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New Rand Paul ad: Jack Conway is "Obama's yes man"

Whatever you think of Jack Conway's Aqua Buddha ad, it seemed to temporarily shift the focus on to Rand Paul's youthful views and excesses -- and, crucially, away from Paul's message about Conway being an Obama rubber-stamp.

In this as yet unreleased spot set to go up on the air tomorrow, Paul and the NRSC pivot back hard to a very Obama-centric message:

Conway and Paul are set to debate tonight, after some equivocating from Paul, who claimed to be so infuriated by the Aqua Buddha ad that he wouldn't shake Conway's hand.

Both sides insist that the Aqua Buddha ad played in their own favor. Republicans say it backfired by driving up Conway's negatives, which might explain why they've aired two ads blasting Conway over the spot. But Dems say the Aqua Buddha controversy worked by shaking up the race, planting seeds of doubt about Paul and raising questions about his refsual to cop to his college views.

Though the race is still a tough climb for Conway, it'll be interesting to see if he tries to rattle Paul tonight with more Aqua Buddha references, in an effort to reveal him as thin-skinned and temperamentally brittle.

By Greg Sargent  | October 25, 2010; 12:44 PM ET
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I still can't believe the Aqua Buddha ad was effective; it was just so silly.

Posted by: nisleib | October 25, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

"I still can't believe the Aqua Buddha ad was effective; it was just so silly."

I'm sure hard core Christians don't take calling the Bible a "hoax" too lightly. Same thing goes for having dates on Satanic alters. That whole 'I'm You' ad's intended audience was no doubt Christian conservatives who were spooked.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | October 25, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

The democrats have finally found a message that works

After so many trial balloons this summer and none of them have worked at all.

Democratic Rhode Island Candidate for Governor about Obama: "He can take his endorsement and really Hhove it"


That message works


Frank Caprio of Rhode Island will win.


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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | October 25, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Assuming that Rand Paul comes into the debate prepared for more Aqua Buddah questions, the real way to shake him up is to ask him about his $2000 Medicare hole, his statement that Meth isn't a problem, and his still unanswered questions about whether he still feels that we didn't need the Civil Rights legislation. Since he ran for the car the last time someone asked him to clarify, watching him panic and bail on the debate when asked again would be delicious.

Posted by: ceflynline | October 25, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Mike - Well, sure, the hard core Christians may take offense, but if you are going to attack Rand Paul's religion (a tact I'm not fond of in general) wouldn't it make more sense to go after Paul's worship of Ayn Rand?

Ayn Rand's teachings and the teachings of Jesus don't mesh up all that well. And if you look at Rand Paul's positions it is apparent that the ideological driver is more Ayn Rand than Jesus Christ.

Posted by: nisleib | October 25, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Mike,

I see Christine O'Donnell's situation as very different. Her "I'm You" ad wasn't, in my opinion, targeted to conservative Christians. It was targeted to moderates/independents who might see her "witch" phase as evidence of congenital kookiness. For conservative Christians, the individual's "born again" story is all the more compelling based on how depraved the person was before he or she was "saved." In other words, I wouldn't put it past Christine O'Donnell to have created the whole "witch" episode when she was on Bill Maher's program as a way of demonstrating her "born again" bona fides.

Posted by: bearclaw1 | October 25, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

nisleib. I think it was more going after Rand for attacking the Bible calling it a hoax.

You have a point about Ayn Rand but that's way too complicated for a 30 sec spot I'd say.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | October 25, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

You could very well be right bear. I just figured the reason the 'I'm You' ad seemed so ridiculous to most liberals and moderates is because they weren't the target as did the aqua Buddha ad seem ridiculous.

OT but there's a billionaire battle going on right now in CA.

Koch vs. Gates/Google/Venture Capitalists

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10-25/bill-gates-google-s-brin-funding-fight-to-keep-california-s-carbon-limits.html

For our environments sake, I hope Koch loses.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | October 25, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

That crazy O'Donnell is using the same theme:

"It’s a bird, it’s a plane…

…it’s Chris Coons?

Yeah, we’re pretty disappointed too.

Chris Coons is Rubberstamp Man! Willing to rubberstamp any Obama-approved bill that comes across his desk, Chris Coons will vote with the Liberal Progressives every time."

Posted by: sbj3 | October 25, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Mike says, "...but that's way too complicated for a 30 sec spot I'd say."

True. It is the kind of thing that Democrats would have to push into the public narrative and make an issue of over months, if not years. By doing so they could drive a wedge between the "Ayn Rand" Republicans and the "Christian Conservative" Republicans. If successful, they could do some serious long term damage to the GOP.

Luckily for the GOP, the Democrats stink at using wedge issues in such a manner.

You know what other issue the Democrats, if they had the skill, could turn into a wedge issue? Ginormous undisclosed political donations. Again, it would take months, if not years, to build the issue and push it into the American conscious.

Posted by: nisleib | October 25, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Why is the corporate media burying and ignoring the explosive recently-breaking story related to Jack Conway and his alleged involvement in interfering with a criminal investigation of his brother’s possible involvement as a drug trafficker and/or drug user?

When is it ever appropriate for an acting Attorney General to ignore conflict of interest considerations and repeatedly contact detectives conducting an ongoing criminal investigation of his brother to “inquire” about such investigation?

