Kurtz: Dems getting pretty desperate these days

posted at 1:36 pm on October 20, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Our first clue?  Alan Grayson’s “Taliban Dan” ad.  However, that took place in the context of an almost-unwinnable race for Grayson when he needed to find some traction against his Republican opponent, Dan Webster, and offered up an ad so despicable that MSNBC scolded him on air for it.  Jack Conway’s Aqua Buddha ad comes close to the same level of desperation, indicating that Conway may be looking even worse than earlier polling indicated.  But as Howard Kurtz reports from his new perch at the Daily Beast, those highly personal attacks are more the norm than the exception:

If the Republicans have their way, the election will turn on whether Democrats are the party of runaway government.

Now, with time running out, the Democratic Party is fighting back—and not just by trying to brand many GOP candidates as extremists. The new line is that they’re sleazebags.

We’re talking ugly stuff here, accusing one opponent of threatening his wife, another of indifference to employee deaths, a third of trying to evict a child.

It’s nothing new to hold off on the most vicious attacks until the last minute, as it precludes a candidate from answering them effectively.  Generally that’s done more through mailers and outside groups rather than the campaigns themselves.  As Howard notes, Republicans and their allies have not exactly shied away from confrontational politics themselves, especially on immigration.

However, that’s a policy dispute, not a personal attack.  The theme emerging from last-minutes attacks from Democrats and their allies is that Republican candidates are corrupt because they, er, work in the private sector:

But the unmistakable theme of this eleventh-hour blitz by Democratic Party committees is that the Republican contenders are unethical and untrustworthy business types. While President Obama accuses the opposition of wanting to lurch backwards to the Bush years, Democratic strategists—those in the trenches—are playing a rougher game.

“The party is doing stuff that is too hot for candidates,” says Evan Tracey, who tracks television advertising as president of the nonpartisan Campaign Media Analysis Group. “You see ad after ad going at them right between the eyes. It’s personal, it’s cutting. It’s ‘here’s what we found in the oppo dump and we’re going to put it in the worst light possible.’”

So much for arguing that Democrats are not anti-business.  The backfire potential on this could be huge, as voters coming to the polls this cycle are doing so because they dislike the expansion of the public sector.  This seems like a combination of tone-deafness and doubling down that, frankly, explains why the Democrats are poised on the brink of a historic political collapse.  Not only are Democrats anti-business, they fight dirty and they don’t listen.

As in dating, desperation is not an aphrodisiac in politics.


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If anything, this election is showing the American people the Democratic Party with all the bright colors and the window dressings torn off, and revealing the true ugliness and power-madness in all its tarnishness.

pilamaye on October 20, 2010 at 1:41 PM

The Dems are desperate and don’t care about the long-term damage they are doing. If they win, they will count on people having short memories. If they lose, the ads won’t mean anything anyway and most likely won’t come back to haunt them unless they decide to run again in the future. If so, they’ll burn that bridge when they come to it.

Extrafishy on October 20, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Vote for me dammit, you stupid racist.

“Paid for by the committee to elect your elite betters”

NoDonkey on October 20, 2010 at 1:42 PM

This is no surprise. They only know sewer politics. They can’t run on their record or have a discussion of the issues. They are not out to discredit an opponent they are out to destroy.

rjoco1 on October 20, 2010 at 1:43 PM

PBHO’s new bridges of cooperation are looking a little brittle, I’d recommend putting the car in (R)everse and driving back the way you came; don’t forget to bring a slurpee.

Bishop on October 20, 2010 at 1:43 PM

If one is anti-business, then one is also anti-American.
The business of America is business.

azkenreid on October 20, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Let the implosion begin!!

NJ Red on October 20, 2010 at 1:45 PM

But the unmistakable theme of this eleventh-hour blitz by Democratic Party committees is that the Republican contenders are unethical and untrustworthy business types.

When push comes to shove, the dems show their true colors.

Vashta.Nerada on October 20, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Makes you wonder what else they have in store.

Chip on October 20, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Dishonest ads, failed policies, arrogant and loathsome candidates.

The dems don’t have much going for them right now.

But don’t worry, they still have voter fraud on their side.

