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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

 
Wham!
That loud sound you heard earlier today was George Nethercutt launching a massive political warhead aimed straight at Patty Murray. The polls up until this day have meant absolutely nothing, because today's the day that Washington State stops being able to ignore the fact that we have a really, really dumb senator--who says inexcusably dumb things that border on evil:
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., has "a different view of Osama bin Laden," her campaign rival charged Wednesday in a stinging attack ad that uses a picture of the al-Qaida leader and the senator's words to challenge her credentials in the war on terror.

"George Nethercutt's ad is a lie and he knows it," Murray shot back at her Republican challenger. "...My opponent needs to stop playing politics with terrorism."

The ad shows Murray telling a high school audience in 2002 that bin Laden had been at work in unnamed countries "for decades building schools, building roads, building infrastructure, building day care facilities, building health care facilities. And the people are extremely grateful," she says.

"He's made their lives better. We have not done that," she adds.

Nethercutt appears briefly on screen in the ad, saying he approved it "because winning the war on terror means fighting terrorists, not excusing them."
Murray is calling this a "desperate" ploy, and in many ways, it is. Nethercutt has struggled to keep within single digits of Murray, and it's getting down to do-or-die time. But in another way, it's not desperate at all, because this is the most potent weapon in his arsenal, and everyone who has been paying attention has known for quite some time that this was coming.

Most Washingtonians don't know about Murray's penchant for excusing dictators (and apparent inability to read the foreign aid bills she votes on), but they will soon, and that could change the race drastically in Nethercutt's favor. Or, it could backfire--but it's hard to argue that quoting Murray verbatim is "slimy politics."

See the ad here.

UPDATE: Jim Geraghty puts it best:
If you A) think bin Laden's appeal to the Muslim world is that he builds day care centers, health care facilites and roads, and B) are not aware that the United States spends $1 billion a year on Egypt alone, never mind the rest of the U.S. Agency for International Development projects, you are too stupid to be a U.S. senator. Period.

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