The NC GOP's anti-Obama color arousal ad

[UPDATE: Is it on or off? John McCain clearly doesn't know how to control bigot eruptions in his own party -- first there was an announcement by Charlie Black that the ad was pulled by the NCGOP; state party chair Linda Daves says it's still a go for the color arousal show. A number of local stations are refusing to run it.]

Initial version cross-posted at Pam's House Blend.

As a native North Carolinian (and current Durham resident), I can tell you that the bottom-feeding video from the NC GOP, supposedly about Dem gubernatorial candidates Bev Perdue and Richard Moore (both endorsed Obama), is standard operating procedure for a state party in a death spiral.

That it is trying to link those candidates' support for Obama to Rev. Wright (how weak is this?) to generate color arousal is not only disgraceful, but a prime example of what kind of games we will see in the fall.

The bottom line is that the GOP wants Hillary Clinton as an opponent. They know they can run a successful campaign against her, so this is their attempt to stir the pot. And as Barack Obama said, all the race-baiting that the Clintons have tossed out there so far is just a warm up compared to what's coming from the Republican machine.

Well that time is now. Echoes of Jesse Helms tactics...

“Narrator: For twenty years, Barack Obama sat in his pew listening to his pastor.

Jeremiah Wright: And then wants us to sing God Bless America. No, no, no. Not God Bless America, God (censored) America.

Narrator: Now Bev Perdue and Richard Moore endorse Barack Obama. They should know better. He’s just too extreme for North Carolina

Chairman Linda Daves: The North Carolina Republican Party sponsored this ad opposing Bev Perdue and Richard Moore for North Carolina Governor.”

Extreme? Please. And it's not just Dems reacting with alarm to this ad. John McCain has told the NC GOP to cease and desist - and the wingnuts here in this state will have none of it.

McCain urged state party leaders to withhold the advertisement, calling it "offensive."

"This ad does not live up to the very high standards we should hold ourselves to in this campaign," McCain said in a letter e-mailed to state GOP chairwoman Linda Daves.

GOP spokesman Brent Woodcox argued that despite the ad's overwhelming focus on Obama, the spot is targeted at Democratic gubernatorial candidates Richard Moore and Bev Perdue, who have both endorsed the Illinois senator.

"We have a great relation with the RNC and we fully support John McCain for president," Woodcox said. "But this is an ad about two North Carolina candidates for governor. The ad is going to run."

All that said, this "outrage" by McCain allows him to distance himself from the race-baiting and smears, but the filth gets out there anyway. That's your preview playbook for the fall. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Here is the blather from Linda Daves of the NC GOP about the ad.

It is no secret that Barack Obama has also received scrutiny recently for his ties to controversial figures, such as his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, and former Weather Underground terrorist, William Ayers. This ad presents a question of patriotism and judgment. It is entirely appropriate for voters to evaluate candidates based on their past associations. The people whom a candidate surrounds himself with during a campaign are the same ones that will follow that candidate into office if elected. Unfortunately, in Barack Obama’s run for the White House, he has chosen to associate himself with the wrong people.

Likewise, Richard Moore and Beverly Perdue in their pursuit of the Governor’s mansion have not chosen their associations wisely. Beverly Perdue was linked to Thomas Betts, a member of the North Carolina Board of Transportation. Betts later resigned amid allegations that he was raising money for Perdue’s gubernatorial campaign. Richard Moore has been closely linked to Wall Street executives with whom he has formed ties while managing the state’s pension fund for N.C. government employees. These same executives and their employees have donated thousands of dollars to Moore’s campaign for Governor. These associations have brought stains on the character of both candidates. The Democrat candidates also show poor judgment and a lack of leadership by endorsing Barack Obama, a man too liberal for North Carolina and linked to extremist figures throughout his political career.

Come on, this is a ridiculous press release, but it is the kind of garbage you'd expect from this state's GOP.

The party is so off-the-rails extreme that Republican transplants to this area from other parts of the country don't know what to think of the bible-thumping flat-earth set that is firmly established and in control. The country club, pro-business set within the party detests the backward-thinking winger crowd because they know it's bad for business, but the Old South mentality in key positions of power is stunting any progress into the 21st century for the party.

As more folks from other metro areas move here, these fossils will be replaced.

