Tuesday’s special Senate election in Massachusetts has set in motion some heavy spending by both sides. Ads have gone pretty nasty, and both Bill Clinton and President Obama are going there to help Coakley. While they’re often unfair, I happen to like negative ads. Probably the most famous, though it ran just once, was the Johnson Goldwater ad, shown below. Goldwater later said he thought it was fair. It only ran once supposedly because Johnson thought it was too much.
This ad, by David Zucker, was for the Bush 2004 campaign. RNC people were so shocked by it, it never ran. Is it worse than the above? I would have loved to have seen this on TV.