‘The Arabs (and Indians and Chinese) Are Coming!’
With so many touching xenophobic and foreigner-baiting attack ads, it’s hard to pick favorites. Here are five of the best as the midterm elections get ugly.
What we have got here?
This year, with the House of Representatives and possibly the Senate at stake, boundaries of decency have not only been crossed but trampled on and possibly waterboarded at an undisclosed location. Senators are buying Viagra for child molesters. Aqua Buddhas are threatening Christianity. And plenty of candidates and allied organizations are reaching for the old standby of political fearmongering: the foreigner.
Between the Chinese bankers taking over America, amorous Iranian dictators, and job-stealing Indians (who have apparently taken them from the job-stealing Mexicans), it’s hard to see a single “Daisy” ad — a defining television spot that can decisively swing a previously close race — emerging in this year’s crop. But who knows? The election isn’t until Tuesday, and four days is an eternity in political mudslinging. Here’s a sampling of the year’s greatest, dirtiest hits.
My opinion: American Right is in that department more and more like xenophobic right-wingers in Europe.