Warner/Allen Ad: Less Than Good
Well, I guess Elizabeth Taylor taught Senator Warner a thing or two about acting.
That was a hell of a balancing act. It was almost like two different commercials spliced together. Warner thinks we need a change in Iraq and Warner likes George Allen. The ad was an attempt to conflate those two things to fool people into thinking that George Allen may be open to a change in Iraq policy.
Let's be clear, on the most important issue of the day, Iraq, John Warner is closer to Jim Webb's position than he is to George Allen's. George Allen will only change his position on Iraq when George Bush does and we can't count on that.
My wife (who is Republican) had the initial impression that Warner/Allen were trying to evoke fear and that Warner was begging to keep his chairmanship. Pretty sound analysis I would say.
I think this ad was another waste of money. These things just aren't going to move people at this point. Most people have already made up their minds. It will come down to getting Webb voters to the polls.
Mark Warner is going to campaign vigorously for Jim Webb until election day, including in SWVA. This will have more impact that one canned ad from Senator Warner. I'm sure John Warner will not be out on the stump campaigning for Allen. That could also make the difference in this close race.
PS: Oh yeah, and "cut government spending"? In what parallel universe did that happen?
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