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From the reliably hacktacular Adam Nagourney:

From Rhode Island to New Mexico, from Connecticut to Tennessee, President Bush is emerging as the marquee name in this fall’s Congressional elections – courtesy not of his Republican Party but of the Democrats.

A review of dozens of campaign commercials finds that Mr. Bush has become the star of the Democrats’ advertisement war this fall. He is pictured standing alone and next to Republican senators and members of Congress, his name intoned by ominous-sounding announcers. Republican candidates are damned in the advertisements by the number of times they have voted with Mr. Bush in Congress.


There is Mr. Bush on television screens in Colorado… leaning over to plant a big kiss on the forehead of Representative Marilyn Musgrave, a Republican.

There is Mr. Bush on the television screens in New Mexico, standing on a stage shoulder-to-shoulder with Representative Heather A. Wilson, a Republican struggling to keep her seat. “Heather Wilson supports George Bush on the war in Iraq with no questions asked,” the announcer says, in an advertisement for Patricia Madrid, the Democrat.


The strategy has risks. In part, the goal of the Democrats’ advertisements is to rile up their base. But Glen Bolger, a Republican pollster, said that the constant attacks on Mr. Bush appeared to be accomplishing something Republicans had been unable to do: riling up Republican base voters.

“One thing we are seeing in our polling is that the Democratic campaign is helping to jazz up Republican voters,” Mr. Bolger said. “There are two concerns among Republicans: Is our base going to turn out, and how are we going to get out swing voters. The Democrats are taking care of our first concern.”

Many Republicans, and some Democrats [true to form, Ad Nags does not name any], say it will be hard for Democrats to win unless they go beyond attacking Republicans and offer a program of their own. And Ken Mehlman, the Republican national chairman, said the Republicans’ own experience in politics suggested that running against someone who is not on the ballot is challenging. “The last time this kind of morph ad was tried was in ’98 when we tried to nationalize the races against Clinton and it didn’t work,” he said.


Mr. Bush’s image this fall is being invoked by Democrats as a proxy for Americans who want change in Washington; who oppose the war in Iraq; who think Mr. Bush has not done enough to protect the nation from future terrorist attacks; or who are angry with changes Mr. Bush has pressed in Medicare.

“It’s not just photos,” said John Lapp, who runs the Democratic campaign committee’s independent advertising program. “It’s statements and actions and votes that show a pattern of people being with Bush.”

Basically, everyone in the article who says this strategy will not work is a Republican. Hmm, I wonder why that might be…

Personally, I think this is exactly what the Democrats should be doing. It is not a reach to tie Republican incumbents to Bush – they have enabled him for the past six years. They have looked the other way, and even actively covered for him, and that makes them accessories to his crimes.

Keep it up, Democrats. More and more voters are realizing that George W. Bush is driving this country over a cliff, but you need to remind them who gave him the keys. Tie the Dubyatross around all their necks.

I’m actually starting to feel a little bit optimistic now…

3 comments September 16th, 2006 at 11:11pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Democrats,Favorites,Media,Politics,Puns,Republicans,Wankers

Museum Of Natural History Photoblogging

And yet still more NYC photos, this time from wandering around the grounds of the Museum Of Natural History (one of my all-time favorites) with the fabulous res ipsa loquitur.

The American Museum Of Natural History is now the permanent residence of the bottle city of Kandor, last remnant of Krypton.

My inexplicable love affair with drinking fountains continues.

A cozy nook, currently unclaimed.

Teddy Roosevelt again! When life hands me backlighting, I make, um, backlightingade.

Oh, look. Nature.

September 16th, 2006 at 12:10pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

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