Thanks to the reader Curious, who tipped me off to an interesting article in The Hill, indicating that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has reserved $797,000 worth of advertising in New York State's 24th Congressional District alone.
It's a blunt approach, top down, but this investment is so big I can't dismiss it as unimportant, and neither should the 24th District Republicans. Those who are trying to depict a little static about campaign donations from a small group of troubled individuals as a major issue ought to look at the DCCC's investment as a sign that those with political experience recognize this supposed "Skippygate" as nothing more than a piece of summer fluff. The national Democratic Party leadership sees this contest as one they can win.
I'm not fond of political advertising, or advertising in general, as a way to get a message out. However, when someone throws this much money at an advertising campaign, it just might work. Certainly, one could never underestimate the number of Americans who will stare blankly at a television screen instead of reading the paper and doing their own research into a political campaign. I won't be among those listening or watching the advertisements broadcast in favor of Michael Arcuri and Ray Meier, but I won't be so blind as to think that most voters will similarly abstain.