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Many of you might remember Scott Howell, the infamous Republican political hit...,er, ad man whose work includes such gems as the racist "Black Hands" ad in Oklahoma (2004) and the disgraceful "Hitler ad" in last year's Kaine-Kilgore race in Virginia.

Well, apparently those despicable ads haven't dissauded Republican candidates from using Howell's fine services.  This year, for instance, Howell is hard at work, "crafting the message" for Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT), Rep. Mark Kennedy (R-MN), Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO), Mike Bouchard (R-MI), Tom Gallagher (R-FL), Bob Corker (R-TN), and...yes, you guessed it, our own George Allen (R-VA). 

So, what's Howell been up to this year?  Has he changed his nasty, race-baiting ways?  Please, but you jest!  Look, let's put it this way: fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, and Scott Howell's gotta create race-baiting ads for Republican candidates.  That's what he does, and he's damn good at it, if you can call evil "good."

Howell's latest outrage?  According to Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post, Howell is now responsible for this despicable, race-baiting ad against Harold Ford paid for by the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).  How bad is it?  Even Bob Corker, the Republican nominee, has asked that it be taken down.  And, according to Cillizza, "The Chattanooga Times Free-Press called the commercial 'a new low in political advertising in a Senate race in this state.'"

The New York Times weighs in with the following thoughts:

Critics asserted that the advertisement was a clear effort to play to racial stereotypes and fears, essentially, playing the race card in an election where Mr. Ford is trying to break a century of history and become the first black senator from the South since Reconstruction.

Hilary Shelton, director of the N.A.A.C.P.'s Washington bureau, said the spot took aim at the sensitivities many Americans still have about interracial dating.

John Geer, a professor at Vanderbilt University and a specialist in political advertising, said that it "is playing to a lot of fears" and "frankly makes the Willie Horton ad look like child's play."

Meanwhile, according to BET"The NAACP called the ad an obvious attempt to make a sexual innuendo about a Black man and a White woman."

So, there you have it; Scott Howell up to his old tricks again, playing blatantly on racial stereotypes and fears in an attempt to win an election for his Republican client.

So, what does George Allen have to say about all this?  I mean, he EMPLOYS Scott Howell, the race baiting disciple of Lee Atwater and Karl Rove, after all.  You'd think that George Allen, who claims he has changed on racial issues over the years, would strongly and immediately condemn the latest Scott Howell race-baiting ad, while firing him on the spot.  Yet, all we get from Allen HQ is a deafening silence. 

Of course, that silence could be partly due to the fact that Allen's handlers are keeping a muzzle on him, not letting him speak in fear of what might come out of his mouth. But surely, Allen must be aware that his #1 ad man, Scott Howell, has just made yet ANOTHER outrageous ad that, at the minimum, plays with anti-Black stereotypes and white fears.  Surely, George Allen must have an opinion about this.  Perhaps Allen approves, perhaps not.  As the saying goes, we can't know what's in George Allen's heart.

But so far, actions speak louder than words, with Scott Howell continuing to make his lying, smearing, anti-Webb ads for George Allen here in Virginia, in addition to his race-baiting ads for Bob Corker against Harold Ford in Tennessee.  What gives?  Does Goerge Allen approve of this behavior or not?  Will he keep Scott Howell and let him spread his lies about Jim Webb? 

*An ad claiming that Webb will raise your taxes by $2,000 - A BLATANT LIE

*An ad that claims Webb would bring back the "marriage penalty tax" - ANOTHER BLATANT LIE

*An ad that claims Jim Webb's anti-women - ANOTHER BLATANT LIE

*An ad that claims Jim Webb opposes traditional marriage - ANOTHER BLATANT LIE

*An ad that claims Webb "dissed" Nancy Reagan - ANOTHER BLATANT LIE.

*An ad that claims Webb wan't really praised by Ronald Reagan - ANOTHER BLATANT LIE.

*An ad that...well, we could go on and on but you get the point.

So, when is George Allen going to: a) condemn his ad man Scott Howell's despicable race baiting in Tennessee, b) fire Scott Howell from working on his campaign, and c) take down any ads that spread outright lies about Jim Webb?

I'm not holding my breath, but all of us should be watching Allen's actions today, not 30 years ago, when deciding who to vote for on November 7. Lowell Feld is Netroots Coordinator for the Jim Webb for US Senate Campaign. The ideas expressed here belong to Lowell Feld alone, and do not represent those of Jim Webb, his advisors, staff, or supporters.

Originally posted to lowkell on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 10:20 AM PDT.

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  •  Haven't you heard the news? (26+ / 0-)

    Kos says we're not allowed to support Ford anymore because he's actually trying to win in conservative parts of Tennessee.

    /snark

    It's time for a New Generation of Leadership in Tennessee! Harold Ford Jr. for U.S. Senate 2006!

    by GoldnI on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 10:24:03 AM PDT

    •  Are you referring to somethink Kos wrote? NT (0+ / 0-)

      NT

    •  that's pretty ridiculous (2+ / 0-)
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      GoldnI, golo

      considering he has promoted Mellissa Bean, IL-8th, the ultimate corporate whore Democratic vote, for the purposes of winning that district and getting Democrats in power.

      hmmm....so screwing working America on trade, jobs, it's ok, but on gay marriage it's not?

      http://www.noslaves.com http://forum.noslaves.com

      by BobOak on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 10:31:00 AM PDT

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      •  What Kos said, though, (8+ / 0-)

        was only that he hopes Ford gets elected, but that he wouldn't cry (or something to that effect) if he didn't.

