Disgusting NCGOP ad

While the Primary race between Clinton and Obama has gotten pretty vicious lately, I was always convinced it's nothing compared to the stuff Republicans would be spewing around the general election. Turns out I didn't have to wait that long, thanks to the NC GOP and their head witch, Linda Daves.
Even John McCain and the Republican National Congress declared today how deplorable the latest stunt of the NC repugs is.

From The Dome:

A new TV ad from the N.C. Republican Party tries to link two Democratic candidates for governor to Barack Obama's controversial former minister.
"For 20 years, Barack Obama sat in his pew, listening to his pastor," the ad says, segueing into video of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, David Ingram reports.
The ad continues, "Now, Bev Perdue and Richard Moore endorse Barack Obama. They should know better. He's just too extreme for North Carolina."
The ad is titled "Extreme." Republican chairwoman Linda Daves of Charlotte appears briefly at the end.

I know this ad is just trying to use the old politics of fear, but the scariest moment in the ad is without a doubt the few seconds at the end where Linda Daves, Chair of the NCGOP, shows up. The Rev. Wright definitely has nothing on her. She could really use a make over.

The ad is of course extremely far fetched, calling out someone because a friend of a friend said something we think is wrong.
The NCGOP ad is not only disgustingly playing into racial fears, it's also a very slimy way of trying to get some money for more dirty shenanigans that are no doubt heading our way. The ad starts and ends with a plea for donations. This ad is no more than a desperate attempt to get more money for the cash strapped NC Republicans and they're willing to pull the race card to do it.

In a sign that the Republican Presidential nominee and the national republican party have at least a quarter of a brain, they both publicly distanced themselves from the ad and asked the NCGOP not to run it anymore.

McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee for president, sent N.C. GOP Chairwoman Linda Daves an e-mail today about what he called an "offensive advertisement."

"The television advertisement you are planning to air degrades our civics and distracts us from the very real differences we have with the Democrats. In the strongest terms, I implore you to not run this advertisement."

"The RNC has been in contact with the NC GOP and communicated that we do not believe the ad is appropriate or helpful and have asked that they refrain from running it.”

The NCGOP is refusing to stop airing the ad.

"This is not about the RNC," Daves said, reports David Ingram. "It is about North Carolina, our values and two Democrat(sic) candidates who are out of synch with the values of North Carolina."

Values indeed. Jesse Helms is alive and well in North Carolina.

Comments

Ugh

I hate fear-mongerers.

Stupid State GOP!

I hate fear-mongerers.* spnj889

Don't worry! That Art Pope bunch couldn't scare my cat on Halloween even as ugly as they are! As predicted 3 years ago. They will be meeting in a phone booth at their next convention. Whatever you do! Do not stop them and set retardtion back a 100 years like McCain!

Utterly Amazing

Just when I think NC is taking 3 steps forward when it comes to race relations, we seem to take 4 steps back. First off, the add is silly. Who in the world wrote the copy for this fiasco. Secondly, why would NC republicans put up with such stupidity from the chairperson. I can't believe that "good decent republicans" believe that this is helpful to their cause. To his credit, even J McCain thinks that this stinks. I guess you all are right-He's back (jesse that is) Too bad for NC.

What is that a picture of

Just noticed the picture up top. What is that? GROSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Memories...Jesse Helms shows how it's done

Now let's take a trip in the time machine and let Jesse Helms show you how it's done. In his 1990 "Hands" ad. Dem Harvey Gantt had a lead in the polls and watched it evaporate when this started airing:

"You needed that job, and you were the best qualified, but they had to give it to a minority, because of a racial quota. Is that really fair? Harvey Gantt says it is. Gantt supports Ted Kennedy's racial quota law that makes the color of your skin more important than your qualifications. Your vote on this issue next Tuesday. For racial quotas, Harvey Gantt. Against racial quotas, Jesse Helms."

The faux-"outrage" by McCain about the "Extreme" ad allows him to distance himself from the race-baiting and smears, but the filth gets out there anyway. That's your preview playbook for the fall. Wash, rinse, repeat.

See my post: The NC GOP's anti-Obama color arousal ad.

