Stay Classy, Ted Harvey (Chris Stevens’ Grave Edition)

WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Vanity Fair’s Tina Nguyen reporting, the ad in question (below) aired last night, complete with the misspelling of “Libya” that Stop Hillary PAC pulled down yesterday afternoon and replaced on Youtube. What a waste of money:

[T]he more that anti-Hillaryites repeat the phrase Hillary lied about Benghazi, the more that the word “lie,” and various permutations thereof: “lied,” “liar,” and most important, “lying,” get stuck in an infinite mental feedback loop.

That’s the only plausible reason that this ad, run by the Stop Hillary PAC during Tuesday night’s Democratic primary debates, spelled Libya “Lybia.”

(They also could have been thinking about labias.)

The word you’re looking for is “oof.”


UPDATE #2: Looks like Stop Hillary PAC has pulled down the ad featuring a prominent misspelling of the word “Libya.” Thankfully, we had the foresight to download it for posterity:


This is why you proof, and proof, and proof again.


UPDATE: In a fundraising email in support of this ad, former Colorado Sen. Ted Harvey’s Stop Hillary PAC claims they are spending $125,000 to air it during tonight’s Democratic presidential debate on CNN. The ad reportedly played on CNN once or twice earlier today as well. Harvey proudly boasted in April that Stop Hillary PAC had brought over $1.4 million in the prior year–but given reports that the group only spends about 12% of its haul on actual work, maybe this is all they could spare?

With your help, we’re spending $125,000 to air this ad during the debate…and strike Hillary when she’s vulnerable.

Hillary Clinton must be held accountable for her lies and fatal judgement. Stop Hillary PAC is the only organization who’s sole purpose is defeating Hillary Clinton, and this commercial is the first step of many that we will take to guarantee she is not our next Commander in Chief.

We are airing this commercial during the Democrat debate so we can have the biggest impact, but as you can imagine it’s not cheap. CNN charges a hefty sum to air commercials during the debate, and we need your help to afford the nearly insurmountable fees.

It’s a nice gig if you can get it, folks.


Sen. Ted Harvey.

Sen. Ted Harvey.

Politico’s Eliza Collins reports on a shocking new ad airing from the Stop Hillary PAC, whose chairman as our readers know is former Colorado Sen. Ted Harvey:

The Stop Hillary PAC is out with a new ad, set to air during the Democratic debate Tuesday night, that shows the grave of Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador killed in Benghazi, Libya.

The ad which is titled “I’d like to Ask,” also shows photographs of the four Americans who were killed during Benghazi attacks…

“I’d like to hear why you silenced the Benghazi whistleblower,” the video says as a photograph of Sean Smith, a State Dept. IT technician, fills the screen.

“But Mrs. Clinton, I can’t,” the voice says as the video shows Stevens’s photograph. “What difference does it make?” The screen then fills with Stevens’ grave.

To be fair, we’re not completely sure that this is really Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens’ headstone–it could be some kind of Photoshopped mock-up? That we think would be at least somewhat preferable to the Stop Hillary PAC having actually gone to the cemetery where Ambassador Stevens is buried, and taken a photo of the man’s headstone for a political ad.

Good Lord, people.

Even with that benefit of the doubt, this ad is totally ridiculous. Numerous investigations into the Benghazi attacks, including Republican congressional investigations, have cleared Hillary Clinton and high-level Obama administration officials of wrongdoing. The Benghazi attacks have been hyped out of all earthly proportion ever since they occurred in 2012 in the middle of that year’s presidential race, and Republicans appear totally unable to let the matter drop despite the overwhelming evidence their own investigations have produced showing there’s nothing to keep prattling on about.

Oh, and one more thing, Sen. Harvey: could you please learn how to spell “Libya?”


Oops! Maybe they can get that corrected before this ad runs on CNN during tonight’s debate.

Ted Harvey’s Stop Hillary PAC was profiled in Politico back in January along with a large number of other so-called “Scam PACs”–groups that collect huge sums of money ostensibly for political campaigns, while offering little to no actual programmatic justification for their existence. Other than salaries paid to the PAC’s employees, of course. According to that report, “Scam PACs” including Stop Hillary PAC spent around 12% of their income on actual public-facing work product like this ad.