        He isn't telling folks not to vote for him. I think we're ALL realistic to understand that any democrat (virtually any, I should say) is better than the status quo. We can worry about nuance later.

        •  This was in response to Ford's (4+ / 0-)
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          snakelass, BobOak, GoldnI, Allogenes

          saying he's against gay marriage, front paged this a.m.

        •  yes i know (2+ / 0-)
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          But I also watched Melissa Bean get supported 100%,he never said if she didn't win, he wouldn't cry over it.

          Believe me there is a huge fraction of real Democratic voters working for the real labor Democratic, Bill Scheurer and I think Bean got a free pass with no attention in the primary when we should have worked our asses off to beat her, and nary a mention that she's selling out working America right and left with her votes.

          Yet, Ford, in a very conservative state, where gay marriage is clearly going to be a rallying cry once again, you cannot budge these voters, in a neck and neck race, gets "I wouldn't cry over it if he lost".

          Now which position affects America more?  The complete sell out of working America, the US economy or gay marriage versus gay rights (civil unions)?

          http://www.noslaves.com http://forum.noslaves.com

          by BobOak on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 11:47:48 AM PDT

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          •  Distinction (0+ / 0-)

            I don't know Bean's record, and, if she's the "corporate whore" you say she is, then she should be criticized for it.  

            Still, there's a difference between Ford going on the public record about a judicial decision in another state (despite that issue's national significance) and Bean not going on the record about American workers.  

            "You can't talk to the ignorant about lies, since they have no criteria." --Ezra Pound

            by machopicasso on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 11:56:47 AM PDT

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            •  Bean is on the record (2+ / 0-)
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              Labor got her into office and she promptly royally screwed labor with her votes.

              I'm sorry but she enabled CAFTA-DR to pass and now we're stuck with her again.

              Ford is talking about a social value that is seemingly a huge deal in the South.

              He probably believes me, but I'll bet money he won't sell the United States economic future for 30 pieces of silver!

              http://www.noslaves.com http://forum.noslaves.com

              by BobOak on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 12:03:02 PM PDT

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              •  I succintly remember (2+ / 0-)
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                The "unions" getting slammed for not supporting Melissa Bean, even after she voted against CAFTA several months after she privately told anyone in the labor movement who would hear her how she would protect it.  

                It makes matters worst when 45% of her funds came from Unions and when 65% of the boots on the ground for her campaign were also union members.

                She's lucky to be running in the environment she's in or else she would be staring at the end of her career.

          •  Ford may be against gay marriage, (1+ / 0-)
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            but this ad suggests that Crocker is against interracial marriage.

            Katrina was America's Chernobyl.

            by lysias on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 12:44:27 PM PDT

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        •  yup (1+ / 0-)
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          we are up against a GOP corporate culture that will say anything do anything to hold onto power. Kossacks, I believe are concerned with progressive governance and it's troubling to everyone when "one of our own" takes positions that are not progressive, even if that elected official counts toward a critical majority.

          For me the key is that all Democrats in power are reminded about progressive values on the array of issues we care about but more importantly the leadership positions are held by true progressives.

          Patrick Leahy for me is a true progressive on judiciary issues and probably environmnetal issues as well. He understands the constitutional relevance of habeas corpus, etc.

          We need to keep our focus on principles but also think strategically on individual candidates when it really matters. It can be done without losing our soul. And really must be done to have any chance to defeat the runaway corporate power that has control of the agenda.  

        •  I am by no means a (1+ / 0-)
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          huge Ford fan,but lets look at three things. Ford's a Democrat(for those not paying attention,his opponent is a Republican.),Ford's in a tight campaign and has to play to alienated goopers who are potential votes and thirdly,Corker is an odious oxygen theiving corrupt little toady of Bushco. Ford is infinatly preferable. We can work with him.

          it tastes like burning...

          by eastvan on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 04:20:55 PM PDT

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      •  GO FORD- (2+ / 0-)
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        Ford's other bad votes to me are at least as bad as the gay marriage thing.

        No need to list them here because we do want him to win. If you are in TN - go for it- get him in- we need the seat.

        Kos be consistent (or at least reasonably so)

        Corker for six years- screw that - go FORD

      •  "My name is Harold Ford Jr... (11+ / 0-)

        ... and I approve of these Kossacks."

        Dudehisattva... <div style="color: #0000a0;">"Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Effort, Concentration, and Wisdom"&l

        by Dood Abides on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 10:50:47 AM PDT

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      •  If they represent their district's views... (11+ / 0-)

        ...then I guess that's democracy, informed or otherwise. I'd take Ford's vote for Majority Leader Reid any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Ford might be wrong on some issues by my tastes (trust me, I am glad for the news out of NJ), but we have to start by getting rid of the Corkers of government. That won't happen without fielding candidates that the districts can accept.

      •  Benedictines for Peace-trying to reach Webb HQ (1+ / 0-)
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        Virginia Cousins,

        My modem slowed to 28K, then the LocalNet was down 4 hours, then I copy/pasted this letter to Jim Webb HQ, could not post it on WestofShokoe, open my own e-mail, my crappy blogpage, nuttin...

        Could you somehow get this advise from a monastary full of nuns (with me conduiting) in Cullman AL who listened to the NPR this morn and conference called me.... Thank you in advance, feel free to borrow anything from it, it is "common knowledge"....

