"Dems rip Republicans over ethics scandals"

Over at Gadflyer, Paul Waldman shares his thoughts on the first Democrat ad to take on the ever-growing Duke Cunningham scandal. Waldman's take isn't pretty:


The ad could hardly be any weaker. Duke Cunningham ... [is] as crooked as they come. If you're going to do an ad about him, scream it from the rooftops.
Instead, the ads, paid for by the DNC and the DCCC, says somehow the Duke lost his way in Washington, and left behind his "California values," whatever those might be.

This lame attempt to ignite outrage over DeLay-style ethics in Congress may be because ethical lapses aren't even remotely limited to one party in D.C., but it is also certainly due in part to the right-wing noise machine's deafening roar at any slight, a la Dean's labeling Republicans as a white, Christian party last month. While undeniably true, the conservative outrage, parroted throughout the media, instantly shifted the debate from Republican elitism to Dean's so-called "racist" remarks.

Even with a political goldmine like Cunningham, Democrats in Washington have figured out how to drop the ball.

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