The Democratic National Committee released a web ad on Tuesday morning that, playing off the "Party of No" meme, accuses the Republican party of a double standard when it comes to budgetary prudence.
The spot, titled "Party of Hypocrisy," accuses several high-profile Republican lawmakers of being silent or supportive as large deficits were run up during the Bush years, even as they proclaim themselves fiscal hawks today.
The video points out that House Minority Leader John Boehner "voted for Bush budgets totaling $9.8 trillion," while Minority Whip Eric Cantor voted for $12.1 trillion in Bush budgets.
Watch the video:
One particularly notable feature of the ad, however, is which Bush administration official the DNC chooses to highlight. During Bush's last year in office, Democrats couldn't move fast enough to cut a commercial with the former president in it. This ad, however, features Dick Cheney. Part of that choice is surely due to the former vice president's toxic approval ratings. But it certainly must help that Cheney, and not Bush, has been so vocally critical of the Obama administration's foreign and domestic policies.
UPDATE: The two Republican targets in the ad respond:
Boehner spokeswoman Antonia Ferrier writes:
"We missed the part of the video where they defend the President's massive, fiscally-irresponsible budget that will double the debt in five years and triple it in 10. When the President's Budget Director concedes they are raising the deficit to unsustainable levels, I guess they have to blame everyone else."
And here's Brad Dayspring, spokesman for Rep. Eric Cantor:
"As we close in on President Obama's first 100 days, I would ask Virginia's Governor Tim Kaine if his partisan attack ads and disinformation campaigns are a calculated rejection of the President's attempts to change Washington."
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