31 October 2008
Is this the "sleaziest political ad" of all time?
The Guardian's Michael Tomasky has called this "the single sleaziest political ad in all of human history." I think that's going a bit far, but the advert certainly marks a new level in American political attack adverts:
If you want some background, then you need to know that Elizabeth Dole is the Republican Senator for North Carolina who is up for re-election and is trailing in the polls. Kay Hagan is the challenger, and she held a fund-raiser for all and sundry, and that all and sundry included an atheist group - hence the attack advert. The really idiotic thing about all this is that Kay has produced an advert of her own in which she waves the flag of her Presbyterian faith by way of reply.
Why is that idiotic? Basically because only in the USA of all the developed countries do you still find large numbers of people who believe in the supernatural.
What on earth do we have in common with that country?