It's gonna be an election for the ages. Seriously, this is going to be the most bitter, bruising, and abusive election in generations, and not just at the top of the ticket. Down-ballot races are going to be nasty!
At the New York Times, "In Arkansas, a Preview of Democratic Attacks to Come" (via Memeorandum):
It has not yet been seen on television, but the early notices for a digital advertisement from a Democratic candidate for the Senate from Arkansas, Conner Eldridge, suggest it could well become a blueprint for how other Democrats — incumbents and challengers alike — attack their Republican opponents by linking them to Donald J. Trump.I think Republicans should just say bring it.
THE AD Highlighting some of Mr. Trump’s most misogynistic remarks, the ad alternates between those quotations and slowly spelling out the definition of the ad’s title: “Harassment.”
A white, blinking cursor on a black screen begins to peck out a dictionary’s entry for “harassment,” before the screen cuts to video and audio clips of Mr. Trump: “She ate like a pig.” “I’d look her right in that fat ugly face of hers.” The cursor continues typing the definition — “To subject someone to hostility” — before cutting again to the voice of Mr. Trump opining about a woman’s cosmetic surgery: “The boob job is terrible.”
This continues for a full minute before the cursor blinks ahead of a new phrase: “Trump enabler: Arkansas Senator John Boozman,” who is shown in a black-and-white photo as he is heard saying he will support the Republican nominee, “regardless of who we pick,” even if it is Mr. Trump.
THE IMPACT The two-minute ad was instantly seen as a preview of general-election attacks on down-ballot Republican candidates with Mr. Trump at the top of the ticket. It received even more attention on the right than on the left: “This is brutal,” wrote Erick Erickson, a conservative writer who opposes Mr. Trump’s candidacy. He called it a road map for how Democrats “are going to take back the Senate.”
THE TAKEAWAY Mr. Trump’s victory in the primary campaign has created a sense of worry and uncertainty for lower-level Republican candidates, unsure if he will drag them down or if they will need to hold onto his avid supporters to have a chance in November. The threat contained in this ad — effectively using Mr. Trump’s and Mr. Boozman’s own voices against them — could well prompt some Republicans to try to distance themselves from their presumptive nominee...
I mean, as much as leftists can smear Trump for misogyny, racism, Islamophobia, or whatever other slur-of-the-day, there's ten times the material available from Hillary and Bill Clinton's decades-long careers in the public eye. Just Hillary's years in the Obama State Department will provide so much brutal attack material, it's going to make the Democrat Party look like the key state-sponsor of Islamic State.
And Bill Clinton's misogyny can't be topped. Yeah, Hillary enabled it, despite her lies to the contrary. It's going to be mud-slinging and nasty all the way down. What a hoot. I can't wait for the fall campaign!