UltimateBob on October 20, 2010 at 1:45 PM

COMMUNIST (PROGRESSIVE) Democrats protect and want to enlarge our Federal Government…….to protect stuff like this.

http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20101020/COMMUNITIES/310200007/1005/NEWS01/Audit–NJ-Turnpike-Authority-wasted–43-million

$43 million!!!!!

Imagine what kind of waste there is in the FEDERAL GOV’T if you get this kind of result at just the state level (and this is just one agency/entity)!!!!

YOU CAN TELL ME THAT THE BUDGET CAN’T BE REALLY REALLY CUT?

An audit by state Comptroller Matthew Boxer found $43 million in waste at the Turnpike Authority during the heart of the Great Recession in 2008-09.

Among the examples: Bonuses for shoveling snow or working on a birthday; public toll dollars used to pay for an employee bowling league; and free E-ZPass transponders for the commute to and from work.

Much of the waste followed toll hikes at the end of 2008, Boxer said.

“You almost get the sense that there is this attitude of, ‘Well, it’s not my money,’” Boxer said during an interview today.

Boxer said the audit found that the authority, which oversees the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway, gave about $30 million in bonuses to employees and management without consideration of performance.

Even after they were paid overtime for removing snow, individual employees were given an additional $1,000 to $1,700 “snow bonus,” costing the authority $268,000 collectively in 2008-09.

Workers in one collective bargaining unit were given bonuses for working on their birthday, the audit found.

PappyD61 on October 20, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Announcer: “And the award for most deceptive, mean-spirited, political ad of 2010 goes to…”

Cut to shot of Alan Grayson nervously biting his nails.

Announcer: “….Jack Conway!”

Conway hugs wife and kids and runs up to the stage. Embracing his statuette, a tear flows down his cheek.

Conway: “First and foremost, I’d like to thank my lord and savior, Aqua Buhdda.”

The Zoo Keeper on October 20, 2010 at 1:47 PM

I am wondering how many DRONES are going to buy into this notion and still vote for a Progressive Liberal…ie NY Governors race.

hawkman on October 20, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Has anyone else read that Obama is going back to Delaware? I read it on Ace.

sandee on October 20, 2010 at 1:51 PM

COMMUNIST (PROGRESSIVE) (OPPRESSIVE) Democrats protect and want to enlarge our Federal Government…….to protect stuff like this.

PappyD61 on October 20, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Given their track record Oppressive Democrat sounds more accurate.

Chip on October 20, 2010 at 1:52 PM

For the Dems, the ultimate and ugliest round in the fight will be on November 2nd when the electorate beotch slaps them and the fight will be officially ovah.

anXdem on October 20, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Well, all these things have us talking about the disgusting ads instead of jobs and the economy so I guess they have some positive effect for the Dems.

What’s more disgusting and underhanded, channelling Aqua Buddha or 10% unemployment?!

JonPrichard on October 20, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Vote for me dammit, you stupid racist.

“Paid for by the committee to elect your elite betters”

NoDonkey on October 20, 2010 at 1:42 PM

ROFL!!! I think that pretty much sums it up! LOL

capejasmine on October 20, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Has anyone else read that Obama is going back to Delaware? I read it on Ace.

sandee on October 20, 2010

To give Coons a lesson on the language of the Constitution perhaps?

JonPrichard on October 20, 2010 at 1:58 PM

As in dating, desperation is not an aphrodisiac in politics.

Oh, but they look so cute all blindfolded, sticking their fingers in their ears saying, “I can’t hear you, la la la la la la la la, I can’t hear you!”

I think these ads will go over well…with people who already blindly hate Republicans and are looking for validation for their pre-approved hatred.

DrAllecon on October 20, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Has anyone else read that Obama is going back to Delaware? I read it on Ace.

sandee on October 20, 2010 at 1:51 PM

I wish he’d stay the he11 away. He does nothing but tie up traffic when he comes here.

Besides, aren’t his guys winning here? What does he need to visit Delaware for?

UltimateBob on October 20, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Speaking of ugly……

http://michellemalkin.com/2010/10/20/naacp-report/

capejasmine on October 20, 2010 at 2:06 PM

Besides, aren’t his guys winning here? What does he need to visit Delaware for?

