That headline is no exaggeration; if anything, it under-sells the ugliness of the clip below. Watch it first (skip ahead to 0:46), then stay tuned for additional context — via Elbert Guillory and Black Conservatives Fund:
“If you early voted, go vote again tomorrow. One more time’s not going to hurt. Tomorrow we’re going to elect [Democrat] Earl Tayor as [District Attorney], so he won’t prosecute you if you vote twice.”
That would be Don Cravins, Senior — former Democratic state Senator, current mayor and father of Don Cravins, Junior, who made a Hot Air appearance just yesterday. Father and son’s almost cartoonishly harmful comments appear to have originated from the same recording, taken at a pro-Mary Landrieu event in November. How much do you want to bet that Mayor Cravins is an ardent opponent of “suppression” in the form of (wildly popular) voter ID laws? Fight Republican-imposed “poll taxes,” vote multiple times, and elect partisan prosecutors to look the other way. Democracy. Meanwhile, we’ve already laid out the reasons why Team Mary is likely in heavy duty panic mode right about now — as if this move wasn’t a dead giveaway of an early onset freak-out. Soak in the desperation, friends, via Buzzfeed:
The radio ad features Landrieu saying she approves the message and is “authorized by Friends of Mary Landrieu and authorized by the Democratic State Committee of Louisiana.” [Partial transcript]: “I’m Mary Landrieu, candidate for Senate, and I approve this message. This is Congressman Cedric Richmond. Have you heard the crazy stuff Bill Cassidy, Bobby Jindal, and the Republicans are always saying about President Obama? They have shown our president so much disrespect. They said he wasn’t a U.S. citizen, they even sued him – and if Cassidy wins, they will impeach him.”
Birtherism = healthcare lawsuit = disrespecting our president = imminent impeachment = “crazy stuff.” This stuff isn’t subtle, and it’s almost certainly aimed at boosting turnout among a very specific segment of the electorate. And sadly, this tripe is not even remotely close to the worst racially-tinged fear-mongering of the cycle. But hey, at least there are some positive messages out there, too, such as, “vote for Mary Landrieu, or else something terrible might happen to your puppy:”
I first made the mistake of laughing off “our guy loves puppies more than your guy” attacks from Democrats in 2010, when Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn accused his opponent of supporting Puppycide in a televised attack ad. How preposterous and desperate, I thought at the time. Then Quinn won by a fraction of a point. And don’t get me started on the moronic Seamus Romney “controversy.” Although that episode does bring me to my exit question (Allahpundit™): If Landrieu is such a champion of protecting dogs, why has she blindly followed a Dog Eating Monster fully 97 percent of the time? Two can troll at this game, lefties.