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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Wright Kind of Ad

By: Carlton Huffman

It is rare to see the Republican establishment, whether in Raleigh or Washington display much wisdom these days but NC GOP chairwoman Linda Daves has displayed plenty. Her decision to air an ad featuring Barack Obama’s hate filled pastor, Jeremiah Wright, and linking Obama to Democratic gubernatorial candidates Bev Perdue and Richard Moore was just what the doctor ordered. Her decision to resist the pressure of John McCain and the national Republican Party and continue airing the ad is something to actually make Republicans feel proud again and I hope we will see more of this wisdom in the future.
Rightly or wrongly you are judged by the company you keep and Barack Obama has certainly displayed very poor judgment in the company he has kept. To continue to attend a church where the pastor spews conspiracy theories such as the government creating AID’s to kill blacks and blaming the United States for September 11 is just the tip of Obama’s iceberg. He has ties to former domestic terrorist William Ayers who bombed the Pentagon during the Vietnam War as well as ties to communist radical Frank Davis. Combined with his “bitter” comments about small town America it is clear that Obama has a very warped view of the United States and is a dangerous radical, the likes of which our nation hasn’t seen since Socialist presidential candidates Eugene Debs and Norman Thomas.
Considering that the Democrats crucified Trent Lott for merely speaking kindly of Strom Thurmond’s 1948 presidential run, it is amusing to see them act with injured piety when their hero Obama receives criticism for very legitimate reasons due to his associations. It is also contemptuous that the North Carolina Democratic Party is labeling this ad as part of a New Southern Strategy akin to Richard Nixon’s 1968 presidential run. Let’s set the record straight about the Southern Strategy; forced busing of children to promote diversity was and is still wrong, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act rest on fragile grounds when it comes to their constitutionality, and Richard Nixon and George Wallace were both right for criticizing the federal government’s actions in the mid to late 60’s. The ad correctly questions the wisdom of Perdue and Moore for choosing to associate with a radical presidential candidate who would make George McGovern feel in good company.
I hope that the North Carolina Republican Party runs this ad all the way to May 6 and beyond for it’s true and raises legitimate questions of not only Barack Obama but of the two gubernatorial candidates who embraced him at the height of Obamamania. As for Linda Daves and the North Carolina GOP, keep up the good work in showing how to fight back. John McCain and the national Republican Party would do well to quit complaining and to start taking notes.

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