The Godless backlash
November 2, 2008 Leave a comment
Naturally, the Dole campaign anticipated some backlash for their Godless ad, but I suspect they were not expecting it to be so harsh from Republican sources. From Saturday's N&O:
Dole continued to defend the ad, saying it “in no way attacks her faith, it questions her agenda.”
some Republicans — including veteran strategists Ed Rollins and Carter
Wrenn — roundly criticized Dole's 11th-hour strategy for winning
re-election to her Senate seat.
“When you're making ads that say,
'There is no God,' it usually means your campaign doesn't have a
prayer,” said Alex Castellanos, a GOP consultant speaking Thursday on
CNN. [Gotta love that line-- you don't get to be a CNN regular for nothing-sg] He's familiar with controversial ads — he created former Sen.
Jesse Helms' infamous “white hands” ad suggesting opponent Harvey Gantt
supported racial quotas that would take jobs from white people.
who advised Presidents Nixon and Reagan, told CNN: “They did something
desperate which is so despicable and so unlike Elizabeth Dole that she
should be ashamed of herself.”
Despite what the polls suggest, Dole could still very well win this race. Though if she does not (which I believe will be the case) I suspect she will regret going out on such an ungraceful note. If she does win, though, look for “Godless” to be the theme in 2010 Republican Senate campaigns.