The lengths white right-wing conservatives will go to try and play African-American voters for fools is literally breathtaking.
Last month, it was the Washington-based National Black Republican Association which started running radio ads in Maryland holding Democrats responsible for Jim Crow laws, the KKK, and releasing vicious dogs and fire hoses on blacks during the Civil Rights era. "Republicans freed us from slavery and put our right to vote in the Constitution," the ads said.
This month, it's a new set of ads — running in more than two dozen congressional districts nationwide — sponsored by a political action committee called "America's Pac," which is a project of the very wealthy (and very white) Patrick Rooney. I honestly didn't think the right could be this disgusting.
"Black babies are terminated at triple the rate of white babies," a female announcer in one of the ads says, as rain, thunder, and a crying infant are heard in the background. "The Democratic Party supports these abortion laws that are decimating our people, but the individual's right to life is protected in the Republican platform. Democrats say they want our vote. Why don't they want our lives?"
Another ad features a dialogue between two men.
"If you make a little mistake with one of your ‘hos,' you'll want to dispose of that problem tout suite, no questions asked," one of the men says.
"That's too cold. I don't snuff my own seed," the other replies.
"Maybe you do have a reason to vote Republican," the first man says.
Another ad suggests opposition to the war in Iraq is inherently racist.
Another spot attempts to link Democrats to a white supremacist who served as a Republican in the Louisiana Legislature, David Duke. The ad makes reference to Duke's trip to Syria last year, where he spoke at an anti-war rally.
"I can understand why a Ku Klux Klan cracker like David Duke makes nice with the terrorists," a male voice in the ad says. "What I want to know is why so many of the Democrat politicians I helped elect are on the same side of the Iraq war as David Duke."
You simply can't get any more pathetic than these ads. It's a reminder of why Dems lose — there are simply no groups on the left who are willing to go this low. None.
And here's the kicker: Gladys Muhammad, a teacher and Democratic activist in South Bend, Ind., said a student in her class reported that a relative was thinking of switching to the Republican Party because of the ads.
Rooney, who isn't talking to the press, has reportedly committed $1 million (so far), and the ads are running in 10 battleground states, including Ohio, New Mexico, and Nevada. Rooney and his team figure if they can peel off a few percent of African-American voters, it could save the GOP in a lot of tight races.
They'll do anything to win. Even this.