        Jaime,

        We Benedictines for Peace in Cullman had a conference call this morning, the community of 80 Sisters has lasered in on the Webb-Allen campaign, in prayers and around the dining hall.

        We all heard the NPR report (I listened twice), hope the following two seperate peices of advice can be relayed to the Webb HQ, two weeks left and he needs nimbleness and miracles, and we are working on the latter.

        The first regards the women fence sitters, parents of soldiers and veterans as a whole.

        The second is this whole wedge issue of abortion, and how it got hijacked, seperated from it's hypocritical partner, the Elimination of the Death Penalty.

        Pardon my haste: The Golden Rule implies "walking a mile in their moccosins" regarding policy.

        To: Jim Webb,

        Two weeks left, it is time to exhibit some nimbleness and agility regarding the issue of the 1970’s official attitude about women in the military.  I listened to the NPR morning edition report twice this morning, spoke to the Sisters at Sacred Heart for a rapid response opinion.

        Two days ago, my character “Theghostofkarlafayetucker” posted 2 ideas targeting use and misuse of the military by RummyBush.

        a.) The misplacement of the "USS Roosevelt and Truman" in the MedSea during 2003 shock and awe, and thereby exposing my 18 year old son, his future wife, and other teenaged volunteers to abuse on shore leave in Split (old Yugoslavia) and in Spain.  

        The honor of wearing the US uniform in foreign lands has been obliviated by poor planning, no firm alliances. This will piss off veterans, how the legacy of WW II has turned into abuse and verbal spitting on our kids in uniform.  Civilian cloths only, lest you are in more danger.
         
        b.)The predatory lenders around every military installation, causing economic disaster both individually and now evidently as a security clearance issue.  Poor kids can’t read a cereal box, sign papers for lemon vehicles, get hooked by 300% interest in Norfolk, VA.

        The best way to address the women in the military issue is HEAD ON.  

        The integration of forces by Truman/Eisenhower was revolutionary for civil rights, but is still evolving.

        Homosexuals have fought in armies as far back as Alexander the Great, it is reality, but the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is ongoing and evolutionary.  I’m sure gays have valiantly performed, and are due our gratitude.

        But the thing YOU weren’t thinking about back then was the “hyperinflation/unemployment/cost of living/ cost of college bonuses” that women were thinking about in the seventies.

        It was the whole “equal opportunity discussion”.  

        I was there, it was a shock to go from 35 cents per gallon up to a dollar, pay 21% interest on a small installment loan.
        AND it was unfair to women to be locked out of ANY opportunity for military experience, tuition credits,  and civil service hiring promotion after discharge, etc. etc.  

        Women have different reasons for joining than men, to get away from "bad situations" like men did with the foreign legion.  You and I would never know.

        Your article may have been 75% right, but the “GOLDEN RULE” bit you, you hadn’t walked a mile in women’s moccasins.

        Now over a hundred brave women have died in action, nearly 3,000 wounded.

        The crusaders, Lawrence of Arabia, Rommel, Patton, Montgomery ALL warned politicians “do not fight in armor in the desert”.  RummyBush don’t read.

        You were PART of the evolution, right after the Vietnam mess and end of the draft, the Tailhook scandals, women in the academies and at VMI and the Citadel, it is STILL ongoing. You learned.....  

        Salute women in uniform,point to Duckworth in Illinois as heroic.

        But then ask some questions yourself:

        “WHY ARE SEXUAL ASSAULTS BEING IGNORED BY THE PENTAGON”.  Are “classes in respect for the opposite sex” enough?  
        Are the veterans, men and women receiving the care they need?

        Align your argument for VFW and AMERICAN LEGIONS.  

        Are our kids being looked after by Uncle Sam?  Not really......

        “RummyBush” have broken our engines in the sandstorms and the army now knows about pesky desert fleas.

        Proven Leadership INCLUDING WOMEN GENERALS AND ADMIRALS, are needed to fix it.

        The military is a society, and just like ending slavery, giving women the vote, integrating the schools, it is hopefully approaching equality, but immediate fixes are necessary, of which you qualify better than that “whatshisname” opponent of yours.

        Your campaign is in the prayers of the Sacred Heart Monastery, specifically, because our Benedictines for Peace wants radical change.  

        Your campaign is now the focus of our “faraway” advise.  

        We think you could swing 10-15% of the woman’s vote if you would announce that

        a:) your were mistaken (the humble part of penance), but plead “evolutionary shortsightedness”, have gained a better perspective now.

        b:) that you promise to prioritize women’s issues in the military and society at large, fight for minorities of ALL persuasion for Constitutional Rights, will pay attention to the veterans and ESPECIALLY the veteran’s of this ill Iraqi fiasco.

        You will look out for our sons and daughters who wore the uniform, because RummyBush sure didn’t do it..

        To show you the strong women I’ve aligned with, here’s a story from Jan 06, about an upset soldier:

        http://www.cullmantimes.com/...

        The story has a happy ending, a private effect, an unpublished benefit provided by the Sisters and the Cullman community to the soldier and his wife, such is the miracle of prayer.  He had been neglected and untreated by Veterans Affairs, landed in Cullman, and fate got him into a better situation.

        Good luck....

        LETTER PART TWO:

        To: Jim Webb

        Last Friday I received from Sr. Eleanor, OSB via email the official “Catholic Vote Activation” letter, listing 5 orgs which the KOS community will agree with.  

