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Lest anyone lull themselves into the belief that the left has taken an uncontested lead in the bad-mouthing-the-oppostion derby, I submit the following from an Iowa anti-Dean ad being run by The Club for Growth, a PAC which describes itself as "one of the nation’s leading free-market political advocacy organizations."

In a current press release on their web site, they announce an ad that began running today on Des Moines, Iowa broadcast stations and on cable news channels, for which they have budgeted over $100,000 during this phase of the campaign. For for those who can't stream the ad from here, it goes like this:

"A dignified older couple walks out of a barber shop. An off-screen announcer asks what they think of Howard Dean’s plan to raise taxes on a typical family by $1,900.

"Without hesitation, the husband responds: 'What do I think? Well, I think Howard Dean should take his tax-hiking, government-expanding, latte-drinking, sushi-eating, Volvo-driving, New York Times-reading…'

"His wife continues: '…body piercing, Hollywood-loving, left-wing freak show back to Vermont where it belongs.'"


Thanks for posting this. Just blogged about it too, under "No Financial Obligation! Just Send Money!".

They have a way amusing website that says "The Club for Growth is a unique organization in that we do not impose any financial obligation on our members whatsoever - except for your two year voluntary membership contribution. This fee covers the cost of researching the candidates and issues in a timely fashion so that you can make informed decisions on candidate contributions. The Club provides a valuable service to our members: research and background on candidates who believe in the right set of pro-growth policy ideas."

So exactly HOW much did they spend on research for this ad? $19.99? And remind me, how do they know what the RIGHT set of policy ideas are anyway?"

And guess who is a member of this illustrious club?

Cheers -- H

Funny... Jim and I were just sitting in a diner in Burlington and Jim goes "we need Joi to blog about this!" and I go "we need Barlow to blog about this!"...

Coinkidink? I think not. ;)

Watching the video is essential. It's even more ridiculous in production than on paper. You can see it if you click through to their homepage ..."where the freak shows get their freak clothes!"