Is the Anti-Obama Campaign Really “About” the Economy?

As we all know, the GOP campaign this year is “about” the economy and jobs, jobs, jobs. If on occasion, a Republican politician or conservative activist suddenly begins ranting about Obama’s “war on religion,” or the need to pass constitutional amendments to protect the unborn, or the secret Obama plot to take away our guns, or any of the other ten thousand things the Right cares about more than the economy, well, it’s a free country and all, but the campaign is “about” the economy and jobs, jobs, jobs and you are getting sleepy.

But it’s hard to sleep through this new ad from the Emergency Committee for Israel, a group set up by Bill Kristol:

Apparently the explosion at the end of the ad is supposed to simulate an Iranian missile launch, not a bombing raid on Iran. But it’s hard to figure out any sort of action the ad is calling for other than war. And might a war with Iran sorta kinda boost those gas prices that Republicans think are more important than poverty or lack of access to health care, and generally mess up the economy? You are getting sleepy….

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.