‘Mark Pryor Is a Stand-In for a National Power Grab…’

by Jim Geraghty

A Super PAC called Conservative War Chest will begin a new barrage of ads Tuesday against Arkansas Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor. A 60-second spot and “a groundbreaking 2-minute commercial will run on the 10 p.m. news this week and blanket the Sunday morning political shows in the Little Rock and Fort Smith media markets.”

The commercial is a soup-to-nuts cavalcade of criticism of Pryor — runaway federal agencies, Obamacare, an assault on the First Amendment, persecution of Little Sisters of the Poor, driving mentions of God in the public square, abortion on demand, degrading military readiness, taxes, debt, and a closing ”Tell the Gang of Five, ‘you can’t have America and the U.S. Senate!’” The mainstream media will probably scoff at the ad for being over the top, but by tying Pryor to the most liberal, extreme, and divisive elements of the Democratic coalition, it’s just a mirror image of the Democrats’ approach to Todd Akin in 2012. 

A similar “Gang of Five” ad ran against Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe in last year’s Virginia gubernatorial race.