Harry Reid's fraudulent campaign against Republican senate candidates
...Dirty Harry Reid is trying to select GOP candidates to run against the way he did in getting Todd Akin on the ballot in Missouri. There needs to be an aggressive campaign against the fraudulent claims of Democrats.
The lesson many Democrats seem to have taken away is that the benefits of misleading voters outweigh the downsides. At least that view seems to be guiding Democrats in the battle for the Senate, especially the work of Majority Leader Harry Reid's Senate Majority PAC.
Consider Republican Congressman Tom Cotton, who is challenging Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor. A Senate Majority PAC ad claimed Mr. Cotton "got paid handsomely working for insurance companies." Actually, the management consultants McKinsey & Company employed Mr. Cotton. The Afghanistan and Iraq veteran's only work involving insurance was helping the Federal Housing Administration to improve services, including insurance, for companies that finance apartment construction. His annual salary was $85,000. But Democrats are determined to portray Mr. Cotton as a rich tool of insurance companies, no matter how many lies are involved.
Senate Majority PAC also ran an ad implying that Louisiana Republican Senate hopeful Bill Cassidy was part of "the fight to let flood insurance premiums soar, helping the insurance companies and cut off hurricane relief for Louisiana families." In reality, Rep. Cassidy and several other Republican congressmen from coastal regions proposed an amendment that kept flood-insurance premiums from rising. The idea that a congressman from the state hit by Katrina would "cut off hurricane relief" is absurd.
Campaigns often make shaky claims, but these Democratic ads are flat-out falsehoods. Republicans have an opportunity to counterpunch powerfully. Many Republican candidates are doing so, diminishing the credibility of Democrats while offering a governing agenda for the middle class. GOP candidates must be disciplined and have the resources to fight back.