I'm on my way to Ames, Iowa, where I'll be joining forces with Hot Air's Ed Morrissey and Tina Korbe to cover Thursday's GOP debate, and Saturday's straw poll. We'll have a lot more analysis leading up to both events, but it's no secret that this weekend could prove pivotal for former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty's campaign. "T-Paw" is desperately seeking to catch fire and catapult himself back into the top tier of Republican contenders. His team's latest ad will surely garner some attention. It hits President Obama hard:
How brutal is Pawlenty's hand at the moment? Almost as brutal as that spot.
UPDATE - As an added treat, I'll include a very effective attack ad running in NV-02, the special election to replace now-Senator Dean Heller. The NRCC got its hands on a golden soundbyte from Democratic candidate, Kate Marshall, and ran with it: "I'm in charge of your money. You have less money today than you had yesterday." Gaffetastic:
Come to think of it, that would make for a killer campaign slogan. Democrats 2012: We're in charge of your money. You have less money today than you had yesterday.
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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