Notes on the Atrocities
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Monday, May 31, 2004  

We all knew the Bush/Rove slime machine was going to hit below the belt, and now, according to what I can only imagine is one of the most-linked articles in the blogosphere, it has.

Three-quarters of the ads aired by Bush's campaign have been attacks on Kerry. Bush so far has aired 49,050 negative ads in the top 100 markets, or 75 percent of his advertising. Kerry has run 13,336 negative ads -- or 27 percent of his total. The figures were compiled by The Washington Post using data from the Campaign Media Analysis Group of the top 100 U.S. markets. Both campaigns said the figures are accurate....

From the president and Cheney down to media aides stationed in every battleground state and volunteers who dress up like Flipper the flip-flopping dolphin at rallies, the Bush campaign relentlessly portrays Kerry as elitist, untrustworthy, liberal and a flip-flopper on major issues. This campaign is persistent and methodical, and it often revs up on Monday mornings with the strategically timed release of ads or damaging attacks on Kerry, including questioning medical and service records in Vietnam and his involvement in the peace movement afterward. Often, they knock Kerry off message and force him to deflect personal questions.

One of the writers is Dana Millbank, and this article is as reasoned and well-researched as his work on the aluminum rods et. al. before the start of the war (read: the whole thing is worth reading). Obviously it's not helping Bush, but his plan--as always--is to try to make himself appear the lesser of two lessers. He's trying to poison the voting pool against politics altogether, knowing that his twisted base will never forsake him. If he can boil the electorate down far enough, so goes the plan, those in the base will form a majority of whatever's left. It's nasty, but that's the only card he has left to play--fear and loathing.

posted by Jeff | 2:04 PM |
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