Last week I decided to watch Obama day on CNN in order to get a sense of what most people are watching. Lucky for him, John was watching CSPAN and missed the dishonest Obama/9-11/Ayers ad that I enjoyed practically every time CNN cut to a commercial break. As a strategy the ad was a great idea – at 15 minute intervals it helped break the mood that speaker X or Y had just built up. It doesn’t matter that voters who do what the ad says and look further into the DARK SINISTER Obama-Ayers nexus will find nothing remotely objectionable (unless you want to condemn the prominent Republicans who also sat on that board), because everyone knows that they won’t do that. They also did a nice job of knocking McCain back off the moral high ground that he tried to claim with his little jujitsu ad.
This week the GOP will throw itself a party. It will be the third anniversary of Bush’s failure to save New Orleans, and yet another monster hurricane is about to slam into Louisiana’s Gulf coast. If independent Dem groups have any brains they would return the favor and carpet the airwaves with ads featuring nothing but Republicans during and after the Katrina disaster. It doesn’t need any embellishing or commentary. In my opinion anyway, the Republican reaction to Katrina was the most craven display of political perversity in modern history. This stuff speaks for itself. It will be fascinating see if the GOP gins up its usual fainting spell over an ad campaign made up of their own words.
Reconsidering after waking up a little, it would be best to leave well enough alone. Even though we probably are more ready this time this hurricane could still be a tragedy. Best not to insert politics when the parallels are already obvious enough.
That brings up another point: if you’re on the Louisiana coast and reading this, turn off your computer and GTFO. The forecast is still bad.