Miss this yesterday?

Alexandra Petri of The Washington Post calls attention to this ad set to run in a Texas newspaper.

This seems like an awful lot of money to spend on an ad likely to result in a large number of people saying, “No!” emphatically and continuing with their days, but then again, perhaps this lack of acumen is why I am not the president of CASH. And I’m not sure why he chose the “Star Wars” font. Nothing says effective ad-making like “an ad (hominem) hoping to find someone who has had sex with Rick Perry, written in a “Star Wars” font, that implies offensive things about Hillary Clinton’s footwear.”

It’s not even a personal attack. It’s an ad hoping it can make a personal attack later. Is this really where we are?

“Gee,” this ad says. “Wouldn’t it be great if there were a scandal in Rick Perry’s personal life? Get on that, facts.”

“Rick Perry Is A Family Values Hypocrite*” the ad says. *We still have no facts to support this claim.

Are we okay with this? We shouldn’t be.

Where is the line here, folks?

Even if you choose not to weigh in, give her post a quick glance. Her proposed ads for Romney, Bachmann and Paul are pretty clever.

Comments

  • http://deleted Joe W

    Really have to agree with you here. This is smear 101 look at the timing on the event.

  • JE

    Stupid ad, by stupid people, insulting hillary and rick perry. Most people would look at this and think it was idiotic. Yet somehow this thread becomes about ron paul because in small print it says a ron paul supporter is doing this???
    I like ron pauls stance on most issues but this is getting ridiculous on both sides.
    There are people on both sides looking for trash on every candidate. Remember the nut job that moved in next door to palin?
    How about discussing the fact the white house says it wants to run against perry? (If you buy that i have a bridge to sell you). How about talking about perrys record? (and why rush and hannity are making him out to be some great conservative when he is not). This looks more like a plant by a perry operative to make anyone against him look foolish and focus on stupidity instead of issues (kind of like the birther movement helped obama).
    This is just another example of why politics in this country have become a joke. I weep for the great republic that once was.

    • Gary Russell

      If Perry’s campaign is already sophisticated enough nationally to “plant” this story, I have no doubt that he will be the next president.
      Could it be, just maybe, that this is merely a really stupid move by a really stupid supporter of a second tier candidate?

      • http://deleted Joe W

        If the guy is or isn’t a Ron Paul supporter how does it change your vote? I’ll give you the answer : It doesn’t.

      • Promise Kept

        Gary, I’m really glad you asked the question, “Could it be, just maybe, that this is merely a really stupid move by a really stupid supporter of a second tier candidate?”

        It could be, IF the ad’s author was, A) merely seeking to damage Perry for undeserved reasons. And B) It wasn’t about supporting any candidate, “second tier” or otherwise, but sparing his and others lives, by exposing at a timely moment, what would otherwise not make even its way into the Texas media coverage; and not because of its non-newsworthiness. BTW, Gary, where did Paul’s “second tier” status come from?

      • JE

        “sophisticated enough nationally to “plant” this story” ?
        Really? Does it require sophistication to buy an ad in a paper in your state and then forward it to a liberal washington paper to get an editor to write about it like it was news?
        How about the question of why is a liberal newpaper defending perry? If it had been an attack on palin or a conservative (as if there are any in the running), do you think they would be so upset about how bad politics have gotten? Didnt think so.
        And if it had said it was from a herman cain supporter, do you think they would have even mentioned that fact or would anyone on here care?
        Again, didnt think so.

  • http://deleted Joe W

    Yes Dodger extremly Angry. Have you seen the picture of little children in Iraq with there arms and legs blown off from the allied forces? Or the mothers holding dead babies? 200,000 innocent people dead. 5000 American soldiers not coming home 2 trillion dollars spent and no safer then 10 years ago. How much should we spend to save face? How many people have to die? We shouldn’t be so cavilier to go invade other countrys. If the Russian were bombing us in the name of communism you and I would be Taliban. I will continue to fight against war @ all cost until all other measures have been exhausted. Then and only then will I tell my congressman to declare war and it is he in unison with the other members of congress that have that capability. Power to the Good people of The United States.

    • Gilly

      Oh great, let’s have another beer conference with the enemy to discuss whose turn it is to inflict damage today. Oh yeah, they don’t drink beer so maybe we could have a goat B-B-Q. Oh no, they revere the goat, so I guess we’re left with just kicking their butt.

