Video: The RNC’s raaaacist Harold Ford ad

posted at 10:57 am on October 24, 2006 by Allahpundit

They’re playing to the racist Republican base, you see, by showing a blonde white woman — representing a sterotypically blonde, white Playboy playmate — asking a black man to call her.

Of course, if they’d used a black actress instead, the left would want to know why they’d deliberately broken from the stereotype of the blonde white playmate. Miscegenation panic, perhaps? Is Harold Ford not good enough for a white woman?

ALF knows this script by heart:

Apparently the rule is that under no circumstance can Republicans make any allusion to the romantic/sexual activities of any Democrat without being guilty of some horrible “-ism”:

* Is the Democrat a woman? Sexism!
* Is the Democrat gay? Homophobia!
* Is the Democrat a racial minority? Racism!
* And this rule holds true, even when the Democrat is a powerful, middle-aged, white male named Bill Clinton: Sexual McCarthyism!

I told KP yesterday there’s no point debating issues with the nutroots because even positions you come by honestly and hold in good faith are dismissed as ulteriorly motivated. War for oil, controlling women’s bodies, white chicks in ads that criticize Harold Ford — it’s all a continuum. The Truthers are just the farthest far end of it.

I’ll leave you to wonder how she responded.

Update: I forget sometimes that not all of our readers are political junkies. If you don’t understand why the RNC is goofing on Ford with Playboy playmates, see here.


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What the heck was that?

americanpundit on October 24, 2006 at 11:02 AM

Hilarious.

Be careful when you mock the left. They are way too earnest for that.

Bill C on October 24, 2006 at 11:10 AM

Desperation time for Ford. Will Jesse “Shakedown” Jackson and his cohorts book a flight to Tennessee. My bet is on the affirmative.

liberty on October 24, 2006 at 11:10 AM

I think I just peed my pants laughing.

So he’s taken money from porn movie producers … (sleazy chuckle) … c’mon, who hasn’t? (WINK)

Harold Ford is right … I *do* have too many guns!

Hey, let Canada take care of North Korea. They’re not busy!

Absolutely priceless.

Professor Blather on October 24, 2006 at 11:10 AM

Hell, I’d vote for him.

Kai on October 24, 2006 at 11:13 AM

That’s a great ad!

IndependentConserv on October 24, 2006 at 11:17 AM

That was great. My favorite line was “Let Canada take care of North Korea, they’re not busy.” Pretty funny stuff.
Racist? You know the left would holler racist, if it had been a black woman. Ya know,it would be insinuating that black women are sexually promiscuous or prostitutes or something along those lines. Anything to make something out of nothing.

vcferlita on October 24, 2006 at 11:19 AM

Yeah, I just have to join the chorus to say that’s a really good ad.

So good, the Dems had to at least try and find something wrong with it.

frankj on October 24, 2006 at 11:23 AM

How long before we get the blond chick to do a guest appearance on The Vent?

RedWinged Blackbird on October 24, 2006 at 11:24 AM

Of course it is racist. It is a Republican ad is it not. Who could argue with that. Come on people we all KNOW they are racist, warmongering, cigar-smoke, bigots. Besides DKOS TOLD me it was racist.

Limerick on October 24, 2006 at 11:24 AM

Tennessee Guerilla Women says, “Her shoulders are bare. We can only imagine what she is, or is not, wearing.”

And they are serious …

I don’t understand the charge at all. I know it’s “because she’s white”–but I don’t know what “it” is. She’s a sterotypical Playboy bunny … and she’s white … ? Maybe after a nap or something it’ll dawn on me.

Hey, what am I doing? I don’t even want to understand this. I don’t want to think that way. I’m with ALF:

It’s brilliant.

Sarcastic, but brilliant.

Axe on October 24, 2006 at 11:27 AM

I’m not familiar with Ford so can someone tell me why there’s a supposed Playboy Playmate in the ad? Was there some kind of “incident” this snippet was based upon?

Thanks for the education.

CliffHanger on October 24, 2006 at 11:28 AM

Clffhanger. Supposedly he was sighted at a superbowl party in Jacksonville sponsered by Playboy

http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MjU2ZDJjNTgyY2RmZWYzY2Y0ODgxNTNkYzE2YWQ2N2Y=

vcferlita on October 24, 2006 at 11:35 AM

Thanks for the education.
CliffHanger on October 24, 2006 at 11:28 AM

Hit the ALF link where he notes the fine print that runs at the bottom of the ad providing quote & news links for all the statements made in the commercial. ALF also provides great context for those of us coming from a more ‘Los Angeles’ frame of mind.

