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The Rand Paul STOMP, the media pearl clutch

Posted by Thomas Nephew on October 28th, 2010

Great ad — but Talking Points Memo’s Evan McMorris-Santoro  harrumphs: “It seems Democrats have decided to politicize the allegedly criminal assault of activist Lauren Valle.”

Well, of course they are — and well they should.  Has someone explained to Evan that there’s an election on?  It’s really not a big leap to say hanging out with thugs like Tim Profitt might, just might be of a piece with coming up with thuggish policies like insanely high Medicare deductibles, opposing coal mine safety regulations, or 23 percent sales taxes.  Punctuating that point with Profitt stomp footage seems OK to me.

Will it “work”?  I don’t know.  It’s unlikely to convert Paul voters to Conway voters, but it might make a few stay home; the main effects they may be after is galvanizing unlikely Democratic voters to vote and getting undecideds to move to Conway.

What gets me is that yet again, a hard-hitting, accurate ad is disparaged for its decorum rather than its content.  Dear media: when you decide to go all Marquis of Queensberry on us, at least know what the game is and what the rules are — and don’t confuse those rules with your own precious, pearl clutching judgments about campaign etiquette.

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