Republican Senator's Ad Grabs for Democrat Obama's Coattails
By Al Giordano
Anybody that still doesn't see that 2008 is a map-changing, paradigm-shifting election year in the United States should be made to watch this ad:
It's paid for by the reelection campaign of Republican US Senator Gordon Smith of Oregon.
It's not unusual for legislators of a political party to seek to distance themselves from their own party's nominee. But it's extremely rare when they reach to associate themselves with the rival party's nominee. And it offers a pretty good sense of what Smith's own polling is showing in Oregon.
The Obama campaign, however, is having none of it, and just put out this statement:
“Barack Obama has a long record of bipartisan accomplishment and we appreciate that it is respected by his Democratic and Republican colleagues in the Senate. But in this race, Oregonians should know that Barack Obama supports Jeff Merkley for Senate. Merkley will help Obama bring about the fundamental change we need in Washington,” said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton.
That ad demonstrates what I've meant each time I've written that this is a once-in-a-generation election.
Blogging will have to wait tonight while I'm playing host to the best saxophone player in the hemisphere and we've got carousing plans. Meanwhile, give those guys some comments love, Field Hand style.