      • http://deleted Joe W

        Reagan did it with the Soviet Union against 300,000 Nuks. Hows your approach working? Kicking there A@@s until they become free like us. I don’t think it is. They don’t hate us because we are free and so called wealthy. They hate us because we are in there face on there land and killing there people. Can you Imagine me being Catholic taking a protestant out back and beating him until he became Catholic (by The way i think we tried that in history, didn’t work)don’t think the protestant would conform. As a matter of fact I’m sure a few Protestants would get pissed in seeing that and might come after me. AT some point you you have to ask the question why are all these people trying to take me out. And please don’t give me the “its in the koran thing again” Anyone that uses that argument surly has not read the Bible. I will do Beer summits all day long if it stops the killing of innocent children. Call me an Alcohol.

  • JOE W

    Yes, I wonder if Mitt Romney is taking Direction from THE PROPHET WARREN JEFFS? Kinda saying the same thing isn’t it. Why would a person that supports Ron PAul, Make fun of Ron Paul? I’m going with because it was a Perry supporter. Oh well I’m thinking of a word, hmmmmm I got it!, gullible. The same word that brought you the Iraq war. Hey guys look weapons of mass destruction. NEXT!

    • Dodgers

      You’re an angry man. I wonder if that would happen to anyone if their messiah candidate, Ron Paul, ran non-stop for president through two cycles and couldn’t top 10% of the vote?

      Side note, Professor, the entire world thought there were WMD’s in Iraq.

      • Brian H

        I seriously thought after the last election cycle we would not have to be subjected to another tiresome cycle with the same absurdities, same conspiracies. One again another one of my many predictions has proven to be way off the mark.

        I guess I need to stick to handicapping the real horses.

        • Troy La Mana

          They are real horses until such time they drop out.. that even applies to Romney.

        • http://deleted Joe W

          Yes, Please do.

        • Promise Kept

          Brian, as a Texan, are the questions in this ad outside of the probability of having a really bad answer, or is Perry trying too hard to seem pious a little too much AND a little too often?

  • http://www.politicalderby.com/ Jason Wright, Editor

    Rob, you make it so easy sometimes.

    Reasonable adults having reasonable discussions don’t say things like “what a joke of a person you are.”

    • Rob

      And you show your clear bias as always. Yes, calling someone who is generalizing and insulting everyone associated with a group that I happen to be a part of a joke is so much worse than what she is doing.

      • http://www.politicalderby.com/ Jason Wright, Editor

        Guilty. I am biased against 12-year-olds using their parent’s computer without permission and posing as adults. That’s one of the lone remaining explanations for your approach to dialogue.

        • Rob

          Yawn. You’re as boring as Gary, without the personality.

          • http://www.politicalderby.com/ Jason Wright, Editor

            So easy.

            • Rob

              Sorry, fail troll is fail.

              • http://www.politicalderby.com/ Jason Wright, Editor

                ;)

          • Gary Russell

            Rob likes my personality!!!

        • Promise Kept

          Rob, what’s not funny here is your lame attempt at being taken seriously! Jason is right here. You make it WAY TOO easy to discount and discredit.

      • Promise Kept

        Adding further insults to injury, Rob, THIS is worthy of malicious troll status on Paul-friendly sites! You are making me have to ask you who is PAYING you to post this badly written, so as to misrepresent ANYTHING and EVERYTHING that I know Dr. Paul stands for?

  • Rob

    BTW, it’s funny how the media ALWAYS plays up the Ron Paul angle in stories like this. I’m fairly sure there have been murderers in the last 6 months who were supporters of Obama. Does the headline say, “Obama supporter murders four” ?

    • Gary Russell

      Now THAT would be funny!

  • Alaina

    Wow… that would be bad enough if it were a Democrat, but geez… This is exactly why most Ron Paul supporters have zero credibility.

    • Rob

      Versus supporters of other candidates, who keep supporting and voting for the same thing and getting the same results. You have no credibility and comments like this based on one individual show what a joke of a person you are.

      • Alaina

        The truly sad part is that I’m not generalizing based on one person… I’m generalizing based on the behaviour of Ron Paul supporters at CPAC for the last two years and some, not all, of you on this site. Few of you can have an actual debate without putting someone down (and often getting personal) for believing differently than you. If all of you are for “liberty”, shouldn’t we be free to have our own opinions with out being told things like we’re “a joke of a person”?

        • Rob

          Why should I respect you when you generalize and insult me on a regular basis? And no, it’s obvious you don’t understand liberty. You’re free to have whatever opinion you want and I’m free to slam you relentlessly for that opinion. Hope that helps!

          • Alaina

            Jason is right… You do make it so easy… Which, by the way has become a form of entertainment for some of us so I guess I should thank you.

