More Sex-Obsessed Republicans

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Oh, it’s not just those GOP attack ads accusing various Democrats of being phone-sex fans and pedophiles that I blogged about the other day. The sharp-eyed folks at Whiskey Bar have a list of several more extraordinarily stretched sexual slurs being lobbed from the Republican side in various races around the country, including
a commercial in Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District that links the Democrat to a child rapist, another in the same state accusing the Dem of “voting to fund studies of Vietnamese prostitutes and the mastubatory practices of old men,” and a Tennesse Senate race where the Republican National Committee is sponsoring an ad in which a blond white “woman cooing into the camera that she met [African American Democrat Harold Ford Jr.] at a party sponsored by Playboy magazine.”

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