With just over three weeks to go until the March 8 special election in Illinois' 14th District, and the polls showing a dead heat, the TV ads are flying on both sides, and each campaign is bringing in their party's big guns.
John McCain is coming to Illinois next week to host a fundraiser for Republican nut Jim Oberweis. Not to be outdone, Democratic frontrunner (and Illinois' native son) Barack Obama has filmed a commercial for Democratic candidate Bill Foster, one that is likely to go over well in this northern Illinois district, where Obama is rather popular.
Oberweis currently has an ad up attacking Bill Foster's position on Iraq. Mindful of the fact that many in his district are opposed to the war-and Oberweis' own position-he asserts, contrary to fact, that gradual troop withdrawal is already under way, apparently on the theory that distortion, coupled with a healthy helping of "Democrats hate our troops" is always a good policy.
We've already begun a gradual withdrawal? That's news to me...
Here's Foster's own Iraq ad, aimed at Oberweis' wish to keep troops in Iraq another 10 years:
Well, while Oberweis was just shocked and offended by this ad, I have to say it looks pretty decent to me, especially next to Oberweis' lies.