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North Carolina Republicans Release Attack Ad, McCain Ducks

April 23, 2008

As Russert said, the NC GOP do indeed have an Obama attack ad, and as I guessed, it’s linked to the two Democratic candidates for Governor in the state. Guess who is in the ad? 😉

As far as attack ads go, it is fairly tame. Clinton’s ad, “waving the bloody shirt of 9/11,” was rougher. A Democrat attack ad being tougher on another Democrat than a Republican attack ad? That’s how we roll.

The Times reports McCain has been told about the ad and he then issued an open letter to the NCGOP in which he humbly requests that they don’t run the ad. Hmm, are we beginning to see some micro-strategy here? The state parties (with funds from the RNC) put up negative campaign ads, and McCain rends his garments? We’ve seen it here in Tennessee, now in NC. Are these test cases for a bigger strategy to come in the fall?

Perhaps. The press will start to question whether or not McCain is in control of things, though, should this keep happening, even if it is by design. Still, these local state parties have their own campaigns to worry about and they are likely to use whatever means necessary to win. This suggests they fear McCain has no coattails and won’t be able to turnout the base voters important to wins at the local level, so they have to take matters into their own hands.

Whether the ad goes on air or not, it’s so ineffectual as to be laughable. WEAK!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 23, 2008 4:40 pm

    The NC-GOP must be really hard up for money. Looks like they’re trying to get more bang for their buck.

  2. April 23, 2008 9:22 pm

    You wrote, “The state parties (with funds from the RNC) put up negative campaign ads, and McCain rends his garments? We’ve seen it here in Tennessee, now in NC.”

    The TN GOP has not aired even one single negative campaign ad this cycle, much less one funded by the RNC.

  3. April 24, 2008 12:44 am

    Ah, okay, then I’ll specify that with regards to the TN GOP I am referring to a controversial press release and blog post that made the national chat shows where the poster above, aka TNGOP press flack Bill Hobbs, sent out a presser entitled “Anti-Semites for Obama.” https://dorknation.wordpress.com/2008/02/27/hobbs-little-buddy-youve-done-it-again/

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