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.