Real-life horror of the week (so far):
Michael J. Fox does an ad about stem cell research for Missouri Senatorial candidate Claire McCaskill and Rush Limbaugh goes berserk, accusing Fox of faking his symptoms and Democrats of exploiting sick people for political purposes.
Of course, two years ago when Fox did a similar ad for Republican Arlen Specter, Rush had no problems with "exploiting sick people." And when mocking Fox, Rush imitated his shaking. Except Rush didn't look sick, just mentally disturbed. But then. we're used to that from him. Still, mocking people with debilitating diseases would be considered ill-mannered in polite society...if Rush's listeners were part of polite society instead of a deliberately blindered flock unwilling to see reality.
Meanwhile, in Tennessee, the Republican National Committee aired an ad with the sole purpose of showing a naked blond white woman who claimed to have met Congressman Harold Ford at a "Playboy party," and wanted to get with him again. There were other claims in the ad, but the naked chick is the centerpiece, and the message is clear--that Mandingo buck just wants a Senate seat so he can steal white women. RNC chair and known liar Ken Mehlman claimed he had no power to pull the ad, and denied that there's a racial undertone to it (maybe because it's not limited to the undertone) although the ad itself says that it was paid for by the RNC, who were also responsible for the content.
It's hard to even understand why they would bother--it's a pretty safe bet that Bob Corker already has the racist vote locked up. As in the case of George "Macaca" Allen in VA, it probably won't hurt him with his base to be publicly revealed as the racist candidate.
We keep pushing farther into the 21st century, and the Republicans keep playing the same old cards--Blacks, Mexicans, and homosexuals are out to ruin America. They don't admit that it's their tried-and-true campaign gambit, but they won't give it up. What's especially horrific is that it always seems to work for them.