Anti-war group MoveOn.org is clearly embracing the maxim that there's no such thing as bad publicity.
Just days after the group's political action committee caused a firestorm with a full page New York Times advertisement calling Gen. David Petraeus "General Betray Us," MoveOn has launched another commercial using the "betrayal" theme. But this time the group is firing away at a safer target: President Bush.
In an ad titled "Betrayal of Trust" released this morning, MoveOn has scripted a fairly rudimentary commercial that flashes "130,000" several times to reflect the number of troops that will still be in Iraq next summer under Bush's redeployment plan.
“He’s given us a sham draw-down plan," said MoveOn spokeswoman Nita Chaudhary. "30,000 troops by next July is not a plan to end the war. "
Republicans have enjoyed a good ride this week condemning the "General Betray Us" advertisement, and many uncomfortable Democrats have distanced themselves from the ad as well. But MoveOn clearly believes the publicity could drive more anti-war voices to their side.