        EXCEPT for the Bishops, only the Bishops mentioned ROE v. WADE, and I screamed right back at the bishops,  gaining  applause from the 80 sisters at Sacred Heart.

        They organized with a “Papal Charter”, owe no allegiance to any friggin’ local  Bishop or US Bishops association.  

        The Bastards should have been out front when we started protesting this Iraqi War in 2002.

        I graduated High School in 1974, the last year of the Vietnam Draft.  

        Because our older brothers and cousins got frisky, sexually transmitted diseases became widespread, assholes always dating younger girls, our classmates.

        I think a beer-swilling 22 year old AwolShrub assaulted a 14 year old girl at some Texas Expo around that time.  

        A very serious discussion took place, about contraceptives, about abortion, about sex in general.  I was involved locally and regionally, attending two catholic liberal arts colleges.

        Right to Life is tied to ending the Death Penalty.  No discussion can take place without the other.  

        It never has been a “pick and choose” argument.  It has always been REALITY based.  

        And in the discussion, it was ALWAYS contended that ending the Death Penalty was Primary, take the power of execution away from government.  
        Read “Dead Man Walking” or the “Green Mile” if fiction suits you, but over 110 documented innocents and bystanders to the crimes have been killed by Uncle Sam.

        And the reality of abortion is it is “medical”, it is a crises that is Personal, and government can blend abstinence with contraception, try to lessen the numbers, but debate and protest only makes the tragedy 10 times worse.

        In one case, the Death Penalty can end with the stroke of a pen, bring the US in the family of civilized democracies.  

        In the other, NOTHING CAN END ABORTION, it is reality. I am a shepherd with 150 goats, any veternarian or animal owner from the cavemen on down through history will tell you, CARE for the nanny, mare and cow is the primary goal.

        Forced Abortion is an entirely different kettle of fish, but once Habeas Corpus was violated, all bets are off.....

        Sure, you can make it 10 times worse by sending it back to the alleyway practitioners, but the upper income classes can ALWAYS obtain the procedure via gynecologists.  

        That is a fact.  Government and churches can lessen the ordeal, offer options, help diminish the number, but NOBODY can stamp it out, and it is delusional/hypocritical to assume they can.

        But, when confronting the issue, if any group wants government to  prohibiting personal medical choice, but AUTHORIZING government the power to kill "IN OUR NAME" via the Death Penalty, is hypocritical and IS PROVEN TO BE IN ERROR.

        It is unfounded argument, and should be treated as such to have any chance of respect for the silent majority who link the Death Penalty with Abortion rights.

        As an aside, Sr. Maurus Allen, OSB was the mentor of our local college group, one of two Sisters who would have qualified instantly if women were allowed into the Priesthood, what we THOUGHT John Paul II was going to promote.  

        Why I’m mad at the Pope.  

        Sisters are the backbone of Catholic High School education.  Sisters were in the forefront in the decaying cities, and a student might privately reveal horrific and abusive details, many regarding sex.  
        Here the poor kid opens his soul, and the Sister is under the rules supposed to say “now you have to tell the priest”.  

        Go under that ordeal again??  What a crock.  The kid is seeking both personal AND spiritual assistance, and the Sister can’t offer the absolute spiritual remedy.

        A hard rain’s gonna fall.....Screw the bishops....

        Contact me at: bama_bikeguy at yahoo if you want a copy of the Catholic kickoff letter, my tirade against the bishops attached.

        George Allen < "he's stepped in something again !"

        by Theghostofkarlafayetucker on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 11:45:20 AM PDT

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      •  Sabato says Ad may Backfire (0+ / 0-)

        Sabato, on Kudlow & Co, just said that the ad may backfire, that he was thinking Corker had the race sewn up, but isn't so sure anymore.

        Rep. Harold Ford, during the same program, said that his tracking polls indicated a 1 to 2 point jump over the last couple of nights, attributable, he said, to the backlash.

        Personally, I want to hope that Harold Ford can pull this off.  If the ad(s) don't backfire, the DEMS must reassess our use of these kidns of ads.

        For the record, Larry Kudlow was disgusted by the ads, and has said as much recently.  He is a HUGE fan of Harold Ford, and seemed to be personally taken aback by the nature of the ads aired against Ford.

        I rarely agree with Kudlow's economic take, but I do commend him for his defense of Ford.

    •  at the risk of being heretical . . . (1+ / 0-)
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      What kos or any of the other fine people posting and diarying here state does not direct or dictate my actions or beliefs.

      I come here to learn and be informed. As much as I appreciate the forum, space, hard work and platform that kos and others have built here, no one "tells" me what to do.

      It seems to me that good people of good conscience can disagree.

      Right now, we need a dem. After that, we can determine whom we support. The candidate we support today might not be the same one we support 2, 4, 6 or 8 years from now.

      Besides, when have you ever known 2 dems to agree on everything?  ;-)

      "You can count on Americans to do the right thing after they've tried everything else." -- Winston Churchill

      by bleeding heart on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 12:59:01 PM PDT

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  •  The Only Thing Worse Than Those Ads (18+ / 0-)

    are the idiots that believe them.

    It wasn't right when Jesus was tortured, and it's not right now.

    by Hear Our Voices on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 10:28:25 AM PDT

  •  Lies, lies, more damn lies (12+ / 0-)

    What a surprise, Allen likes the guy who manufactures absolute lies to confuse the voters.

