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The Fix Ad Contest: The Best Presidential Ads

Over the next week (or so), we'll be rolling out the awards for the best and the worst ads of the 2008 election.

To ensure we were comparing apples to apples, we have broken the competition into three categories: presidential, Senate and House. In each one, we will choose a handful of the best and the worst commercials -- based on the opinions and suggestions of Fix readers, permanent members of the political class and our own personal thoughts.

We start the awards today with the best of the best in presidential ads. Agree or disagree with our picks? The comments section awaits.

Barack Obama "The Moment:" Using footage from Obama's address in late 2007 at the Iowa Jefferson-Jackson dinner, this ad -- better than any other commercial during the primary season -- framed the idea of the Illinois senator's campaign as a movement. This one had it all; Obama's sweeping oratory, sparing music, roaring crowds.

Hillary Rodham Clinton "3 a.m.:" By far the most controversial (and attention-getting) ad of the primary fight between Clinton and Obama, this ad also was one of the most effective. It cast the choice between the two candidates starkly -- taking Obama's relative inexperience from an abstract idea to a concrete scenario. It was also too little, too late.

John McCain "Celebrity:" McCain's campaign was struggling for traction in the dog days of summer while Obama was riding high in the aftermath of his widely-praised European tour. We were initially skeptical of comparing Obama to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton in an ad but it's hard to argue that the commercial changed the conversation in a positive way for McCain.

Bill Richardson "Job Interviews:" The New Mexico governor knew he had one of the deepest resumes in the Democratic primary field but he was running against a field of far better-known candidates. So, he decided to cast himself as a job interviewee in a series of humorous and effective ads that -- for a time -- made him a legitimate contender in Iowa. (Richardson is a repeat winner of the Fix's "best of" ads competition. He made the winner's circle in 2006 with his western-themed ad.)

Mike Huckabee "Chuck Norris Approved:" What other presidential candidate could pull off an ad in which he utters the line "There's no chin behind Chuck Norris' beard....only another fist"? Huckabee's not-too-serious approach to the campaign -- coupled with his solid social conservative credentials -- made him the break-out star of the Republican primaries and the surprise winner of the Iowa caucuses.

Republican National Committee "Storm"/"Surgeon:" These two commercials -- run in the closing days of the race and produced by the Republican National Committee's independent expenditure unit -- do a very solid job of asking the right question ("Is Obama ready?") with powerful visuals to go along with the script.

Mitt Romney "Experience Matters:" Romney, at times, struggled to settle on a single message during the primary season. But this ad, in which he attacks Clinton -- throwing red meat to the base -- and then pivots to discuss his resume of creating and maintaining jobs in the public and the private sector. It was Romney at his best and provided a glimpse of how effective an advocate he could have been for McCain has he been chosen as vice president.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 3, 2008; 3:00 PM ET
Categories:  Ad Wars , Eye on 2008  
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If Obama’s circus wins, then we will probably have decades to regret voting without first taking time to look behind bright lights and the charisma of the ring master.

Posted by: BillMillsinSterlingVA

Bill: don't be so hard on Palin, it was McCain's choice not hers.....Oh, you meant to other guy. The one that is going to be our next President. Wow, that is weird after the last eight years.

Posted by: Thatsnuts | November 4, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm with the fans of the Paris Hilton for President ad. She still has the best energy plan.

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/64ad536a6d/paris-hilton-responds-to-mccain-ad-from-paris-hilton-adam-ghost-panther-mckay-and-chris-henchy

Posted by: carolmfrey | November 4, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

"Remember how the exit polls in 2004 predicted President John Kerry?"

Yes, exit polls tend to sway Democrat. But the actual polls were very accurate in 2004.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 4, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

fivethirtyeight.com now has Mccain's chances at 1.1%

Intrade has

Mccain at 8
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Obama at 94.

Of course you can listen to Fox news. They sound just like that guy during the Iraq war they called Bagdad Bob.

