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skippy the bush kangaroo

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

if you can't beat them, get your own 527

the kids from the daily cookie sent us this washpost story which details how the repubbbs, tired of getting trounced in the 527 ad wars, are going directly opposed to what awol says in public and starting their own 527 ads.

republicans who once vigorously opposed the fundraising and spending activities of mostly liberal groups who have been working to defeat president bush are developing ambitious plans to raise unregulated "soft money" before the november election. the federal election commission earlier this month cleared the way for liberal groups to continue raising millions in unrestricted contributions, and now gop groups are joining in.

james francis jr., who put together the 1999 to 2000 bush pioneers, one of the most successful fundraising operations in u.s. history, has been asked to chair the lead gop organization, called progress for america (pfa), francis and other republican activists said yesterday.

officials of the organization indicated they are actively considering major purchases of television ads in roughly 18 key battleground states that praise bush administration policies. pfa and other conservative organizations are vowing to match or exceed fundraising by liberal groups that did not wait for fec clearance, and which have spent millions to elect the democratic presidential candidate, sen. john f. kerry (d-mass.).
we'd like to take a minute here and address the idea that 527's are all evil, or, the point made in our comments section, that because a handful of people may have contributed large sums of money to one 527 or another, it is somehow inherently bad.

the 527 is just the messenger, the conduit for the message. to condemn all 527's because of one group (and we won't mention the shifty boat veterans by name) is like saying "eliminate all talk radio because one host lied."

[ed. note: bad example. most talk show hosts lie. make it eliminating the telephone because one telemarketer defrauds you.]

paul begala made a good point on cnn live today today: the shifty boat veterans are allowed their own opinions, of course, but not their own facts. and this is the crux of the matter. (and, as an extra bonus, tucker carlson tried to refute paul by admitting that awol was never in viet nam. paul's face lit up like a christmas tree at tucker's admission.)

we would be happy to see 527 ads debating facts, even presenting facts with their own spin. we believe the shifty boat veterans have a perfect right to point out that john kerry denounced the war before congress after returning from viet nam, and to present that fact in as negative a light as they like, because, after all, that is a fact, and many negative things could be inferred from that by many people.

but nobody is allowed to make up facts and change facts to denigrate a war hero's integrity without being called on it.

and, as usual for the repubbbs, they are bringing up the straw man of the legitimacy of all 527's when their own 527 is obviously being called on its veracity.

but we would expect no less from them.
posted by skippy at 11:24 AM |


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