    More evidence that Allen is pure pond scum.

    http://www.noslaves.com http://forum.noslaves.com

    by BobOak on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 10:28:48 AM PDT

  •  Lowkell, is it true Allen's handlers are only (12+ / 0-)

    taking written questions; that they will get back to you on?

    Sounds like they are running real scared, if so.

  •  that is some (1+ / 0-)
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    heavy use of bold there...  :)

  •  The ad says a lot more about TN voters (9+ / 0-)

    than the slimeballs running Republican campaigns. This ad wouldn't work unless you had an audience which is receptive to it's message.

    If evolution is outlawed, only outlaws will evolve.

    by jhecht on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 10:33:56 AM PDT

    •  yeah it does (2+ / 0-)
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      I'm staying the hell out of Tennessee.

      Click here to educate New York voters. John Sweeney

      by tikkun on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 10:38:43 AM PDT

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    •  No, the ad says a lot about what those (3+ / 0-)

      who made it think of Tennessee voters.

      There are at least four groups when it comes to this issue:

      1. People whose racial attitudes prevented them from voting for Ford from the beginning.  This ad does not change their vote, but motivates them to go to the polls.
      1.  People who manage their racist tendencies on a rational level, but can still be affected on an emotional level.  These people might have their votes changed by the ad, and might be more likely to vote.
      1. People who support Corker for reasons other than race, but are bothered by racist attacks.  These people might abandon Corker because of the ad.
      1. People who support Ford, and are not affected by race issues, but will be infuriated by these ads.  They might be more likely to vote now.

      We need to make sure that people in groups 3 and 4 know everything about these ads.  We need for people in group 2 to become aware of how they are being manipulated.  Those in group 1 are a lost cause.  

      I am not sure how much the ad says about Tennessee voters, because I don't know how many people are in each group.  I know the ad says a lot about what those

      So I see only tatters of clearness through a pervading obscurity - Annie Dillard -6.88, -5.33

      by illinifan17 on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 12:13:46 PM PDT

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    •  Let's wait for the election (0+ / 0-)

      before we jump to any conclusions about TN voters.

      (-2.75,-4.77) America let Bush play with its Army and he broke it.

      by Sam I Am on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 12:26:42 PM PDT

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    •  That does it (0+ / 0-)

      I've kept my mouth shut on this because we really, really, really don't need disunity at this point, but I'm sick and GodDamned TIRED of reading comments like this making blanket statements about Tennesseans.  Out of fairness, the following rant is not targeted at just this comment, but at all that I've read in the past 24 hours. This just happens to be the point where I've had enough for my head to explode.

      I am a Tennesean, and I'm proud of it.  I'm not proud of all of my neighbors, but who is?  You can't possibly be naive enough to think that there is no racism in the  Northern states, and if you say it, I'll call you out for a liar right here and now, because I've also lived there and I've experienced it first hand.

      Isn't it just the ultimate irony that someone would make a snarky comment about racism by casting aspersions at the entire population of state because of where they live?  That's just a fine and dandy way to win an election.  Despite your view, I and many of my other fellow Tennesseans are trying to do something about racism here.  Are you doing anything in your neighborhood?

      I want to take back the fucking Senate.  You work with the hand your dealt.  Ford won the primary - like it or not, he is the Democratic candidate and that means that at this time he is the right candidate. If he wins, Tennessee Democrats will actually have a Senator that will listen to them, and that's far better than we have now.  After he is sworn in, we can work on the details, but at least he'll sit on the right side of the aisle to give us the majority.

      A lot of people have put in a lot of hard work to be at the eve of this election with a black Democratic Senatorial candidate in a tied race in a Southern state.  The last thing we need is anything, ANY FUCKING THING, that will demotivate a single voter from going out to vote for the Democrat.  Are these pissy little comments that require 10 seconds of thought worth blowing our possible Senate majority?

      If you call yourself a Democrat, you need to support Harold Ford, Jr., the Democrat, and you need to support the Democrats behind him.  Period.

  •  Gee, coordinated racist attacks... (4+ / 0-)

    ...by Rethug candidates? Who woulda thunk it?

    Did these jackasses actually sell their souls to the devil, or did Dumbya get there first?

    Thwarting the forces of idiocy since 1978. -6.38, -6.00

    by wiscmass on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 10:53:27 AM PDT

    •  Coordinated effort, I think. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    •  I don't think the ads are racist at all (0+ / 0-)

      I watched the Bimbo ad and listened to the drums in the radio ad several times. Everything is way overblown.

      If Tennessee has a problem with a fake, white Playboy model picking up on a black man, that's a problem with Tennessee, not a problem with a political ad. I could barely even hear the tom tom drums.

      Lets give the benefit of the doubt and say these ads are race baiting. People against interracial sex weren't voting for Harold Ford Jr. anyway. People who think African Americans should go back to Africa and play the tom tom drum aren't voting for him either.

      All of our hysteria over this is just giving the major news networks a reason to play the ad over and over again for FREE.

      •  They were not going to vote for Ford but... (2+ / 0-)
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        ...Rove/Howell/et al are concerned that they won't vote at all. This ad is designed to get them scared/pissed enough to get off their asses and to the polls.

        VA/TN/MO are all going to be decided by ground game. I don;t know what TN or MO look like but here in VA (at least my little corner of it) we are VERY fired up to get out our voters.

      •  You're not making sense (2+ / 0-)
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        If Tennessee has a problem with a fake, white Playboy model picking up on a black man, that's a problem with Tennessee

        Exactly--why do you think the Repubs made the ad? To play on racist fears that still exist in TN (and I'd venture to say in every single state in our country). If that isn't race baiting, what's your fucking definition?

