Monday, April 17, 2006

Rules of Engagement

Well, it seems as though the race is about to begin. Both Sonny Perdue and Mark Taylor are set to go on air tomorrow. (I am not sure that the electorate is excited about seven months of political commercials...) Today, both Cox and Taylor went on record opposing what is apparently a very negative TV commercial attacking Perdue. Neither campaign, nor the DPG paid for the ad, approved the ad or wanted it to air. Props to both campaigns and the DPG for going on record opposing this type of ad. I hope that it's a sign of things to come, but lots of democrats are afraid that the primary will turn nasty, making it harder for the winner to compete in November. Is a negative campaign really inevitable? It occurs to me that supporters/donors may have some responsibility and influence- after all, if the money dries up, so do the ads.

If it were up to me, Cathy Cox and Mark Taylor would spend their primary ad dollars telling voters why they are, respectively, the right choice for Georgia, and why Sonny Perdue is not. They and their surrogates would be civil, honest and would resist slinging mud at one another that will certainly be tossed back at the winner in the general election. They would trust the voters to pick the candidate best equipped defeat Perdue and best equipped to govern. So, flex your political muscle. If they get ugly, just put up your checkbook and let them know that you've "checked out."

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9 comments:

tribalecho said...

Hi Amy. I just saw that commercial and came right over to see if you were talking about it. It's a terrible spot, even if you desire a negative campaign. No there, there. Petty. Glad to hear the Dems aren't behind it. But who is? Is this a Rovian phenom I wonder.

tribalecho said...

Wow. I just realized I have TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) on. (right-wing research). I have never, in many months of obsessive TBN-ing, seen a commercial on this broadcast that wasn't for the network or preachers. Never an external spot. Never.

I followed with interest the validation of "Bishop" Eddie Long on Easter. He went straight from that to a TBN production that was being produced in the local affiliate station. Thus adding validation to this extreme, highly political, org. Now, this commercial. Hmm.

Amy Morton said...

I have not seen it and can't get it to come up on my computer. All I can tell you about who is behind it is that a couple of people gave 20+ thousand apiece. Christian Obelander, who is a political fundraiser, is involved in some capicity, and, yes, both Cox, Taylor and the DPG have come out strongly opposed to this ad.

tribalecho said...

I am so sad that the Kings have been so badly used and are now associated with these people through the association with Long, who Coretta Scott King re-buked for his anti-gay, reactionary theatrics.

TBN preaches that Islam is a false religion and that the Middle East will know peace as soon as it's people are brought to Christ, so send money. They preach a reactionary Israeli position that has been roundly rejected by the people of that country. On the surface the message is--send us all your money and God will give you lots more and the liberals are putting your country, your children, and your very Immortal Soul in grave danger. Watch Paul Crouch. Watch Rod Parsley. Their words reach 98million households in over 120 countries. At least that's their claim. Is this what all those GA pols, Patty Labelle and the Kings really stand for?

tribalecho said...

The spot I saw talked about how many times Sonny was late with his taxes and how he put through this big tax increase while not paying his own.

tribalecho said...

TBN channel 63, on regular tv. And their new rival, Daystar is 53.

Amy Morton said...

Are you saying that the ad is running on that station? I'm confused. It's not the first time..

tribalecho said...

Amy. I think. I was really paying more attention to my magic box screen. I saw the commercial and, ya know, got all excited, as any political junkie would be. So I headed over here to see what you all were saying about the spot. A little bit later I'm watching TBN and it suddenly hits me, hey, that commercial must have been on TBN cause I'm reading and typing. Not channel surfing. (if that's what you call it when you ONLY get free tv and 2 & 5 are questionable cause there's no antenae).

I don't understand what you mean by "it's not the first time". If the spot did indeed show up on TBN, it was the first time, in several months of watching that I've seen an external commercial. But I don't get that that's what you're talking about. What do you mean?

tribalecho said...

Oh. You mean the first time being confused! Ya. Tell me about it.