Talking Points Memo is spot on when they called this ad against Los Angeles Councilwoman Janice Hahn (D) -- running in a special election to replace the retired Democratic Rep. Jane Harman (CA-36) -- "Willie Horton on steroids." But its all that and more. Let's go down the check list:
And, we get to thank Citizens United for this one. The ad is not being run by her opponent, tea party Republican Craig Huey. It's being run by the brand-new Turn Right USA PAC. Via TPM:
False accusations about her actions regarding gang members: ☑ False inference that the gang members in question are African-American -- Obama! -- when they were primarily Latinos: ☑ Depicting the opponent as demonic: ☑ Calling the opponent a "ho" and a "bitch": ☑ Depictions of various gangsters (Al Capone), gang members, Che Guevara and Charlie Manson (?!): ☑ Depicting the opponent as a pole dancing stripper with (bonus!) a smelly crotch: ☑ Depicting Hahn as about to be sexually violated with an automatic weapon...WHAT?...WTF? This has got to be the sickest, most vile ad ever.
Turn Right USA, the sponsor, is a brand new political action committee which only filed its paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Monday. The paperwork indicates that Turn Right USA intends to operate as a so-called "super PAC," capable of raising funds in unlimited amount, but will not use those funds to directly support federal candidates or committees.