One such fossil is House Minority Leader Paul "Skip" Stam (NC-37), a sponsor of the failed marriage amendment bill (check out his platform). He's in one of the fastest growth areas (Apex, Cary, Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs, New Hill, Willow Spring) in the state and it's fertile for change. Challenging him is progressive ally Ed Ridpath. This is a race to watch.

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As I said in an earlier post on the Wright matter -- this kind of ad plays into racial discomfort/color arousal.

I think this episode with Rev. Wright exposed the whole "scary black revolution" primal fear here.

When I heard Wright, I heard a delivery not unlike the unhinged gay-bashing Rev. Willie Wilson (Wright is actually gay-affirming, btw). The delivery sounds so angry, so harsh to many. You get the feeling, based on the reaction out there, that people are afraid Barack Obama by association, is some sort of Trojan Horse of Black Anger waiting to be unleashed, prepared to exact revenge on white society by pulling their wool over their eyes by appearing friendly, "articulate" and non-threatening. In other words -- not that [Wright] kind of black guy.

What the continued pounding on the association is trying to reinforce is attention to Obama's blackness. Many progressives have idealized him as a "post-racial" candidate, however in order to be post-racial, our society has to be over racial conflicts and lack of communication about difference. As we all have seen, no conversations of substance occur in the MSM, and until Obama's speech that was specifically about race, no one was challenging people to think about what hasn't been discussed, because the topic is so uncomfortable.

The GOP has no problem tapping into primal fears that we don't want to talk about.

I recently discussed the NC Republican party in an interview with Dem Lieutenant Governor candidate Dan Besse.

Speaking of bias, regarding the state of the NC GOP, Besse believes that it's a party in crisis, illustrated by the gubernatorial primary, as the Republicans decide whether to circle the wagons around Pat McCrory, who's no friend of the gays, but is a more business-friendly Republican, and homophobe Fred Smith, who is backed by the fundies.
I think there is an element, as in many states of course, for whom that kind of explicitly unwelcoming, unaccepting and intolerant spirit is a selling point. And he will win some votes, certainly in the primary and lesser percentage in the general election if he makes it, on that basis...I think our state has changed enough for the good that we will have as many people who would vote against him as those who would vote for him in the election...An element of the business-based Republicans is worried about that, and rightly so, that it's bad for business, and that's the only thing they care about. They would rather have someone who has the image of being moderate on social issues.

I mean, take a look at the insane party platform. Forgiveness for divorce is kindly offered, but no mercy for the homos.

The ideal environment for raising children is a two-parent family where a husband and wife live in harmony in one home.We praise the courageous efforts of single parents who work hard to provide stable homes.We recognize that single parents often succeed and that two-parent families sometimes fail.

...Homosexual behavior is not normal and should not be taught as acceptable in public education or in public policy.Public schools should not be used to teach children that homosexual behavior is normal.Taxpayers should not fund benefit plans for unmarried partners.We support federal and state constitutional amendments to ensure that marriage is limited to the union of one man and one woman.We oppose the adoption or foster parenting of children by same sex couples.

...Government should treat all citizens fairly and impartially and should assure equal opportunity without regard to wealth, race, religion, sex, or national origin.We oppose all forms of invidious discrimination.We oppose efforts to include sexual orientation as a category under civil rights laws.

Womb control is part of the agenda as well.

We also support the adoption of a human life amendment to the constitution. We stand with the overwhelming majority of Americans who oppose efforts to mandate legalized abortion or to fund local, national, or international organizations that provide or promote abortion services.

Mind you, our legislature is Dem-controlled, so these Neanderthal beliefs have been held in check for several cycles. This is why the state party has to go to extreme measures to rally the Base. Unfortunately, the GOP here has nothing to offer voters. It's nice to see that party draw national attention for its bigotry, pettiness and narrow thinking. It's all good.

Now let's take a trip in the time capsule and let Jesse show you how it's done. In his 1990 "Hands" ad. Dem Harvey Gantt had a lead in the polls and watched it evaporate when this started airing:

"You needed that job, and you were the best qualified, but they had to give it to a minority, because of a racial quota. Is that really fair? Harvey Gantt says it is. Gantt supports Ted Kennedy's racial quota law that makes the color of your skin more important than your qualifications. Your vote on this issue next Tuesday. For racial quotas, Harvey Gantt. Against racial quotas, Jesse Helms."

