Looks like the Alabama Republican Party has accepted the futility of trying to make a positive case for its slate of empty-suit, dead-end candidates. You can tell that by the hysterical, hateful mailings that have turned the cathouse mailbox into a political ad Superfund site.
Unable to say anything positive about the party's candidates, the state GOP has decided that even its county commission candidates are running against President Obama.
Take the campaign against County Commissioner Roger Jones in Madison County. Last Friday, we got a mailer with cartoon "Obama ducks" on one side and the astonishing allegation that a county commissioner "votes like Obama" on the other. Part of the "proof" offered is - I'm not making this up - a "February 5, 2008 Letter to the Editor, The Huntsville Times."
Well ok then. As long as the "proof" isn't something totally unreliable or over the top - like any comment ever at Al.com. Although one of those will probably be in the next mailer: we are truly scraping the bottom here.
Then yesterday, we had an even more hysterical, 8x10 color glossy, suitable-framing-for-your-office-in-Hell mailer with a screeching woman on one side and a question on the other: "Is Roger Jones an Obama Liberal?"
Part of the "proof" offered on that one is that Jones disagreed with then fellow county commissioner Mo Brooks. To most of us (including the editorial board of the Florence Times-Journal), that's an indication of plain good sense and integrity. Yikes... maybe Jones really does have something in common with the President!
Some screen shots of this cartoonish crap are on the flip - along with comparison mailers from Jones, a man who takes his job seriously, lists his accomplishments, and doesn't assume the only way to grab voter interest is with cartoons.
Who is Roger Jones running against? The Alabama GOP doesn't bother to even mention the name of the opponent. And that tells you a heck of a lot more about the quality of the GOP candidate than it does about the Democratic incumbent, doesn't it?