October 13, 2008

It never stops...just when you think they can't get any lower, they dredge a little more slime out of the pond. Politico:

The Republican Party on Monday morning will make a new push to convince voters that distant ties between Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and former radical William Ayers are somehow disqualifying for the presidency.

The Republican National Committee plans to e-mail “an audience of tens of millions” the link to a new video on the subject called “Guilt by Participation” and encourage recipients to forward it to friends and family, aides said.[..]

The 80-second video ends with a new slogan, a variation of one Republicans have used in the past: “Barack Obama: Career First. Country Second.” The slogan is likely to be used again, officials say.

The video flashes garish lettering like “WANTED BY FBI” and “DON’T REGRET SETTING BOMBS.”

The Obama campaign on Sunday released a roundup of media quotes headed “McCain's Strategy of Distracting From the Economy ... How's It Playing With Republicans?”: “In case you missed them, below are stories across the country voters are reading and hearing about McCain’s closing strategy, even conservative pundits, Republican officials and Republican voters are rejecting it."

Among those quoted was Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, who said on “Fox News Sunday”: “[T]he main thing to say about these negative ads, which, I don’t think — almost none of them has been across the line — they haven't worked. Obama's favorable rating is as high as it's been in three months. It's actually gone up in the last month. So it's a stupid campaign.”

Hear that, guys? It's not working...McCain's numbers are sliding further and further down. So then it has to be asked: WHY would the RNC be launching an ad campaign not helpful--indeed, detrimental--to their candidate? If they're not interested in saving McCain's campaign, are they laying the foundation for four years of smears and distraction to an Obama presidency?

Politfact gives McCain (and now, the RNC) the official "Pants On Fire" seal for his attempt to tie Obama to Ayers.

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