|Connor Edldridge, a Democrat, is running for|
U.S. Senate from Arkansas. He just
gave a early view of how Democrats
will use Donald Trump to
go after Republican opponents
Eldridge, a Democrat, is apparently a former U.S. attorney running for a U.S. Senate seat from Arkansas.
I haven't researched Eldridge, so I have on idea if he'd be an awesome U.S. Senator or a jerk.
But he's released a campaign ad which illustrates perfectly why many Repubicans are terrified of the idea that Donald Trump will probably win the Republican nomination.
Trump took Indiana last night, Ted Cruz dropped out, so it's pretty much a guarantee Trump will be the Republican presidential nominee.
The Eldridge ad, which in my opinion is incredibly effective, is at the bottom of this post.
Republicans understandably don't want to lose control of the U.S. Senate. Especially if Hillary Clinton or (long shot) Bernie Sanders becomes president.
Just one reason for their fear is that Clinton or Sanders, along with a Democratic Senate, will almost surely appoint a relatively liberal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In his campaign ad, Eldridge easily ties Trump, very brutally, to the billionaire's misogyny. The implication is that being that a cad like Trump is just horrible for women.
Eldridge helpfully points out in his ad that as a federal prosecutor, he's gone after people accused of domestic violence and sexual harassment.
Eldridge also points out his Republican challenger, just might support Trump in the general election.
Conservative pundit Erick Erickson (did I mention he's really really conservative?) commented on Eldridge's ad this way.
"This is brutal. This is exactly what you can expect throughout the country in the general election. This is the ad for the Democratic challenger in Arkansas and provides a helpful roadmap to other Democrats on how they are going to take back the Senate."
I almost never agree with Erickson. Here, though, he's spot on.
Many Republicans are no friends of women, what with their attacks on Planned Parenthood, opposition to equal pay and other issues. But at least most politicians know enough to be respectful to huge constituencies, unlike Trump.
Women make up a little more than half of all voters, so you'd think they'd consider that.
This also crystalizes why I am both fearful and hopeful of Trump. Fearful that he'd somehow actually win and hopeful that he'll inadvertently roll back the worst of Republican or conservative weirdness.
You definitely can't paint all Republicans with the same brush you do with Trump. But Trump's ickiness might rub off on other Republicans, whether those other Republicans deserve it or not.
Here's the ad. (H/T Joe My God)