Perhaps next time, maybe they’ll hire a producer with an ounce of common decency. Or at least a spell-checker.

23 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. davebarnes says:

    Not ridiculous. Not shocking. Indecent, yes.
    If they keep repeating the lie, then many people will assume that Hillary killed Chris. Personally. With her bare hands.

    • Moderatus says:

      It's not indecent either. If Hillary Clinton had properly defended the Benghazi embassy, Stevens would still be alive. She can't live this down, it will be a stain on her record for the rest of her life. It won't stain her conscience, because she has no conscience.

      • OrangeFree says:

        Let's put this another way, shall we:

        It's not indecent either. If George Bush had properly defended the United States, thousands of New Yorkers would still be alive. He can't live this down, it will be a stain on his record for the rest of his life. It won't stain his conscience, because he has no conscience.

        If a liberal had said that to you, in 2001, you would call him a traitor. 

        • FrankUnderwood says:

          But he was too busy out on the ranch in Crawford, Texas dressing up like a cowboy and clearing brush in August 2001 to be bothered with the briefing that they wanted to give him about suspected terrorists attending flight school but not showing any interest in learning how to take or or land the plane.

          He was uniter, not a divider.

      • MichaelBowman says:

        Speaking of stains…                                        


      • Republican 36 says:

        Let's look at the evidence. Six committees in the House have already looked at Benghazi. All six were Republican majority committees. All six came to the same conclusion: Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, did nothing wrong with regard to Benghazi.

        Another fact, every Congress, including the ones with Democratic majorities, has shorted the Defense Department and the State Department on their requests for security at our embassies, including the Republican majority in both houses at the time of Benghazi on September 11, 2012.

        The reason this ad will receive so much criticism is for one reason – its a lie.

        When you attempt to credit the incredible you loose your credibility.

      • Gilpin Guy says:

        If I remember correctly, it was the Republicans in Congress who cut funding for protection of our embassies worldwide.  Cut spending to appeal to the hate government base back home then blame someone else when it literally blows up in your face.  What treacherous anti-patriots. It’s like Lindsey Graham voting against aid for Sandy Hurricane hit communities but wanting Federal aid ASAP when his home state is under water. Fucking idiots like Moldy are the hemorrhoids of our society. Fucking useless.

      • taterheaptom says:

        The embassy is in Tripoli brainiac.  You are such a blathering idiot it is amazing you even show up here.  

        Are you the proof reader per chance?

      • FrankUnderwood says:

        Wasn't embassy security one of those wasteful big government programs which your teabagging friends in the House of Representatives insisted on cutting to save the taxpayer money?

        Will this be a bigger stain than Ronald Reagan's failure to defend those 241 marines killed in Beirut in 1983?

  2. bullshit! says:

    Nope it's really his headstone.

    Ted Harvey, you are one sick fucker.

    • Moderatus says:

      Wrong. This is one powerful ad.

      It's funny how Colorado Pols dissed Stop Hillary PAC before because they didn't spend money, and now you diss them when they do. Did it ever occur to you that now is the time they would spend money? When she is running for President?

      • TobiasFunke says:

        You don't seem to understand nuance in any way, shape, or form. Not surprising. 

        We'll just add it to the (long, long) list of things you don't understand.

      • TobiasFunke says:

        As for calling this "one powerful ad," … 


        How many Benghazi committees have found absolutely fuckall nothing now? Count 'em off for us, Mod. 

        Sadly for you, not nearly as many Americans are as dumb as Republicans wish they were.

      • Gilpin Guy says:

        If you applied the Ben Carson logic to this situation then Christopher Stevens is responsible for his own death by not attacking the attackers.  How come we can't blame the victim for this gun violence?

  3. Davie says:

    The ad should have the closing credits say "This paid political ad is brought to you by the despicable scum from the Republican Party — any resemblance to reality is purely coincidental"

    If there are any undecided Independent or Republican voters watching the debate, I don't think their reaction will be what the producers of that slanderous ad intended

  4. itlduso says:

    Phew!  I thought Lybia was another part of the anatomy that I didn't know.  Like "taint" that I was educated about a few weeks ago on this site.


  5. The realist says:

    They just aired the ad, misspelling included.

  6. Diogenesdemar says:

    Lybia — yes, that's how it's spelled now!  Ever since Hillary helped the terrorists murder the American language …

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