Sunday, October 10, 2010

TV - Escalating Extremity of Negative Nevada Attack Ads

Las Vegas - Tea Party darling Sharron Angle says Senator Harry Reid helped sex offenders - child molesters - get Viagra. The Senator says she advocates gun play under the 2nd Amendment to eliminate “domestic enemies” of the constitution.

It's all part of an escalating war of hateful words airing in Nevada television markets in the final days of a dead heat race that is turning white hot, boiling, bubbling and threatening to explode more and more, minute by minute.

No doubt, Senator Reid started the ever-escalating attacks when he unleashed a series of attack ads immediately following Ms. Angle's nomination in the primary race.

But it didn't take her long to retaliate, saying he advocates special benefits for illegal aliens and exploiting the growing unemployment problem in the state. The official rate is 14.4% and climbing. It goes with the territory that gambling and entertainment are a poor choice during hard times and it's put a crimp in the vacation plans of many who like to hit Vegas with a wad of cash.

In the current round of hate, a female announcer says, “Want to know just how out of touch Harry Reid is? Spending $787 billion on a stimulus that failed is a start. Or Reid voting to give illegal aliens special tax breaks and Social Security benefits is another big clue. But here's the kicker. Reid actually voted to use taxpayer dollars to pay for Viagra for convicted child molesters and sex offenders.”

Here is what really happened. Before the Health Care Reform Act of 2010 passed, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., proposed an amendment barring federal expenditures to furnish Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs to sex offenders. Democrats called it a political stunt aimed at killing the legislation. The amendment failed.

As unreal as that is, there is much truth in Ms. Angle's bad mouthing Republican Party officials in a secretly taped phone conversation with another Tea Party-endorsed candidate. She really voiced her insurgent views concerning the hierarchy of GOP officials who have helped her get into a nominal edge situation in her opposition to the Senate Majority Leader in this out-of-nowhere race in the desert.

But it's no more zany than any of her other remarks. During the past month, her pastor went on record saying that Mormons are a strange bunch of people in their political views. This is in a state in which the Mormon denomination is a main stream force with which to be reckoned, the kind of place where casino operators value their strait-laced ways, avoidance of alcohol and drugs – even coffee – as too extreme for their tastes. Being a Mormon is a big plus when you're looking for a job handling money in the casino counting houses.

Viva Las Vegas and Viagra, and leave your tired old fuddy duddy ways of insisting on veracity and verisimilitude at the house. Why let the facts get in they way of a good story? It's party time in Sin City.

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