Posted on 29-10-2010
Filed Under (History, Politics) by Rashtrakut

Politicians and voters often hearken back to the golden and pure political age of the Founders.  The reality is that political disputes were extremely vicious back then and the Adams administration went as far as implementing Sedition Acts to muzzle dissent.  The man touted as the apostle of limited government and states rights would ban American ships from engaging in foreign trade.  Likewise election campaigns (notably the election of 1800) were outright nasty with verbiage that would be unthinkable today.

To prove this point, the folks at Reason came up with the clip below using the verbiage published by Adams and Jefferson supporters in their Presidential rematch.  Enjoy.

Just for kicks, included below are two classic negative ads from 1964 and 1968.

  • The infamous “Daisy” ad – which only ran once

  • “Agnew for Vice President” – Sadly Agnew had the last laugh in that election

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Posted on 29-10-2010
Filed Under (Politics) by Rashtrakut

The biggest family values hypocrite in the Senate, Louisiana’s David Vitter, was asked a direct question about his involvement in the DC prostitution ring in his debate on Friday.  He then spent an uncomfortable 3 minutes talking about how he has sought forgiveness from Louisiana voters, though he never said what for.  He then refused to answer a yes or no question whether his moral failings violated the law. Video below:

Personally I don’t care about politicians who stray from time to time.  I draw the line at moral hypocrites who wrap themselves in the flag of family values and further with no hint of irony co-sponsor legislation to protect the sanctity of marriage.  Likewise after the news of his involvement in the prostitution ring broke a few years ago his hypocritical fellow Senators from the self proclaimed “family values” party welcomed Vitter back with a standing ovation.

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Posted on 29-10-2010
Filed Under (Politics) by Rashtrakut

What would we do without YouTube.  As an ugly election cycle winds down Tea Partier Joe Miller is being slammed…by someone who wants to caucus with the Republicans – incumbent Senator and sore loser Lisa Murkowski.  The ad slams the self-proclaimed constitutional conservative for having his goon squad arrest a journalist asking pesky questions about his ethical lapses, his odd praise for the East German Stasi’s methods of immigration control and his supporters parading in a campaign rally toting assault rifles.  It then cuts into brighter tones around Lisa Murkowski.  It is hard not to see this ad and wonder what would have happened if Murkowski had taken the Miller threat seriously and gone after him harder in the primary.  Video below:

Meanwhile, Alaska’s half-term quitter showed up in Anchorage to rally support for a stumbling Miller campaign and take pot-shots at Murkowski.

Murkowski’s ad is a contrast from the type of corny yet good humored ads run by Democratic nominee and huge underdog Scott McAdams – who has the added burden of raising his public profile.  The ad below also pays homage to the rich Alaska tradition of pork and to one of the finest practitioners of the art of bringing home the bacon – the late Ted Stevens.

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