The opposite of progressive is regressive, right? So the Jackson (Steve) Stephens-engineered ad that paints a New York Republican candidate as "progressive" -- pro-gay, pro-stimulus -- in order to cost the candidate votes says a lot about today's ultra right. They like dirty tricks, and their politics are backwards.
Here's the story reported on several blogs, including Politico: An organization called Common Sense in America, headed by Stephens, is running TV ads in New York that appear to endorse Republican Dede Scozzafava for Congress.
“Dede supports President Obama’s efforts to stimulate our economy. Dede supports organized labor’s drive to expand membership. And Dede is the only candidate for Congress who supports marriage equality. Dede Scozzafava: the best choice for progressives.”
But the ad was paid for by backers of Scozzafava's conservative Republican opponent, Doug Hoffman. The inescapable bottom line: He must be the best choice -- for regressives.
The immeasurably wealthy Stephens announced the creation of Common Sense on Oct. 23.