That’s the latest offering from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), the second ad on the air attacking GOP Senate candidate Ken Buck over his refusal to prosecute an alleged case of date rape in 2005. This ad takes a slightly different tack from the ad that went up earlier in the week from Women’s Voices Women Vote, focusing on the underreported fact that the perpetrator in this case admitted to the crime.
This ad further underscores Buck’s vulnerability to attack on issues key to attracting votes from women, including but not limited to this individual case of alleged rape. Polls are very clearly demonstrating the efficacy of this line of attack, which could well be the upset factor in the race–the issue that ends up costing Buck his “wave year” victory.
Demographically, what we’re looking at could have great import for future elections: women voters, and a strong campaign against a socially conservative candidate focused on women’s issues, decisively effecting the outcome of a critical U.S. Senate race. We can only marvel at this emergent change of fortune in the home stretch of such a long campaign, and note again how it wouldn’t be happening if Republicans had picked Jane Norton instead of the “Tea Party’s” choice.