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The Smears keep getting worse

October 15, 2010

On the way to work this morning I made the mistake of turning the radio on. All the advertising was campaign-related and just when I thought the lies couldn’t get any worse–they did.

The first was against Karen Cullen, running for House District 18. Cue ominous music. Older man’s voice saying that Karen supported some kind of policy–the specific policy was never stated–that would somehow transfer $150 million from a school-related program to some business-related program. This was bad because it was supposedly took money “from the kids” and gave it to “special interests.”

The only problem is the whole commercial is a total fiction. Karen is running for public office for the first time. She’s never been in a position to support policies or recommend transferring money between any programs. Neither, by the way, has her opponent, who has run unsuccessfully for office before and who moved into the district last year so he could run.

The next ad was aimed at Ken Buck, running for the U.S. Senate. The ad features similar music. This time there’s a four-word recording of Ken Buck’s voice saying either “it’s a bad policy” or “such a bad policy.” It was impossible for me to tell which because the recording, repeated at least four times in the spot, was crackly and very hard to understand. It was probably recorded surreptitiously with a low-quality recording device. After throwing out a couple of strawman policies that Buck might have been referring to, the speaker “reveals” that the real bad policy is Social Security and claims that Ken Buck intends to rob seniors of their Social Security. It would be an exaggeration to say that Ken’s four words were taken out of context because there was absolutely no context whatsoever. Another total fiction.

It’s unbelievable. While we demand truth in advertising by law when it comes to advertising most things, when it comes to political ads there is absolutely no truth test at all.

So who is behind these smears? The ads mention “Citizens for…” something or other: a bland name designed to reveal nothing. Fortunately, those who have read The Blueprint know the culprits: CoDA, the far-left Colorado Democracy Alliance which funnels the money of liberal billionaires into attack ads against Republican candidates. They get away with it because campaign finance reform, passed by we the voters in 2002, allows these shadowy 527 organizations to exist without any controls. On the other hand, if you contribute as little as $20 to a candidate your name will be spread all over the Secretary of State’s website by Big Brother Bernie Buescher.

What are the lessons here?

  • The Democrats have nothing to offer: they can’t run on their record of Obamacare and massive deficit spending so they must resort to character assassination.
  • Their opponents are of good character, so they must resort to lies, exaggerations and total fabrications.

When they resort to the standard boogeymen of stealing from the children and the seniors, you know they are on the ropes. They after all are the ones who are going to ration healthcare to the seniors–it’s already happening in Arizona with Medicaid-funded kidney transplants–and burdening the children with massive debt.

They are shameless in their lies. Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels would be proud.

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