Friday, September 07, 2007

Anatomy of an ineffective oppo ad

I saw the oppo ad below online yesterday and nearly fell out of my seat laughing because it was so bad. I'm not talking about the use of technology, which was impressive, but the sheer nonsensical emptiness of the message.

First of all, "property rights" is not the big bugaboo issue that Right Wingers wish it was. Next thing you know they'll start pushing states' rights and secession.

Second, it might have been a good idea for the writer/producer of this ad to actually read the record on HJ723.

You see, the theme of this ad is that Dick Saslaw is supposedly unworthy to become majority leader when the Democrats take control of the state senate this year because he opposed HJ723.

The problem with this line of attack is that the current majority leader, Republican John Chichester, also voted against cluttering up Virginia's constitution with this largely symbolic amendment--and Chichester wasn't alone, several Republicans voted against the measure:
HJ723: Constitutional amendment; taking of private property for public uses (first reference)

Voting Yes:

Brandon Bell (R-22)
Ken Cuccinelli (R-37)
John Edwards (D-21)
Emmett Hanger (R-24)
Charles Hawkins (R-19)
Edd Houck (D-17)
Stephen Martin (R-11)
Steve Newman (R-23)
Jay O'Brien (R-39)
Mark Obenshain (R-26)
Roscoe Reynolds (D-20)
Frank Ruff (R-15)
Walter Stosch (R-12)
Frank Wagner (R-7)
William Wampler (R-40)
Martin Williams (R-1)

Voting No:

Harry Blevins (R-14)
John Chichester (R-28)
Chuck Colgan (D-29)
Jeannemarie Devolites Davis (R-34)
Creigh Deeds (D-25)
Mark Herring (D-33)
Janet Howell (D-32)
Benny Lambert (D-9)
Louise Lucas (D-18)
Henry Marsh (D-16)
Yvonne Miller (D-5)
Russ Potts (R-27)
Phil Puckett (D-38)
Toddy Puller (D-36)
Fred Quayle (R-13)
Nick Rerras (R-6)
Dick Saslaw (D-35)
Patsy Ticer (D-30)
John Watkins (R-10)
Mary Margaret Whipple (D-31)

No Vote:

Mamie Locke (D-2)


Ryan McDougle (R-4)
Thomas Norment (R-3)
Ken Stolle (R-8)[1]
Three Republican senators abstained! Just copped out. The Republican Party "rewarded" the author of this bill by primarying him out of his seat, along with another senator who voted in favor of it, Marty Williams. I guess it wasn't that important to the Republicans after all.

But the real joke on the author of this attack piece is that there isn't the slightest difference in the way the current majority leader voted from the way that the "future" majority leader voted. There's no "there" there. The argument behind the video is a nullity.

Thanks to Waldo for Richmond Sunlight.

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