A matched set: one from the gutter, one explaining the gutter

Joe Biden sent me an email the other day, one that was remarkable for the complete absence of substance, and the overwhelming presence of 1930s, Daddy Warbuck-ish invective:

Starting now, we can expect even more wealthy, right-wing ideologues lining up to support the Romney-Ryan ticket.

The people on the other side who are trying to buy this election are putting nasty, deceptive TV ads on the air right this very minute. They’re not going away. They’re getting worse.

If we don’t do what we can to keep this close, right now at this crucial moment, we risk letting the other side run away with it.

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Somehow I missed the part where Biden explained what he and Obama have to offer the voters, other than more of the same failed policies.

And then I read George Will’s theory about the true reason Romney picked Ryan, above and beyond Ryan’s obvious qualifications.  Incidentally, this is the most heated I’ve ever seen George Will, and I’ve been hearing and reading his editorials since the 1970s (emphasis mine):

Romney embraced Ryan after the sociopathic — indifferent to the truth — ad for Barack Obama that is meretricious about every important particular of the death from cancer of the wife of steelworker Joe Soptic. Obama’s desperate flailing about to justify four more years has sunk into such unhinged smarminess that Romney may have concluded: There is nothing Obama won’t say about me, because he has nothing to say for himself, so I will chose a running mate whose seriousness about large problems and ideas underscores what the president has become — silly and small.

He on whose behalf the Soptic ad was made used to dispense bromides deploring “the smallness of our politics” and “our preference for scoring cheap political points.” Obama’s campaign of avoidance — say anything to avoid the subject of the country’s condition — must now reckon with Ryan’s mastery of Obama’s enormous addition to decades of governmental malpractice.

Will the general American public — not the blood thirsty ideologues, but the ordinary, vaguely interested people — care that they are the subject of a sociopathic demagogue’s emotional manipulation? I hope that Romney’s and Ryan’s innate sunny-ness, and the manifest respect they have for the intelligence of the American people, will triumph over some of the most filthy lies an American political party has ever produced. It’s time for the American people to stop letting Democrats fool them some of the time or all of the time.

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  • Gringo

    SloJoe
    Starting now, we can expect even more wealthy, right-wing ideologues lining up to support the Romney-Ryan ticket.
    As opposed to the wealthy, leftt-wing idiologues who funneled money to Obama in 2008?
    The people on the other side who are trying to buy this election are putting nasty, deceptive TV ads on the air right this very minute. They’re not going away. They’re getting worse.
    As many have already pointed out, what the Demos accuse the Pubs of doing simply describes what the Demos are already doing. Freud had a word: projection.
     
    If we don’t do what we can to keep this close, right now at this crucial moment, we risk letting the other side run away with it.
    Sounds like the Demos are scared. Apparently their smear tactics haven’t worked.
     

  • Mike Devx

    Gringo said: Sounds like the Demos are scared. Apparently their smear tactics haven’t worked.

    Gringo, wouldn’t it be awesome if the Democrats spent $500 million on deceptive, vicious smear ads, only to see every single one of them backfire?  Only to see the American people give a big yawn, mutter “meh, whatever”, and totally ignore it as the BS that it is?

    I know, I know… negative ads WORK.  That’s why they are always used.

    But maybe, just this once, the Democrats will be in such a frenzied froth, they they will rabidly simply go over the top.  Maybe most of the people will decide that the Democrats; TV ads – this year – deserve all the respect you give the loud used car salesmans’ ads.  Maybe they will just tune out this year.

    What a November Election that would make!  All those vicious, over-the-top, outrageous lies and smears… all that money, and all that effort by the Dems… fruitless and wasted!  One can hope and one can dream.  The real political season is about to open.
     

  • Gringo

    Mike Devx:
    Gringo, wouldn’t it be awesome if the Democrats spent $500 million on deceptive, vicious smear ads, only to see every single one of them backfire?  Only to see the American people give a big yawn, mutter “meh, whatever”, and totally ignore it as the BS that it is?
     
    Maybe, maybe. In the Pub Senate primary in TX,  Dewhurst outspent  Ted Cruz by a big margin. The Dewhurst ads – at least the ones I saw- were rather nasty. The ads were not successful in bringing people to the polls to vote for Dewhurst, as turnout was small as usual. I suspect that the ads motivated some people to go to the polls to vote for Cruz, who lost by 15 points in the first go around, and wrapped up the nomination by a 14 point margin.
     

  • Danny Lemieux

    Think about how the Wisconsin labor unions pretty much blew their financial wad in their attempt to defeat Scott Walker with nasty ads.

    I think that MikeDevx is onto something, here.