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Demonization of Nancy Pelosi Has Been Years in the Making

House speaker is a regular recipient of Republican rage in ads and on Capitol Hill

(Newser) - Before the 2010 election marked by the tea party's ascent, the Republican National Committee reworked its website, changing the display to a "Fire Pelosi" theme that depicted the speaker of the House engulfed in flames. Such attacks have been regular parts of GOP campaigns ever since, before the...

Negativity in Senate Races Is 'Overwhelming'

Nastiness on display in Nevada, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Wisconsin races

(Newser) - Senate candidates in battleground states are facing an onslaught of ads attacking everything from their character to their preferred sports teams, showing negative campaign tactics have risen "to a new level" this year, the Hill reports. "You turn on the TV, it's overwhelming with the negativity,"...

New Conservative Attack Ad Hits ... Mitch McConnell

Because he worked with Joe Biden on fiscal cliff deal

(Newser) - Let the payback begin. Conservative group ForAmerica has turned its sights on one of its own with a new web ad that calls out Mitch McConnell for his willingness to work with Democrats on the fiscal cliff deal, reports Politico . "Whose side are you on?" the ad asks above...

Obama Needs to Talk About Snuffleupagus
 Obama Needs to Talk  
 About Snuffleupagus 
Dana Milbank

Obama Needs to Talk About Snuffleupagus

Dana Milbank: Focus on the imaginary parts of Romney's plans

(Newser) - Barack Obama is focusing on the wrong Muppet. His campaign's new Big Bird attack ad may have garnered lots of attention, but "Big Bird is not the problem," writes Dana Milbank of the Washington Post . "The problem is Snuffleupagus." Snuffy, if you don't recall,...

Maine Candidate Attacked for ... Playing World of Warcraft

State GOP sets up a page devoted to bashing her virtual life

(Newser) - Would you want a state senator who enjoyed stabbing and poisoning people? The Maine GOP is betting you wouldn't, so they've launched what may be the most surreal campaign against Democrat Colleen Lachowicz, attacking her because (gasp!) she plays World of Warcraft. "In our world Colleen...

Why Election 2012 Is a Snoozer
 Why Election 2012 Is a Snoozer 
David Brooks

Why Election 2012 Is a Snoozer

David Brooks laments the content-free, vapid 2012 race

(Newser) - Let's face it: The 2012 election may be incredibly important, but it's "incredibly boring at the same time," writes David Brooks in the New York Times . And not content to leave it at that, he's come up with a lot of interconnected reasons why:
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Why Romney's Finances Are Fair Game
 Why Romney's 
 Finances Are 
 Fair Game 

Paul Krugman

Why Romney's Finances Are Fair Game

Paul Krugman tells Beltway naysayers to 'get real'

(Newser) - Some Washingtonians are decrying President Obama's attacks on Mitt Romney's personal history—be it his tax returns , or his murky Bain exit . Why, they ask, can't we just discuss policy? "The short answer is, get real," Paul Krugman writes in the New York Times . "...

Why Obama's Bain Attacks Are Actually Working

They illustrate 'stark divide between capital and the rest of us': Michael Wolff

(Newser) - Barack Obama's attacks on Mitt Romney's Bain Capital tenure are working, especially in swing states, according to a recent New York Times article—even though Democrats' populist attacks tend to flop, and even though many Democrats, like Cory Booker, oppose them. Their thinking is simple, Michael Wolff explains...

Obama Ads Blast Romney as 'Outsourcer-in-Chief'

Campaign capitalizes on Washington Post article

(Newser) - The Obama campaign is once again attacking Mitt Romney's past at Bain Capital, this time capitalizing on a Washington Post article on the firm's propensity for sending jobs overseas. "Does Virginia really want an outsourcer-in-chief in the White House?" asks one of three new ads the campaign...

Obama Camp: Romney Was Lousy Governor, Too

New video says he broke campaign promises in Massachusetts

(Newser) - The Obama campaign launched a new offensive against Mitt Romney today, taking aim at his record as governor of Massachusetts. In a four-minute documentary-style video, Massachusetts lawmakers and mayors—all of them Democrats, though not, the Boston Globe points out, identified as such—complain that Romney didn't work with...

