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Is it Election Time Already?!?: Political Campaign Ads


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Posted Sep 11, 2012 @ 11:01 AM

It didn't really, people got out and voted for who they wanted to win, rather than who the network execs wanted to win.

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Posted Sep 11, 2012 @ 11:13 AM

PACs, super or otherwise, are supposed to be about issues and get out the vote efforts in order for contributions to them not to be taxed I think. So they can say, "This river needs cleaned up" or "Obama pooted in this river" but not "Vote for Mitt because he'll clean up the river Obama pooted in".

That said, I heard a Mitt ad last night where his "I approve this message" soundbite sounded like he had just found out he lost the election or a relative had died. It was the most depressed sounding one of those I have ever heard.

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Posted Sep 13, 2012 @ 9:35 AM

There is a hilarious commercial running during NFL games of two local politicians at the copy place pikcing up their campaign items. I love the commercial, but the funny thing is, I don't know what copy store is being advertised. I assume its Kinkos, but I am not sure that is right.

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=u2eojFZ0c20

Here it is, its for FedEx office

Edited by HickoryColt, Sep 13, 2012 @ 9:37 AM.


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Posted Oct 27, 2012 @ 11:06 AM

In the commercials for one of the local congressional races, the incumbent keeps referring to his opponent as a "professional politician." In the same tone of voice that a normal person would use to describe a "professional child molester and puppy kicker."
I have never understood this gambit. Yes politicians are unpopular, but how on earth can an incumbent avoid the implication that not only is he a professional politician, he is a career politician?

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Posted Oct 27, 2012 @ 3:32 PM

One local Congressional race has one of the candidates' ads saying, "[my opponent] keeps talking about raising taxes." No, YOU keep talking about him saying he's going to raise taxes.

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Posted Oct 28, 2012 @ 9:10 PM

I have never understood this gambit. Yes politicians are unpopular, but how on earth can an incumbent avoid the implication that not only is he a professional politician, he is a career politician?

I hate this. Oh, the other guy's a politician, is he? Then what the hell are you? You are running for political office. That makes you, too, a politician.

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Posted Oct 29, 2012 @ 10:38 AM

One of the candidates around here (or a PAC supporting her) runs an ad that makes a terrible insinuation, but it does so in such a ham-fisted way that it makes me roll my eyes. The ad details a bunch of men 'against' the candidate, and ends with "Will you stop at nothing to beat this woman?" The truly ridiculous part is that the other candidate in the race is also a woman.

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Posted Oct 30, 2012 @ 11:02 AM

In the Philly area we've got one with a woman jogging with her kid in a jog stroller, explaining in a voiceover how worried she is because her husband's been laid off twice in four years and how candidate A didn't perform as promised etc. Except she doesn't look like she's missed any yoga classes, and she's got a 400.00 jog stoller with a toddler (who at the end ALSO manages to look worried. Or she just pooped), new looking sneakers and her coordinated tight running suit looks like it might still have the tags still on it. My point...she doesn't look like she's hurting financially.
Maybe she is, because we never know what's going on behind closed doors. But if the point this ad is trying to make is that the economy is in the shitter and its all Candidate A or B's fault, then showing this woman in the latest mom running gear jogging through her affluent neighborhood isn't the way.
Show people stressing over bills, or coing in from a gruelling round of interviews or something.

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Posted Oct 31, 2012 @ 5:25 PM

Get Linda McMann off my set, please. That Hillary Clinton-esque orange suit does her no favors to her shapeless figure. I can't stand that woman. She is as fake as fake gets.

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Posted Oct 31, 2012 @ 10:04 PM

There's an ad with some ancient Hungarian ragging about the horrors of growing up in a socialist country and how wonderful and fabulous the US was to come to and we can't have the scourge of socialism overtake this country...

I assume this is some ad by a PAC to defeat Obama, but really, does any 'undecided' voter who's not some wild-eyed Teabagger know that Obama's going to turn us all into socialists in gray sackcloth giving our hard-earned wages over to gold-teethed welfare queens and their gaggle of black babies by 10 different men? I can only assume it would confuse anyone who sees it and doesn't know the coding.

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Posted Nov 4, 2012 @ 9:28 AM

In the Philly area we've got one with a woman jogging with her kid in a jog stroller, explaining in a voiceover how worried she is because her husband's been laid off twice in four years and how candidate A didn't perform as promised etc. Except she doesn't look like she's missed any yoga classes, and she's got a 400.00 jog stoller with a toddler (who at the end ALSO manages to look worried. Or she just pooped), new looking sneakers and her coordinated tight running suit looks like it might still have the tags still on it. My point...she doesn't look like she's hurting financially.


I came here to gripe about something along the same lines: One of those conservative PACs is running an ad with a woman who is supposedly worried about her kids' future, their college funds, the debt, etc. - as she watches political pundits debate the issue on her iPad.

Hey, lady, if you're that worried about your finances maybe you shouldn't be pissing money away on electronic gadgets.

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Posted Nov 5, 2012 @ 5:30 PM

Yay! Tomorrow is election day! That gives us two years of freedom from horrible ads. Unless someone dies, or there is a local run off election, or your city council is on one year terms...

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Posted Nov 6, 2012 @ 2:37 AM

Good -- because I've grown weary of yelling variations of "Fuck you!" to the negative campaigners who keep telling me that voting in the candidate of my choice is essentially giving Satan and his minions the keys to our country's seat of government and sure to bring fire and brimstone raining down upon us (seriously, since when did "liberal" become synonymous with "Anti-Christ", anyway?) and/or running for my remote's mute button anytime those ads come on.

Hey, negative politicians? Let me buy you a clue for 2014 and beyond: the fastest way to ensure that I will NEVER, EVER vote for you or for your party is to ram those negative ads down my throat at breakneck speed. I got it the first 3,000 times: other guy evil, you good. Next time, though, don't just tell my why electing the other guy to office or voting for this or that proposition would bring about the end of civilization as we know it; instead, tell me how you actually intend to build up and improve upon civilization as we know it. Then I might actually consider voting for you -- or at least listening to you.

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Posted Nov 6, 2012 @ 1:24 PM

Unfortunately, experience has shown that the negative ads work.