As you watch this year’s ads — and I’ve been watching all too many lately — you’ll notice a striking difference between Democratic and Republican attack ads: Democrats are attacking over personal issues, Republicans are attacking over policy.
–Jonathan Karl. Democratic negative ads in this closing period of the election cycle include (a) attacking a Republican candidate for having used a fake ID when he was 19 years old, and in college; and (b) attacking Republican candidates for having gotten speeding tickets, to name just a few of the trivial charges being thrown around by a party desperate to retain power at any cost. As the Wesleyan Media Project (quoted in the article) put it, “”Democrats are using personal attacks at much higher rates than Republicans and a much higher rate than Democrats in 2008.”
The question of whether Republicans deserve to win in this election cycle may be a close one. But the Democrats certainly deserve to lose.