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November 1, 2012

election:

The anti-campaign ad: Richard Tisei, who’s seeking to unseat Rep. John Tierney in Massachusetts, knows voters are sick of campaign ads, and would probably much rather watch, say, footage of a beach. So, he released an ad that’s comprised of just that—a beach. There are no references to policies, vote records, or unsavory associations. Just a sunrise, seagulls, and gentle waves lapping at the shore. This reminds us a bit of Mike Gravel’s rock commercial, except Tisei’s is more succinct, has higher production value, and is grounded in reality.

Seth @ ShortFormBlog

In case you haven’t seen, we introduce you to the only campaign ad that matters right now.

1:24 // 1 year ago
October 30, 2012
election:

Does your brain feel like it’s melting? Blame the campaign ads.
It’s the final week before the election, and rich people are shoving money into Senate campaigns left and right, The Washington Post reports. If you’re in one of the battleground states, we feel for you. All these annoying ads are probably testing your patience when all you want to do is watch “King of the Hill” reruns while eating Hot Pockets and otherwise being vegetative. And if you live in Montana, we doubly feel for you:

Perhaps no state has been so consumed by outside spending as Montana, where advertising is very cheap compared to large states with urban populations such as Ohio and Florida. There, according to the GOP tracking document, [Jon] Tester ($311,000) and [Denny] Rehberg ($515,000) will blanket the state’s seven small media markets with their closing ads in their competitive race.

Are you at the point where you just don’t care anymore? Think you’ll queue up Netflix and watch a “King of the Hill” marathon on election day rather than, y’know, voting? Just a thought of encouragement here: Don’t listen to the majority. Don’t feel like you’re at a crossroads. Read up on the issues, get a grip on foreign, domestic and economic policy issues, and vote for yourself. And don’t merely base your opinion on the fact that Denny Rehberg wears flannel in his official Congressional photo and looks like a distant relative of Ron Swanson. You can do better than that.
— Ernie @ ShortFormBlog

Why campaign ads are getting increasingly annoying.

election:

Does your brain feel like it’s melting? Blame the campaign ads.

It’s the final week before the election, and rich people are shoving money into Senate campaigns left and right, The Washington Post reports. If you’re in one of the battleground states, we feel for you. All these annoying ads are probably testing your patience when all you want to do is watch “King of the Hill” reruns while eating Hot Pockets and otherwise being vegetative. And if you live in Montana, we doubly feel for you:

Perhaps no state has been so consumed by outside spending as Montana, where advertising is very cheap compared to large states with urban populations such as Ohio and Florida. There, according to the GOP tracking document, [Jon] Tester ($311,000) and [Denny] Rehberg ($515,000) will blanket the state’s seven small media markets with their closing ads in their competitive race.

Are you at the point where you just don’t care anymore? Think you’ll queue up Netflix and watch a “King of the Hill” marathon on election day rather than, y’know, voting? Just a thought of encouragement here: Don’t listen to the majority. Don’t feel like you’re at a crossroads. Read up on the issues, get a grip on foreigndomestic and economic policy issues, and vote for yourself. And don’t merely base your opinion on the fact that Denny Rehberg wears flannel in his official Congressional photo and looks like a distant relative of Ron Swanson. You can do better than that.

— Ernie @ ShortFormBlog

Why campaign ads are getting increasingly annoying.

(via gov)

18:55 // 1 year ago
September 24, 2012

Obama’s new ad hits on Romney’s “47 percent” gaffe, tax returns: This battleground-state ad, only running in Ohio, serves up the kind of criticism that a comment like Mitt’s makes obvious: “Doesn’t the President have to worry about everyone?” Romney’s tax returns also take a hit. (ht USA Today)

(Source: youtube.com)

10:13 // 1 year ago
January 10, 2012
Dear Union Leader: You’re a newspaper. Like the Des Moines Register, no matter how much the Obama campaign pays, you know this crosses a line.

Dear Union Leader: You’re a newspaper. Like the Des Moines Register, no matter how much the Obama campaign pays, you know this crosses a line.

