The famous Willie Horton ad that helped sink Democrat Michael Dukakis’s 1988 campaign for presidency was run by the Bush campaign… but Willie Horton first became an issue when future Vice President (and Nobel Peace Prize winner!) Al Gore used him in the primary.
Now this anti-Obama attack ad, from our Senator Hillary Clinton:
Clinton attacks Obama on air – First Read – msnbc.com
Here’s the script:
CLINTON: I’m Hillary Clinton and I approve this message.
ANNCR: Barack Obama said that people in small towns “cling to guns or religion…as a way to explain their frustrations…”
Woman 1: I was very insulted by Barack Obama.
Man 1: It just shows how out of touch Barack Obama is.
Woman 2: I’m not clinging to my faith out of frustration and bitterness. I find that my faith is very uplifting.
Man 2: The good people of Pennsylvania deserve a lot better than what Barack Obama said.
What’s especially weird about this is that Obama’s faux pas on bigotry, religion, and guns — like his disastrous speech on race — was entirely self-inflicted. Obama, recall, made his speech on race trying to “explain” his pastor’s paranoid anti-American remarks. Likewise, Obama’s weird institutional-economic-determinism was emphasized in his attempt to explain his slip-of-the-tongue.
The campaign against Michael Dukakis — started by Al Gore and finished by George Bush — relied on portraying Dukakis as a disaster waiting to happen. The campaign against Barack Obama — started by Hillary Clinton and probably to be finished by John McCain — merely has to wait for Obama to open his mouth.