Politics Desperation, Thy Name is the RNC
posted by October 25 at 14:14 PMon
The Republicans are resorting to vicious race-baiting in their desperation to retain the House. Here’s the “bimbo ad” the RNC is using to target Harold Ford in Tennessee, via TPM:
The ad features a series of fake “man on the street” interviews; each parodies Democratic policy positions. For example, a young black woman says “Harold Ford looks nice—isn’t that enough?”; a hunter in camo gear says “Harold Ford is right —I do have too many guns”; and so forth.
But then, right in the middle is an “interview” with a white, blonde, apparently topless bimbo, who coos shrilly, “I met Harold at the Playboy party!” At the end, she shows up again, mouthing the words “Harold, call me!” while winking and vamping.
Josh Marshall asks:
What policy issue is she talking about? It’s not connected to anything. It’s just, ‘I’m a loose white woman. I hooked up with Harold at the Playboy mansion. And I can’t wait for him to do me again.’
This is the second time the RNC has run ads portraying Ford basically as a black pimp who sleeps with slutty white women; back in March, the RNC unveiled a web site featuring photos of Ford side-by-side with pictures of Playboy bunnies, all white. Titled “Fancy Ford,” the web site plays to the same racist fears, characterizing Ford as a “partier” who “just can’t help being fancy … with friends like Sarah Jessica Parker [the “Sex and the City” actress] who could help themselves?”
RNC head Ken Mehlman has said he doesn’t believe the ads are racist; however, even Ford’s Republican opponent, former Chattanooga mayor Bob Corker, has asked local TV stations not to run the ad. In response, Mehlman claimed, astonishingly, that he can do nothing about the ad, calling it an “independent expenditure” that he has “no authority” to take down.