Why are there so many unanswered questions about Jack Conway?

Google: “explosive Jack Conway”

Posted by: jeff111 | October 25, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Just got a great email from Bill Halter (yes, Bill Halter) asking for support for Elaine Marshall who's running in NC.

There you go: that's what a good candidate does. He works hard for his principles and his party.

And that's after they stabbed him in the back.

F Blanche Lincoln.

Posted by: BGinCHI | October 25, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

In the Rhode Island Governors' race, RealClear has an interesting note that Chafee is running to the left of the democrat candidate Caprio.


Chafee has been elected as a Republican to the US Senate

Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | October 25, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

"Why are there so many unanswered questions about Jack Conway?"

Why hasn't Rand Paul clearly explained being abducted by aliens?

Why so many unanswered questions?

Google: "rand paul abducted by aliens"

Posted by: mikefromArlington | October 25, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

All, this is fun: Contrast Obama and McConnell's statements here:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/10/compare_and_contrast.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | October 25, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Now Obama's deficit commission has a new little disaster-in-waiting.

The Obama people are now saying they would consider ending the mortgage interest deduction on income taxes.

That adds up to a massive middle class tax increase - and would be a complete disaster for the economy as a whole.

Obama must have absolutely no idea what he is doing.

Obama's policies have been one disaster after another - Obama has to know what the economic consequences are. It is simply unbelievable that someone in his position would even consider these things. Obama truly is so lost on economic matters he just does not understand what he is doing. His life has been so isolated from business and even the real legislative action that there is no other conclusion to make that Obama is tone-deaf on all economic matters.

Representing a gerrymandered black district hardly gave Obama the experience he needs.

Obama has no business experience and his resume has him so isolated from the real world problems facing middle class families and businesses.

Yesterday the dicussion on the Murray article and how the New Elite is isolated from America - well I wouldn't put Obama in that New Elite category - but the isolation point is the same

Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | October 25, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

And Rand Paul will rubber stamp this:

"The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.... Our single biggest political goal is to give our nominee for president the maximum opportunity to be successful."

It's tempting to think responsible lawmakers, when asked about their top goals, would talk about job creation, national security, immigration policy, energy, etc. But not Mitch McConnell. He sees destroying the president of the United States in the midst of multiple crises as his "single most important" goal. This is what the administration is supposed to negotiate with next year.

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2010_10/026298.php

Posted by: pragmaticstill | October 25, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

HA - another little nugget to take home with

Obama's new definition of a balanced budget.

Obama says a balanced budget is one - which EXCLUDES interest payments on debt.

Really?

Excluding interest payments means the balance can be "balanced?" This is completely ridiculous. Obama is completely lost on all economic matters.


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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | October 25, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Hey Greg!

Look at what Public Policy Polling said on their twitter on Friday as well as what they said 12 hours ago about AquaBuddha in Kentucky.

Here is a link:

twitter.com/ppppolling

They said: "By a 41-24 margin Democrats in KY think Aqua Buddha was inappropriate. You can imagine what everyone else thinks"

As well as from Oct 22nd: Started up in Kentucky last night, strong sentiment in state that 'Aqua Buddha' ad was not appropriate

Your readers would probably appreciate this information!

Posted by: joshlowry | October 25, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey Greg!

Look at what Public Policy Polling said on their twitter on Friday as well as what they said 12 hours ago about AquaBuddha in Kentucky.

Here is a link:

http://www.twitter.com/ppppolls

They said: "By a 41-24 margin Democrats in KY think Aqua Buddha was inappropriate. You can imagine what everyone else thinks"

As well as from Oct 22nd: Started up in Kentucky last night, strong sentiment in state that 'Aqua Buddha' ad was not appropriate

Your readers would probably appreciate this information!

Posted by: joshlowry | October 25, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the duplicate post.

The correct url is in my second post.

http://www.twitter.com/ppppolls

Posted by: joshlowry | October 25, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

"By doing so they could drive a wedge between the "Ayn Rand" Republicans and the "Christian Conservative" Republicans. If successful, they could do some serious long term damage to the GOP."

Well, except for the fact that old elites like Murray Decries have long since been driven from the party of the new elites who read "Left behind" and vegetate watching NASCAR 24/7, and those few pointy headed left of Rush Republicans still not skinned and hanging on the wall are in camouflage mode and would never dare admit that they even knew who Ayn Rand Paul was, you might have a point.

Posted by: ceflynline | October 25, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Heads up, by the way. the Amazon Samizdat has a new book by ARP pending, "Mitch Shrugged." He is already working on "The Beer tap."

Posted by: ceflynline | October 25, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

"Though the race is still a tough climb for Conway, it'll be interesting to see if he tries to rattle Paul tonight with more Aqua Buddha references, in an effort to reveal him as thin-skinned and temperamentally brittle."

I don't have to pay to read your tripe and I'm still getting ripped off. WaPo will engage in a humanitarian effort the sonner they fire you.

Posted by: Groty1 | October 26, 2010 2:00 AM | Report abuse

Greg, at least put "allegedly" when you talk about Rand Paul's "excesses." You know, unless you're the only one who has evidence.

Posted by: MooseOfReason | October 26, 2010 2:43 AM | Report abuse

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