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During last night’s baseball game, the NRSC ran another one of its feminist attack ads against Democrat James Webb of Virginia. It criticized his stance on the Tailhook controversy, which is unfortunate because Webb was one of the few guys in Washington willing to take on the p.c. crowd and defend Navy culture. It also went after Webb for opposing women in combat. The ad concluded by saying that Webb was a good candidate for ‘06 — i.e., 1806. Yes, it really said this.

Let’s set aside the ad’s substantive awfulness and allow that it may help George Allen among female voters. Does it make sense to air it during a sporting event? I know that a lot of women watch baseball, but sports on TV are a guy magnet.

Now let’s get back to its substantive awfulness: The problem with Webb is that he’s too liberal for Virginia. He wants to pull out of Iraq at the first opportunity and on economics he’s a socialist. So why must the NRSC deliver a message that’s indistinguishable from that of a liberal interest group? This may be the most anti-conservative ad campaign of the season. Ironically, it’s being run supposedly to benefit a conservative.

John J. Miller — John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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