source of the talking points for Garvey and the Journal Communications/Bradley Foundation “Axis of Suck” as they try to damage my former employer, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, as well as my former boss.
I won’t dignify their talking points, since they are based neither in truth – nor in of any desire to reach any truth.
But I do think it’s well past time for Garvey to be called on his bullshit.
Several times over the course of my job Garvey behaved with total dishonesty, both to me and with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, with whom he seems to be nursing some kind of special hatred (last I checked, he’s not a member).
At first, I tried to deal directly with Ed Garvey when he would raise one point or other. In this day and age of cellphones and voice mail, he never seemed to be able to get back to me when I tried to correct one of his profligate errors, or to respond to one of his baiting questions.
Then, I would read his blog the next day to find his claim that I could not be reached. Now, ask any reporter in Wisconsin whom I’ve dealt with, but being hard-to-reach has never been a failing.
Garvey went on a harangue about my views about the rights of women to make their own medical decisions that dishonestly portrayed ME as anti-choice, and deliberately misrepresented my views as expressed on social media.
But beyond how Garvey has lied to and about ME or about the Democratic Party and its leaders, the bigger crime is how he’s lied to and taken advantage of the progressive movement in Wisconsin.
Two things need to be said here, though there are plenty more.
The first is that Ed Garvey is one of the single individuals in this nation most responsible for the election of George W. Bush, not necessarily a watershed moment for any progressive cause in America. Garvey went up onstage when Ralph Nader announced his candidacy to endorse the insipid notion that there is no difference between the Democratic and Republican Parties. The tiniest fraction of the votes that Nader got in Florida would have ensured Al Gore the presidency.
Garvey does the typical gymnastics in forgiving himself for that great blow to working men and women, and for progressive causes. If he thinks there is no difference between a Bush or Gore presidency, he should, for instance, proclaim so at any of our national cemeteries, next to the graves of the Iraq war dead.
Secondly, it is of special irony that Ed Garvey has now reinvented himself as an enemy of the corrupting influence of money in politics, and an enemy of the special interests. In each of his campaigns (I’d call them “losing campaigns,” but he doesn’t have any other kind), Garvey sucked deeply of the teat of the very corporations and monied interests against whom now he has magically developed the courage to inveigh.
I’m all for rabble-rousing. But rabble-rousing does not necessarily require that you attack your friends. Sometimes that’s necessary, in my view, but Ed Garvey has made this its own, warped virtue. He’s gone round the bend so much so that, in his recent spree of attacks, he’s marching in lockstep with the lying Sykes, and the same crew that is hard at work as lapdogs for the Koch Brothers and Scott Walker. Enough.