We’re being blitzed by campaign material in NW Ohio–not only is Ohio traditionally a swing state (i.e. one of the few US states where one’s vote for president seems to count, thanks to the electoral college), but we’re facing a special congressional election next Tuesday to replace the late Paul Gillmor. The national parties seem to be pouring a lot of money into this race so that they can claim some sort of trend going into the next election. This barrage of advertising makes me, like you, I expect, think of only one thing: rabbitandmouse. (There are some cusswords speckled through the video below.)
The truth is that I’m sort of in favor of attack ads, as long as they’re accurate. They tend to have more content than the warm fuzzy commercials that show the candidate-we-are-supposed-to-love standing on a hill under a rippling flag or walking in shirtsleeves among the Regular Folk. And it’s not swiftboating if the charges are actually true, and relevant.
For instance, I saw an ad yesterday directed against the candidate I plan to vote for. The ad made clear that she was an X and a Y, and advocated polices W and Z. Since those were four solid reasons to vote for her in my view, I thought it was a fine ad (though I did wonder if it was having the desired effect among voters generally).