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Friday, November 05, 2010

I'm Rob Saunders, and I endorsed this post

So now all the hoo-hah of the US midterm elections is behind us. Congress has a new Speaker (the future's bright, the future's orange.....), but the Democrats still control the Senate. Sharron Angle didn't get in in Nevada, nor was Christine O'Donnell elected in Delaware. On the down side, Allen West, a Christian supremacist and biblical literalist who assaulted an Iraqi detainee while seving in Iraq, is now a Florida Congressman. Still, in further good news, Ilario Pantano, who didn't simply shoot a sidearm past the head of a helpless Iraqi but who admitted pouring 60 rounds from his rifle into two unarmed Iraqis (apparently into their backs as they knelt) before placing a sign with a mocking slogan on their corpses, was NOT elected for North Carolina. (His military prosecution for murder was dropped because of insufficient evidence.) American voters may expect an abysmally low standard of behaviour from their armed forces, but it seems Mr Pantano managed to fall below it.

Anyway, let us look back on one of the dirtiest and most dishonest election campaigns ever fought (and not only on the Republiocan side, let us add) and join the Guardian in its selection of the ten worst of the political ads. (And yes, of course "I'm not a witch, I'm you" is in there.) Don't miss the link to the great Democrat parody of the winning ad, BTW.