Unwarranted Cover

Freedom’s Watch, the group that has run some great ads demonstrating the importance of the U.S. effort in Iraq, has another effective ad airing.  It takes a broadside at MoveOn.org for the New York Times ad that criticized General Petraeus.  In the opening screenshot, the narrator intones that “political leaders and newspapers have been condemning the radical liberal group MoveOn.org…” while you see a graphic of the United States with the photos of six people: Sen. John Ensign (R-NV), Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), Sen. John Rockefeller (D-WV), Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and…. (record scratch as the music stops)… Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ). Huh?

(To see the ad go here)

It reminds me of the Sesame Street game “which one is not like the other?”  Why a good, conservative (presumably Republican) group would highlight a freshman liberal Democrat Congresswoman among five Senators is beyond me.  But it certainly doesn’t help the Republican efforts to unseat her next year. In fact, it provides her unwarranted political cover.

The only possible nexus is that it is rumored that the political consultant group Jamestown Associates is producing the ads.  They have had close ties to former Rep. Jim Kolbe, who was a bit of a fan of Gabby in the last election.  Are they angling for some business from Giffords?  Time will tell.


  1. Oh brother! “Political leader”, I’m still laughing about that one. Sounds like the same voiceover of her predecessor’s ads. The same sensitive “I sound like I’m about to cry” narrator

  2. PS, perhaps she’ll actually share a public comment to “decry the Petraeus ad as despicable”…I don’t believe I’ve actually seen or heard of anything from her that calls Move On out for accusing Petraeus of genocide…maybe she forgot to issue that press release. That will be a fun backpedal…”yes, um, I decry Moveon.org, the group that funds me with thousands of dollars (thanks guys) for the ad they made comparing General Petraeus to Hitler. The war is kinda wrong and stuff, we need to have a timetable for withdrawal because I voted for it but we must win at any cost, as long as it’s publically popular and can be accomplished by Christmas…or Hanukah…whatever…and with purity of essence”

    She’s going to get beaten by Tim Bee in 2008.

    2006 is over. No crossover votes for you! NEXT!

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