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October 20, 2008

Political jujitsu in Oregon

The National Republican Senatorial Committee doesn’t think the fundamentals of the economy are strong, at least not in Oregon.

The committee just launched an ad arguing the state is facing an economic crisis.

“Here’s the bottom line with no packaging. Oregon’s economy is in trouble. Huge job losses. Recession,” a narrator says as somber music plays in the background.

If you didn’t stay tuned you’d think the ad was an indictment of Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) or the Bush administration.

But in a bit of political jujitsu, the ad is against Democrat Jeff Merkley and warns of the economic consequences if Merkley is elected, accusing him of supporting higher taxes and increased spending.

“So if it is about the economy, we just can’t send Jeff Merkley to the US Senate,” the ad concludes.