Another day, another race-baiting attack ad against the Senate campaign of Harold Ford, Jr. Actually two new ones: One is from the Republican National Committee and replaces the now-infamous bimbo ad, the other is a radio spot from challenger Bob Corker that uses jungle drums.
Listen to the spot carefully. When the ad mentions Corker, the music soars. When Harold Ford, Jr. is mentioned, you can hear what sounds like tom-tom drums in the background. Bill Lockhart, the program director for WGOW in Chatanooga, authenticated the ad and audio clip for Talking Ponts Memo. "They're freaking jungle-drums," Lockhart said. "It's racist, it tries to conjure up deep, dark African moods. Yeah, it's overtly racial."
Meanwhile, the RNC approach has gone from floozies to falsehoods. At least two television stations—one in Nashville, the other in Chattanooga—will not run the RNC's replacement television spot pending documentation from the RNC. The new ad, called "Shaky", alleges Ford took money from sleazy pornographers and "wants to give the abortion pill to schoolchildren."
We're not even asking for these ads to be removed. Josh Marshall makes a great point: "Democrats need to learn the meta-message behind Republican attack ads, especially on issues like terrorism and national security. Begging the refs to throw a flag in response to a vicious ad only telegraphs the message of weakness that was the aim of the attack in the first place." In other words, bring it on. Not everyone on the other side of the aisle is afraid of a good fight.
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