In case you were concerned that he'd somehow changed: the National Journal is reporting that Crossroads, a conservative group affiliated with Mr. Burns-like GOP mastermind Karl Rove, is set to drop $20 million on ads attacking President Obama. It's not even autumn 2011! Election season apparently starts after the weekend, so buck up:
The first ad, which begins airing next Monday, shows a clip of Obama joking this month that some of the shovel-ready projects in the stimulus "was not as shovel ready as we expected" while highlighting rising unemployment and gas prices since he took office.
"Obama's $830 billion stimulus failed," a narrator says in the ad. "14 million out of work. America drowning in debt. It's time to take away Obama's blank check."
The ad will be running on cable nationwide and also in key battleground states that Obama is focused on holding for his re-election. They include: including Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, and Virginia. It will be running for two weeks.
Bully! The National Journal notes that the dough Crossroads is spilling on these ads alone is "more than three times the $6.2 million that the Republican National Committee, which usually funds ads like these, has in cash on hand." Does anyone else see the irony in dropping that much money on commercials vilifying the president for the bad economy? Like, invest in some social programs -- or get your boys to focus on job creation -- if you're so concerned. But anyway:
A new report filed yesterday with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) shows that American Crossroads has raised $3.8 million this year. Over 90 percent of that money came from just three donors. The group spent about $600,000 to help Republican Jane Corwin in an off-year House election, but Democrats picked up the seat.
The group just went up this week with a $50,000 radio ad attacking one of the more vulnerable Democratic senators up for re-election next year, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
Sigh. Let the long, long road to November 2012 begin.