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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Desperation, Thy Name is the RNC

posted by on October 25 at 14:14 PM

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.

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Some of the best counter-smear ads I've seen this cycle are from KY-03, where the publisher of the Louisville Alt-weekly is running against entrenched Republican bitch Ann Northup. It's here:

It goes something like:

"John Yarmuth: He plays golf with Saddam Hussein. And snatches toys away from little children."

TN-Sen could easily do something like a man-on-the-street counter having a Jack-Abramoff like character going "Hey Bob (Corker), call me!"

Posted by david | October 25, 2006 2:46 PM

PS - The GOP doesn't have the high ground on morality this year, I'm afraid.

Posted by david | October 25, 2006 2:50 PM

And what about the tag-line "he's just not right" sounds an a lot like "he's just not white". Or is that just me?

Racist fuckers. I hate the south.

Posted by Monique | October 25, 2006 2:56 PM

mehlman's reponse about "no authority" to take the ad down is ludicrous.

the ad ends with "The Republican National Committee is responsible for this advertisement."

and mehlman is the head of what?

Posted by chops | October 25, 2006 3:02 PM

"Responsible" means something different to Republicans than it does to you and me.

Posted by Fnarf | October 25, 2006 4:18 PM

My dawg, can they GET any more pathetic in their desperation?! What next, are they going to have a Harold Ford lookalike squealing, "Where de white wimmin at?" a la Cleavon Little?!

Posted by Geni | October 25, 2006 4:35 PM

Sorry, but I haven't been following this race, but I looked at the "Fancy Ford" web site and he seems pretty tame. Seriously, $200 for a shirt? Who the hell cares? Somehow I don't think any Republicans are shopping at the Ross.

Posted by dewsterling | October 25, 2006 4:42 PM

As bad as this one is, when this is taken with the Zucker commercials, the Vern Robinson spots, and the RNC terror ad, it really shows that anyone that follows the Republican party line is a fascist sub-human that has no place in any office higher than municipal dogcatcher.

Posted by bma | October 26, 2006 6:01 AM

I really think that blonde "bimbo" is a male. If you watch the video carefully, you'll notice the voice is dubbed. The hair appears to be a wig, and at the very end, this "girl's" hand is pretty big for a girl. Also, you can really see the male characteristics in the face, particularly the eyes and forehead.

This is a guy dressed up like a woman, designed to subtly confuse the audience and make them squeamish. It's all part of the GOP playbook.

Posted by Wondering | October 26, 2006 11:26 AM

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