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Obama Ad: His Choice

This is a great new ad from the Obama campaign and is their first overt swipe at Palin.  Check it:

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Tom Perriello, one of the good guys

This guy:

Tom Perriello

Tom Perriello

is one of the good guys.  He’s running for Congress in Virginia’s Fifth District.  Tom’s opponent, Virgil Goode, is running a despicable ad against him.  The ad shows Tom with a beard, in a darkened image, obviously in an attempt to make him look ethnic (Muslim?) and scary.  The ad attempts to paint Tom as the most liberal guy ever to run for office down there and so lenient on immigration that we all better run for the hills.  For illustration purposes only, and certainly not to advertise for Virgil Goode, here’s the ad:

If you’re so inclined, head over to Tom’s site to help him fight this kind of nasty politics from the Goode campaign.

Update 11/5/08:  It appears that Tom has beaten Goode.  While we have yet to see a major news outlet declare for Tom, the evidence was strong enough for Tom to declare victory.  A source familiar with the race called me last night to confirm that the seat went to Tom.

Update 11/6/08:  For those taking me to task for not watching Tom’s ads, here’s my reply:

One of these days, folks will realize that there’s a difference between ads telling the truth and simply stating fact and attack ads:  distorting truth and telling falsehoods. 

Goode has done some extraordinary things: holding a fundraiser on 9/11 (Tom and his staff were packing care packages for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan);and  fussing that there are too many Muslims in Congress (there’s one, Keith Ellison, and we are a nation which believes in the freedom on religion); just to mention two.  

Tom has also done some extraordinary things:  he helped force Liberian dictator Charles Taylor from power (before he ever ran for any office); and he has organized against the genocide in Darfur by, among other things, founding 24hoursforDarfur.org; just to mention two.  I’ll take Tom’s record.        



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Racist undertones

I watched Larry Sabato, the well respected political analyst and professor from UVA, on TV last night.  I don’t remember what channel he was on or who was interviewing him.  It doesn’t matter.  What he was saying is that the lies the McCain camp is perpetuating about Barack Obama will work, especially with the party faithful, as long as they’re not too outlandish.  Sabato knows what he’s talking about.  He’s one of those gurus of politics everyone goes to when they need to ask an expert.  If he says the lies work, they work.

It’s clear that the more outlandish ones work more in this election than ever before because it’s easier for white folks to believe that crap about a black man.  Take the sex ed ad.  This is, of course, the most outlandish yet.  The thought that Barack Obama, by all accounts a dedicated father of two young girls, would want to teach Kindergarteners how to use condoms is beyond absurd.  But when the McCain folks flash up that nonsense beside a not so flattering picture of Obama with a grin on his face looking down at, we suppose, someone shorter and smaller, white folks think, “uh oh.” 

Yes, the ad was outlandish and most people clearly understood that the McCain camp was distorting the truth.  But the ad served its purpose:  it made white people think Obama isn’t safe.

While researching some info for this post, I ran across a great site:  BAGnewsNotes.  Don’t ask me where I’ve been.  This is a great site nominated for a Webby in 2006 for political blogging.  For their take on other racist ads out of the McCain camp see:

McCain Ad Ties Sex With Race  

The Wolves Den:  McCain, Schmidt Fully Playing the Race Card Now

Celeb #1:  Obama as Sexual Predator

And, finally, a slideshow presentation from these folks at NetrootsNation this year:  ObamaPhobia.  There’s more there.  Go have a look.

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