Some other time I'll quote from, and try to answer, some of the irate responses I received.
For the moment, a sample of what I think is on the other side of the line. It's this ad from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, against Republican former Congressman Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania. As it happens, I hope that Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak beats Toomey in the race to succeed Arlen Specter in the Senate. But this ad is stupid and wrong:
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The "smoking gun" quote against Toomey, his having once said "It's great that China is modernizing and growing" -- where do I start? Maybe here and here. It would be worse for the U.S. if China were stagnating and stewing. There are problems from a prospering China, sure. But the problems from a billion people unhappily moving backward would be worse.
Yes, I realize that 95% of the ads running now are stupid, wrong, misleading, and desire-to-emigrate inducing. I mention this one because it's a useful bookend to the "professor" ad mentioned earlier. (And, from what I can tell, it really is a DSSC product. It's listed on the committee's YouTube channel. Hey, what happened to these anonymous contributions we've heard so much about?)
So, good luck Sestak. But I hope this ad doesn't make the difference.
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