"We are killing the Americans by the thousands and the cowards are on the run".

Posted by: popasmoke | November 4, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: DorchesterAndCongress | November 4, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse


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If there was a white Presidential candidate who was found to be a member of a racist church, same as the Rev. Wright's church except substitute "white values" for "black values" and visa vera, THE MEDIA WOULD BE IN TOTAL ATTACK MODE AGAINST THAT WHITE CANDIDATE.


OBAMA IS A RACIST - OBAMA GAVE $20,000.00 TO A RACIST CHURCH IN ONE YEAR.


YOU CALL THAT JUDGEMENT ???


Washington Post - there are a lot of Churches in Chicago which are black and which are not racist - Obama did not have to give $20,000.00 to this one Church - STOP GIVING OBAMA A PASS ON HIS RACISM AGAINST WHITES.


WAKE UP WASHINGTON POST WAKE UP MEDIA.


WAKE UP AMERICA.


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Exactly right he's racist. Just listen to Irreverend Wrong, his pastor for many, many years.


Exactly right he's socialist. Just listen to him admit it to Joe the Plumber, or his interviews in the past.


Exactly right he's a rotten human being. Just look at his abortion voting record.


Exactly right he has questionable judgment. Just look at his associations with people in his past.


Exactly right he's corrupt. Just look at the Rezko land deal.


Exactly right he's a liar. Just look at what he says about taxes vs. how he's actually voted.


Exactly right he has no executive experience. Just look at his resume -- or lack thereof.


Exactly right he's secretive. Just look at his lack of birth certificate, SAT scores, grades, etc. etc., etc.


Exactly right he'll be challenged in his first 6 months of office if elected. Just look at what he says about meeting unconditionally with world leaders.


We cannot be SERIOUS about electing this guy!! Obama in charge of nukes?! What. The.


Sorry George Washington, we messed everything up.


We stopped demanding the best people in the White House.


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Posted by: DorchesterAndCongress | November 4, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Pollsters ponder racial bias among U.S. voters - and in their own polls
By Kate Zernike Published: October 12, 2008
International Herald Tribune

Three weeks to Election Day, and polls project a victory, possibly a big one, for Barack Obama.

Yet everywhere, anxious Democrats wring their hands. They have seen this Lucy-and-the-football routine before, and they are just waiting for their ball to be snatched away, the foiled Charlie Browns again. Remember how the exit polls in 2004 predicted President John Kerry?

The anxiety is more acute this year, because Obama is the first African-American major-party presidential nominee. And even pollsters say they cannot be sure how accurately polls capture people's feelings about race, or how forthcoming Americans are in talking about a black candidate.

In recent days, nervous Obama supporters have traded worry about a survey - widely disputed by pollsters yet voraciously consumed by the politically obsessed - that concluded racial bias would cost Obama six percentage points in the final outcome. He is, of course, about six points ahead in current polls. See? He's going to lose.

If he does, it would not be the first time that polls have overstated support for an African-American candidate. Since 1982, people have talked about the Bradley effect, where even last-minute polls predict a wide margin of victory, yet the black candidate goes on to lose, or win in a squeaker. (In the case that lent the phenomenon its name, Tom Bradley, the mayor of Los Angeles, lost his race for governor, the assumption being that voters lied to pollsters about their support for an African-American.)

Kohut conducted a study in 1997 looking at differences between people who readily agreed to be polled and those who agreed only after one or more call-backs. Reluctant participants were significantly more likely to have negative attitudes toward blacks - 15 percent said they had a "very favorable" attitude toward them, as opposed to 24 percent of the ready respondents. "The kinds of people suspicious of surveys are also more intolerant," Kohut said.

Posted by: thecannula | November 4, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW

Another Obama buddy: Beyond audacity
Monday, November 3, 2008

Barack Obama's audacity is a grave concern for anyone troubled by the Wall Street meltdown.

