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April 26, 2011

ATTENTION TO DETAIL.... Two new ads were released today, one targeting a Democratic congressman, the other a Republican congressional candidate. They both relate to the same issue -- the recently approved House budget plan -- but the differences between them tell us quite a bit.

The first is from Kathy Hochul, the Democratic candidate in the special election in New York's 26th district. Hoping to flip the seat from "red" to "blue," Hochul's first television ad focuses on the message most likely to resonate.

A few Democrats might be vulnerable to attack ads based on their recent budget votes. But just about every Republican is stuck -- even one who isn't in Congress.

"Jane Corwin said she would vote for the 2012 Republican budget that would essentially end Medicare. Seniors would have to pay $6,400 more for the same coverage," the below ad says. "But the plan Jane Corwin supports would cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans."

It's pretty straightforward -- the House Republican budget plan is awful, GOP candidate Jane Corwin supports the House Republican budget plan, ergo, don't vote for Jane Corwin.

The other ad is in Arkansas, targeting Blue Dog Rep. Mike Ross (D), whose district is likely to get a little tougher thanks to Republicans controlling the redistricting process. The National Republican Congressional Committee has unveiled this radio spot, going after Ross for failing to vote for a budget plan that "cuts spending."

But that's pretty much all it says. The Democratic ad in Buffalo talks about Medicare, health costs, and tax policy, and points to relevant details from the House GOP budget. The Republican ad in Arkansas talks about "spending," but omits any specifics from the party's budget plan.

The moral of the story: Democrats desperately hope voters will learn the details of the Republican plan, and Republicans desperately hope they don't. This should tell the political world quite a bit about the relative merits of the parties' positions.

Steve Benen 2:55 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (8)

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I think the message to Blue Dogs is Republicans are not your friends no matter how hard you try to be like them.

Posted by: martin on April 26, 2011 at 2:58 PM | PERMALINK

We need to remember that the typical Repiglican voter is simply stupid, and lives in a reality defined by absolute delusions. They don't care about pesky facts because those facts then defeat their delusional reality. Thus, they only want that delusional reality reinforced. This is why of course that the only thing Repiglicans do best is to lie and lie some more. And of course they Corporate Media palls serve as the megaphone for those lies so that the lies then become the very delusional reality they disparately need to 'believe' in. This is why corporate sluts like Brian Williams is paid 15 million a year.

Posted by: stormskies on April 26, 2011 at 2:59 PM | PERMALINK

A campaign message that contains three points has two points too many. People have much shorter memories, attention spans and logical capacity than I would have imagined, before I started following this stuff.

Dare I say it?

Especially in West Virginia!

Posted by: Daniel Kim on April 26, 2011 at 3:57 PM | PERMALINK

Time in memoriam regarding any society shows us the weaker the mind, the more willingness to look for someone who assures the ignorant he can take care of all things from cradle to grave!

Bubba don't need to learn reading 'riting and 'rithmatic if his beloved cousin tells him the dude from the city with the last name Long (mostly in Lousiana) or Thurman (the Carolinas) or Lester Maddox can take care of 'em from cradle to grave - that's good anofe for Bubba!

In the world of sentient beings, the Republican campaign strategies would be a bust! But here, in certain enclaves, the strategies that lead the blind to lose their hearing are up and running, sponsored by that party known as GOP! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on April 26, 2011 at 4:05 PM | PERMALINK

If Mike Ross is facing redistricting trouble, it's from within his party. Dems got the Governor's Office, The State Senate, and the State House there. The Fayetteville Democrats were the ones who weren't happy with the Fayetteville Finger being put in his district. The GOP may have made some noise, but I'm not sure they were the ones given top consideration to the matter.

Posted by: Jeremy on April 26, 2011 at 4:51 PM | PERMALINK

What Jeremy said.

Plus there was no way that the Dems will hold on to that seat next year regardless of redistricting. Arkansas is about to join the rest of the South and become a solid red state. Ross only got reelected last year because he ran away from the Democratic Party.

Posted by: arkie on April 26, 2011 at 5:05 PM | PERMALINK

The question is: Can the stunningly poor ablity of Dems to get out a coherent message beat the stunningly successful ability of Republicans to lie right to your face.

I'm betting on the liars!

Posted by: Mark-NC on April 26, 2011 at 6:45 PM | PERMALINK

The Republican ad in Arkansas talks about "spending," but omits any specifics from the party's budget plan. -- Steve Benen

Perhaps, then, it's up to Dems to define those, in their own ads? How much extra time would it have taken Hochul to add the 6 defining and damning words: "under the guise of spending cuts" to her already existing "[...] Republican budget that would essentially end Medicare."?

Posted by: exlibra on April 26, 2011 at 8:35 PM | PERMALINK
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