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The NC GOP clearly wasn't invited to the below RNC strategy session that was brainstorming about how to handle the Nouveau Southern Strategy -- it straight for for lowbrow "undisciplined messaging." (see below). That or they are simply willing to be the patsy bigot brigade for McCain and the RNC.

GOP fears charges of racism, sexism

The Republican National Committee has commissioned polling and focus groups to determine the boundaries of attacking a minority or female candidate, according to people involved. The secretive effort underscores the enormous risk senior GOP operatives see for a party often criticized for its insensitivity to minorities in campaigns dating back to the 1960s.

The RNC project is viewed as so sensitive that those involved in the work were reluctant to discuss the findings in detail. But one Republican strategist, who asked that his name be withheld to speak candidly, said the research shows the daunting and delicate task ahead.

..."Being an African American at the top of the ticket, if he makes it, is such a great statement about the country," he added, "Obviously you have to be sensitive to issues that affect urban America. ...You have to be careful."

GOP operatives have already coined a term for clumsy rhetoric: "undisciplined messaging." It appears as a bullet point in a Power Point presentation making the rounds among major donors, party leaders and surrogates. The presentation outlines five main strategic attacks against an Obama candidacy, with one of them stating how "undisciplined messaging carries great risk."

..."Fair or unfair, but that’s going to be a reality," said GOP strategist John Weaver, a longtime confidant of John McCain. "The P.C. [politically correct] police will be out and the standards will be very narrow."

And do you think Liddy Dole has denounced the ad? Please. Don't hold your breath for a response to the letter sent to her office by the NCDP.

Comments

added an update

about the letter to Dole asking her to denounce the ad, and a peek at the RNC's prep strategy try to do political attacks without looking like a party full of low-balling bigots. Sorry guys, the worst of your lot cannot help themselves. Race-baiting involves tasty morsels for that crowd that have a tried-and-true recipe -- just like momma used to make, eh?

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Great wrap up on this sad saga

The only saving grace is that Linda Daves is slowly but surely flushing the NCGOP into oblivion with every ignorant step she takes.

I guess we'll find out one way or another if North Carolina is truly a state filled with racist assholes. Linda Daves seems to be betting that's true.

Ya wonder

if McCrory isn't going to suffer some kind of backlash from this for his failure to denounce the ad.

But I guess we'll find out if Daves' take on the state of this state is accurate.

Sickening, really.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

Backlash is what I'm thinking, too.

I believe there are some lines, crossed, that even Republicans are turned off by. I think this is a line that the fiscal wing of the R party knows will turn off moderate support and turn on major backlash.

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

They blinked

Reuters reports that they're pulling the ad. More about it on dKos ...

Speaking of color arousal/Richard Moore

Have you seen what richard moore has done. His new add about the KKK and bev perdue. Wow, I didn't know that he was that low. This is an obvious ploy to lure aa voters from bev perdue. Wow is all I can say. I can not believe that he would allow his staff to do something so distasteful. And have they not been watching the news with the GOP add. Not real smart on their part. Check out under the dome. They also have it airing on AA radio stations. Good Grief.

oh please

It's part of her RECORD. The problem with Bev is she says she's all these things and makes all these promises but her record doesn't support any of it. And her record certainly highlights how easily her string are pulled(i.e.; NRA).

Whatever

It still is sad that rick could not gain aa support so he decided that they were so uneducated that he could slide this one in and it would make them choose him. Talk about stupid. I think bev has a strong record of supporting causes to help all people. I would be willing to bet that he only told half of the truth. I am sure there is more to the story. I believe that he has just lost it.

Which causes?

I'm curious which causes you think she's taken on and supported - can you list some?

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
Pointing at Naked Emperors

Even RM's POSITIVE ads

Even RM's POSITIVE ads running on rap stations make me uncomfortable as patronizing/borderline offensive...

I think that almost all of his ads - but especially the negative ads - show how little respect he has for the voters.

Really? Well, I see Bev's entire act

as an ongoing gesture of contempt for the voters.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

Not sure I get it...

