February 26, 2008

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While this video of the ad goes after Rep Nancy Boyda (D-KS) (btw, whose response so far has been really good), she is just one of many "Freshman Dems" targeted by this fear-mongering ad campaign so far. As the Minnesota blog Bluestem Prairie notes:

Other Freshman Dems targeted that we know of so far: Joe Courtney and Chris Murphy (CT); Carol Shea-Porter and Paul Hodes (NH); Jason Altmire (PA); Ron Klein and Tim Mahoney (FL); Gabrielle Giffords and Harry Mitchell (AZ); Jerry McNerney (CA); Melissa Bean (IL); Joe Donnelly (IN); ... Michael Arcuri and Kirsten Gillbrand (NY) ; Steve Kagan (WI). [...]

Defense of Democracies is affiliated with the non-profit, non-partisan Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a policy institute focused on defeating terrorism and promoting democratic values.

The ad is similar to one posted last week by House Republicans on gop.gov, that also misleadingly blames the expiration of the "Protect America Act' on the Democrats. The fact is that "there is one reason, and one reason only, that the Protect America Act expired. Its name is “George W. Bush.”

Not surprisingly, the group The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies' list of "Directors, Fellows, Personnel" includes many PNAC-neocons like Kristol, Krauthammer, and Perle (a lot more on the group here). The list also includes, however, several prominent Democrats, which begs the question: Why would Democrats be affiliated with a group that would be running these ads?

Update: Begged question answered. :

Who's behind the shadowy organization isn't entirely clear, but it is definitely an offshoot of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, an organization that until a few days ago listed among its board of advisors Donna Brazile, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Rep. Jim Marshall (D-GA), Zell Miller, Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY). Engel, Schumer and Brazile have all resigned from the board, with Brazile making this statement

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