If you haven't seen the Vote Different ad, you've probably been living under a political rock. The ad, which slams Hillary Clinton and support Barak Obama, has been making major waves. Not only is this the first major political ad to appear, but it was completely anonymous, attributed only to the nom de plume ParkRidge47. Yesterday, on a Huffington Post blog, Philip de Vellis stepped forward claiming to be the creator of the ad.
If de Vellis is to be believed, and based on his post he is, the ad is for real. And it bothers me.
This is, perhaps, one of the worst things that could've happened to left. I understand that the intention of the ad is to promote Barak Obama, but the effect is to derisively divide the Democratic Party. Instead of opening up conversation and supporting Barak's new-style politics, it is a boon to the right wing who have dreaded the upcoming election. After eight years of bumbling, scandal and mistakes, not to mention elections so tight that fraud lawsuits are still a possibility in both, Republicans know victory is unlikely, even if higher ups are able to stifle the newly elected Democratic majority. But de Vellis's ad, as good as it may seem for freedom of speech issues and for showing us the power of the little man to make a difference, is divisive and creates a hope among Republicans.
Regardless of who gets the Democratic nominations, the possibility of a third party candidate--Obama or Clinton, depending on who wins--is a boon to Republicans. The one thing they've truly succeeded at in the past two elections is uniting on a common candidate. As we saw in 2000 with Nader, a third candidate dividing the left can be disastrous. Regardless whether that actually comes to pass, seeing attack ads from left wingers against other left wingers is not a good sign.
Truly, I had hoped that this ad would turn out to be the work of the Right. If they had purposefully tried to create a rift in the left and been exposed, it could've been even more disastrous for them. Instead, I awake to find an Obama supporter claiming he created it.
What's worse is that de Vellis stood idly by and allowed Obama to take the blame for the ad. If the left is to truly make headway, we need to work together, support our candidates, and attempt to truly make a difference. To fight amongst ourselves, especially using petty anonymity, will only make our cause crumble from within.
- Current Mood: aggravated
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