Folksy down-home "Well, I do declare!" IS part of what makes us North Carolina. We like pleasant conversation in rocking chairs on the front porch, potluck dinners, and Mayberry-life. (And yes, we like blue eyeshadow just fine. Of course, I'm not one to comment on the eyeshadow choices and attire of women running for leadership positions. Seems sort of demeaning and sixth-grade schoolgirl, no?) Bev also balances that "old" genteel NC charm with being the epitome of a modern NC woman. She's got a PhD and the ability to hold her own talking about green business, economic development, education, and a whole host of issues. I'm not sure how that's condescending. I think it's appealing when a leader can fit in whether she's chatting to Grandma in Dunn on Sunday after church or speaking behind a lectern at a water conference at Duke's Nicholas Institute.

Moore? He's just meaner than a green-eyed snake. That's part of NC alright, but it sure isn't the part I'd like to highlight.

Edit: I missed your post below where you call the KKK ad a "sucker punch." Good for you. It makes me glad to see that even folks who support the negative ad campaign find that one a little below the belt and strange.

"Well I do declare"

"I don't know how all this mess happened while I was in the Senate, or while I was your Lt. Governor!" >twinklemy fault!"

Bah. I haven't been to her Grandma's on Sunday, but I found her ridiculous measured country gal charm(TM) when addressing mental health professionals about their own field condescending and off-putting.

I don't know if I will vote for Richard Moore. But I will not vote for Bev Perdue.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
Pointing at Naked Emperors

Oh please.

Don't talk to a Southerner about Southerners.

I don't mind stretching the accent and references to grits a little bit when there's a gullible Yankee nearby (or worse, a Californian), but nothing is more nauseating to me than seeing an actual Southerner lay it on thick for fellow Southerners. Ugh.

No, no one under seventy-five says "I do declare" anymore (it was never that damned popular an expressio, except on TEEVEE), and for cryin' out loud if you actually read the remarks about her freakin' eyeshadow you'd catchy that they were a wee bit on the facetious side.

No, Moore isn't meaner than a snake. But whatever you think of his personality, he's extremely intelligent and far better qualified to be governor than Perdue.

[sorry for the continual editing; I'm old and cranky, OK?]

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

#1 why do you call him Rick?

#1 why do you call him Rick? That is ridiculous.

#2 There is not more to the story. But that's really educated of you to just ASSUME that because you like Bev.

#3 Bev said it was a "misvote" which sounds pretty ridiculous to me considering only one other democrat voted against it. Is she that easily confused?

Just because Bev is a sugary

Just because Bev is a sugary sweet woman doesn't mean she always does the right thing. She's one of the biggest "good ol' boys" around. And one thing I know is that I am sick and tired of good ol' boy politics in this state. It discourages hard work and earning real merit and encourages corruption. I'm ready for a change. Not one of Basnight's puppets.

#1 because I call her bev

I find it interesting that you do not think that this type of politic-ing is shameful. He just conviently leaves out the support of the mlk holiday, and other votes that same year. Seems to me, if she hated black folk so, she would make all of nc work that day. Over the past few days, I have found out that there are some north carolinians who still harbor the beliefs of jim crow. I am surprised actually. Maybe I shouldn't be. I do like bev. But believe it or not, I actually checked out both before I made my decision and decided that she was the one that I wanted to vote for. Now, if for some reason she looses, I may as well join the republican party. At least they don't hide racism. You always know where you stand there. I could not support rick in the general after this stunt. Sorry that's just how I feel.

It's naughty, naughty, naughty

I have to agree that if it was a "misvote," that this is a really, really desperate ad. Moore is in trouble, and he's gonna need an attention grabber to pull out of it.

I've had to edit this comment because I earlier expressed the idea that it seemed likely that this was a misvote, but the longer I think about it the less likely that is. It's not hard to correct a "misvote," and the attention on this one was sufficient that I cannot believe she would have failed to do so.

But oh, yuck, what a sorry sucker punch of an ad it is anyway.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

Liddy's response

Look at Liddy Dole - this is her response:

Dole said in an interview she didn't want to get involved.

"I am concentrating on getting my work done here in the Senate, and I'm just not going to get into refereeing a third party political ad that has nothing to do with my race," she said.