Sen. Obama continues to support Penny Pritzker -- the disgraced billionaire hotel heiress who helped sink a major bank that used subprime mortgage machinations -- as she helps fund his crusade.

Ms. Pritzker is the finance chairwoman overseeing Obama's fundraising and a "bundler" who has pledged to personally raise between $200,000 and $500,000 for him. She has contributed nearly $500,000 to Democrat candidates and political action committees since 2000, reports The Washington Times.

Pritzker, among Forbes magazine's 2008 richest Americans with a net worth of $2 billion, had run Superior Bank until she became a board member of the parent company. The Treasury Department closed Superior and its 18 branches in 2001.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation found the bank's failure "was directly attributable to the bank's board of directors and executives ignoring sound risk management principles." And that it "paid dividends and other financial benefits without regard to the deteriorating financial and operating condition of Superior."

In July, Obama said he and Pritzker "share certain core values about how to run organizations, and hopefully that will inform how we manage the government."

Barack Obama must be taken at his word.

Posted by: thecannula | November 4, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

A few months ago We started the Stare Contest on Chris Cillizza's The fix, then we took the contest to the comment sections on articles linked to the Drudge Report where great battles were taking place between Obama/Biden vs McCain/Bush posters - At the time Obama/Biden were down by 6 percentage points.

Ok everyone all of us Obama/Biden Posters are challenging all McCain/Bush posters to the last Stare Contest on The Fix. This has never been done before in the history of any Presidential election which means all of us are making history! Cool Right! Lets start - Now we have in our corner a champion Jessica Alba who in real life supports Obama/Biden.

Are you ready? Ok on three ...1 ...2 ...3

Jessica Alba The Stare Response
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmzcKXsllWs

Ok this part isn't a contest but we are fans of Sarah Silverman and it was one of our favorite ads :-)

Welcome to The Great Schlep
http://www.thegreatschlep.com/site/index.html

Change we need

Vote Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: cooday | November 4, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

And the coup de gras:

Redskins lost last night.

Bush remains the anomaly, as seems fitting.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 4, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

From Plato to Lincoln to JFK:

"Election Day Quotes To Remember"

http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/11/election-day-quotes-to-remember.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | November 4, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Zogby delivers the bad news:


Reuters / Zogby / C-SPAN
10/31-11/03,08; Sample sizes vary from 585 to 690 likely voters, MoE from +/-3.8 to +/-4.1%
Mode: Live Telephone Interviews

Pennsylvania
Obama 51 McCain 41

Ohio
Obama 49 McCain 47

Virginia
Obama 52 McCain 45

Nevada
Obama 53 McCain 42

Florida
Obama 49 McCain 48

Missouri
Obama 49 McCain 49

North Carolina
Obama 49 McCain 50

Indiana
Obama 45 McCain 50

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 4, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

the Republican party will either move left...or become a fringe party.

The dems will become the party that the "center" runs through...

and the freaks that got us the last 8 years will hopefully learn.

Posted by: klondike2 | November 4, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

If Obama’s circus wins, then we will probably have decades to regret voting without first taking time to look behind bright lights and the charisma of the ring master.

Posted by: BillMillsinSterlingVA


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While you spend your sad life in regret and negativity, the rest of us will embrace the future with courage and hope and hard work.

What an amazing day today will be! The USA once again becomes an inspiration to others. The past eight years will be washed clean.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 4, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

"If Obama’s circus wins, then we will probably have decades to regret voting without first taking time to look behind bright lights and the charisma of the ring master."

Don't worry. Things will improve under Obama. Then the Republicans can go back to wedge issues like gay marriage and abortion. That campaigning works a lot better when the country is in good shape.

You need to let President Obama fix things up a little first.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 4, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

BillMillsinSterlingVA

Be very clear

we are already regretting.