In this case Ford attended a Playboy sponsored/themed party at a recent Superbowl.

JoeEgo on October 24, 2006 at 11:36 AM

Brilliant! Not only will it get the conservative vote, it will work on the oblivious dhimmi-witted “progressives” as well!

irishsquid on October 24, 2006 at 11:38 AM

That was very funny.
I needed a laugh this morning.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 24, 2006 at 11:41 AM

Call me, not Ford. Only a racist will know a racism. White America is still carrying thier guilt. What even prompted the racist thought? I know: experience.

Ouabam on October 24, 2006 at 11:44 AM

I’ll leave you to wonder how she responded.

Tease.

EF on October 24, 2006 at 11:44 AM

Times sure have changed for the Dems.

Here’s evidence of the price Democrats have to pay for pretending to care about family values.

Only a few short years ago the Playboy playmate comment would have bolstered Clinton’s standing in the polls.

fogw on October 24, 2006 at 11:51 AM

So let’s see—using a white porn bimbo is racist, but using a black porn bibmo, that would be racist, too. In other words, when a clever political ad appears by your Republican opponent exposing all of your sleaze and hypocrisy that you can’t respond to, just play the ‘ol race card and maybe that will get the devastatingly effective ad removed. Fear, accusation and intimidation; it’s the only way Democrats can win.

jmost558 on October 24, 2006 at 11:53 AM

I’m an East-Tennesseean and I had the good fortune of watching the ad live (well, Tivo’d live) with my wife last night. We both RITBL’d (rolled in the bed laughing.)

Pure genius. Who knew Rove was running Corker’s campaign?

“Canada’s not busy” and “he’s right, I do have too many guns” may be the best comments I’ve ever heard in any political ad.

y2church on October 24, 2006 at 11:58 AM

Who cares about this distraction, we’re in a WAR! Anything else is an unimportant distraction that should be ignored.

tormod on October 24, 2006 at 12:01 PM

STEPHANOPOULOS: Churchgoer by day, playboy at night?

FORD: I’ve never been to a Playboy mansion party.

Today, the Republican party in Washington sent out a terse response: “The party Congressman Ford attended was the Playboy Super Bowl Party in Jacksonville.” That is, it was a Playboy party, reportedly with Playmates and lingerie, just not at the Playboy mansion, which is in California.

By the way, after his “Playboy mansion” answer, Ford continued:

I’m just not going to take morality lessons from a party — the National Republican Committee is running it — from a party that took hush money from a child predator. I mean, I’m just not going to sit back and allow them to try to characterize or make me something I’m not.

Just what a Red State needs in Congress: A Bill Clinton II. A playboy who claims to be religious; a liar; and a shifter of blame.

At least Republicans now have two states they can count on this November for the Senate: Virginia and now Tennessee. Montana looks like it is trending towards going Republican as well, after polls absurdly claimed Dems were winning in a state that went for Bush by 20 points. Let’s brace ourselves for a hysterical liberal meltdown election night.

januarius on October 24, 2006 at 12:08 PM

The “Call Me” is also a reference to this: http://www.juliaallison.com/weblog/2006/10/harold_ford.html

E5infantry on October 24, 2006 at 12:10 PM

The Ford’s have been entrenched in Tennessee for a very long time. The Memphis/Shelby County area has sadly been a hotbed for reverse racism for decades, and the Ford family has played it for all its worth. In the meantime, they are very nearly as scandal-ridden as the Clintons at their worst. You just about can’t name a form of corruption without being able to find a story about it connected to Harold Ford Sr or his brother John.

Harold Jr. has been groomed for his place since birth, don’t expect different than what you’re seeing.

Freelancer on October 24, 2006 at 12:22 PM

rotflmao

venmax on October 24, 2006 at 12:26 PM

Let’s brace ourselves for a hysterical liberal meltdown election night.

januarius on October 24, 2006 at 12:08 PM

I smell a HotAir party on the horizon. Are donkey roasts legal?

fogw on October 24, 2006 at 12:27 PM

Now thats funny right there. I needed that.

Now, back to the regularly scheduled doom and gloom….

CBarker on October 24, 2006 at 12:28 PM

Are donkey roasts legal?

I saw one in Juarez one night but that’s a story for another time….

CBarker on October 24, 2006 at 12:29 PM

I like this new trend (if its even a trend yet) in Republican ads of mocking the other side in a humorous way. It doesn’t come across as mean or “mudslinging”–at least excessively, and it really emphasizes the silliness of the other side. It’s like some kind of “Zucker effect”.

DaveS on October 24, 2006 at 1:06 PM

…so, the FIRST thing we’re supposed to know about Ford is that he’s black….