Howard Dean also weighed in:

"This is a test of leadership for John McCain. If he can't pick up the phone and make members of his own party stop airing a television ad he claims to oppose, how can he lead our country through an economic crisis or the war in Iraq?" Dean said in a statement just emailed over by the DNC. "If he is serious, he will get this ad pulled."
-- Howard Dean

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disgusting

Linda Davies and her racist tactics make me ill. I think there's a good chance that the whole sordid controversy will backfire on the RNC big time. People are sick to death of this kind of thing.

Bev calls herself "Bev"

"Rick" calls himself Richard. Your whole post is a joke. You have to be CONSISTENT on issues to prove yourself, I believe. Bev has not been. Specifically on the death penalty, the environment, and SO many other things. I want someone who has CONSISTENTLY made the right decision. And I definitely don't want someone who caves into special interests(like the NRA) as my governor.

Re Liddy & McCain's leadership

I think that ad has enough reverse spin to settle the cream out of a big dairy's morning milking. They not only made McCain look silly, as Pam pointed out above, the ad itself was incoherent.
I can see why Liddy Dole decided to run a hide from it.
Few indeed want to be associated with the mean gang which can neither put together a coherent attack ad nor find out in advance what their local broadcast media markets will air.
If indeed they have humiliated themselves, however, I don't expect them to be humbled by the experience.

Some contributors

Here are some highlights from the contributor list for the North Carolina Republican Executive Committee, who paid for the ad, for the 2008 cycle only, as reported by OpenSecrets.org

  $4,048 Fred Smith
  $5,000 Art Pope
  $2,250 Robert Pittenger
$10,000 Robert Luddy
$10,000 Bill Graham
  $2,200 Howard Coble
  $1,000 Ferrell Blount
     $250 Bob Orr
  $1,460 Kieran Shanahan
     $250 Les Merritt
  $2,000 Robin Hayes

Good find Greg

can you give me a link? Were there more contributors?

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OpenSecrets.org

Go to OpenSecrets.org and Find Individual Donors to "north carolina republican executive". Leave donor name blank to find all.

2008 Election Cycle Contributions recorded so far (January is about the latest date).

The 2006 and prior years lists have over 1,000 donors and are more difficult to search. But you can check for individual names.

Look for separate headlines

for a few of those characters....if for no other reason than it will show up in a Google search.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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This will probably not be popular but...

... I hope the NCDP will prepare a counter ad showing Mcsame's BS to Bush and Libby and other NC GOPer's in a similar mud slinging way. Although everyone says they hate mudslinging - it works. IMO, most voters don't take the time to look at candidates positions but vote their gut feelings which are strongly influenced by the most negative memories about candidates.

On separate note: Kudos to GOP (god, I hate to say that), what a brilliant ploy by NC GOP (it will probably be a model for the future - I'm sure it has been done int he past, just can't remember when) - raise controversial ad to get lots of free media time to show pseudo outrage from Mcsame while throwing the mud at your opponents - cost in $ minimal - exposure nationwide.

NCDP learn and take it the next step.

F-One
I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle...
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Free media time and ...

... free media time and quite possibly, an influx of cash.

From today's Under the Dome:

Brent Woodcox, a spokesman for the state Republican party, said he didn't understand why a television station would refuse to air the ad. He said the party has received a lot of support, much of it financial, from people in North Carolina and across the country.

"We have certainly seen an increase in fundraising," Woodcox said. "They're rolling in so fast we can't possibly keep up with them."

If the NCGOP has no soul....

...at least it appears some NC TV stations might....the most conservative station I know of, WRAL, refused to air it.

Hagan Camp: Dole's Too Busy to Talk About Racism and NC Voters?

Went out last hour...

HAGAN CAMPAIGN: DOLE’S TOO BUSY TO TALK ABOUT RACISM AND NORTH CAROLINA VOTERS?
Fails to condemn, ask for ad sponsored by NC Republican Party not to be aired;
Claims it has nothing to do with her race

Contact: Colleen Flanagan
Colleen@kayhagan.com
336-686-7053
Dave Hoffman
Dave@kayhagan.com
336-617-5301
April 25, 2008

GREENSBORO, NC- Kay Hagan’s campaign for U.S. Senate today called into question how busy Elizabeth Dole has been, that she neglected to address the North Carolina Republican Party’s racist ad attacking the Democratic gubernatorial candidates for their support of Senator Barack Obama. In response to a letter from North Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jerry Meek, which called on her to join Senator John McCain and the Republican National Committee in asking for the ad not to be aired on television, Dole said, “I am concentrating on getting my work done here in the Senate, and I'm just not going to get into refereeing a third-party political ad that has nothing to do with my race.”