        I don't have to give the benefit of the doubt on this one--sometimes, things are just so fucking obvious, even a halfwit can decipher them. I do believe this ad falls into that category.

      •  "I could barely even hear (1+ / 0-)
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        the tom tom drums." Don't you see what's up with that? It is severely twisted. These ads feel like harrassment, like a hate crime. I am furious.

      •  blitz boy, some people's ... (2+ / 0-)
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        Some people's race-dar is more finely attuned than others', just as some people's gaydar is more finely tuned than others'.  In some ways, it's a blessing not to see injustice where injustice exists; peace of mind is a great blessing, indeed. On the other hand, not to see injustice where injustice exists, while it may give you peace of mind, robs you of the chance to fight that injustice.

        Remember: the opportunity to fight injustice where injustice exists, is also a blessing.

      •  At this point, continuing exposure (2+ / 0-)
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        of the ad hurts Corker.  Tthe more it gets played and the more it gets reported, the better.

        So I see only tatters of clearness through a pervading obscurity - Annie Dillard -6.88, -5.33

        by illinifan17 on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 12:15:19 PM PDT

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  •  George Allen a racist is his prior life!! (1+ / 0-)
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    Look at the books by fire eater Goerge Fitzhugh aka George Allen, even the speech/writing patterns are similar. Boos:Cannibals: Slaves Without Masters All Look at his rare pictures, very similar.  This racist person does no deserve to be re-elected!!!!

  •  Counter the ad with an interview of the woman .. (3+ / 0-)
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    , the blond woman in the ad.  If she won't do it for money then hire another actress or a lookalike to do an ad discussing getting paid to dis Ford.

    This could be done as a powerful interview about exploitation, sexual exploitation of an actress to make a political point.

    •  the more i think about it the better it sounds .. (0+ / 0-)

      The media has already set the stage to talk about it a like a "case study."

      A 30 second "case study" in "the making of a smear ad," with two people, the narrator and the girl he interviews.  

      Or it could be shot as a job interview-production setting where the Radical right ad producer coaches her to wink and suggests the "motivation" and the attitude and ideas he wishes to communicate. Could work.

  •  Allen is on the ropes (3+ / 0-)
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    and Webb is closing....

    Make Allen take a position on the racist bimbo ad.  Brilliant idea....

  •  A bit OT, but (4+ / 0-)

    Once George Allen realized that there was such a thing called blogging and the internet(s), his advisor behind the SwiftBoat Kerry attacks, Chris LaCivita, decided that George Allen too needed bloggers.  They put together a team of crazies, and they now whine all day and report fiction.  I will not link to them, bc your eyes will burn when you read their AWFUL and childish website, and a piece of your life will be taken, never to return.

    BUT...they have jumped on the Rush bandwagon and are screaming about Michael J. Fox's "acting" in the commercial.

    Ugh, George Allen is surrounded by slimeballs.

  •  gender gap (3+ / 0-)

    lowkell,

    On NPR this morning they said that women are polling 50-50 on Webb vs Allen (we would normally expect women to lean D and men to lean R).

    Is this correct?  If so, how is the Webb campaign countering Allen's trumpeting of that 20-year old statement of Webb's concerning women and combat?  It seems like this would be a area ripe for gaining votes.

    Terrific diary!

    Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. -- Ambrose Bierce

    by OkieByAccident on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 10:57:54 AM PDT

  •  What gets me is.... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...that Allen would even consider giving him a job in the first place. Allen has been criticized throughout his career about his questionable stance on race issues. You would therefore think that he would make an extra effort to try and separate himself from people who have also received a significant amount of heat about their sensitivity to racism.
    Even if you would try to argue that it's okay for Howell to be on the campaign staff because he hasn't created any racist ads for Allen, there is no escaping the fact that Allen has yet again associated himself with some controversy. If Allen cannot even avoid having some extremely questionable figures on his campaign staff, how can we trust him to surround himself with advisors that will help him to make decisions that accurately illustrate the views of his consituents. The answer is simply, we can't.

    Donate here to help defeat the Chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform

    by Ambivalent Mumblings on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 10:58:50 AM PDT

    •  Allen plays dirty (2+ / 0-)
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      And he doesn't care because it's all about winning.

      As his father said to his players, "In sports, the only measure of success is victory. We must sacrifice everything to this end. The man who can accept defeat and take his salary without feeling guilty is a thief.'

      Looks like his son took that advice to heart.

      Liberal: "I still think it's a respectable word. Its root is "liber," the Latin word for "free," and isn't that what we are all about?"--Mary McGrory

      by mini mum on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 11:33:15 AM PDT

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  •  Thanks for letting us know, Lowell (1+ / 0-)
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    It makes sense given Allen's . . . er, history.

  •  Sue him (1+ / 0-)
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    If it's an outright lie on National television - don't traditional laws of slander and libel apply?

    Stop/gag orders are appropriate when "irreparable harm" and outright fabrication is proven.

    I don't think this is the same as political free speech - when you knowingly falsify with intent.

