Xoff writes that Rush Limbaugh set the standard for how low you can go. He was referring to Limbaugh's attack on Michael J. Fox after appearing in ads supporting Democrats -- including Jim Doyle -- who back embryonic stem cell research. Fox suffers from Parkinson's and his body jerks uncontrollably.Limbaugh said he was faking.
But just when you think you've seen bottom, you discover the abyss is deeper than you imagine. And who is looking up at you but Jessica McBride -- who also attacks Fox for what she calls "exploitative" ads.
Here's one nugget:
Fox is even wearing the same clothes. Same table in the background. Think they mass marketed this thing? Yep. Assembly line empathy.
Is McBride suggesting Fox is insincere? Would it have been better if he had changed his clothes or moved around the furniture? "Assembly line empathy" sounds sinister -- what exactly does it mean.
The whole thing deserves to be read, if only as an example of incoherence. Essentially she argues that it's unfair for Democrats to use people like Fox in ads (she describes the ads as having a "cringe" factor and being "exploitative," though it's not clear who she says is being exploited.). It's unfair because it allegedly silences debate. The Brawler would argue that spokesmen like Fox focus debate by reminding us of real-life implications.
But this piece jumped out at the Brawler:
The media never call the Democrats on it. If George Bush so much as runs a snippet of footage from 9/11, and they are all over him for that (not to mention if they air an ad about a law enforcement officer slain after a crime lab delay). Democrats are allowed to be as exploitative as they want.
In case you don't remember, the failed Bucher AG primary campaign ran an ad essentially accusing Peg Lautenschlager of being responsible for federal agent Jay Balchunas' death because of the crime log backup.
Yes, the media was all over Bucher for the ad. The reason?
The Balchunas family took exception to the campaign using his name.
So really, Jessica is attacking the family here.
Like the Brawler said: New depths.