Reid’s TV spots give us two indications of how deep the trouble is for the Senate Majority Leader back home in Nevada.
First, it is very unusual for a four-term incumbent to have to re-introduce himself to voters with a bio spot.
Second, it is even more unusual for said incumbent to be up on the air more than a year before the election.
A recent Mason-Dixon poll shows Reid trailing two possible Republican challengers as he seeks a fifth six-year term.
Democrats are hoping to avoid a repeat of the 2004 elections, when then-Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) was unseated by Republican John Thune.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee says it is starting a TV ad this week in Nevada against Reid.
The committee also has a new website called ReidistributeWealth.com.
The ad, “Trillion,” calls Reid a “Super-Spending Partisan.” It accuses him of helping pay for “vicious attack ads” against past bailouts, then supporting the $700 billion financial bailout last year.
“Now he wants $1 trillion more in new spending?” the narrator asks. “Tell Harry Reid to stop wasting our hard-earned money.”
Here’s the ad: