I'm still trying to get my head around this one. CNN reports:
Beginning in May, a group called Iowans for Responsible Government spent over three quarters of a million dollars on television ads and mailers lumping Republican gubernatorial candidate Terry Branstad in with "liberal" politicians like President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Bill Clinton.
Branstad at the time was engaged in a GOP primary fight against conservative activist Bob Vander Plaats, a race he won on June 8 by 10 points.
Citing Branstad's record on taxes when he last served as Iowa governor in the eighties and nineties, one mailer from the group blared: "Liberal Terry Branstad would make Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi proud."
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Now it turns out that the campaign casting Republican Branstad and national Democrats in an unfavorable light was funded by – surprise! - those very same national Democrats.
According to a disclosure report filed this week with the IRS, the group was funded entirely by the Democratic Governors Association, which is backing Gov. Chet Culver's re-election bid. The DGA spent $782,500 on the effort to rattle Branstad.
There's more at the link.
This is almost too weird for words. The Democratic Governors Association spent more than three-quarters of a million dollars in a largely conservative state to emphasize that President Obama and Speaker Pelosi are liberals? Not only that, they've portrayed the Republican candidate for Governor as someone for whom Democrats could vote in good conscience?
I can't see that the DGA has done anything but shoot itself, and the Democratic Party as a whole, in the foot . . . or am I missing something?