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Labor ad blasts Blanche Lincoln all over the place

A brutal new ad targeting Blanche Lincoln.

It can't be overstated how huge a victory knocking off Lincoln would be for organized labor, and now one of the major unions is up with its first spot of the runoff, a very aggressive ad blasting Lincoln on multiple fronts.

The new minute-long spot, from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, is backed by an $855,000 buy, an official says, underscoring how heavily invested labor is in taking her down. It throws a whole fusillade of charges at Lincoln, even ridiculing her recent election-day snafu, in which her campaign forgot she'd requested an absentee ballot for herself:

The ad will be running all the way through June 7th, the day before Lincoln faces Bill Halter in the runoff, according to Ricky Feller, who oversees AFSCME's advertising in Arkansas. It represents the lion's share of the $1.4 million the union has pledged to spend on the runoff.

"This one of our largest shots," Feller tells me.

Labor's heavy investment in ads attacking Lincoln have allowed Halter to simultaneously take the high road: His first spot of the runoff is an overwhelmingly positive one. Such ads run the risk of helping Lincoln paint Halter as a tool of outside groups.

But labor clearly sees no need for caution, and from now until election day will throw everything it's got at Lincoln -- with a vengeance.

By Greg Sargent  |  May 25, 2010; 12:11 PM ET
Categories:  2010 elections , Senate Dems  
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Whoa, that ad is harsh but effective. Other Democratic candidates better take heed of what the unions are doing against Lincoln in Ark.

Posted by: Beeliever | May 25, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

OT: Sez here the Senate leadership has announced 11 participants for the House-Senate FinReg conference committee -- 6 Ds and 5 Rs. That seem like a lot, no?

Posted by: jzap | May 25, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

OT: Update on new drilling permits

"""He said the Department issued a halt any new APD permits (Application for Permit to Drill) and that none have been issued since April 20th, the date of the Deepwater Horizon accident.

However, there is a second kind of drilling permit, called a "bypass permit" that a company may ask for -- often for safety reasons if they have to move or make changes to an ongoing drilling operation. Those kinds of permits -- for ongoing operations -- have been approved in the past month."""

more at the link:

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2010/05/25/2328030.aspx

Posted by: Ethan2010 | May 25, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

That IS a good ad! The best part, imho, was that she couldn't vote on primary day because she had an absentee ballot delivered to... VIRGINIA. The ad really plays that up well. Pretty effective.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | May 25, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I'd be interested in comments about the quality of the ad, regardless of it's "political message".

Personally, I find it a very sophisticated production. Is it TOO much so? Does that level of quality risk negative reactions in the intended market? Or, will this be persuasive by virtue of it's quality standards?

Anyone familiar with the Arkansas demographic care to comment?

Posted by: habari2 | May 25, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

OT but here is a direct link to Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh and death threats to politicians.

"FBI agents tracked the calls to a 54-year-old Texas man who lived alone — and who at one time had owned a 20-gun arsenal of handguns, shotguns and rifles. According to the documents, he told officers that he was “really, really drunk” when he made the calls. He said he was just “venting” — taking out his frustrations after hearing a discussion of the Fairness Doctrine and becoming concerned that the government would attempt to abolish the radio shows of Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh."

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0510/37726_Page2.html

Remember this as they always seem to wash their hands of any wrong doing.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | May 25, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

OUCH!

Posted by: suekzoo1 | May 25, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Whoever did this ad needs to be hired by the DNC.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | May 25, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

habari2: I got a similar vibe from this ad. Not necessarily that it was too slick, but that some of the shots could have been taken with more effective punch. And I suspect some of that partially wasted opportunity was indeed due to a desire for high production values.

Quibbling aside, the ad is still very effective. Good work by the SEIU and their vendors and contractors.

Posted by: jzap | May 25, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Good ad...but I have to say it feels more like a General Election ad than a primary ad. Either way, should drive her negatives even further into the dumps, if at all possible. Hopefully that will depress her voters' enthusiam some, and keep them home on election day.

But I really hope that the unions are spending just as much on a GOTV operation as they are on tv ads. A primary runoff is weighed on heavily by GOTV. In fact, it may be even more important than ads - turnout is expected to drop to 1/3 of what it was in the original primary race.

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | May 25, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

This is a wicked ad. The problems she had voting on election day really sell it at the end.

Posted by: caribgirl | May 25, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Hey Greg, I haven't seen a post on this yet.

I just glanced at the Pollster Generic Congressional Ballot polls. Who knows if this is a temporary thing but holy crap has the momentum shifted.

http://www.pollster.com/polls/us/10-us-house-genballot.php

Posted by: mikefromArlington | May 25, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

McCain's campaign has released a funny ad against J.D. Hayworth, who was insisting the other day that the US never declared war against Hitler.

"Hayworth 'Among The Dumbest Members Of Congress'"

(I guess McCain doesn't see the irony of a person graduating a the bottom of his naval class calling someone else dumb...)

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/05/mccain-web-video-hayworth-among-the-dumbest-members-of-congress.php?ref=fpblg

Posted by: suekzoo1 | May 25, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

"Hayworth 'Among The Dumbest Members Of Congress'"

Well, at least Hayworth can claim he's not the one who's a pointy-headed intellectual snob.

Posted by: jzap | May 25, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm wondering if the sudden swing to Dems in the Generic ballot is a result of the Arizona law.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | May 25, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

All, new thread on what Obama could do in response to the spill:

http://bit.ly/9pHTyO

Posted by: Greg Sargent | May 25, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Great ad. it seems that a lot of back-end political talent has arrived in the Progressive Democratic camp. Funny what success will do.

Bye-bye Blanche.

Posted by: wbgonne | May 25, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

In reference to the comment made by habari2: Just a clarifying comment-- this ad was run by AFSCME(American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees) not SEIU. SEIU has their own ads running: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/SEIU_Remember_TV612x64_FINAL_SHIPPED.mov

Not a terrible ad-- but I believe the AFSCME one is considerably less hokey and typical.

Posted by: smriga | May 26, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

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