NC-Sen: Why Does Elizabeth Dole Hate America?

Senate Guru had a great catch on Sunday. Sen. Elizabeth Dole aired an ad featuring a quick shot of a fighter jet to stress the point that -- so Dole's argument goes -- she used her "clout" to save North Carolina military bases. So why did Elizabeth Dole's campaign quietly edit the ad and change the fighter jet shot (you can watch both versions of the ad at Guru's place)?

Guru:

Someone who saw the footage suggested that the military aircraft in the first version of the ad is actually a French Naval aircraft!  Imagine that, Liddy Dole taking credit for work with the military by using footage of a French military aircraft.

Even better, a commenter elaborates:

The aircraft in the first version of the ad is a French naval aircraft called a Super Etendard...Ironically enough, Super Etendards were also used in Battle by the Iraqi Air Force during the Iran-Iraq war during the 80s. It's doubtful that any aircraft of this type have ever landed in North Carolina, much less been based there.

Indeed the story has been confirmed by The Hill and, as a press release from the DSCC puts it:

According to a report in today's edition of the Hill newspaper, an ad aired by North Carolina Republican Elizabeth Dole taking credit for saving North Carolina military installations actually included images of a French-made Dassault Super Etendard fighter jet, which was last seen in combat action being flown by Saddam Hussein's Air Force during the Iran-Iraq War.

Classic. The old France/Iraq nexus, enough to make heads of wingers everywhere explode. Of course, I'm sure their outrage will begin any...moment...now.

Remarkably this error plays right into the fact that Elizabeth Dole is out of touch and never in North Carolina. Kay Hagan's campaign wasted no time in going after Dole for the screw-up:

The campaign of Dole's Democratic opponent, state Sen. Kay Hagan, said Monday that the mix-up shows how out of touch Dole is.

"It's no surprise that Elizabeth Dole would mistake a French aircraft for an American one stationed at a base in North Carolina," said spokeswoman Colleen Flanagan. "It's pretty indicative of the amount of time she spends here in North Carolina. I imagine she's celebrating Bastille Day today, as well."

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Tags: elizabeth dole, Kay Hagan, NC-SEN (all tags)

Comments

9 Comments

Re: NC-Sen: Why Does Elizabeth Dole Hate America?

You really must have a very entertaining fantasy life to make such a leap, one that has no connection to reality.

by Susan from 29 2008-07-15 02:06PM | 0 recs
Wait a minute

The military bases that have been closed around the country have been closed by a bipartisan committee that is not subject to anyone's "clout."  Instead of playing gotcha, shouldn't we be looking at the flagrant falsehood of her ad? BRAC, the Base Realignment and Closure Act of 1990 took this all out of the scope of political pressure.

She didn't use any clout to keep the bases open.  It is a lie.  Why is that lie so much less important than her main thesis?

Unless the Bush administration is ignoring BRAC, which is still more important than what kind of jet she is using in a commercial.

by Susan from 29 2008-07-15 02:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Wait a minute

"Why is that lie so much less important than her main thesis?"

Should read:  Why is that lie so much less important than than the way it is phrased?

Sorry, I was just a touch upset and failed to use the Preview function.

by Susan from 29 2008-07-15 02:16PM | 0 recs
Re: Wait a minute

I thought that Senators still had clout over the issue.  They probably can influence whether or not a base goes on the list.

by auboy2006 2008-07-15 02:36PM | 0 recs
Re: Wait a minute

If Senators had control over the bases that make the list, California would never have had so many closures.  That is the very reason the commission was established: to keep the politicians out.  Here is a link to a pretty good thumbnail history from PBS' News Hour:
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/military/ brac/history.html

The commission sends a list of base closures to the Congress where it must be voted up or down in total.  No line item (or bases) veto is allowed.

by Susan from 29 2008-07-15 02:46PM | 0 recs
Re: Wait a minute

On second thought, the BRAC was amended in 2005 to allow the DOD to send a list to the commission which could use it as a basis for consideration.  Now, if Dole got to the DOD to make sure no NC bases were on the list that would be even worse than the fact that her ad agency doesn't know the first thing about jets.

by Susan from 29 2008-07-15 02:51PM | 0 recs
Re: NC-Sen: Why Does Elizabeth Dole Hate America?

Yeah that looks like a Dassault-Breguet Super Étendard to me, and given the wrapped upper surface colour around the leading edge it was in French or Argentinian markings, hard to say.  The Argentinians operated them during the Falklands War, sinking the HMS Sheffield and Atlantic Conveyor with Exocet missles.

by Shaun Appleby 2008-07-15 02:30PM | 0 recs
Re: NC-Sen: Why Does Elizabeth Dole Hate America?

Slow day at NoQuarter, Pericles?

by WashStateBlue 2008-07-15 03:26PM | 0 recs
Re: NC-Sen: Why Does Elizabeth Dole Hate America?

Thanks for the reference.  Now I understand the fantasy life.

by Susan from 29 2008-07-15 03:35PM | 0 recs

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