Back in October of last year then senator of North Carolina Elizabeth Dole was behind in the polls and did what any Republican politician would do in her spot. She went on the attack.
Her method of attack was to ‘expose’ the fact that she had caught her challenger Kay Hagan not just associating with atheists, but taking money from atheists. After a press release failed to garner much, if any, attention, she and her crew decided to release what’s become known as the Godless ad (viewable here).
Now after months of silence one of her henchmen has decided to explain why they decided to release the ad. And once again atheism as a slur rears it’s head.
In late August, Shulman discovered an invitation to attend a Sept. 15 fundraiser in Kay Hagan’s honor at the home of Wendy Kaminer and Woody Kaplan—both well-known atheists—posted on the liberal Act Blue website. McLagan attempted to interest media outlets in the potential story but was rebuffed. A press release exposing the fundraiser also failed to generate much interest among the state media.
Imagine that the bolded words were “both well-known Jews”, “both well-known Catholics”, “both well-known Democrats”, “both well-known feminists” or “both well-known homosexuals”. Now those kind of statements would be hateful, rude and more than a little bigoted, yes?
What I found amusing though is this:
Hagan’s response [to the initial press release] was to attack Dole for attending a fundraiser in Florida at the home of one of President Bush’s biggest fundraisers. You would never believe how many atheist blogs there are out there, but they all went rabid overnight attacking us. We dropped the issue at that point, because we didn’t want to drive Hagan to cancel the event. We all felt that she probably would; why go through that PR ?asco for a few bucks?
Poor little Republican. I guess he didn’t get the memo that attacking atheists these days is a good way to get one’s ass chewed right down to the bone.
In closing here are the people who apparently helped the author of the above article bring this attack into being (they are named in the article):
- Dave Sackatt of the Tarrance Group
- Fred Davis & Bill Kenyon of Strategic Perception
- Mark Stephens, former director of the NRSC
- Ron Butler of Creative Direct
- Brian Nick, Dole’s chief of staff
A nice bunch of assholes, yes?