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Opinion: New Obama Ad – The American Promise: The New Cult of Change in the Country of Fear

Obama’s new political ad, “The American Promise” is the single most frightening political advertisement I have ever seen in my life. It’s absolutely chilling. The rabid cultist gleam in the eyes of the supporters nearly weeping as Obama repeats his meaningless rhetoric. Can this be real?

I’ve never had much faith in the political understanding of my fellow man. Admittedly, I’m a horrible misanthrope, of the opinion that the masses are irrational chumps, with about as much understanding of basic economics as I have about the inner workings of the Large Hadron Collider.

Maybe I’m out of touch, but I imagine the average person setting out nachos every Sunday to root for Red or Blue like a political football game; shouting out buzzwords like “More Regulations!” and “Al Qaeda Hates Freedom!”, then talking about it the next day at the water cooler. Why else follow politics if not as conversation fodder, right?

I figured I’d just watch the madness from the sidelines for a while and move to Costa Rica when the shit really starts to hit the fan and the freaks inevitably vote themselves into slavery. I didn’t think it’d happen so quickly though.
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October 5, 2008   7 Comments

John McCain’s New Ad: “Chicago Machine” – Guilt by Association

“Barack Obama,” an announcer intones, “born of the corrupt Chicago political machine.”
The ad quotes Obama saying, “In terms of my toughness, look first of all, I come from Chicago.”
Then the announcer continues:
“His economic adviser, William Daley. Lobbyist. Mayor’s brother.
His money man, Tony Rezko. Client. Patron. Convicted Felon.
His “political godfather.” Emil Jones. Under ethical cloud.
His governor, Rod Blagojevich. A legacy of federal and state investigations.
With friends like that, Obama is not ready to lead.”

This is McCain’s attempt to flip around the public image factor and bad associations factor. For a while, Obama and the Dem’s have been focusing on the lobbyists in McCain’s campaign and his unsavory friends, using the guilt by association trick. Now McCain has turned that trick around on Obama.
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September 25, 2008   1 Comment

Obama’s New Ad: “Destination” – McCain’s Living It Up In Bermuda

Obama’s new ad, entitled “Destination”, has hit the airwaves, and it makes some subtle, and some not so subtle, jabs.

The main point is that McCain plans on keeping Bermuda business open, and plans on continuing to allow it as a tax shelter. The subtle sting of this ad is made more harsh, though, by the economic climate here in the US. It makes it seem as if McCain is out and about, living his rich and famous life in Bermuda with his 13 cars and his billionaire friends while the average American can’t afford to pay their mortgage. The underlying message is a continuation of the previous ad about McCain’s 13 cars.
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September 23, 2008   Comments Off

The Dems Focus on McCain’s 13 Cars

So it turns out John McCain and his family own 13 cars. The Dems are focusing intently on that partucular nugget for 2 major reasons. Firstly, because McCain previously said he “bought American literally all [his] life.” That highlights a disconnect, even if the cars really don’t belong to John McCain himself. Even if it’s not true, it’s a powerful image. For Example: “Not only does he buy Non-American…he has 12 non-American cars”

But all of those cars except the American-made 2004 Cadillac CTS are registered in his wife’s name. His wife is a wealthy car enthusiast/amateur race car driver and heiress to some of that deliciously thirst-quenching Anheuser-Busch money. So most likely, John has nothing to do with those other 12 cars (besides his Caddy).
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September 23, 2008   Comments Off

McCain Linking Obama to the Current Financial Crisis

In two new ads, and in a recent speech, McCain is trying to link the current financial badness to Obama. In the first ad, called Advice, we hear that one of Obama’s economic advisors is Franklin Raines, former CEO of Fannie Mae. The rest of the ad is essentially irrelevant, since all it’s trying to do is show you that Obama is being advised by someone who is connected deeply with the current economic collapse.

The same thing happens in the second ad. We hear about another former Fannie Mae CEO being associated with Obama. Trouble trouble. Guilt by association. This kind of thing works, no matter how logically silly it many be.
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September 20, 2008   Comments Off

New McCain Ad: Patriotic Act – The Appeal to Libertarians

I was wondering when McCain was going to make his play for the libertarian vote. Economically-minded Ron Paul was very popular for a while there, and Libertarian Party candidate Bob Barr may take some of Ron Paul’s votes in the general election. So it’d be a wise move for McCain to try to appeal to the libertarian mindset.

Surveys show about 15-20% of Americans identify with libertarian ideas, even if they don’t consider themselves libertarians. If McCain can get a good portion of that 15-20%, it could make all the difference in the general election.
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September 20, 2008   1 Comment

John McCain’s Co-Option of “Enough is Enough” – Commercial

John McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running mate and tried to take the change mantel away from Barrack Obama. It seemed to work for a few weeks. In the process, McCain and Palin went postal on Obama with some vicious attack ads, some of which perverted Obama’s position on sex ed. Obama responded during an event at a school in Virginia by saying “Enough is Enough” – in fact, he had used this phrase before. It has become something of a trademark.

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September 17, 2008   Comments Off

John McCain’s Crisis Commercial – Response to Breakdown in Financial Markets

In this ad, John McCain faces the economic crisis squarely in the face. While this commercial is partly done as damage control for his unfortunate comments on the fundamentals of the economy, it tries to make the case that McCain and Palin are best suited to deal with the economy as reformers who will ramp up regulation and get tough on Wall Street.

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September 17, 2008   Comments Off

The Fundamentals Of Our Economy Are Strong – Obama Ad Attacking McCain

In this ad from Barrack Obama, an attempt is made to further reinforce the idea that John McCain is out of touch with reality. This has been a pervasive theme coming out of the Obama camp and it really got started with McCain’s gaff in the Politico interview when he couldn’t answer how many houses he owned.

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September 17, 2008   Comments Off

John McCain’s “friends” are lobbyists for oil companies – Election 2008 Ad

This ad from tries to hammer home the idea that John McCain is in bed with oil companies and fat cats.

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September 17, 2008   Comments Off