Is Angle’s New Ad Racebaiting?
Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle has released another anti-immigration ad against her rival Harry Reid, but some are saying this ad goes too far.
According to Salon, it’s the most blatantly race focused ad since Jesse Helms released his 20 years ago.
It’s hard not to watch Sharron Angle’s new television ad, which features menacing shots of illegal immigrants sneaking across the border as a narrator ticks off all of the ways “illegals” are hurting “you” (with Harry Reid’s help!), and not be reminded of the notorious race-baiting spot that Jesse Helms aired in the closing days of his 1990 Senate campaign against Harvey Gantt.
Helms’ “hands” ad, considered one of the most blunt appeals to racial resentment in the history of televised political advertising, showed a pair of white hands crumbling up a rejection letter from a prospective employer. “You wanted that job,” the narrator says. “You needed that job. But they had to give it to a minority because of a racial quota.”
The same basic technique is evident in both the Helms and Angle spots: portraying the Democratic candidate as a politically correct social tinkerer who is more interested in helping undeserving minorities than “you.”
One has to wonder if Sharron Angle’s spokesperson will disavow this ad, as well.
Angle is currently leading Sen. Reid by 3 points in a poll released by Fox News.