In Democratic election ads in South, a focus on racial scars
Interesting. I thought only one party used race as a political sledgehammer.
The group started by Mr. Reid, Senate Majority PAC, ran the ad on black radio that Republicans said all but accused Mr. Tillis, the Republican speaker of the State House, of killing Mr. Martin, an unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot in Florida in 2012. In the ad, the announcer reads through a list of policies Mr. Tillis supported that blacks are likely to find offensive, like curtailing early voting in the state. And then it turns more ominous.
“Tillis even led the effort to pass the type of ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws that caused the shooting death of Trayvon Martin,” the announcer says. The music playing in the background abruptly stops.
This is particularly ironic, given that:
Though Mr. Tillis was the speaker of the State Assembly at the time the law passed, he was not an ardent supporter of it. One local gun-rights group criticized him for not being supportive enough at the time.
The shutdown probably won’t matter in the 2014 election. It definitely won’t matter in 2016.
I’ll take the other side of this bet: The events of these last three weeks will have no effect on the 2016 elections. They probably won’t even matter much in the 2014 midterm elections.
2014 Senate picture promising for GOP
Importantly, something the piece recognizes is that a lot more of the candidates are established and have long lists of credentials, unlike in previous years. We’re less likely to see unfortunate “legitimate rape” surprises.
What a difference two years makes for Senate Republicans. After a cycle punctuated by disappointing recruits, missed opportunities and disastrous results, the party has already started the new cycle on an impressive note, even before the new year – and a new campaign committee chairman – arrives.