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Pam Spaulding
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Pam Spaulding
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Posturing

Hell yes, McCain is posturing, as usual. If he were really interested in getting the ads pulled, he'd be working quietly behind the scenes rather than throwing down a gauntlet that he know is going to provoke exactly the reaction he got. He gets to look "noble," and will still reap the benefits this ad brings to him -- which will be to bring out the same folks who came out by the busload to make sure that bad ole black man didn't ruin the state their white forefathers built (with unpaid black labor, of course).

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

We're not that organized

This idea that you and Pam are pushing around that Republicans that say they are against the ad, but really aren't is Internet Tin-Foil-Hat thinking at its finest.

If that were the case - all four candidates for Gov would come out against it within hours of its release - so far only one has.

The fact of the matter is that there's people on the right who think ads like this are appropriate and there are people on the Left that post blogs about Robin Hayes hating puppies.

I personally don't approve of either.

Cabarruscheapseats.com: Reasoned Discussion of Cabarrus County, NC News & Politics

Of course Robert Orr is against it.

As far as I can tell, Robert Orr is the best man they've got in the race. I don't agree with him on a lot of things, but I believe he's a good man.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
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there's good reason to believe it

Perhaps the NC GOP wasn't invited to this strategy session. No tin foil hat required.

GOP fears charges of racism, sexism

The Republican National Committee has commissioned polling and focus groups to determine the boundaries of attacking a minority or female candidate, according to people involved. The secretive effort underscores the enormous risk senior GOP operatives see for a party often criticized for its insensitivity to minorities in campaigns dating back to the 1960s.

The RNC project is viewed as so sensitive that those involved in the work were reluctant to discuss the findings in detail. But one Republican strategist, who asked that his name be withheld to speak candidly, said the research shows the daunting and delicate task ahead.

...“Being an African American at the top of the ticket, if he makes it, is such a great statement about the country,” he added, “Obviously you have to be sensitive to issues that affect urban America. …You have to be careful.”

GOP operatives have already coined a term for clumsy rhetoric: “undisciplined messaging.” It appears as a bullet point in a Power Point presentation making the rounds among major donors, party leaders and surrogates. The presentation outlines five main strategic attacks against an Obama candidacy, with one of them stating how “undisciplined messaging carries great risk.”

...“Fair or unfair, but that’s going to be a reality,” said GOP strategist John Weaver, a longtime confidant of John McCain. “The P.C. [politically correct] police will be out and the standards will be very narrow.”

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But it does require a tin foil hat....

...to believe that OPPOSITION to the ad was some coordinated effort.

The opposition to the ad was and is real, but if it's easier to believe that all of us Republicans gather together in Dr. Evil's secret lair to script our every last statement - well, there's no fighting that. Believe me, there are a number of people on the Right that are susceptible to similar paranoid delusions.

Cabarruscheapseats.com: Reasoned Discussion of Cabarrus County, NC News & Politics

I find it interesting that folks on KOS want us

to fight back in kind.

I posted that's not the way we play, and that I can't imagine Jerry Meek making similar but opposite statements like Linda Daves. I did receive a fundraising email (understandable at this point.) However, I do hope there is a response - not in kind, but with a considerable amount of push.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
Pointing at Naked Emperors

what is also interesting in the DKos diary

Is how the first commenter wanted the diary deleted because "You are doing their dirty work for them."

I think that's indicative of many progressives who find discussions of race and racism so uncomfortable that they want avoid them at any cost. That's why these attacks by the GOP are often successful -- no one wants to call them out on how base and sick these tactics are because they play upon race. Are they such a flailing party that they have nothing else to do but play upon the implicit and explicit biases of a portion of voters? Oh, I think I answered my own question...

Anyway, if we don't respond about the use of race to smear and conjure fear specifically -- not just pointing out that the NC GOP's tactics are a distraction from issues like the economy or health care -- the not-so-subtle race implications are a stench left hanging in the air.

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Pam Spaulding
Durham, NC USA

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Pam Spaulding
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Well said

Pushing back ... and pushing back hard ... is the only way to go. Linda Jesse Daves is just one more stooge in a long line of Republican bigots. They deserve nothing less than full-throated scorn.