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March 12, 2010

THEY ASKED FOR IT.... For some reason, Republicans decided this week that what they really wanted to talk about was ethics. As the GOP sees it, notwithstanding their own party's humiliating culture of corruption, this is an issue that might prove embarrassing for Democrats given recent incidents involving David Paterson, Eric Massa, and Charlie Rangel.

Today, the Democratic National Committee decided to launch its own ad, raising the stakes a bit.

For those of you who can't watch clips from your work computers, the voice-over tells viewers, "Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell -- a caucus racked by scandal. David Vitter -- prostitution, violating his vows to his family and the public. John Ensign -- an FBI investigation, allegations of hush money and jobs for silence, all to cover up his affair.

"Mitch McConnell and Michael Steele -- they've done nothing to hold them accountable. After years of scandal, tell Republicans it's time to clean up their act."

Towards the very end, the on-screen visual includes pictures of Tom DeLay -- specifically, his mug-shot after his arrest -- and Jack Abramoff.

The spot is reportedly poised to begin airing on cable in D.C., where pundits and politicos are most likely to see it.

To reiterate a point from the other day, there are obviously some Dems who've run into trouble of late. But if Republicans think they can claim the high ground on ethics, and that this has the potential to be a winning issue for them, they should expect to see more ads like this one.

Steve Benen 3:30 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (13)

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It's a good spot, but I fear that those who will not hold Republicans accountable (including they themselves) will see this add and similar items as "personal attacks on God-fearing men" who are "penitent of their sins and are just trying the get back on the path of righteousness."

Democrats, on the other hand, were never on the right path to begin with when they committed sin so are given no quarter. The same spot targeting Democrats and Pelosi, Reid et al. would result in pundits intoning "trouble for Democrats" and "Pelosi, Reid et al. must answer some tough questions."

Posted by: terraformers on March 12, 2010 at 3:37 PM | PERMALINK

Well, whoopdy-do!
Dare I say, "A day late, and a dollar short?"

Posted by: DAY on March 12, 2010 at 3:51 PM | PERMALINK

How about this? BOTH parties have corruption issues. Kind of sick of this partisan BS.

Posted by: phreek on March 12, 2010 at 3:53 PM | PERMALINK

Great! Now can we retire that stupid acronym (IOK etc). It stopped being funny around the time the Bush Administration started torturing and killing prisoners as a matter of policy.

Posted by: hells littlest angel on March 12, 2010 at 3:57 PM | PERMALINK

Ah, the famous word "partisan". Yes, lets put all this partisan BS aside. No sense holding republicans accountable the same way they want dems to be held accountable. Nothing to see hear. Move along.

Posted by: ComradeAnon on March 12, 2010 at 4:04 PM | PERMALINK

Nobody noticed that by showing these cut-out profiles in grayscale color, M. Steele is no longer a black man.

Coincidence? Meh. Probably.

Posted by: Rochester on March 12, 2010 at 4:12 PM | PERMALINK

Bah. The ad doesn't show the two war criminals: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

Posted by: josef on March 12, 2010 at 4:32 PM | PERMALINK

The Republicans are all partisan all the time. I say it is about time the DNC kicked back. Next they need to kick back at Liz Cheney.

The ad they should take national would be an ad examining Paul Ryan's roadmap. It would virtually insure a Democratic victory this fall.

Posted by: Ron Byers on March 12, 2010 at 5:07 PM | PERMALINK

Uh, shouldn't that be "wracked" by scandal?

Posted by: Ken D. on March 12, 2010 at 5:11 PM | PERMALINK

But if Republicans think they can claim the high ground on ethics, and that this has the potential to be a winning issue for them, they should expect to see more ads like this one.

Why wouldn't they think it is a winning issue....they have demonstrated repeatedly that if you keep repeating the lie long enough, you can get a lot of people to believe you: WMD, death panels, socialized medicine, the budget mess is all Obama's fault, socialist, not a U.S. citizen, 60 votes is a majority.....all part of a steady stream of crap, but consistent and it works.

Posted by: dweb on March 12, 2010 at 5:24 PM | PERMALINK

Good ad, but it should be only the beginning.

How about some internet ads? Everytime I get on a political website I've been seeing these "Freedom Matters" ads sponsored by the RNC, as well as Freedomworks ads attacking the Dem healthcare plan. I never see any Dem or progressive net ads anymore. I would also like to see some ads attacking the Ryan plan.

Posted by: jason on March 12, 2010 at 7:20 PM | PERMALINK

"Uh, shouldn't that be 'wracked' by scandal?" Ken D @ 5:11 PM.

Don't know your Republicans too well, do you?

Posted by: Doug on March 12, 2010 at 8:06 PM | PERMALINK

How does Congressman Jerry Lewis, the gross war profiteering Republican from California, continue to get away with it, and keep his name out of the news besides? To me, he is the worst of the lot: but he's "clean" only because he keeps his pants zipped?

Posted by: RonG on March 13, 2010 at 12:30 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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