Just to amplify earlier remarks on the Rev. Jeremiah Wright publicity tour: Republicans debut two new attack commercials in Mississippi that feature Wright and Barack Obama. Only last week, similar attack ads debuted in North Carolina and Washington state. The two Mississippi spots are in heavy rotation in a conservative congressional district race and telegraph the "bitter" "clinging to guns and religion" narrative that many supporters hoped would be a blip on the radar. Ben Smith at Politico:
[The] television ad from Southaven Mayor Greg Davis tells viewers that his Democratic rival, Travis Childers, a realtor and Prentiss County official, has accepted the endorsement of "liberal Barack Obama." Then, with Childers' face beside footage of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, it says, "When Obama's pastor cursed America, blaming us for 9/11, Childers said nothing."
Then: "When Obama ridiculed rural folks for clinging to guns and religion, Childers said nothing." "He took Obama's endorsement over our conservative values. Conservatives just can't trust Travis Childers," the ad concludes.
Meanwhile, the second spot, produced by the National Republican Congressional Committee and airing in the same district seeks to link Childers to Obama, John Kerry, and Nancy Pelosi. The ad also mocks Obama's "bitter" remarks at the San Francisco fundraiser and links Obama to "the liberal Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi."
The recent spate of Obama flavored right-wing attack advertising is a testament to Obama's "rapid ascent in conservative demonology" and certainly should cause worry to downticket candidates and the national party. It's no surprise to discover Republicans run race-baiting attack ads, but, using them to tar local candidates was not expected. At least not this soon.
Obama stars in Mississippi attack ad [Politico]
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