Good ole politics – Southern style

We’re in the final stretch of the 2006 mid-term elections and there are some interesting stories about the new era of politics and elections here in the United States.

It’s tough being a black man running for any office in the United States. Add to that being a single black man running for senator in Tennessee, then you’ve really got the deck stacked against you. Harold Ford is running for Senator as an independent and is making a race of it when none was expected. It is so much of a race, the following ad was commissioned and run against him.

Political Ad – Harold Ford

This ad might as well said: “Harold Ford – this black man wants your white women – don’t vote for him.” I wish I could be surprised by the lack of class and taste, and I wish I could be surprised at the level of implied racism, but I’m not. Watch the hours of political ads you see and they are short on issues and long on innuendo and outright lies.

Harold Ford reaction to this week’s gay rights ruling in New Jersey was also interesting. Whether or not he’s actually against it is up for debate, but as a single man running for office after Mark Foley and the Republicans provided us with Foleygate, he took the opportunity to make it be known that he’s “likes girls.” As a matter of fact, he’s said as much during this campaign. When asked about attending a Playboy party during the 2004 Super Bowl he responded “I like football and I like girls.”

I also don’t email pages, dirty messages – that’s unless their girls, cause I like girls.

I can’t say that I blame him though – he can be principled and not discuss it, but being principled doesn’t get you elected.

The stakes are high this year and we’re seeing tactics that we’ve never seen before. Like today: we drove past an ad that read “Bush supports Fitzpatrick. You’re doin’ an heckuva job!” Obviously this ad was placed by the Democrats (love the subtle Brownie/Katrina quote) here in Pennsylvania in order to tie Mike Fitzpatrick (R. PA) to George Bush. How amazing that a political strategy by the Democrats is to tie a Republican to a sitting Republican President.
In this current election it seems like there are so many newbies running and all I have to say is thank god. I’m tired of career politicians and anytime I hear an ad say “Patrick Murphy has no experience” that is a vote for Patrick Murphy from me.

What the hell has all this experience gotten us?

  • grace

    I just saw Harold Ford interviewed on TV yesterday. He’s pro-life, anti gun control and hands out copies of the ten commandments on the campaign trail. I don’t see much choice there. While I think the whole “I like girls and I like football” thing is funny and is worth a chuckle, I get the feeling that Democrats and Independents running this year are trying to get elected by borrowing many of their social policies from Conservative Republicans. It’s the same here in Pennsylvania; in order to oust Santorum from office, my only choice is a pro-life push-over Democrat. If that’s the cost of getting Democrats and Independents into office, it hardly feels like a victory. God, I miss Clinton.

  • http://annette.net Sander

    I dislike everything about that ad, but the one criticism I don’t get is the racism one. Of all the lies and distortions that are blatent, that one seems the smallest in that if anything, it’s only implied.

    If the woman had been black what would the reaction have been?

  • Spencer

    It’s only implied, but it is the most incendiary. It alludes to a taboo that got many a black man lynched and still isn’t fully accepted in the south.

    If the woman had been black, it wouldn’t have been near the reaction and that goes to prove the point. I think also that it’s implied that she’s naked makes it worse.

    It’s just very dirty all round.

  • grace

    I totally agree. Whoever put that ad together knew they could play on the still-existing Southern racist attitudes about black men sleeping with white women. It’s all implied, so it’s easily denied. However, it backfired, because you can no longer air a TV ad in Tennessee and keep it contained. Maybe 50 or 75 years ago an ad in a Tennessee newspaper would raise some eyebrows in Tennessee but go no further, but media is instantly accessible all over the world now. And a fucked up ad like that doesn’t fly everywhere the same way it might in the south. And I have my doubts that this flew well in south anyway. I hope not, anyway…