Baseball Crank
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April 14, 2004
POLITICS: Downside of A Smear

Via Kaus, we find this LA Times report (registration required), which just cracked me up:

[M]ost Americans recoil from efforts to blame Bush for the [September 11] attacks. One leading Democratic interest group recently asked a focus group in Florida to respond to a potential television ad accusing Bush of negligence in failing to stop the attacks. The result was volcanic against the ad.

"They were so angry I thought they were going to turn the tables over," said a Democratic operative who watched the session. "It was a very polarizing ad, and it pushed people who were on the fence decidedly away from us."

Posted by Baseball Crank at 6:54 AM | Politics 2004 | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

At leaast the Dems stopped it before it got on air! Unlike a certain ad with a flag-drapped stretcher being removed from Ground zero.

Posted by: C Giddy at April 15, 2004 9:40 PM

Sorry, not the same thing; not close. Pointing to September 11 as an epochal event that's a key campaign issue, and running on your own response to the event: OK. Making a thoroughly bogus charge that the other guys is to blame: not OK.

Posted by: The Crank at April 16, 2004 6:33 AM

Questioning Bush's response to 9/11 OK.

Blaming him for 9/11 not OK.

Referencing the War on terror and images from 9/11 OK.

Using the image of a flag covered stretcher not OK.

Posted by: C Giddy at April 16, 2004 10:23 AM
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