9:56 // 2 years ago
October 25, 2011

That weird Herman Cain/Mark Block ad from last night, minus all the boring crap at the beginning. Seeing it on loop a bunch of times somehow makes it more effectively weird. More Cain campaign weirdness over this way.

8:31 // 2 years ago
October 24, 2011

inothernews:

soupsoup:

joshsternberg:

Via Gawker:

Here’s a brand new Herman Cain campaign ad, sure to be pulled from YouTube any minute now, starring his chief of staff, Mark Block, who is, we’re guessing, drunk. (As is, apparently, the guy who filmed this on what we’re assuming is an iPhone.) But, really, the horrible panning and cheap tilt-shift filter are nothing compared to what happens at the 40-second mark. Just trust us on this one, okay? We told you the guy was stupid! [via @pourmecoffee]

Truth truly is stranger than fiction.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA I SWEAR TO FUCKING GOD, I LOL’D.

Also, to quote Peggy Olson?  “I am so high.”

We’re downloading this just in case it suddenly slips off the innertubes. It’s amazing.

(Source: joshsternberg)

22:19 // 2 years ago
September 21, 2011

Rick Perry hires Tim Pawlenty’s ad guy: Tim Pawlenty didn’t have a lot going for him in the 2012 race, but one thing that was a definite ace in the hole was his ultra-over-the top campaign ads, which evoked the ultra-over-the-top movies of Michael Bay. Now that Pawlenty’s out, guess who hired Lucas Baiano, the guy who made all those ads? That’s right, Rick Perry. Watch his first creation above. What do you think?

10:28 // 2 years ago
July 7, 2011

Credit to Bachmann: By naming her first campaign clip “Waterloo,” she certainly is going far to retake the word away from that battle Napoleon lost. And the chiming guitars do give her talk of not raising the debt ceiling the warmth that few thought the topic had. Though if we were to do this again, we might focus less on the wasteful spending and more on the economy. source

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10:05 // 3 years ago
October 31, 2010

Missy Smith, campaign ads, and reaching the bottom of the barrel

So, recently, this lady has been clogging DC airwaves with the worst ads. We saw them a few times over the weekend. Missy Smith’s been paying money to show aborted fetuses in as disgusting a light as possible, during daytime hours. (Click here if you’re curious.) And because she’s in cahoots with Randall Terry, the founder of Operation Rescue, she knew that she legally could force the TV stations to show them. In fact, she ran for Congress in DC (where she’s destined to lose, because Eleanor Holmes Norton is very popular) specifically to run these ads on television. The stations have had to put lengthy, 15-second warnings in front of the ads. And they’ve forced us to consider a few things:

  • Culture wars not over In the age of Obama, despite all the negative energy that’s been popping up, one positive of it is that certain social movements (specifically gay rights) have been looking more and more likely to go mainstream. But as this ad proves, certain wedge issues won’t go away quite that easily.
  • Playing to our divisions Jon Stewart’s twelve-minute rant at the very end of yesterday’s “Rally To Restore Sanity” was pretty much made for people like Smith and ads like this one. Most people aren’t like Smith, but people like Smith use stunts like these to dominate our dialogue. Don’t let these stunts define us, fellow Americans.
  • The bar has lowered In a political advertising season that started with Demon Sheep and has only gotten worse from there (barring Dale Peterson), it makes sense that we end it with an ad that literally shows aborted fetuses during daytime television. Those earlier ads set the stage for us to hit bottom. Now, here we are. source
10:01 // 3 years ago
October 4, 2010

So what if Dale Peterson didn’t win his primary for Alabama agriculture commissioner? He has a far more interesting gig. He’s taking his aw-shucks uber-Republican politics on the road to other states – this one, for the Georgia gubernatorial race, is designed in such a way that if it gets 100,000 views, it’ll get upgraded from YouTube to actually air on TV. It’s only halfway there after about a week and a half, but considering there’s a whole month until the election, he might just pull it off. Here’s another ad he did. After this, he should start selling milk.

22:51 // 3 years ago