The races in the Republican primary had been pretty dull, but then the TV commercials in the legislative races really heated up. These TV ads may be among the worst, and also the most misleading, that I have seen in years. Apparently, those candidates running these ads don’t remember the “11th Commandment” coined by none other than Ronald Reagan. The “Gipper” would be shocked at the behavior of this crop of Republican candidates.
As June 3 approached, I kept looking for the name Obama to show up as a candidate in the Republican primary. But I was never able to find a person by this name in either the legislative or congressional races. But the ads by the candidates in the primary – with very few exceptions – ran directly against President Obama and anything associated with him. That’s really a sad commentary on Alabama politics. I would think the voters would want to know more about the actual qualifications of the candidates. Many of the ads were grossly misleading and took unfair credit for things totally beyond the candidate’s capacity to do. If a candidate ran a positive message in an ad it might just work. Thus far Gov. Bentley has taken the high road in his campaign and he should be commended for that.
But it just may be this is the sort of negative and ugly campaigning that wins elections in Alabama. Through the years, I have always felt that most folks voted against something or against somebody rather than voting for candidates with positive messages. Personally, I will be glad when the GOP primary races are over. But if the Republican candidates run against each other in the Fall in this manner, the general election may be worse. If so, heaven help us!
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