The Corner

Dem Ads vs. The Health-Care Bill

Politico reports on a study showing that the dollar amount spent on ads critical of the health-care bill is three times as high as on those supportive of the bill — among Democratic candidates alone. According to the article, “Democratic candidates have poured $930,000 into ads deriding the health overhaul but just $300,000 in pro-reform spots.” The article goes on to quote Kantar Media’s Evan Tracey, who did the study: “There doesn’t seem to be a significant effort to try and dial some of that criticism down, turn a negative into a positive.” (Of course, this could be because there’s not much positive to found.) Surviving Democrats who run these anti-health-care ads in their campaigns will have a tough time explaining why they didn’t vote for the expected Republican repeal effort in the next Congress.

Tevi Troy is a presidential historian and former White House aide.

Most Popular

Culture

‘Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself’

It was just one more segment to fill out the hour, and thereby fill the long 24 hours of Saturday’s cable news on November 2. Or so it seemed. Navy SEAL Mike Ritland was on the Fox News program Watters World to talk to Jesse Watters about trained German shepherds like the one used in the raid that found ... Read More
U.S.

A Defining Statement of Modern Conservatism

The greatest documents in American history never lose their ability to astonish. They deserve, and repay, careful study, and inevitably have contemporary resonances no matter how long ago they were written or uttered. There’s no doubt that Ronald Reagan’s “A Time for Choosing” belongs in the top ranks ... Read More
White House

The Russian Conspiracy That Won’t Die

The Mueller report accomplished nothing. Whether you thought that the two-year, $32 million investigation was warranted or not, the report promised to establish a factual record that both sides could accept, especially on the explosive charge that Donald Trump had conspired with the Russians to win the ... Read More
White House

Impeachment Theater of Trolls

As a boy, I used to watch a television show with a weekly gag titled “MasterJoke Theatre.” A pompous egghead smoked a pipe in a leather-bound chair in a richly appointed library, told a joke, and got a pie in the face for his trouble. What the Democrats launched on the Hill this week is their own variant, ... Read More