There are only 12 days until Election Day on November 4. Right now, the GOP is bracing itself for major losses of seats in the United States Congress. As a result, the GOP has launched a new ad in regards to Democratic Presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.
However, the ad is not really aimed at Obama. The GOP is using Obama as a means to attack Democrats running for Congress. As the GOP anticipates a major loss of power in Congress, this ad seems to play on the possibility of a Democrat-controlled White House and a Democrat-controlled Congress.
This ad is aimed at Kay Hagen, the Democratic challenger against Republican Senator Elizabeth Dole’s seat of North Carolina. On a side note, the current United States President George W. Bush had won North Carolina back in 2000 and 2004. Right now, NC is one of the four Bush states in which GOP Presidential nominee Senator John McCain of Arizona is forced to play defense in.
It looks as if this ad is playing on the assumption that the Democrats will end up in complete control of the government come the start of 2009.
“These liberals want complete control of government in a time of crisis, all branches of government,” states the ad’s narrator. In addition, the narrator said: “No check and balances, no debate, no independence. That’s the truth behind Kay Hagen. If she wins, they get a blank check.”
While there are IMPLICATIONS (keyword is “implications”) that the GOP is predicting that Obama will win on November 4, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has denied it. In short, while the ad gives off the suggestion that McCain will lose, the NRSC says otherwise.
According to Evan Tracey of the Campaign Media Analysis Group, the GOP is implying that the US Presidential race is over. Tracey adds that this may end up backfiring on the GOP in the near future.
Perhaps Tracey is right?
For those who have been keeping track of the US Presidential race, there have been many reports about how the reputation of the GOP has been tarnished.
The question that should be asked is this: Will this ad help or hurt the GOP?