This is the post we have been dying to write for months — the meanest, most vicious, most depraved House and Senate political advertisements we were able to track down over the past year.
There is a certain art form to the knock-your-socks-off nasty ad. In this record breaking year, it takes more than ominous music, an indignant voice-over and grainy, unflattering, black-and-white footage to break out of the pack.
But there is a line, and a campaign can go too far. Some ads break through the clutter brilliantly and some have backfired in epic fashion.
For better or worse, the following ads broke through the clutter this year. Daisy, “Harold, call me” and Willie Horton almost seem quaint.
10. Arizona Senate
Group sponsoring the ad: Jeff Flake for Senate and the National Republican Senatorial Committee
Candidate attacked: Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona (D)