If it is, then it is on the facts. That's still no reason to lie down and take it. The Republican punditry machine dropped the ball on this one. Lee Atwater would have had 40% of America believing the ad pointed to the virtue of conservatism, as defined by Lee Atwater, by now. All Karl Rove can do is cry foul.
No. That's a trap. If conservatives embrace the ad and claim that it supports their goal to help America recover, it will be followed by a stream of well thought out liberal op-eds speaking rationally about how the GOP has already embraced the use of government bail out as the means to American recovery, so why are they opposing <this idea, that idea, the other idea>. That will be followed with labels of conservatives as either hypocrites or that they are actively opposed to American Recovery.
Is this your first time around the merry-go-round? The whole "Find conservatives saying things which appear to support our position" tactic is pretty common on the left. If you can get conservatives to agree (or even just appear to agree) that Recovery is connected to government spending, then any future opposition to such spending can be labeled as conservative opposition to Recovery.
The pundits were absolutely correct to loudly and clearly reject the image of recovery presented in that ad. Doing otherwise would trap them down the line. By doing it loudly, and in fact making the claim that the ad was political (which forces the left to insist equally loudly that it wasn't), the conservatives gain the ability to point out every single time that any liberal uses Detroit recovery in their campaigns or in support of their agenda as proof that the ad was political, and that bailout money was used in a corrupt manner to aid their own reelections, agenda, etc.
Why the **** do you think I'm raising such a stink? The louder we make this connection *now*, the easier it is to point back to it later if/when Dems use language which ties into the language in this ad. That's how politics is done. Edited, Feb 10th 2012 5:47pm by gbaji