This is pretty typical, but ultimately it speaks to how little the GOP has to hang their hat on. Essentially, their message seems to be very clearly, “Vote for us or you could die.”

Give me a break…

The Republican Party will begin airing a hard-hitting ad this weekend that warns of more cataclysmic terror attacks against the U.S. homeland.

The ad portrays Osama bin Laden and quotes his threats against America dating to February 1998. “These are the stakes,” the ad concludes. “Vote November 7.”

Brian Jones, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, said the ad would run on national cable beginning Sunday, but he declined to discuss specifics of the buy.

Remember, this is the Republican National Committee. That’s the heart of the GOP.

And just in case you aren’t scared of Osama…be afraid of suitcase bombs!

The ad also cites al-Zawahri’s claim to have obtained “some suitcase bombs,” followed by a scene that appears to show a nuclear explosion.

Despite al-Zawahri’s claim, portable nuclear devices are believed to be particularly difficult to produce, and elusive to rogue regimes and terror groups. “The degree of difficulty goes way up as the size of the device gets smaller,” a senior U.S. official said this week, briefing reporters this week on condition of anonymity.

The ad is also featured on the RNC’s Web site. The party said the ad, called “The Stakes,” will be e-mailed to millions of GOP supporters, activists and the state parties.


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