As Ossoff continues to lead in the polls, conservatives continue to make absurd, fact-free ads attacking him.
The two most recent attack ads against Ossoff have become increasingly ridiculous, one of which is leading to a cease-and-desist request from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency for superimposing an Ossoff ad on a San Francisco cable car without permission. NPR called the ad “a sarcastic ad from the Republican-aligned Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF) featuring actors in San Francisco mockingly thanking Ossoff, ‘their congressman.’”
Another CLF ad tried to associate Ossoff with terrorism by calling Al Jazeera a “mouthpiece for terrorism” and saying Al Jazeera “has been paying Ossoff thousands of dollars.” Politifact summarized this ad, saying, “The ad cherry-picked images and a quote that cast Al Jazeera in the most dubious light possible. That characterization was the basis for the rest of the ad.”
We shouldn’t be surprised. The Washington Post called the Congressional Leadership Fund’s first ad in the race — the one attacking Jon Ossoff for dressing up like Star Wars characters in college — “one of the dumbest political ads you will ever see.” Fast Company called the same ad the “least creative thing of the day.”
All of these ads can be summarized as vague, meaningless and according to Politifact, mostly false. But Handel’s supporters keep spending money on them.
So far this election is on track to be the most expensive House race in U.S. history. According to NPR, candidates and outside groups are on track to spend $30 million dollars, on TV ads alone.
However, Republican groups, such as the Congressional Leadership Fund, may be wasting their money on attack ads that won’t work. The 6th District is one of the best educated parts of the state. Are the most educated Georgians falling for the CFL’s ridiculous, mostly false ads?
Probably not, considering a poll by SurveyUSA, released Monday, shows Ossoff as 7 points ahead of Handel. CD 6 voters are too smart to fall for mostly false, sarcastic ads that miss the mark. Voters are sick of inauthenticity and cynicism, and that’s exactly what makes Ossoff so refreshing. In the current political environment — after one of the most divisive elections in modern American history — dishonest, sarcastic political attack ads that lack substance or facts are falling flat. But if conservatives want to double down on their failures, who are we to stop them?