  •  Its ok to be racist if thats what it takes to win (0+ / 0-)

    Republicans should overlook Corker and Allens racism and look at the total package.  You cant demand a candidate agree with you on all the issues

    •  Bull. Trollish. Or just plain inane. (0+ / 0-)
      It is not O.K.--and Democrats with these problems, if they pass their primaries, must be dealt with strongly after the election.
       In fact, if the Republican is a decent conservative--a rarity these days--in that instance only should one vote against the Democrat with baggage that evil.
      The times call for rather draconian politics, but not the abandonment of our humanity.
      Or did I read you wrong, naufragus? Maybe you were thinking along these lines. . .but what you wrote is frightening.

      Peace is respect for another's rights. Benito Juarez

      by Ignacio Magaloni on Fri Oct 27, 2006 at 08:39:03 AM PDT

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  •  The Most Outrageous Republican Ads of the Season (0+ / 0-)

    Have to be those of Paul R Nelson, WI-03.

    He has one ad in which he states that Ron Kind (his Democratic opponent) wants 9/11 to happen again, complete with slo-mo footage of the planes hitting the TWC.

    He has a second ad that includes gay marriage, terrorism, illegal immigrants, the Ten Commandments, and flag burning all in a one minute Republican feargasm.

    And his latest ad explains how Ron Kind took money from cancer research to study Vietnamese prostitutes and paid to have teenagers watch porno with electrodes strapped to their privates.  Now that's an attack ad.

    These ads are so outrageous, I'm amazed the national party hasn't made Nelson the poster boy for Republican nastiness.


    Theobromine -- does that come in chocolate?

    by Mark Sumner on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 11:06:55 AM PDT

  •  Folks, Get Ready for a Slime Tsunami (3+ / 0-)
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    They will absolutely pull out the stops this coming week.

    You can bet the ads are already polished and post-produced.

    They will be complete and utter fabrications, and will appeal to the most rancid, animalistic core in our voters.

    Some will be designed to engender disgust and unease towards a particular candidate, some will just be general voter-suppression ads, meant to keep people at home on Election Day with a "They're all slimebags" attitude. This last one is the one practiced by the Rovian Jedi Masters, and is hard to fight. They may even be nominally "in support" of the Dem.

    Most will be flat-out libel, slander and lies, but they will play anyway. The shit-shovelers will make the talk show cuicuits and the toilet paper newspapers sympathetic to shit Republicans will be running extra pressings.

    So what if it's garbage? It will get us what we need.

    Victory. At. All. Costs.

    We can apologize (and forget to prosecute) after we win.

    This campaign will do tremendous damage to the communities it uses as a battleground. The Flanders Poppies will be trurd blossoms. It will reinforce racism and xenophobia and leave a stinking, brown-hued ring, ala Katrina. It will leave the Earth scorched, so that even when we win, we will have a cynical, embittered and deeply divided population.

    We need to punish these slime merchants. So what if it didn't work. This practice of emptying the chamber pots in the last week needs to stop. That requires orange jumpsuits, cast-iron jewelry and ruined careers of people like the protagonist of our little story.

    We also immediately need to remember that our elected officials need to serve everybody, not just the people who put them in power. They will need to serve the Wingers as well as the Lefties. The GOP didn't do that. They kept throwing people to the curb until the curb had more people than their caravan.

    We need to really unite this nation. The wreckage these creeps are causing is to the very heart and soul of our nation. It goes against what is written on our money: E Pluribus Unum.

    Put on your waders and clip on your nose-closer. This is gonna be real nasty.

    But then, I could be wrong.

    Integrity

    "[T]hat I have no remedy for all the sorrows of the world is no reason for my accepting yours. It simply supports the strong probability that yours is a fake."

    by Heronymous Cowherd on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 11:10:01 AM PDT

  •  How do you like the blondie girl? (0+ / 0-)

    Pretty cute - for a shiksa- hey?

  •  Were those "Actors" really from Tennessee (3+ / 0-)
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    The DNC can undercut that ad really quickly by showing that the people interviewed were actors from say California or NY and that even the set (the town in the background) was say Long Island or something.

    I don't know where the commercial was shot, but I'm sure the folks from Tennessee wouldn't appreciate actors from another state pretending to be really Tennessee folk (unless the RNC really covered themselves and actually filmed it in Tennessee with really Tennessee folk).

    •  Like Tester's Barber (0+ / 0-)

      When the Burns campaign (or was it the RNC?) tried to slime Jon Tester using an actor playing the role of his barber, Tester shot back with an ad that featured his REAL barber.  Can't remember the exact details, but I thought it was a great way to counter ads with actors pretending to be ordinary citizens and reading from a script.

  •  lowkell alert (0+ / 0-)

    Lowell, I just received this trash e-mail today from the AFA. I thought you might like to know about it. I copied only part of the stuff. I get their junk because I rebutted a previous drive they had against Wal-Mart "supporting" gays.

    October 26, 2006

    Please help us get this information into the hands of as many people as possible by forwarding it to your entire email list of family and friends.

    Homosexuals Expect Virginia To Defeat Constitutional Amendment

    Because New Jersey did not have in their constitution any language prohibiting homosexual marriage, the court used the loophole to force homosexual marriage or civil unions on the people in that state.

    Homosexual leaders are counting on Virginia becoming the first state in the nation to reject a ban on homosexual marriage. They plan to use that defeat to push their agenda of forcing homosexual marriage on everyone by using activist courts such as the one in New Jersey. Most of all, they are counting on those who would normally vote for the ban to stay home on election day.

    Let me remind you that they will not stop with the approval of homosexual marriage. Their plan is to force the acceptance of homosexuality on all Americans in every sphere of our society.

