This is, of course, outrageous:
In one of the hardest hitting – Republicans will undoubtedly say “dirtiest” – television ads aired in history, the Louisiana Democratic Party is accusing Rep. Bobby Jindal of being anti-Protestant.
The bizarre charge is delivered by an unidentified woman in a new Louisiana Democratic Party TV ad produced by Carvin/Seder Communications, a Louisiana-based consulting firm whose clients have included former Governor Edwin Edwards (D-La.), Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D) and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin (D).
In the TV spot, the announcer charges that Jindal wrote articles that “insulted thousands of Louisiana Protestants,” and she holds up an article in which she says Jindal “doubts the morals and questions the beliefs of Baptists, Methodists, Episcopalians, Pentecostals and other Protestant religions.”
Those making this ad should be ashamed of themselves, and there really is no excuse for it. I am, however, not surprised. The Republicans have spent the past ten years (others would argue much longer) using religious litmus tests and inserting dogwhistles in their speeches- Karl Rove would find this ad completely acceptable, although he would be smart enough to not leave his fingerprints on it. Rather than being released by the Democratic Party, we would learn that the ad was produced by “Concerned Protestants for Truth.” And really- this is pretty tame stuff compared to what Kerry and others have faced.
So while it is wrong and outrageous, it is not surprising this sort of thing would take place, and you can take comfort that at least the Republicans might stop engaging in this sort of campaigning and divisiveness once they feel the sting.
We’ll just file this under “blowback.”
*** Update ***
I may have misread things. If Jindal really said the things he is alleged to have said, then screw him. He made his bed, he can lie in it.
*** Update #2 ***
Pretty clearly a “dishonest attack.”