Monday, October 23, 2006

And Now For Something Completely Different ...

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.


Anonymous Norquist Nemesis said...

They're running ads here in Illinois against Duckworth and Bean

Funny thing how the names of Duckworth and Bean's opponents are not even spoken in the ads. Fear and Smear. That's all they've got left.

1:56 PM  
Anonymous ChiciB1 said...

So, Then It's Up To Ford To Denounce This Ad In The Most aggressive way. What is HE doing??? What a shame when even THE CANDIDATE says no to the ad and the bereft RNC simply plows ahead!!

WE CAN NOT LET OUT GUARD DOWN... even seeing "good" polls means nothing because these people simply CHEAT!! I'm sorry that I'm completely unable to think otherwise, I wish it were not so but until I see results with my eyes that Democrats actually win, I remain highly skeptical!!!

1:57 PM  
Anonymous Supersedeas said...

Corker trying to have it both ways--I'm not dirty but will accept the dirty affect.

1:57 PM  

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