The Most Hateful Ad Ever?

Barack Obama’s thuggish campaign has exceeded itself with a Spanish-language ad that is dishonest at several levels. ABC’s Jake Tapper blows the whistle:

Sen. Barack Obama has launched a new Spanish-language TV ad that seeks to paint Sen. John McCain as anti-immigrant, even tying the Republican to his longtime conservative talk-radio nemesis Rush Limbaugh.

As first reported by the Washington Post, Obama’s ad features a narrator saying: “They want us to forget the insults we’ve put up with…the intolerance…they made us feel marginalized in this country we love so much.”

The screen then shows these two quotes from Limbaugh:

“…stupid and unskilled Mexicans.”
–Rush Limbaugh

“You shut your mouth or you get out!”
–Rush Limbaugh

The narrator then says, “John McCain and his Republican friends have two faces. One that says lies just to get our vote…and another, even worse, that continues the policies of George Bush that put special interests ahead of working families. John McCain…more of the same old Republican tricks.”

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more deeply contemptible political ad. Apart from the fact that the ad slanders Rush Limbaugh–the second statement, for example, describes Mexico’s immigration policy–Limbaugh and McCain were opponents on the subject of immigration.

McCain’s stance on immigration, more than anything else, alienated him from his party’s conservative base, precisely because he put the interests of illegal immigrants ahead of a commitment to enforce our laws. McCain’s position on illegal immigration, rightly or wrongly, is the opposite of Limbaugh’s–as, for that matter, is that of President Bush, whom the ad casually maligns.

In the mainstream media, the last week has been consumed by tut-tutting over the supposed “lies” perpetrated by two McCain ads–which, however, were inconveniently true. It will be interesting to see how liberal pundits react to what must be the most dishonest, racist and hateful campaign ad published in many years.

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