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Campaign commercials: the good, the bad and the ugly

 
 
nimh
 
Reply Sun 4 Nov, 2007 06:48 pm
Campaign is heating up; more and more ads will come your way.

Here you can post, or post about, the ones you really like, really dislike, or that leave you scratching your head.
 
nimh
 
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Reply Sun 4 Nov, 2007 07:19 pm
Thread should start out with what must have been the most eye-catching commercial so far - back in March, only on YouTube, and not created by any official campaign:

nimh wrote:
Whooooaaaa... Shocked Laughing

Check this out on YouTube..

http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/821/hillaryyoutubewd4.jpg

Note: Josh "Talking Points Memo" Marshall writes he has "been assured that the creators are not connected to the Obama campaign".

Get ready for the YouTube elections... Twisted Evil
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nimh
 
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Reply Sun 4 Nov, 2007 07:39 pm
And here's the newest John Edwards ad. It's good - at least I think so. My kind of candidate Smile

Heroes

http://img70.imageshack.us/img70/1395/edwardsheroespn9.png


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nimh
 
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Reply Sun 11 Nov, 2007 04:04 pm
JTT posted a link to a great Democratic ad from 2006 in another thread - watch this:

Quote:
Can You Get Through The List In One Breath?

Great Dem ad that challenges people to read a list of Republicans either indicted or under criminal investigation. $100 if they can read the list in one breath.

http://christinebarry.com/2006/11/02/can-you-get-through-the-list-in-one-breath/

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nimh
 
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Reply Thu 29 Nov, 2007 04:46 am
Blatham flagged a psychedelic ad of Gravel's, definitely not the like of any we'll see otherwise Razz

blatham wrote:
Here's a damned good Mike Gravel video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0S2zkh6ZOGE

The creative chap behind this is someone named rx.
Quote:
"He was totally into it," rx tells us. "Not sure if he completely understood what I was up to, but neither did I. God love him for spending the time. Every politician should be this cool."


Then again, this one had already come out from Gravel's before, and is only slightly less... original:

Watching those we chose: Campaign Video of the Day -- October 31, 2007
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nimh
 
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Reply Tue 4 Dec, 2007 07:44 pm
Feel-good new Edwards ad

(Oh, and Anastasia loved the Gravel ad Blatham flagged. She's all, if that video was the only thing I saw, I'd vote for him :wink: )
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nimh
 
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Reply Fri 7 Dec, 2007 05:19 pm
http://img519.imageshack.us/img519/2743/obamazh2.png

A new Obama ad that won some praise: click on the image to see it. Based on his acclaimed Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner speech last month.

Transcript and (interesting) analysis here.
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nimh
 
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Reply Fri 7 Dec, 2007 05:51 pm
I showed Anastasia the above Obama ad. She liked it, and she normally disdains campaign ads, shares none of my fascination with 'the game'. She's all, hey thats a good one.

I also showed her the one from Edwards further up - not the last one, but the Heroes one, the one I pasted an image from. She liked that one too. When I asked her which one she liked better, she shrugged, she said they were both good. A lot better than a lot of other ones she saw, thats for sure!

For me, what struck me when looking at these two in a row, is first, that the format is very similar. Politician, speeching. But in this kind of emotional, even somewhat melodramatic way. Not your shopping list of issues or your issue of the day, not something from the to and fro of the campaign, they're both aiming for something transcending that. Going for the grandeur of inspiration. Commitment. You got the music, the crescendo building up till you feel something stir, some belief, something to pull you over that high threshold of scepticism. At least thats what they're both going for, and they're going for it in the same way.

Second thing that struck me was that the message behind the similar style is almost the opposite. There's two contrasts specifically that struck me, fair or not.

One, Edwards starts off right away saying, dont look to me. We're not the heroes, we're well cared for. Its you who are the heroes, you, the ordinary, hardworking people of America. There's echoes of Howard Dean's rhetoric, from when Dean kept going, you've got the power! Dont look to me, believe in yourself and I will help you - YOU have the power. Obama's ad meanwhile, to me, emanates the opposite: look at me! I'm smart, I'm passionate, I'm on a mission. If you trust and support me, I will make great things happen. I want to be President, President of the United States of America.

OK, now that may not be entirely fair - it might be that in another two ads, the impression might just be the other way round. Well, not quite the other way round, I dont think. But different. May also be that I'm overreading Obama's ad on the basis of my prior impressions of him.

The second difference is more concrete and obvious. Edwards has an almost Dean type message, except that from him it sounds more like an angry regular guy thing, rather than an angry liberal activist kind of thing. I want the Democratic Party to have some backbone again. To have some guts! Or, is the message, I will fight for you. I will stand up for you! Obama's words, though delivered in the same crescendo of passionate commitment, have an opposite message: I dont want to pit the red states against the blue states. I dont want strife, a divided nation. I want to be president of you all - I want to be the president of a United States of America!

No prize for having guessed which of the two messages resonates with me, and which kind of left me cold...

