Tuesday, September 07, 2004

A Democratic campaign ad I'd like to see

Following a link from SmirkingChimp, we come to an article by Michael Paul Williams in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, which reminded me of Zell Miller's complete turnaround over the last three years, from praising John Kerry, to savaging him at the recent Republican convention in a breathtaking display of frothing-at-the-mouth hatred that left even some conservatives slack-jawed.

But, as Williams reminds us, it was only three years ago that Miller was lavish in his praise of that same John Kerry. As Williams writes:

'At a Democratic Party function in Georgia three years ago, Miller introduced Kerry as "one of this nation's authentic heroes, one of this party's best-known and greatest leaders - and a good friend."'

Good Lord, and doesn't that suggest the perfect TV ad by the Kerry campaign, something along the lines of:

... Even Republican National Convention keynote speaker Senator Zell Miller has described Kerry as "one of this nation's authentic heroes, one of the Democratic Party's best-known and greatest leaders - and a good friend.

And the great thing is, it's perfectly true. The fact that he made that statement three years before the convention doesn't take away from its accuracy one iota. And if the Kerry campaign had any sense whatsoever (not a given by any stretch of the imagination, sadly), they'd collect complimentary quotes from Republican leaders over the last few years and make an entire ad out of these.

This is what you would normally call a no-brainer. Which is why I don't expect to see Kerry or his aides doing anything remotely like it anytime soon. Pity.

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