Older readers may recall the infamous Willie Horton ad that was unleashed during the 1988 presidential election by the campaign of George H. W. Bush against Michael Dukakis that implied that Dukakis was responsible, as governor of Massachusetts, for the weekend furlough program of a criminal who went on to commit rape and assault. It has been seen as a high-water mark of vicious campaign tactics.
It looks like the sins of the father are being visited on the son. Donald Trump seems to have gone one better, with an ad on Instagram that implies that Jeb Bush is excusing the crimes committed by undocumented immigrants.
Bush fired back with a video that paints Trump as a New York liberal, using clips of his past statements.
Will this dent Trump’s popularity with Republicans, given the failure of all past efforts?
It looks like the old maxim of Republicans refraining from attacking each other has gone out the window.