Conway ad follow-up

Apparently, the Jack Conway ad against Rand Paul has stirred up quite the firestorm.  This Post story compares it to Elizabeth Dole’s infamous “Godless ad.”

It also references one of my favorite ads ever from Montana’s Max Baucus attacking opponent Mike Taylor for running a beauty salon.  Never will you see an ad with more difference between the text and the subtext.  If you’ve never seen it, you simply have to watch it:


I really enjoyed this brief Kevin Drum post because it hits right at a topic I’ve been thinking a lot about lately– the seemingly increasing role of misinformation in politics.  Drum:

The modern, tea party-inflected conservative movement is based on a few core principles. Global warming is a hoax. Income inequality hasn’t been growing. Tax cuts don’t increase the deficit. America has the best healthcare in the world. Evolution is a myth. The economy is weak because of regulatory uncertainty. Barack Obama is a socialist.

I’m trying to think of another successful political movement in history based on so many objectively fantastical beliefs.


The religious test for office

Both Ezra Klein and Jon Chait are fairly outraged by this ad for Kentucky’s Democratic Senate candidate, Jack Conway.  It basically implies one needs to be a Christian to be an office-holder.

I get where they’re coming from, but you’re not going to find a lot of outrage for me.  Do I wish Americans, especially those in Kentucky, were more open-minded on matters of faith?  You betcha.  But, given that Republicans are never the least bit hesitant in exploiting the flaws of the American public to win votes,  I really don’t have a problem with a Democrat doing so.  Of course I would prefer that Kentucky voters really didn’t care much about the religious beliefs of their future Senator, but given that we know they do, Conway would be foolish not to exploit Paul’s past on the matter.

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