Hey, I like my 1988 Pontiac, but there are some things from that year I’d just as soon forget. Like race-baiting scare tactics in political campaigns such as the infamous Willie Horton ad that George H.W. Bush used against Michael Dukakis. It cemented the white vote for the GOP but also guaranteed that the GOP would have a bit of a hard time getting a rather significant number of African-Americans to trust them again.
History is repeating itself in a House race in Nebraska.
The ad, from the National Republican Congressional Committee, ties the Democratic candidate in an Omaha Congressional race to one Nikko Jenkins, a former inmate who was released early from jail and went on to get convicted for murdering four people. The Democrat, state Senator Brad Ashford, supported the state’s “good time” law, which enables inmates to reduce sentences.
Roll Call describes the ad as a “Hail Mary” for the incumbent, GOP Rep. Lee Terry, reporting that both Democrats and Republicans privately agree that Terry is down in the polls.
Then again, no Republican ever lost an election by using race as a motivator.