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    :: Saturday, November 01, 2008 ::
    Let me see if I can figure out this Liddy Dole "Godless" ad thing. It says here:
    Dole's 30-second advertisement shows clips of some members of an atheist advocacy group -- the Godless Americans Political Action Committee -- talking about some of their goals, such as taking "under God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance and removing "In God We Trust" from U.S. currency. It goes on to question why Hagan went to a fundraiser at the home of a man who serves as an adviser to the group.

    "Godless Americans and Kay Hagan. She hid from cameras. Took Godless money. What did Hagan promise in return?" the narrator says.

    The ad ends with a picture of Hagan, as another woman declares in the background, "There is no God!"

    On Wednesday, her attorneys demanded the ad come down within 24 hours. On Thursday, Hagan's attorneys filed a lawsuit in Wake County Superior Court accusing Dole of defamation and libel.

    Well that's interesting, because in yesterday's mail I got this big card for which the Democratic Party of Virginia claimed credit, if that's the word, that showed an affecting young actress in the role of a woman who, the card claimed, had been raped and was now pregnant, and that went on to claim that Thelma Drake (that's my local Congressman) wants to put this young woman in jail for having an abortion.

    Now, there is of course no way Thelma Drake wants to put women such as this in jail, or "women and doctors" (as the card says, emphasis added) in jail for abortion in case of rape. (I'm not conceding the "rape exception," I'm just stating the reality of the worthy Mrs. Drake's agenda.)

    So, should Mrs. Drake sue? Will she guarantee her own reelection by running hard-hitting counter-ads? What advice you do you have for her, Kay Hagan?

    Tags: Candidates use over-the-top advertising: media (sometimes) shocked

    :: David M. Wagner 2:18 PM [+] ::

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