Update: CBS News political consultant Joe Trippi weighs in on the similarity between this ad and one run by Walter Mondale against Gary Hart in the 1984 Democratic campaign. "It is even more than a redo," Trippi notes. "Roy Spence who made the 'Red Phone' ad for Mondale is also the consultant Hillary Clinton brought in several weeks ago. It is really a re release of Roy Spence's greatest hit."
"I was with Mondale at the time and it took weeks for that ad to take hold against Gary Hart, not days as the Clinton campaign is doing now. Also it is interesting that Pat Caddell (Jimmy Carter's pollster) has been publicly saying for weeks that the Clinton campaign should get the 'Red Phone' ad up. He was Gary Hart's pollster in 1984 and knows that this is the ad that killed Gary Hart that year. Looks like the Clinton campaign got that message. But is it too late?"