New Obama Ad: Bain a Vampire, Romney a Job Killer

Campaign officially goes after Romney's time at Bain Capital

(Newser) - Let the Democrats' Romney-Bain attacks begin. The Obama campaign comes out swinging against Mitt Romney this week with a new attack painting him as a job killer, Talking Points Memo reports. The new campaign, featuring a two-minute ad airing in five states, a longer six-minute video available online, and the...

Obama Ad: Mitt Wouldn't Have Killed bin Laden

Romney calls new ad divisive

(Newser) - The Obama campaign turned heads today with a new video that strongly implies Mitt Romney wouldn't have ordered the raid killing Osama bin Laden. The video starts off innocuously enough, with Bill Clinton praising Obama's decision to go after bin Laden. "He took the harder and the...

Senate Cat Candidate Hounded by Attack Ad

Will Hank insist on ultrasounds before spaying?

(Newser) - Me-ouch. Hank the tabby who's running a spoofy campaign for a Virginia Senate seat had no idea politics could be such a catfight . Hank's already being hit with a dog-eat-dog attack ad firing questions off about his birth certificate, tax returns (he hasn't filed any), alleged use...

Stats Prove It: 2012 Race Much, Much Nastier

Negative ads rule the airwaves

(Newser) - It's not your imagination: This year's Republican primary season really has been drastically more negative than usual. In 2008, just 6% of GOP primary campaign advertising attacked other Republicans, but this year that figure has shot to 51%, the Washington Post reports. The tone of the ads has...

Gingrich Super PAC Blasts Romney as Obama Pal

Meanwhile, Gingrich says marital problems make him 'more normal'

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich's super PAC is jumping into the Florida mudslinging contest, with an ad bashing Mitt Romney over his role in helping to devise mandate-based health care. The Winning Our Future PAC, riding high thanks to a $5 million donation from the wife of Vegas casino owner Sheldon Adelson,...

Brown, Warren Make Pact to Boot Super PACs

But will it work?

(Newser) - Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren are rivals in a sure-to-be-bitterly-contested race for Ted Kennedy's old Senate seat, but they both want super PACs to stay out of it: The rivals yesterday entered into a pact discouraging outside groups from airing ads on their behalf; both Brown and Warren agreed...

Colbert Super PAC Ad Attacks... Colbert

And Samuel L. Jackson narrates

(Newser) - The Definitely Not Coordinating With Stephen Colbert Super PAC is certainly spending a lot of time and money urging people not to vote for Stephen Colbert . The latest ad released by the super PAC is an all-out attack on Colbert, an "East Coast Hollywood elite" who is "turning...

Newt Mocks Mitt for Speaking French

'Just like John Kerry, he speaks French, too,' Gingrich ad says

(Newser) - There's still more than a week to go until the South Carolina primary but Newt Gingrich's campaign may have already reached the bottom of the barrel. His campaign's new "French Connection" ad, in an effort to portray Mitt Romney as just another Massachusetts liberal, points out...

Treatment of Family Pet Still Dogs Romney

Dog was in carrier on top of car for 12-hour trip, Gingrich ad reminds voters

(Newser) - A long-dead Irish setter and a revived issue has provided Newt Gingrich with more ammunition to use against Mitt Romney. In 1983, Romney and his family drove from Boston to Canada with Seamus, the family dog, in a carrier strapped to the roof of the car. At some point during...

Iowa Caucuses Nearly Three-Way Tie: Paul, Romney, Santorum Top Latest Poll
 Latest Poll: 
 Iowa Nearly a
 3-Way Tie 
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Latest Poll: Iowa Nearly a 3-Way Tie

Candidates make last-minute preparations

(Newser) - A day ahead of Iowa voting, three candidates are within two points of each other in the latest poll: Ron Paul is leading the field at 20%, while Mitt Romney follows at 19% and Rick Santorum boasts 18%, having jumped eight points since earlier this week, notes Public Policy Polling...

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