Not the election of Barack Obama...but letting the spin and fear and trickle down economic bologna that got us the last 8 years and 3 decades of moving the income tax ratio growth in favor of the wealthy...
all from Republicans

and all contributing to the situation we have found ourselves in

so as much as Republicans and Rove and Foxnews and Bush and Palin and the Mccainiacs have tried to continue to blind us...fool us...and destroy our moral compass that was what made us a leader not only in the world...but in economics...

taking us from a prescient country who understood that our (and the world's) economic engine is middle class retail...and THAT makes the rich richer...not the rich getting richer ...making the middle class richer...(what a foolish belief to buy into)

so please

we are regretting ...we have been regretting...

we will continue to regret...the last times we bought into your bologna...

and this election...if Obama wins...is the country trying to finally make us "America" again...

Posted by: klondike2 | November 4, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

What a trite topic. Perhaps the award should just be for best actor of the year. However, event timing and an objective look at the emotional levers being pulled is closer to being of value.

We appear to have had much more early voting this year, and relaxed rules for absentee voting, push by the Democrats.

The snake oil salesmen always push the mark to buy immediately, before the pitch starts to wear thin and logic shows through. That’s a disadvantage to spreading out an election. The circus can just sweep through then “bank” the marks before they have time for the glitter to wear off.

If Obama’s circus wins, then we will probably have decades to regret voting without first taking time to look behind bright lights and the charisma of the ring master.

Posted by: BillMillsinSterlingVA | November 4, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

I guess the paid staffers from the Obama campaign are not online today - so Chris you can guess about how many postings the Obama campaign bought and paid for on this blog over the past year.

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Posted by: DorchesterAndCongress | November 4, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: DorchesterAndCongress | November 4, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

There is always, the anti-Obama attack ad that even the networks wouldn't run:

http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/11/anti-obama-ad-networks-will-not-run.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | November 4, 2008 7:44 AM | Report abuse

May the best man win!


Posted by: wpost4112 | November 4, 2008 7:00 AM | Report abuse


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If there was a white Presidential candidate who was found to be a member of a racist church, same as the Rev. Wright's church except substitute "white values" for "black values" and visa vera, THE MEDIA WOULD BE IN TOTAL ATTACK MODE AGAINST THAT WHITE CANDIDATE.


OBAMA IS A RACIST - OBAMA GAVE $20,000.00 TO A RACIST CHURCH IN ONE YEAR.


YOU CALL THAT JUDGEMENT ???


Washington Post - there are a lot of Churches in Chicago which are black and which are not racist - Obama did not have to give $20,000.00 to this one Church - STOP GIVING OBAMA A PASS ON HIS RACISM AGAINST WHITES.


WAKE UP WASHINGTON POST WAKE UP MEDIA.


WAKE UP AMERICA.


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Exactly right he's racist. Just listen to Irreverend Wrong, his pastor for many, many years.


Exactly right he's socialist. Just listen to him admit it to Joe the Plumber, or his interviews in the past.


Exactly right he's a rotten human being. Just look at his abortion voting record.


Exactly right he has questionable judgment. Just look at his associations with people in his past.


Exactly right he's corrupt. Just look at the Rezko land deal.


Exactly right he's a liar. Just look at what he says about taxes vs. how he's actually voted.


Exactly right he has no executive experience. Just look at his resume -- or lack thereof.


Exactly right he's secretive. Just look at his lack of birth certificate, SAT scores, grades, etc. etc., etc.


Exactly right he'll be challenged in his first 6 months of office if elected. Just look at what he says about meeting unconditionally with world leaders.


We cannot be SERIOUS about electing this guy!! Obama in charge of nukes?! What. The.


Sorry George Washington, we messed everything up.


We stopped demanding the best people in the White House.


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Posted by: DorchesterAndCongress | November 4, 2008 5:17 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: DorchesterAndCongress | November 4, 2008 4:45 AM | Report abuse

The best Obama ad is a new one, not from the campaign, but from Progressive Future. It is getting only limited air time on CNN and MSNBC. It is set to the second verse of Paul Simon's "American Tune." Reportedly he wrote the song in the wake of Nixon's reelection in 1972. The tune is nearly exactly that of the chorale piece "O Sacred Head Now Wounded" from J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion.

