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New Hampshire U.S. Senatorial candidate Kelly Ayotte does not come across as someone who is very interested in literary theory. Nor does she come across as someone with much of a sense of irony. But her campaign consultants did come up with a post-post-modern attack ad: an attack ad ironically attacking her opponent for running attack ads. Her fellow Republican Bill Binnie's evil motivation for running attack ads was, by the way, because he was "trailing in the polls." Apparently, Binnie's desire to win the election is a very, very bad thing— even though Ayotte herself is running the ad in an attempt to— well, frankly, in an attempt to win the election! (The ad also attacks Binnie for merely considering or being open to things, such as a "European-style Value Added Tax," even if he doesn't necessarily support them.)

This is actually the second in a series of meta-attack ads: she earlier attacked Democrat Paul Hodes for running attack ads (as well as for being behind in the polls.) She even shows some video from Hodes' attack ads: that video was at a hearing which I attended and even testified at. (She was dodging questions about a New Hampshire-based mortgage company called FRM which spectacularly imploded in 2009 after years of blatantly fraudulent activity.)

And finally, here are two of Hodes's own anti-Ayotte ads, which I (not too surprisingly) think are not objectionable at all, and which fairly adumbrate Ayotte's nonfeasance. They state truthfully that she did nothing to stop the FRM scandal.  I myself can be seen lurking in an underlit hallway in the first video:

Originally posted to TimothyHorrigan on Thu Aug 26, 2010 at 10:41 PM PDT.

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  •  The best thing about not having TV (1+ / 0-)
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    neroden

    is being able to avoid contact with the ugliness of campaign attack ads, post-post-modern or otherwise.  Whew.

    I learned a new word, thanks to your diary--adumbrate.

    "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." John Wooden

    by CKendall on Thu Aug 26, 2010 at 10:58:37 PM PDT

  •  some background for this diary... (1+ / 0-)
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    taiping1

    I should explain that Kelly Ayotte was the NH Attorney General until she abruptly resigned in June 2009.  In NH, the AG is an appointed office, and she (mostly) served under the incumbent Democratic governor John Lynch (although she was first appointed by Lynch's Republican predecessor.)  Ayotte was an extraordinarily powerful AG: Lynch relied on her and her staff for all sort of duties going far beyond the usual purview of the Dept. of Justice.   She quit rather abruptly just a few days after Lynch signed gay marriage into law (which she was adamantly opposed to.)

    The Democratic candidate Paul Hodes also worked for the AG's office: he was an Assistant AG under AG David Souter.  Souter is a Republican, but Hodes served while a Democrat was governor.

    The FRM scandal, which gets mentioned in passing, is a complicated NH-based ponzi scheme which blew up last year.  There was a pattern of illegal activity going back at least a decade which totally failed to draw the attention of AG Ayotte, even though she is a Law'n'Order-type of candidate.

rja

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