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Out of Thin Air

The group Americans for Prosperity — funded by the Koch brothers — is taking heat for several deceptive negative campaign ads they are running.

In Louisiana, they are running attack ads against Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu. The ad features a number of people who appear to be Louisiana residents, receiving letters telling them that their health care policy has been cancelled because of the Affordable Care Act. But the people shown are not from Louisiana. In fact, they are paid actors.

Likewise in Alaska, Americans for Prosperity is running an ad featuring a woman who purports to be an Alaskan voter. The woman criticizes Alaska Senator Mark Begich (a Democrat of course). But you might have seen this woman’s face before, because she is actress Connie Bowman, who regularly appears in print ads for various products.

I guess the Koch Brothers believe that getting someone elected is no different than selling a product.

Why are they hiring actors? Can’t they find any real voters who don’t like Obamacare? Apparently not. Pretty much all of the Obamacare “horror stories” have been quickly debunked.

So why are are they getting so desperate. According to Eugene Robinson in the Washington Post “Oh dear. The Republican Party’s worst nightmare is coming true. Obamacare is working.” The number of people signing up for Obamacare is increasing steadily, and in January for the first time exceeded expectations.

But the Republicans have all but bet their future on campaigning against Obamacare. They would do pretty much anything to sabotage it.