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Wednesday, September 27, 2006
How to combat the Republican negative ad barage
There have been some mentions in the press lately, including in today's NY Times and two weeks ago in the WaPo, about how Republicans are almost exclusively using negative personal ads in Congressional races around the country (Democrats are largely going negative too, but 1) it's not a stated, nearly exclusive, nationwide strategy and 2) they are attacking political issues/votes rather than personal history like student newspaper editorials and taxes).
The Dems should continue to hammer away district-by-district, including with negative ads, and should even roll out whatever nasty personal ones they've been holding off on. If the GOP's going to drag us down into the muck, then let's get dirty.
But we also need our national leaders - Howard Dean, Rahm Emmanuel, Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, et al. - out there point out these statements by Republicans, and painting the party nationally as dirty, backhanded, and immoral. Let's ad further to the taint of the party, and let that filter down to each candidate (just like the disgust of association with President Bush and the Republican Congress already has).
Republicans just love this stuff. They can't govern, but boy can they get dirty. God I am so sick of this bullshit.