            I never said anything about respect amd I’m not generalizing you. I am judging you based on your actions here. Why don’t you take a look back at previous posts and see who threw the first jab… It’s usually you. That said, we do bait you sometimes.

            Sure you’re free to relentlessly slam me and everyone else here, but is that going to make us come around to your side? Not a chance. Just like Joe said below, he can’t take a Protestant out back and beat them into becoming Catholic. Same goes for you… You can’t beat me or anyone else into becoming a Ron Paul supporter.

            You’re clearly very passionate about what you believe in and I think that’s great. I’m truly interested in understanding why you believe what you do. If we could have an actual conversation without the insults, you might be able to change my mind on a few things and convince me to you way of thinking.

      • Promise Kept

        I don’t often give awards for really bad posts here, Rob, but you’ve clearly earned it with this one. DUDE, Alaina is right! You have made yourself, and others of us who, inadvertently, get lumped in with you here, look silly.

        “You have no credibility and comments like this based on one individual show what a joke of a person you are”, rates as a new number one in the category of that which smell closest to number “two”. Uhhh!

    • Rob

      BTW, go check out ronpaulforums.com – the second this was brought up it was denounced by 99% of the people on there. So generalizing based on one person makes you look incredibly stupid.

  • Red State Eddie

    And we have a winner!

  • Red State Eddie

    OK, now that was funny (at least the ones she made up)!

    How about this kind of ad that should go nationwide: “Desperate political group seeks male desiring to put in a full day’s work. Experience not required. Must have a high school level reading skill, and be able to read screens and teleprompters. Must be willing to wear mom-jeans and occasionally ride bicycles while sporting goofy helmets. Basketball skills are a plus. Must be African-American, tall, thin, and bear a striking resemblance to Barack Obama. If qualified, please call the White House and ask for David Plouffe.”

    Seriously: Why is a Ron Paul supporter paying for the advert? Whatever happened to Ron Reagan’s 11th commmandment (thou shalt not speak destructively about thy party members)?

    Can’t wait to hear the spin from the Paulites on this one…

    • Promise Kept

      Sorry to have taken a few days to catch up with this issue, but I was better focused on the Jewish vote thread above this. It was all that I time for, and it is, obviously, of much greater value to address than the allegations of this openly salacious ad concern.

      Okay, Eddie, here is my best, truly-no-spin-zone reply, whether or not it sounds like what you were hoping for.

      First, this ad-runner actually lives in Texas, so either he expects that this ad is going to bring him a laughable reply, or a quite serious reply, right?

      Most likely, he’s either going to receive a well-deserved mocking, at best; or a life-flashing-before-his-eyes”,…let’s say, “final solution”, at worst! Eh?!?

      His, “Ron Paul supporter”, status was media consigned, so trust it at your own risk; but if you dare go there, I offer the only media interview given with Rick Morrow, the author of this ad. I’d rate interview this PG-13, by our current media sub-standards.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pry4a353VCE

      • Promise Kept

        Oops again, his name is “Robert”, not “Rick”, as I posted above. He only knows what he knows by the company he “keeps”, so he’s not the kind of guy I’d be hanging out with, but the kind of guy I’d listen to respective to the measurable risk involved with his testimony.

  • Gary Russell

    I hope Mrs. Rick Perry responds to the ad,
    “I have…and it was magnificent!”
    That’d be a hoot.

    • Rochelle

      I agree!!!

    • Rochelle

      I think I actually like Rick Perry more now. (And I wasn’t necessarily a fan.)

      • Alaina

        Let’s not go that far…

      • Rob

        You like Rick Perry more because someone put out a ridiculous, idiotic ad?

        Says a lot about you as a person.

        • Rochelle

          You really have to learn how to distinguish a facetious joke from a thoughtful comment. To quote Herman Cain: “America needs to learn how to take a joke.”

          • Gary Russell

            I like Rochelle even more now (and was already a fan)!

            • Rusty Shackleford

              You like Rochelle more because someone put out a ridiculous, idiotic ad?

              Says a lot about you as a person. (Just Joking)

              • Rochelle

                It says he has class, thank you very much. lol

  • Gary Russell

    “Paid for by a Ron Paul supporter…”
    Hmmmm…
    I know that he can’t control what a deranged fan might or might not do, but RP should denounce this quickly and take away the supporter’s official RP beanie and decoder ring.

    • Rob

      Denouncing him for his personal choice would be the opposite of what RP is all about. So no, he shouldn’t and he won’t.

  • Troy La Mana

    Sounds like someone who is too lazy to do their own dirty work.