Tuesday, August 01, 2006

topsy turvy

Remember way back, back in 2002, when members of Congress (Republicans and moderate Democrats) were dying to air campaign ads with footage of Bush supporting them? What a difference four years makes.

Now Iraq war Vet and Democratic candidate Patrick Murphy is running against George W. Bush while actually campaigning against Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA). Here's the Ad. Here's the text (courtesty of Hotline On Call)

BUSH: "I'm the decider and I decide what is best. And what's best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain the Secretary of Defense" [on screen: Decided on Rumsfeld]. BUSH: "And Brownie, you're doing a heckuva job" [on screen: Heckuva Job Brownie]. BUSH: "Jim Gerlach and Mike Fitzpatrick are really talented congressmen" [on screen: Endorsed Fitzpatrick. Bush decided on Fitzpatrick. Have you?]

Not only does Murphy take advantage of some of the many dumb things Bush has said (watch the Daily Show's "The Decider" faux-comic book series) but he also has a picture of Bush at a fundraiser for two of the three endangered GOP congressmen from the Philly Burbs (Curt Weldon is the other), and shaking their hands. The ad even asks a fair question: "Bush decided on Fitzpatrick. Have you?"

All in all a great ad (and great campaign), and one that is emblematic of the GOP's inherant disadvantage this fall.

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