Thursday, September 21, 2006

Santorum Creates Amazingly Inaccurate Ad In Latest Desperate Effort To Close Gap With Casey

A new television advertisement from Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) may be the most inaccurate spot of the 2006 campaign season.

It's the latest desperate gambit by Santorum, who has trailed his Democratic opponent, Bob Casey Jr., in polls for several months, often by 10 points or more.

a narrator opens the ad by saying, "Meet Bob Casey's campaign team."

As Pennsylvania television reporter Ben Simmoneau notes: "None of the seven men portrayed in the ad are actually members of Casey's Senate campaign team. One man referenced is actually dead. And though the group is shown in one shot behind prison bars, none of the men referenced are currently behind bars."

Perhaps most hypocritically, Santorum has taken money from two of the men portrayed in the ad.

As Simmoneau reports: "Rick Santorum has taken money from two of the men portrayed in the ad, including a man the ad references with these words: 'Several more of Casey's largest contributors are under investigation, including Casey's handpicked campaign finance chairman.' That line refers to Robert Feldman. But Feldman and his wife actually gave Santorum $2,000 for this Senate campaign. Feldman hasn't given any money to Casey, and he's not Casey's handpicked campaign chairman."

The Santorum campaign told Simmoneau the "ad is about character." But all it shows is that Santorum has none.

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This is just the latest questionable move by Santorum to close the gap in the polls.

When he's not lying about opponent Casey ties to Al Jazeera or making misleading claims about discovering Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, seems Santorum has been asking his supporters to pour thousands of dollars into the campaign of Green Party candidate Carl Romanelli.

Anything to try to reverse that lead and save his job. Truth? Who needs the truth?

17 Comments:

Anonymous EGS said...

At this point Santorum's desperate enough to do anything. I wouldn't be surprised if he hired Ghostbusters to follow Casey around so that he could claim that his oppenent is haunted.

7:59 AM  
Anonymous MrToffeeLovesYa said...

The problem is that this is politics. Conservatives like Santorum understand that the name of the game is winning. Maybe if liberals paid attention, they'd learn something and win a few elections. Pow!

Wake up, liberal America. It's an advertisement. Only a moron would believe everything he sees in an ad. Avis doesn't try harder and McDonald's doesn't think you deserve a break today. You know that ad for Axe cologne, where the guy sprays himself and a flock of girls pounce on him? Doesn't happen (believe me, I tried.)

Santorum has the right to create an image of Casey, just like Axe has a right to create an image of its product. It's freedom to advertise, which the Santorum team will tell you is a caveat of the First Amendemnt.

10:39 AM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

MrToffeeLovesYa said...Wake up, liberal America. It's an advertisement. Only a moron would believe everything he sees in an ad. Avis doesn't try harder and McDonald's doesn't think you deserve a break today. You know that ad for Axe cologne, where the guy sprays himself and a flock of girls pounce on him? Doesn't happen (believe me, I tried.)

Girls know the difference between the smell of AXE and a skunk! If you did not believe the AXE ad, why did you try it? POW and POW!

Shows you support repukes lying to the public and smelling like a skunk so they can win an election. As the saying goes" Birds of feather stick together".

12:15 PM  
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12:15 PM  
Anonymous David G. said...

Wake up, liberal America. It's an advertisement. Only a moron would believe everything he sees in an ad...Santorum has the right to create an image of Casey, just like Axe has a right to create an image of its product.
But don't we have the right to point out the inconsistencies/lies/falsehoods? No? Why not? How do things work in your world, Toffeeman? If kids lie, you don't call them on it?

Hello? Pow?

1:34 PM  
Anonymous MrToffeeLovesYa said...

Liberals could learn a lot from Santorum.

It's just politics, and conservatives know how to play it. What Santorum is doing to Casey isn't much different than what Bush did to McCain in South Carolina in 2000. And guess what? Bush won! Pow!

Or how about what Bush Senior did to Dukakis back in 1988, with his Willie Horton ads. Ca-Ching!

Or how about the ads Jesse Helms ran against Harry Gantt in North Carolina a decade ago. Bam!

Do you know why I remember these ads? Because they worked. These conservatives mopped up the floor with their opponents. While liberals whined about "facts" and "fairness," conservatives were pushing a very specific message, and by repeating that message over and over, they were able to get their way.

Conservatives figured out with Reagan's win in 1980 how to win elections and keep winning elections. The fact that liberals don't want to play that game is not the problem of conservatives.

Look at Bush Senior. In 1980s, he whined about "voodoo economics." Did the voters care about the facts? No. They kept listening to all those patriotic advertisements Reagans' team ran. Lots of "Morning in America." Given a choice between being happy and being sad, the voters chose happy.

Maybe the liberal defeatocrats would like to keep losing elections? Wake up, liberals. Whining doesn't get votes. Santorum is just one of many conservative politicians who knows that.

1:59 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Toffee Brain believes it is perfectly okay for politicians to lie in their commercials about their own record and those of their opponents, just as long as they win elections.
We're not selling soap here, rather the future of the country.
Wouldn't you prefer, Toffee Brain, to instead have the politicians attempt honesty so that the voting public can make an informed decision based on facts, not on lies and propaganda?
Of course, conservatives prefer to live under lies and propaganda just as long as their party is in power.
I think this is what the overwhelming MAJORITY of the population would prefer if someone were to ask them.
We need more outlets like
http://www.factcheck.org, which calls distortions in campaign commericials of BOTH Democrats and Republicans.
The only difference is this kind of objective analysis of competing candidates during election seasons should be included on the front pages of main stream newspapers, instead of he-said/she-said obfuscation we do get.

2:24 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Sorry, due to sloppy editing of my above post, I wanted to make sure I am clear:
I think the overwhelming MAJORITY of the population would prefer campaign commercials based on the truth, and not lies and distortions.

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

While liberals whined about "facts" and "fairness," conservatives were pushing a very specific message, and by repeating that message over and over, they were able to get their way.
Whatever works for politicians, I understand. They're trying to win an election.

But journalists have a different responsibility, and that's what this site is trying to do. Understand now? Pow?

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Michael McClure said...

Bob Casey, Jr. just recieved a huge check from Soros, you know the guy hell bent on making sure America is destroyed. I don't think Casey Sr. would have accepted such a donation. Nobody in their right mind should vote for this political lightweight. Then again Liberals clearly aren't in the right frame of mind for anything.

3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, you go baby! Knock George Soros.

And let's attack Richard Mellon Scaife, too. Right?

Anyone?

4:20 PM  
Anonymous BOSSHOG said...

Its a reflection of his base Which values truth and honesty as much as a scum human like santorum. They don't care if he lies. They don't care if he's corrupt, they don't care if our kids are getting slaughtered in Iraq.

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Junkdrawer said...

Ricky has an ad that blames Casey for an unpopular legislative pay raise..

You see, even though Casey opposed the pay raise from day one, as state treasurer, Casey signed their checks. Or, as Ricky says it:

"While publicly opposing the pay raise, Casey actually signed his approval of the pay raise."

4:34 PM  
Anonymous mtnester said...

I smelleth a court order

pond scum has more of a sense of ethics then Mr. Man On Dog

4:34 PM  
Anonymous hatenazibush said...

Ahem. would anyone really object to tarring and feathering the bastard? a heaping (hot) dose of irony for that bible-thumping loon.

4:37 PM  
Anonymous Gen. Patton said...

Hey Nazibush: Put a sock in it Pinko! And get the F..k out of my country.

5:24 PM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

Hey "HateNaziBush", Gen Patton would rather you slap Santorum around and call him a coward!

8:10 PM  

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