The Republican Governors Association wants Rob McKenna to be the next governor of Washington State, and their PAC has reserved $4 million in air time to smear Democrat Jay Inslee. Here's their first shot, a commercial that began airing today:
If this is the best they've got—Inslee voted for the bailouts!—Inslee is doing all right.
First, this seems unlikely to polarize swing voters against Inslee: Those bailouts haven't been perfect, admittedly, but they did create jobs. It's not even clear that this makes a great wedge to energize conservatives all these years later. TARP was approved by George W. Bush, passed by most of Congress, and supported by fiscal conservatives including Paul Ryan. And ARRA was passed by most of Congress, too. So this is a convenient hit on Inslee simply because he has a voting record. A 2010 poll showed more voters in Washington supported the stimulus than opposed it. (And as an aside, blaming the federal debt on the Democrats' bailouts is crazy when the debt mostly results from Republican tax breaks and military spending.)