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Hey Pal, Thanks for the Crazy Juice!

October 6, 2010

In 1988, it was George H.W. Bush’s “Willie Horton” ad. In 1990, it was Jesse Helms’ infamous  “Hands” ad.  In 2006, Bob Corker launched his “Harold, Call Me”ad. In 2010, we have Sharron Angle’s race-baiting “Thanks, Pal.” All are classic examples of conservative, fear-based dirty politics.  While the racial component is clearly offensive, it is also true that these ads have, in the past, unfortunately, worked. It remains to be seen whether Sharron Angle will be successful this year; but in the state with the highest unemployment in the country, this kind of racial scapegoating seems likely to have some effect. It’s ugly, it’s low, and for a candidate who would have us believe she’s nothing like your typical politician, it’s all too typical. [Excerpted from my post today at Liberaland]

This calls for some retaliation! And Harry Reid, bless his stodgy little heart, got all edgy with this brilliant ad, narrated by Rita Rudner:

Of course something this edgy, coming in at 1:20 minutes isn’t going to be getting any airplay, this is a web ad only. In fact, it was used in a nationwide email campaign to Reid supporters today. But hey, if Harry Reid needs more money to counter Angle’s blatant lies, or could use some extra bodies calling for Get-Out-the_Vote, I’m happy to oblige if he keeps producing pieces like this!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 8, 2010 5:03 pm


    And what next? Some sort of cleansing of liberals for doing the same sorts of things?

    Big time politics have always been like this, and from all sides.

  2. October 6, 2010 8:15 pm

    The Reid ad belongs on TV …. stupid that it’s web only.

    You gotta love how the Angle ad depicts Hispanics as menacing and how all the hard working guys are white. You called it Sandi … straight up racism.


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