I’m just wondering why both parties don’t do this ALL the time in districts unfavourable to them. In blue states the GOP should field an “independent” candidate who bashes both parties, and Dem’s should be doing the same in Georgia (Hello Michelle Nunn) or anywhere that’s red-ish and gun-loving. If you say politicians are crap, everyone agrees with you. Even politicians.
There have been hundreds of television ads this election cycle hitting President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other incumbent senators — just not all in the same spot.
But to Kansas independent Greg Orman — the man who could rewrite 2014’s political script — Washington is a hive of dysfunction. And he wants to get there so badly he’s pulverizing both parties.
In an ad released on Wednesday by his Senate campaign, Orman name-checks the Senate’s Republican and Democratic leaders and calls them an equal part of Washington’s problems. Obama is too, he says, as is Sen. Pat Roberts, the Republican Orman is trying to unseat.
“If you listen to Pat Roberts and his Washington buddies, they’ll tell you that President Obama and Harry Reid are the reason Washington is such a mess,” Orman says. “And you know what, they’re half-right, but the other half of the mess: Mitch McConnell and Pat Roberts. The truth is both parties are more interested in political games than problem solving, and both parties are failing Kansas.”
Orman’s ads are produced by the Democratic firm Adelstein Liston.
It’s an unsurprising tack in an era when Congress is about as popular as traffic jams and insects —and especially for Orman, who needs to distance himself from Democratic leaders unpopular in Kansas, which hasn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate since the Great Depression.
Roberts also struck with his own ad on Tuesday, trying to tie Orman to Obama and Reid. Using imagery associated with Obama’s campaign, the ad suggests Orman would be a vote for Obama’s position on immigration, which the campaign calls “amnesty” for the undocumented.
“Politician Greg Orman would make things worse,” a female narrator says. “In Washington, Orman would vote with Obama for amnesty.”
Roberts also got a boost Tuesday from the NRA Political Victory Fund, which began running an ad calling the three-term senator a “steadfast defender of our rights.” They purchased more than $100,000 in airtime last week for the Senate race.
“Our Second Amendment rights are under attack by the Obama administration. That’s why we need leaders like Pat Roberts in the U.S. Senate to fight back for us,” a narrator says. “Roberts will never cave in to Obama’s extreme gun-control agenda.”