Here’s the controversial ad that Democrat Jack Conway is running against Republican Rand Paul in Kentucky:
And here (via Daily Kos) is the obligatory hand-wringing from Jonathan Chait at The New Republic:
The ugliest, most illiberal political ad of the year may be this one, from Kentucky Democrat Jack Conway. . . .
The trouble with Conway’s ad is that it comes perilously close to saying that non-belief in Christianity is a disqualification for public office. That’s a pretty sickening premise for a Democratic campaign.
Oh, please, Mr. Chait. This ain’t France. Democrats can’t be expected to ignore the rules of American politics to avoid offending your delicate continental sensibilities. In the USA, atheism — hell, agnosticism — is a disqualification for public office, and not just in Kentucky. Besides, the ad is accurate: You yourself acknowledge that Paul is about as Christian as Ayn Rand. Why shouldn’t Kentucky voters know what you know — that Rand Paul is a religious hypocrite?
We’re not talking about Athenian democracy here, Mr. Chait. The Conway ad may or may not be good politics. If it helps our candidate get elected, it’s good. If it blows up in his face, it’s bad. End of discussion. Nobody will care about it after the election.
A Senate campaign in this day and age is no place for doily makers.