Dick Polman on the racist Republican ad in Tennessee:
Heâ€™s (Ken Mehlman’s–ed.) technically right about the campaign finance laws, which limit how much the national parties can directly spend on individual campaigns â€“ but which permit the parties to spend with unfettered abandon if they set up â€œindependentâ€ committees that operate without any oversight from the party overlords.
But hereâ€™s the key point: Mehlman hired the person who in turn hired the person who produced the â€œindependentâ€ Tennessee ad. So even though Mehlman may have been officially in the dark about this specific ad, it strains credulity to believe that he didnâ€™t know what kind of ad his â€œindependentâ€ ad producer would create. Especially since this ad producer would not have been hired in the first place, to act â€œindependentlyâ€ and provide Mehlman with official deniability, unless he had been sanctioned by top GOP officials.
’nuff said. But I’m not stopping without saying too much.
The issue here is not whether Ken Mehlman or any of his colleagues are bigots. Rather, the issue is that they are willing to harness bigotry to their cause. And, clearly, they are.
While wrapping themselves in virtue.
A sheet, dammit, is a sheet. Whether it comes from Target, Walmart, or Bloomingdale’s. It does not make for attractive wearing apparel.