The Least Republican Ad for a Republican Candidate, Ever

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Oct. 2 2013 6:26 PM

The Least Republican Ad for a Republican Candidate, Ever

To call Joe Lhota the "longshot" Republican candidate for mayor of New York would do a disservice to things that really are unlikely but possible. Lhota trails Democratic nominee Bill de Blasio by a near 3–1 margin, and lacks the bolstering effect of an Independence Party ballot line—the line Mike Bloomberg always had when he won. Lhota's weeklong campaign to portray de Blasio as an unrepentant Marxist, because the latter supported the Sandinistas, boosted him not a whit.

The solution: This ad.

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Not only does Lhota endorse legal pot, abortion, and gay marriage, the only mention of party at all is a disembodied voice assuring us that "Democrats agree" about Lhota. He isn't a Democrat!

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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