UltimateBob on October 20, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Something tells me, that all is not as it seems, in Delaware.

capejasmine on October 20, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Wait, 13 days before the election is…last minute?

I love the smell of reactionary leftist desperation in the morning.

It smells like victory.

N. O'Brain on October 20, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Reading some of the comments on the The Daily Beast site at the bottom of the story is pretty entertaining — some of the posters are wondering who let this wingnut Kurtz in to spread his pro-Rethuglican propaganda?

jon1979 on October 20, 2010 at 2:07 PM

The Dems are providing America with a clear choice, and it’s not just with regard to policy. Morality and character are on the table. Here in NY19, I’ve never seen a dirtier race than theirs, and Ed’s point about risk of backfire is exactly right. The Crats have always done their dirty deeds behind a smiling bon homme shtick, best epitomized in Bill Clinton, but their true colors are coming out now. Now it’s up to Americans to decide what kind of character qualities leadership should demand.

paul1149 on October 20, 2010 at 2:08 PM

As in dating, desperation is not an aphrodisiac in politics.

So the dems are looking for a last-minute sympathy-f**k?

Bwa hahahahaha……………

Squiggy on October 20, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Buck up, whiners. You should be thanking me.

Django on October 20, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Stuck On Stupid and putting the pedal to the metal!

In no time at all they will burrow through that ditch…

Get me a Slurpee, please.

I need to wash down the popcorn.

ajacksonian on October 20, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Get me a Slurpee, please.

I need to wash down the popcorn.

ajacksonian on October 20, 2010

Hahahahahahahahaha….hahhahahahaha…haha..choke…choke…ahem…

JonPrichard on October 20, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Liberal Rats,that painted themselves into
zee corner,and then,lash out,at its every
one elses fault,but there own!!

Spotting the iceberg comes to mind!!

canopfor on October 20, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Kurtz included an ad the Democrats are running against Christine O’Donnell. The last lines of the ad are:

“Being irresponsible with OUR money? That’s OUR business. The Democratic Campaign Senatorial Committee is responsible for the content of this ad.”

Perfect.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QEoQLnqA7s

Midnightrain on October 20, 2010 at 2:39 PM

As in dating, desperation is not an aphrodisiac in politics.

MoDo would disagree about that desperate dating thing. She’s set to star in that very named reality tv show. Of course, Alan Grayson is married, though.

RickZ on October 20, 2010 at 2:42 PM

I guess they stopped believing their own spin that they were instituting a “Comeback” and the “Recovery Summer” really was “Wreckovery summer”. I don’t know how many articles and blogs tried to tell them they were headed into the abyss, but they just kept pounding down the koolaid thinking demonization of the TEA Party would get’er done.

Ignorance.. check that.. Stupidity on that scale instructs that Dems are incapable of leadership and should be thrown to the curb.

44Magnum on October 20, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Not only are Democrats anti-business, they fight dirty and they don’t listen.

they’ll listen in 13 days when they get the boot on their neck across the board.

ted c on October 20, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Not only are Democrats anti-business, they fight dirty and they don’t listen.

I’d call that polite understatement Ed.

When their mentor and author of their organizing tactics, Alinsky dedicates his “Rules for Radicals” to Lucifer, you get a glimpse of where they are trying to take this country.

Crushing defeat in November is mild compared to what this traitorous collection of lying marxists deserve.

ontherocks on October 20, 2010 at 3:17 PM

But don’t worry, they still have voter fraud on their side.

UltimateBob on October 20, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Nail, meet head…

Big John on October 20, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Chip on October 20, 2010 at 1:45 PM

If they had more they would unleash it. They don’t have anything left. No time, no money and no credibility.

dogsoldier on October 20, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Speaking of desperate Democrats, I’m waiting for Texas to knock off the NY Yankees and make it to their first-ever World Series. Can you imagine the absolute meltdown the Dems who watch baseball are going to have when they are forced to watch the games in Texas and see Chimpy Bush as a guest in the owner’s box?

Del Dolemonte on October 20, 2010 at 3:48 PM

As in dating, desperation is not an aphrodisiac in politics.

Uh oh. Is there some bad blood brewing between Ed and Allah?

(sorry, couldn’t resist)

malclave on October 20, 2010 at 4:41 PM