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Democrat Harold Ford Jr. and Republican Bob Corker are in a dogfight to fill the Tennessee Senate seat being vacated by Majority Leader Bill Frist.
As former President Bill Clinton said last week, "This is a contact sport, politics." So it would be understandable if, in the waning days of the campaign, a politician pulled out all the stops -- even if it meant hitting below the belt.
The Republican National Committee apparently feels that way. It paid for an anti-Ford commercial that has since been criticized as "tacky" and "over the top."
But surprisingly, the comments about the ad came from the Corker campaign, which is asking that the ad be dropped. The Corker campaign's disgust with mudslinging has to be seen as "good news."
The ad features a series of "man-on-the-street" interviews which make misleading claims about Ford. Among them: a smirking guy in sunglasses says, "So he took money from porno movie producers. Who hasn't?" and a woman who says she met Ford at a "Playboy party" and later winks and says, "Harold, call me."
As the Memphis Commercial Appeal notes: "(A) newspaper reported that Ford attended a Playboy-sponsored Super Bowl Party in Jacksonville. Ford's campaign returned money from Hollywood pornography producers as soon as it was brought to his attention."
Sadly, though, the RNC doesn't plan to listen to their candidate -- a sign of how scared Republicans are that a Democratic win in Tennessee would lead to Democratic control of the Senate.
RNC spokesman Camille Anderson told the Commercial Appeal, "The RNC stands by this advertisement, and I have no reason to believe that it will not continue to air on television stations across the state."
It would be ironic if, in spite of Corker's intentions, Tennessee voters rejected the ad, and as a result, rejected Corker.