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Will Republicans Run This Ad?

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RUSH: There is an ad running out there.  John Fund sent me a story today.  He said, "Rush, this is so great, and I know the Democrats are worried 'cause Chris Cillizza wrote about it in the Washington Post."  Apparently -- and this is key to understand -- the Republicans are not running this ad in question.  A Republican consultant amazingly put it together, but an outside group is buying and paying for it. 

It uses footage of New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen where she says, like Obama said, "If you like your insurance, you can keep it."  And on the screen while she's saying that, graphics note that Obama was awarded the Lie of the Year by PolitiFact for saying the same thing.  But then where the ad hits the home run is, it ends with this line:  "Next November, if you like your senator, you can keep her.  If not, you know what to do."

It's a great ad and I wrote Fund back and I said, "John, don't get excited.  The Republicans aren't gonna run this ad.  It's too confrontational.  It's not bipartisan.  It's not respectful.  The Republicans aren't gonna cause problems. They're not gonna say these kind of mean things.  Outside groups will."  I'm being facetious.  But I'm saying I'll be shocked if the Republicans actually run this ad.  I can see outside groups doing it.  It's a great ad. 

Here's Jeanne Shaheen, she's one of these Democrats that was echoing Obama, "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your plan, you get to keep it."  And on the screen Obama was given the award of Lie of the Year by PolitiFact for saying the same thing. And it ends up, "If you like your senator next November, you can keep her.  If not, you know what to do."  It's a great ad.  But the Republicans might decide it's not bipartisan.  It's too confrontational.  It doesn't represent crossing the aisle.  There's no compromise in this ad.  It might irritate women.  It might upset Hispanics and blacks.  And women and minorities might be hardest hit. 

I was being facetious, but I wanted to send Fund a message, 'cause that's the impression. This woman, the caller from San Jose was making the point, the Republicans just don't have the guts to stand up for themselves and run ads like this. "Too confrontational, oh, my gosh, might make people mad.  We don't want to make people mad.  We're not trying to be partisan here or anything."  There's a gold mine of ads that could be running now.  There's a gold mine of things Republicans could be saying now to take advantage.  And they are not. 

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RUSH: I want to play you the audio of that Jeanne Shaheen ad, because I have it here.  It's in New Hampshire.  This is an outside conservative group running the ad, not the GOP.  The GOP is not running the ad.  John Fund sent me this note about this ad. He's all excited about it. "Ah, Democrats are scared to death."  Why?  Republicans are never gonna run this.  It's too mean, too mean-spirited, too extreme. The Tea Party would like it too much.  So it's an outside conservative group that did the ad.

EndingSpending.com is the PAC.  Republicans don't believe in that. It's based on the latest budget: EndingSpending.com. 

It's entitled, "Like Your Senator?"  Here is the audio of the ad.

ANNOUNCER:  On health care, Jeanne Shaheen didn't tell the truth.

SHAHEEN:  You can keep your insurance if you like it!  It will increase choices for families! It will promote competition!

ANNOUNCER:  The facts: More than 20,000 New Hampshire patients have had their coverage cancelled, and Obamacare offers only one insurer on New Hampshire's individual market.  So next November, if you like your senator, you can keep her.  If you don't, you know what to do.  (Ending Spending, Inc., is responsible for the content of this advertising.)

RUSH:  Now, Chris Cillizza in the Washington Post ("War-shington" if you're Newt Gingrich or from Rio Linda) writes that every Democrat should fear this ad, and they should.  I mean, the ad is great, poignant. It's a home run. It's a grand slam, and the Democrats are freaking out over it.  But the saving grace is -- and I am not being facetious.  I'm not trying to be funny.  I would not be surprised if the Republicans find this ad too confrontational, too mean-spirited.

They'll call it an "attack ad."  Remember, the Republicans still believe that the way to win elections is to show that they're willing to cross the aisle and work hand in hand with the Democrats in a bipartisan, non-confrontational way, and when the Republicans learn that an outside conservative group did this -- one that maybe has ties to the Tea Party -- that'll turn 'em off on it.  Now, I'm not predicting that, 'cause I'm hoping nobody could be that stupid.  But I won't be surprised if they end up being that way.

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