If the Republicans really plan on trying to scare the bejesus out of us in order to stave off their anticipated losses in the midterm elections, they sure need to do better than this ad, which aired Sunday on CNN. Shadowy footage that appears to be from al-Qaida training camps are matched with images of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri -- their threats transcribed in a teeny-tiny type face -- as a clock ticks on the soundtrack. It's such a cliche, it's not far from that Lamont ad that caricatured Bush-Cheney scare tactics. We've been creeped out so many times in the past five years, we've grown inured to this stuff. Next time, maybe they should throw a little Japanese ghost child in the ads?