  •  Unfortunately ... (0+ / 0-)

    negative attack ads work for conservatives.  I have to assume a creep like Scott Howell has some "evidence" to prove that this type of an approach is effective for conservative candidates or they wouldn't be using it.  The run the risk of a backlash, but has there really been any evidence that the risk of a backlash is anything more than minimal at best?  

    The Willie Horton ad that Lee Atwater smeared Michael Dukakis with was effective with voters who attention span for political information topped out at 30 seconds.  Now it's evolved into groups like the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.  I suppose conservative candidates in close races will continue to use them (directly or indirectly) and the ad men will continue to push the envelope of disgust until they go too far, assuming that is a possiblity.

    So we know that vile and vicious attack ads by conservative candidates tend to energize their base and is probably central to their GOTV strategy, but does the opposite hold true?  I'd say no.  I don't think Democratic/Liberal/Progressives can energize their base with these types of nasty attack ads and while they might influence some so-called "independents" they might also alienate rather than energize their base.  It's a quandry.

    Nightline did a spot on attack ads last night.  They said both sides did it, but the show was all about Republican attack ads.  They didn't have a single example of a Democratic attack ad.  But they insisted that both parties do it.  And that's your MSM.

    •  Interestingly, Scott Howell's client (3+ / 0-)

      Jerry Kilgore LOST last year to Tim Kaine in Virginia.  Also, I would point out that several (most?) of Howell's clients are in danger of losing THIS year as well.   What does this prove?  Well, let's just put it this way:  Howell didn't start losing until the political blogs got big and started exposing his garbage.  I have no idea if there's a correlation there, but it's certainly intriguing don't you think?

      •  I Sincerely Hope You Are Right (1+ / 0-)
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        But I suspect that Scott Howell has an analysis that Jerry Kilgore would have lost by more had he not run Howell's negative attack ads.  Just sayin.

        Perhaps this will be the year where the really disgusting negative attack ad will peak and we'll see a rollback in this type of approach from the conservatives.  I doubt it ... but I can still hope.

        "In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

  •  Gimme Action Links, help expose (1+ / 0-)
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    madgranny

    this evil....craft a quick petition or pledge to get his clients and potential clients ON RECORD about his work.

  •  Vetting Candidates (1+ / 0-)
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    Washington Post digs up some dirt that the RNC should have dug up long ago before considering Allen as a potential Presidential candidate.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/...
    But, this mid-term election they have proven to Americans RNC have no problems with predators, racists, liars, hypocrites and other morally bankrupt candidates in public office or running for office!

  •  It would love to see (1+ / 0-)
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    Loudoun County Dem

    Webb nail him on this and I'd love to see Ben Cardin ask Uncle. .  .I mean, Mike Steele, what he thinks about carrying water for a party that thinks like that.

  •  Reck-O-Mended (4+ / 0-)
    Great diary.

    Racist ad man Scott Howell deserves some attention and the disinfectant of the light of day.

    Why not give Scott a call at his office and let him know what you think of his work?

    214 951 9494

    media@scott-howell.com

    If you're a blogger, I'd recommend writing piece about Scott and his firm that uses his name and "racist" in the title.  (Especially if you have a Blogspot blog.)

    k/o: 2006 politics and local blogs

    by kid oakland on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 12:28:36 PM PDT

  •  I wonder if Allen rehearsed his macaca comment (3+ / 0-)

    with this guy Howell before making it?

    Katrina was America's Chernobyl.

    by lysias on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 12:31:42 PM PDT

  •  Ron Christie is a fucking idiot (4+ / 0-)

    He was on Chris Matthews last night shrieking that this ad is NOT racist.  I wanted to barf.  

  •  Who's Behind the Allen Ad Condemned (1+ / 0-)
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    Loudoun County Dem

    by the National Review?  Yes, you read that right, NR.  The one it says suffers from "substantive awfulness."

    BTW, who's behind (paid for) the MJF pro stem cell research ad?  I know MJF made a near-identical one for Kerry during his 2004 presidential bid, to the silence of the Republicans.

    They burn our children in their wars and grow rich beyond the dreams of avarice.

    by Limelite on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 01:26:03 PM PDT

  •  Black hands ad is gone (0+ / 0-)

    Lowell,

     Sorry for not telling you before, but I have tried to view the "Black Hands Ad" in your previous posts, and it has been deleted from the web page.  Maybe it is on Youtube or something?

    For Virginia blog news, check out: http://www.raisingkaine.com

    by DanfromRaisingKaine on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 02:35:05 PM PDT

  •  But who is paying for the ad? (0+ / 0-)

    Paying? Not developing, writing, overseeing. Sure the ads are heinous race-baiting but he was chosen for that reason. I might have added that he was chosen because he is good at what he does, but that ad had really cheezy production values. But maybe that was the point.

    I don't give a rat's ass about Scott Howell. There are whores of every specialty in every profession. I care about the "johns".

    I'd like to get "closet boy" Mehlman and Corker in front of a camera and find out who that check for an "independent expenditure" was made out to. If it was made out to Scott Howell then it was Kenny-boy who is directly responsible. But I want to know who the check was for.

    "You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case." - Ken Kesey

    by Glinda on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 03:04:54 PM PDT

  •  Let's ALL call (0+ / 0-)

    Why don't all of us call the RNC, or whoever sponsored that ad with the blonde at the end, and ask if we can hookup with that cute little trick--- or is this another republican promise, all talk and no delivery?  Women should call, too (heh,heh). I mean, they did ask...

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