Sunday, September 10, 2006

Can't Win On Issues?

...Then slam your opponents relentlessly.
Republicans are planning to spend the vast majority of their sizable financial war chest over the final 60 days of the campaign attacking Democratic House and Senate candidates over personal issues and local controversies, GOP officials said.

The National Republican Congressional Committee, which this year dispatched a half-dozen operatives to comb through tax, court and other records looking for damaging information on Democratic candidates, plans to spend more than 90 percent of its $50 million-plus advertising budget on what officials described as negative ads.

The hope is that a vigorous effort to "define" opponents, in the parlance of GOP operatives, can help Republicans shift the midterm debate away from Iraq and limit losses this fall.
Yup, there's Republicans for you. They can't actually win elections based on what they do (because they are truly awful at running the country), so they dig into the muck to attack people personally. I mean, they couldn't get Clinton on his political record, so they attacked his sex life. It's just standard operating procedure for Republicans: "Oh, I'm screwing up the country and sending thousands of soldiers to die in an illegal war? LOOK, MY OPPONENT HAS SEX!!! What, I'm raising your taxes and making it impossible for you to earn a living wage? LOOK, MY OPPONENT ONCE HAD A HIT OF MARYJANE!!! What, I drove drunk and nearly killed someone once? LOOK, MY OPPONENT IS USING NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNING!!! WAAAAAAHHH!!!"

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