“Elizabeth Dole’s paltry excuse refusing to call the ad what it is – a racist ad – is offensive to all voters in North Carolina, regardless of their political affiliation,” Colleen Flanagan, Communications Director for Kay Hagan’s U.S. Senate Campaign, said. “While she may believe that the North Carolina Republican Party’s decision to run an ad which amounts to race-baiting has nothing to do with her campaign, she chooses to ignore the facts at her own peril: It’s HER party that sponsored the ad; it’s voters in the state SHE claims to represent who are offended; and it begs the question if she will allow this kind of disgusting behavior in HER race this fall. A racist ad is offensive, period, and Elizabeth Dole should have the sense to condemn the ad, regardless of whether she believes it has anything to do with her campaign.”

In the past two weeks, Elizabeth Dole has been busy “concentrating” on work such as interrupting consideration of the transportation bill to make a floor speech commemorating her husband’s first floor speech 39 years before, and voting against a bill that would ensure that victims of pay discrimination have a fair shot to hold their employers accountable. In fact, she was so busy that she missed a Banking Committee hearing where she would have had a chance to speak up for more affordable student loans, and she failed to sign on to Senator Webb’s GI bill which would increase educational access and opportunities for returning servicemen and women.

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sadly, I see quite a bit of irony here

I applaud Sen. Hagan for stepping up to call out Liddy Dole on her inability to find time to comment on the color arousal ad by the NC GOP. She needs to be held accountable.

However, to be honest there's a big blind spot here -- Sen. Hagan seems to have been too busy to fully answer prospective voters' questions asked in her liveblog right here on BlueNC regarding how she would vote on specific pending LGBT legislation that would eliminate institutionalized discrimination against a taxpaying group of citizens. BlueNCers didn't even receive a "paltry excuse," only silence, when follow up requests for more information were sent.

Even the horrible Elizabeth Dole, queen of pitiful constituent services, had the decency to fire up her Constituent Services Letter GeneratorTM to declare her opposition to civil equality in a snail mail as a response.

Certainly Sen. Hagan can do better -- other candidates for various offices have stepped up with direct answers.

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Hagan's Refusal to Answer

It is ironic that Kay Hagan is calling out Elizabeth Dole on something she herself is also doing.

Lawson for Congress Condemns Ad.

Lawson for Congress condemns this ad. We are outraged that an like this would run on the air, and it represents the worst of politics. The ugly collectivism portrayed in this ad flies right in the face of one of the paramount principles we are fighting for, which is the principle that we should all be viewed only as individuals and strive for individual liberty. It sends a horrifying message about our party at a time when we need to build bridges and work with voters who know we need change. This ad does absolutely nothing to promote the interests of Republican Candidates and makes the job of campaigns like ours who are working extremely hard for the principle of limited government in overwhelmingly Democratic districts much harder.

For B.J.'s personal condemnation of the ad, please visit the blog posting on his website.

Paige Michael-Shetley
Youth Coordinator,
Lawson for Congress

p.s. When I first saw this ad, I really felt ashamed to be a Republican at that point. But I would like to convey to everyone on this forum that, having spoken to some fellow Republicans over the last two days, there are many fellow Republicans who feel genuine outrage about this commercial.

Thank you, Paige

And thanks to Mr. Lawson for taking a stand on this. I continue to be puzzled as to why BJ has thrown his lot with the Republican Party at all, but I'm glad to hear he's not willing to toe the party line on sleaze like this.

Please give my best to your candidate. He's a good guy.

Linda Daves is an airheaded

Linda Daves is an airheaded nutbag, I'm not surprised she'd try to jump on the Anti-Obama train when she perceived it going somewhere. Unfortunately for her, the NCGOP has absolutely no place giving a care about the primary as it stands (either way, they'll have a blue candidate, no matter who it is), and preemptively attacking a candidate is just baseless and obviously lacking in tact.

Long story short? Talented people know to attack candidates when they are actually a threat, of which Obama is not to them, at least not yet. The NCGOP is like a collection of retarded kindergartners without a babysitter.