It never does to take politics too seriously. Sometimes, the only defense is a good sense of humor.
Far be it from me to criticize anyone for running a negative ad – but the people who make political ads, and the campaigns and candidates do get a little carried away at times.
In Virginia, Republican Jerry Kilgore ran an ad attacking Democrat Tim Kaine, saying, “Tim Kaine says Adolf Hitler doesn’t qualify for the death penalty.”
And in New Jersey, Republican Doug Forrester ran a TV ad quoting Democrat Jon Corzine’s ex-wife as saying, “All I could think was that Jon did let his family down, and he’ll probably let New Jersey down, too.”
Corzine ran a negative ad of his own with a nineteen year old boy in a wheelchair saying, “Doug Forrester doesn’t support embryonic stem cell research, therefore, I don’t think he supports people like me.”
My point is negative ads have their place and purpose – but they do get a little bit ‘whacky’ at times. We’ve come a long way since George Bush senior’s ad in 1988 showing Mike Dukakis driving a tank wearing a leather helmet. At least that was funny.