Earlier this week I posted about the NC GOP’s anti-Obama color arousal ad, which tries to do a three degrees of separation connection between Rev. Wright’s comments, Barack Obama and gubernatorial candidates Richard Moore and Bev Perdue.
The NC GOP clearly wasn’t invited to the RNC strategy team that brainstormed about how to handle the Nouveau Southern Strategy — it went straight for lowbrow “undisciplined messaging.” That or they were simply willing to be the patsy bigot brigade for McCain and the RNC.
John McCain slyly condemned the ad and the wingnut party here still plans to run it, though many local stations have rejected it. Today he was asked about the NCGOP bucking him.
“They’re not listening to me because they’re out of touch with reality and the Republican Party. We are the party of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan and this kind of campaigning is unacceptable.”
But asked if the NC GOP’s decision to air the spot anyway raised questions about his leadership, McCain didn’t have quite as sure-footed an answer: “I don’t know exactly how to respond to that.“
Dole said in an interview she didn’t want to get involved.
“I am concentrating on getting my work done here in the Senate, and I’m just not going to get into refereeing a third party political ad that has nothing to do with my race,” she said.
Anyway, what I really wanted to get to was this choice bit of irony — NC State Sen. Kay Hagan, who is running against Jim Neal for the Dem nom for the U.S. Senate issued a press release on the NC GOP ad and Elizabeth Dole. A snippet:
HAGAN CAMPAIGN: DOLE’S TOO BUSY TO TALK ABOUT RACISM AND NORTH CAROLINA VOTERS?
Fails to condemn, ask for ad sponsored by NC Republican Party not to be aired;
Claims it has nothing to do with her race
Contact: Colleen Flanagan
April 25, 2008
GREENSBORO, NC- Kay Hagan’s campaign for U.S. Senate today called into question how busy Elizabeth Dole has been, that she neglected to address the North Carolina Republican Party’s racist ad attacking the Democratic gubernatorial candidates for their support of Senator Barack Obama. In response to a letter from North Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jerry Meek, which called on her to join Senator John McCain and the Republican National Committee in asking for the ad not to be aired on television, Dole said, “I am concentrating on getting my work done here in the Senate, and I’m just not going to get into refereeing a third-party political ad that has nothing to do with my race.”
“Elizabeth Dole’s paltry excuse refusing to call the ad what it is – a racist ad – is offensive to all voters in North Carolina, regardless of their political affiliation,” Colleen Flanagan, Communications Director for Kay Hagan’s U.S. Senate Campaign, said. “While she may believe that the North Carolina Republican Party’s decision to run an ad which amounts to race-baiting has nothing to do with her campaign, she chooses to ignore the facts at her own peril: It’s HER party that sponsored the ad; it’s voters in the state SHE claims to represent who are offended; and it begs the question if she will allow this kind of disgusting behavior in HER race this fall. A racist ad is offensive, period, and Elizabeth Dole should have the sense to condemn the ad, regardless of whether she believes it has anything to do with her campaign.”
And she’s right; I have no problem with blasting Dole on this and a host of other issues – she’s a completely useless tool of the Bush Administration.
Hagan was eager to point out racism and lack of a meaningful response to it in a very public press release, but the senator herself is incapable of seeing that she does the same thing when confronted with institutionalized discrimination against LGBTs. I replied to the press release in the BlueNC thread in which it appeared.
sadly, I see quite a bit of irony here
Submitted by Pam Spaulding on Fri, 04/25/2008 – 11:56am.
I applaud Sen. Hagan for stepping up to call out Liddy Dole on her inability to find time to comment on the color arousal ad by the NC GOP. She needs to be held accountable.
However, to be honest there’s a big blind spot here — Sen. Hagan seems to have been too busy to fully answer prospective voters’ questions asked in her liveblog right here on BlueNC regarding how she would vote on specific pending LGBT legislation that would eliminate institutionalized discrimination against a taxpaying group of citizens. BlueNCers didn’t even receive a “paltry excuse,” only silence when follow up requests for more information were sent.
Even the horrible Elizabeth Dole, queen of pitiful constituent services, had the decency to fire up her Constituent Services Letter GeneratorTM to declare her opposition to civil equality in a snail mail as a response.
Honestly, I don’t think Sen. Hagan is anti-gay; she just has zero comfort engaging the issue publicly and either doesn’t know how or doesn’t care to take the issue out of the GOP frame — that there is something unseemly about being gay — rather than saying to be against civil equality is at its core, un-American.