Embattled Senator Mary Landrieu made her acting debut yesterday in an ad designed to show her fighting against the unpopular Obama Administration. As CNN's John King explained
, "Not everything you see is real."
Senator Landrieu actually did a dramatic reading of a past committee hearing in a fake committee room featuring her "outraged" questioning of a fake witness. The fake hearing was then seemingly covered by a fake television broadcast all within the all too real television ad. Folks, you really can't make it up. Some PR experts made suggestions.
But it turns out that the faked committee hearing was probably the most real part
of the ad.
As Juanna Summers explained,
“Landrieu is running on Washington, so to speak, and it’s blowing up in her face... there are so many details that aren’t true."
First, the entire premise of the ad is that Mary Landrieu is tough on the Obama Administration, which is so blatantly false that it'd make Pinocchio blush. In fact, Mary Landrieu has actually voted with President Obama a staggering 97% of the time
in a state where his approval rating is in the low 30's and he lost to Mitt Romney by seventeen points.
Second, the ad makes it seem as though Landrieu opposed the deepwater offshore drilling moratorium in 2010. Yet on the very day that the Obama Administration announced the moratorium, Mary Landrieu did not just one
, but two
interviews supporting the Obama position.
Third, Mary Landrieu strongly supported the Obama Administration official (Ken Salazar) responsible for oil and gas drilling decisions - including the moratorium which cost Louisiana thousands of jobs. In fact, Landrieu gushed over Obama's appointment of Salazar, calling it a "dream come true
" and pledging loyalty to the Administration. Don't take our word for it, take Landrieu's
, who said, "I want to tell you, you will have my vote, you will have my support, and I’ll do everything I can to help meet the vision."
As Byron York
"...the fakery of Landrieu's ad represents a deeper disingenuousness in her campaign: She's trying to distance herself from a president and an administration of her own party whom she has supported up and down the line."
John King seemed stunned that a sitting Senator would resort to faking a Committee Hearing, asking,
"If you're going to recreate it, do you have an obligation to put a little 'reennactment' up there?"
It turns out that most of the ad would fit into that category, not just the hearing.
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