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Ad of the Day: Joe Miller channels the Old Spice guy

By Emi Kolawole
Look up. Look down. Now look at this Web ad from Alaska Republican Joe Miller that channels the Old Spice guy. Yes, it's our ad of the day.



The U.S. Senate candidate does not appear on screen mimicking the towel-clad, horse riding, theater-ticket-and-diamonds-offering Internet sensation Isaiah "Old Spice Guy" Mustafa. But the narrator does his best imitation. "Hello voters," he croons. "Look at your ballot, not look at him. This is Joe Miller. Now back to your ballot -- you see his name. Now look at her, now back to your ballot. Sadly, she is not on your ballot. Why? Because she lost. She lost to Joe Miller." The ad goes on to tout Miller's accomplishments in the military and as a family man. But no matter where the narrator tells you to look (or how hard you listen) there is a nine-letter word you won't see or hear in this ad: M-U-R-K-O-W-S-K-I.

In other ad news:

- A new Democratic National Committee ad attempts to pull on the heartstrings of supporters with an excerpt of President Obama at a rally. The ad is almost entirely reminiscent of the ads produced by the Obama campaign and calls on voters to "make history again."

- The left-leaning VoteVets.org is going up with a new ad in support of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada. The ad shows a man walking along the side of a desert road, as narrator describes Reid's life before he became a U.S. senator. "Reelection, some say darn close to impossible," says the announcer, "But in this day, this time of world-wide distress, we think Nevada needs him and that determination more than ever." Politico's Ben Smith reports that the group is taking out a $400,000 ad buy in the state. VoteVets will also be airing a second ad in Pennsylvania. Also, Hotline On Call reports that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is starting to throw down money on Reid's behalf, as polls show Republican Sharron Angle with a slight lead and a massive fundraising haul.

California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman is out with a new Chinese-language ad. (h/t First Read)

- Hotline on Call reports that the Service Employees International Union is coming to Rep. Phil Hare's (D-Ill.) defense with a television and radio ad that claim that Hare's challenger, Republican Bobby Schilling, supports free trade deals that, the ad claims, "ship American jobs overseas."

- We've looked into two different ads in which Democrats have been trying to move away from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) by touting the fact that they vote with the Republican leadership some of the time. The Hill reports that Democrats are turning the tactic on its head and have released a study that shows House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) has voted with Pelosi 52 percent of the time. The nonpartisan OpenCongress.org (which is cited in previous Democrat ads) shows that Pelosi and Boehner have a 23 percent vote similarity in the House. The Democrats' analysis covers 565 roll call votes between January and September. OpenCongress.org's figures go back to 2007. (h/t The Hill)

- On Monday, The Fix reported on an ad from West Virginia governor and Senate candidate Joe Manchin (D) that shows him literally taking a shot at the cap-and-trade bill. Well, Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine is "not wild" about the ad. "The part that I most don't like," said Kaine, "is 'fixing what's bad about Obamacare.' He had two Democratic senators [in his state], very good senators, who voted for that bill, and they voted for it because it probably has as much to offer the residents of West Virginia as virtually any state, if you look at health stats and things like that." Kaine went on to say, "He's a hell of a shot [though]." (h/t Huffington Post)


By Emi Kolawole  | October 14, 2010; 1:16 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Ad of the day  
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