…but, start out playing identity politics and then to cry racist? They’re throwing Oreos at Steele in Maryland, and they DARE to use the “r-word”?!

…then, come to think of it, Steele strayed “off the plantation”, so I guess, in their minds, he’s fair game.

Puritan1648 on October 24, 2006 at 1:09 PM

From my comments field, please let me share with y’all two good ‘uns:

Paul: Ford is 36 and single …. errr, is he gay? hint, hint, wink, nudge …

Ah, see how subtle the right-wing homophobia is? We never even noticed that in the ad!

And from an anonymous leftard:

Not only are you so off-base with your deconstruction. You have your head up your ass. The last scene is absolute race-baiting aimed at white voters who can’t stomach the idea of a white woman with a black man.

See? Everything means what liberals say it means. And if you question the liberal interpretation, it’s only because you are a narrow-minded, intolerant right-winger. Liberalism thus becomes an intellectual feedback loop.

Ali-Bubba on October 24, 2006 at 1:14 PM

I like this new trend (if its even a trend yet) in Republican ads of mocking the other side in a humorous way. It doesn’t come across as mean or “mudslinging”–at least excessively, and it really emphasizes the silliness of the other side. It’s like some kind of “Zucker effect”.

DaveS on October 24, 2006 at 1:06 PM

Definitely agree. Great commercial.

tikvah on October 24, 2006 at 1:31 PM

Harold Ford is black?

I honestly didn’t know that. I saw him for the first time in the footage of him crashing Corker’s press conference. I sat there and watched him and never thought about his race, only about his flustered, jackasstic delivery when he realized his stunt blew up on him It wasn’t like I was looking at him going, “hmmm…where did this fellow get the swarthies from?” I was just thinking “callow…unprepared..in over his head…”

I guess these things don’t seem to matter as much as they used to.

see-dubya on October 24, 2006 at 2:53 PM

The commercial should have Barak Obama calling Harold Ford, that would be really funny.

JackM on October 24, 2006 at 3:32 PM

Desperation time for Ford. Will Jesse “Shakedown” Jackson and his cohorts book a flight to Tennessee. My bet is on the affirmative.

liberty on October 24, 2006 at 11:10 AM

They’ll say it’s just like Selma all over again.

thirteen28 on October 24, 2006 at 3:45 PM

Freelancer hit the nail on the head about the Fords. They’re a bunch of the most crooked politicians you’d never want to meet.

Q: How do you spell “corruption”?
A: Memphis Democrat

BigOrangeAxe on October 24, 2006 at 3:48 PM

When Republicans act stupid there’s always the charge of hypocrisy. Why? Because Republicans have values to which they can be held accountable.

Ford’s mistake wasn’t the porn money. No one would ever have called him on that. It was claiming to have conservative values. They never can quite pull that off. Remember Dean’s bike path? Kerry’s Cathlocism? Bill’s big Bible? It always comes back to haunt them in the end.

John on October 24, 2006 at 4:14 PM

The guy who talked about taking money from porn producers was hilarious.

RightWinged on October 24, 2006 at 4:16 PM

Oh, That is a good one!

Whoever wrote and directed that ad needs to get hired by the National Comittee.

LegendHasIt on October 24, 2006 at 5:35 PM

Oh I love this ad, especially now knowing that he admitted going to the Playboy party! Too funny.

SisterToldjah on October 24, 2006 at 6:37 PM

The easiest way the Repubs could have deflected any accusastions of racism or sexism is by using an Asian actress. The Dems assume they’re all prostitutes, right?

Hack Ptui on October 24, 2006 at 7:34 PM

Al Sharpton was on Tucker’s show on MSNBC(6pm Eastern) saying this ad was racist. I don’t see how you can see it, even if you are super sensitive.

harmonica on October 24, 2006 at 11:23 PM

Brilliant political advertisement!

In a period of 30 seconds, Ford gets destroyed.

georgej on October 25, 2006 at 12:18 AM

That ad is colorblind. It has nothing to do with race, and it baffles me how anybody could see racism in it. I could care less who Harold Ford socializes with, but I care a lot about how he’d vote in Congress.

ReubenJCogburn on October 25, 2006 at 12:43 AM

So Corker thinks this ad is “tacky” (duh..) but is powerless to take it off the air. Ken Mulner (sp) RNC head, says it’s ok but he would not be enpowered to take it off the air anyway. This despite the disclosure line that attributes the ad to the RNC.

Huh?

honora on October 25, 2006 at 12:43 PM

Why take a good, honest add off the air.

MarkB on October 26, 2006 at 4:17 PM