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May182017

POLITICS (National, State/Georgia, Local/ San Francisco): Georgia congressional seat, special election, San Francisco as part of negative Republican TV ad: Report/analysis (Mark Z. Barabak), "All is not peachy as Georgia congressional race takes a detour through San Francisco" .... 

***Georgia congressional race, special election, San Francisco as part of negative Republican TV ad....

* Los Angeles Times (Mark Z. Barabak):  "All is not peachy as Georgia congressional race takes a detour through San Francisco" - From the LAT:

The commercial plays as a blend of perky exuberance and conservative fever dream. The characters are a fantasia of Left Coast lunacy: the earnest millennial, the retro-hippie, the girl in chunky glasses, the dude in dreadlocks. Together they happily praise higher taxes, a weak military and the virtues of one Jon Ossoff.

It may be confusing, especially for its audience in the Atlanta suburbs. With the sound off and flashes of Fisherman’s Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge and a cable car, it could be a tourist promotion for one of America’s most enchanting cities. But that's not at all the point.

The purpose of the TV spot is to tie Ossoff, the Democratic candidate in a tight Georgia congressional race, to the supposed depravity and twisted liberalism of San Francisco and its elected representative, Nancy Pelosi. The strategy is older than some of the actors involved.

For more than a generation, Republicans have used this overwhelmingly Democratic city as political code for woolly thinking and moral turpitude. In 1984, a few weeks after Democrats gathered here to nominate their candidate for president, U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick appeared at the Republican convention in Dallas and assailed “San Francisco Democrats” and their “blame-America first” foreign policy.

From there, in the spirit of fear and loathing, the shorthand broadened to a more generalized attack on big cities, urban dwellers, gay rights, permissiveness and an alleged attack on what were then known as traditional family values. The assault gained heightened currency and a public face in 2003 when Pelosi was elected as the Democrats’ House leader and, four years later, the first woman speaker in history, making her a fixture in Republican attack ads nationwide.

So, like a person standing before a funhouse mirror, San Franciscans easily recognized the image presented to voters in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. (The advertisement was paid for and produced by a political action committee supporting Karen Handel, the Republican facing Ossoff in Georgia’s June 20 runoff.) ...............