The Republican National Committee announced Tuesday a fresh round in an expected torrent of campaign ads targeting Sen. Mark Begich and other Democrats for their part in the "lie of the year," an assurance that people could keep existing health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
The ad blast turned out to be more of a sprinkle.
In Anchorage, a single radio ad aimed at Begich was set to air on a single station -- 650 KENI -- one time on Tuesday, according to a check of the political ad buys at the two major radio conglomerates in Anchorage.
The total cost to the Republican National Committee for the Anchorage radio airtime? $30.
In Fairbanks, the same ad is airing once on KFBX radio at a cost of $25, according to Begich's campaign.
Republicans made a big deal over the ads anyway. On Tuesday, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called a news conference in Washington, D.C., to pitch the campaign -- and the GOP's anti-Affordable Care Act message.
The committee wouldn't say how much it was spending.
Asked whether calling attention to an ad campaign that was so minimal was misleading, RNC spokesman Michael Short emailed an answer: "That is one of the most ridiculous questions I have ever fielded." He earlier called the Alaska ads in Fairbanks and Anchorage a "statewide" effort.
Sorry it took me a couple of minutes to stop giggling before I could start writing this post. All better now.
Not to make excuses for the RNC or anything, but one can hardly blame them for not wanting to waste their money up here.
After all Begich's chances of being reelected improve right along with public opinion of Obamacare, which is apparently the only tool in the GOP toolkit this time around.
That plus the fact that the Alaska Republican party is essentially a train wreck these days, and that the Vaguely Bearded one is the most recognizable name running for the GOP nomination, would serve to make the RNC think long and hard before throwing their money away on a Senate campaign that they had no real shot at winning.
Hell the only thing that could frighten them away from our state any more is if Sarah Palin herself were to suddenly toss her wig into the ring.