Obama does have this voice that, when he gets into it, like through the second part of this ad, with the people cheering him on, it's stirring, it's like a wave. But I still dont quite get it, his appeal. To me, usually he comes across like at the beginning of this ad - kind of professorial. Smart, reasonable, Explaining It to us. Funny how even when you've followed the race closely for so long, it's still personal, superficial gut-type reactions like that which determine much of your immediate response. Meanwhile, in the second half of the ad he is speaking more with his heart - but the words he says dont do anything for me, the message makes me shrug. But yeah, I mean - whatever -- it's not my vote they've got to win!
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nimh
 
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Reply Fri 7 Dec, 2007 05:52 pm
Yikes, how did that get so long! Shocked It was just some impressions...
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rabel22
 
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Reply Sat 8 Dec, 2007 01:04 am
Isn't that what Bush claimed while he was running for office. He was going to unite us all and be a people person. What a bunch of B S. Im going to point out one more time Obama is a Chicago politician who is backed by the Daily Machine.
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Ramafuchs
 
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Reply Sat 8 Dec, 2007 06:35 pm
Hollywood drama.
much ado about nothing.
http://www.able2know.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=108179
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nimh
 
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Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 04:43 pm
Ron Paul videos must be among the most curious and entertaining around. Not the official ones, mind. The homemade ones, the endless supply of Ron Paul videos on YouTube that were produced by various enthusiasts. Having cornered a significant share of the respective markets of offbeat youths, IT and design guys, web geeks and outright nuts doesnt hurt, of course.

So: presenting three of the more engaging examples. Click on the pics to go to the vids...

First things first: outright zany nuttery! Musical zany nuttery. Well, OK - a rapping pizza slice. Some of the most unlikely rhymes you'll have heard being spit this side of Weird Al.


http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/3894/pizzaronpaulax4.png


Still on the offbeat tip, but more charmingly so: a sweet girl singing her wide-eyed tribute to Ron Paul's policies, competently strumming her guitar and homespun charm. Positively endearing.

Moreover, you just know that if Ron Paul would ever sit down with one of these pretty teenage fans, he would discuss policy only, awkwardly but sincerely - nothing on his mind but the IRS and the gold standard. Which kind of adds to the charm.


http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/2976/songforronpaulpt1.png


And finally, fair is fair, there's some impressively professional musical backing for the Paul campaign too. This unlikely combination of infectious hip-hop and Ron Paul politics is the real deal - and definitely unexpected!


http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/8734/ronpaulforthelonghaulqz7.png


<saunders off humming, We need Ron Paul / for the long haul.. / Ron Paul 2008 dot com..>
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nimh
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jan, 2008 07:23 pm
Look...

Mitt Romney is suddenly trying to reincarnate as Obama 2.0

Gone the negative attack ads, solemn pledges to be the most conservative of all, and lambastations of Huckabee for daring to criticize George Bush...

Suddenly it's Mitt who is going to "change Washington, take it apart and put it back together" because it's "broken". Don't send "the same people to Washington just to sit in different chairs", send - umm.. - the guy who just a month ago still got indignant at the merest criticism of GWB, instead.
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nimh
 
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Reply Wed 23 Jan, 2008 05:25 pm
An oldie but still hilarious, made during the Iowa campaign.

http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/2317/huckabeeadparodyhs8.png

"Mike isnt a corrupt crossdressing sex addict from pushy New York whose friends are all indicted or gay" Laughing
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nimh
 
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Reply Wed 23 Jan, 2008 05:28 pm
Here's another one from the same maker:

Election 08: An Unwelcome Endorsement

"Tax n' Spend Messiah" :wink:
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nimh
 
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Reply Mon 4 Feb, 2008 08:51 pm
Have all o'ya seen this yet?

Not an ad, but in support of Obama - very definitely worth a watch & listen.

No, really.

Yes, We Can 08


http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/9014/yeswecanba1.png


I like it. Anastasia really liked it; she said it was "powerful". One of the few times Ive seen her attention caught by any of this campaign stuff like that.
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nimh
 
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Reply Mon 11 Feb, 2008 11:20 am
Ha! It was a question of time before a parody would appear, of course... and this one is pretty good Cool

http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/9808/johnheisyw1.png

(Does anybody ever click on these links btw?)
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sozobe
 
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Reply Mon 11 Feb, 2008 11:34 am
Heh...!

(Does it need saying that the signing person is totally making it up? I didn't think so.)
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Ramafuchs
 
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Reply Mon 11 Feb, 2008 11:45 am
There was a fantastic election in
war-torn Afganisthan and Iraq
and according to the corporate controlled western Media
it was a grand success where campaign expenses were due to security reasons and not the so called billions wasted on advertisements.
The election in USA is far far away
and the money wasted so far+ is large and huge to pick up two candidates for the final selection?
Is this the norms of Democracy the whole world wish to follow?
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nimh
 
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Reply Mon 11 Feb, 2008 03:13 pm
sozobe wrote:
Heh...!

(Does it need saying that the signing person is totally making it up? I didn't think so.)


Yay! Someone is click my link! Smile

(And heh, about the signing.. Razz )
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