Jim covered Congress and The White House during the George W. Bush administration for The Washington Times, and worked as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California. He has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, and many local and national talk radio shows to talk politics and policy.
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The Heartland Institute is a 501(c)3 organization, so it is prohibited from endorsing candidates or bills before Congress. But it does not remotely cross the line for me to suggest that this ad might be the most despicable yet in this interesting campaign season, which has had more than its share of despicable messages.
(Notice that I am not urging folks to vote for a particular candidate in the race for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat. I am only commenting about my displeasure with the current state of political advertising.)
The disclaimer out of the way, it’s time for a little background: Rand Paul, who was featured in a Heartland podcast a few weeks back, apparently took part in some college shenanigans that involved acts perhaps five degrees less creepy than what John Kerry and George W. Bush might have done as members of the Skull & Bones at Yale.
From that event, Jack Conway was moved to produce a TV ad that all but puts goat-skin pants, a bloody knife and a burning Bible in the hands of Rand Paul. Behold the horror.
Wow. A joke, right? This looks and sounds like something from Saturday Night Live. Pathetic.
Oh, and that “goat skin pants” reference can’t pass without (ahem) noting — again — the link to future dual-Oscar-winner Tom Hanks and Dan Akroyd rapping (yes, I said … rapping!) a song from the movie Dragnet from 1987. Click here for your amusement.