Posted by: cassandra9 | November 4, 2008 3:19 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA/BIDEN '08!!!!

AMERICA RULES!!!

Posted by: 37thand0St | November 4, 2008 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 11/3/08

Ridge: Steelers and McCain will win
From a rally right outside of Pittsburgh this afternoon, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge said that the pundits will wake up two days in row having been wrong, because both the Pittsburgh Steelers and John McCain will win. Experts in sports and politics have both counted the Steelers out of winning the Monday Night Football game this evening against the Washington Redskins and (have) McCain losing...

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Update 23-6 Steelers with 8 minute to go in the 4th quarter!
Ridge is Right- Go McCain!

Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

"Dole - runner up in 1988, won in 1996

Tell that to Clinton, Hah!"

I was talking about the Republican nomination, not the general election.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 3, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

TIN SOLDIER OBAMA'S COMING- COAL PLANTS ARE ON THEIR OWN- BANKRUPT- YOU CAN HEAR THE DRUMMING- ALL DEAD IN O-HI-O!!!

Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

DON'T GIVE VOTE TO THE MUSLIMS ...DON'T VOTE FOR HUSEIN OBAMA...DON'T VOTE FOR HUSEIN OBAMA...DON'T VOTE FOR HUSEIN OBAMA..DON'T VOTE FOR HUSEIN OBAMA

Posted by: kendreik


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Well, heck, that's a darn good argument...but...oh shoot! ...i already voted for Obama!!

Oh well, I hear the good Muslims are a lot of fun!

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 3, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

DON'T GIVE VOTE TO THE MUSLIMS ...DON'T VOTE FOR HUSEIN OBAMA...DON'T VOTE FOR HUSEIN OBAMA...DON'T VOTE FOR HUSEIN OBAMA..DON'T VOTE FOR HUSEIN OBAMA

Posted by: kendreik | November 3, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

test

Posted by: bricedue | November 3, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DDAWD

Dole - runner up in 1988, won in 1996

Tell that to Clinton, Hah!

Posted by: jimbo1949 | November 3, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

pop, your super-patriotism has not gone unnoticed.

Tomorrow, we will have the most important election of our lifetime. Easily the most important since Johnson/Goldwater (1964).

We can only hope it will turn on real issues like the econony, world peace, and universal health care, and not on media-generated nonsense like Wright, Resko, Ayers, O's relatives, fistbumps, flagpins, obvious racial hoaxes by Mac campaigners, and O scratching his nose with the middle finger (Drudge's obsession today).

I won't comment on your Mac information -- it speaks for itself -- except to say (as many already have) not a single POW has come out in support of Mac, not one. Why is that? Pop, we feel your pain as do the families of the men of the USS Forrestal.

Now VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!FOR CHANGE!!!!!!!!!

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"For months I have been writing on this blog in support of Barack Obama. I have tried to push back on the lies and offer some arguments of why Mr. Obama is the right man and John Mccain is not. I don't really have any words left but I want to leave you with this.

BEFOTE YOU VOTE YOU MUST WATCH THIS DOCUMENTARY

http://www.mccainbetrayspows.com/

John Mccain is "Not" the man some of you may think he is. John Mccain is damaged goods. Perhaps due to an inherent personality flaw, or from his war experience John Mccain lacks any empathy for another human being. It has been shown many times in how he has treated his wives and others. He cares about no one but himself. He will lie cheat, steal and exploit anyone for his own selfish needs what ever they are at the time. He is not trustworthy nor an honorable man in any way. I don't really know what else to say. The last straw for me was when he added to his spiel a story about sitting on a flight deck of a carrier with a mission and a target during the Cuba missile crises. More lies by this self aggrandizing phony hero.

This is my closing argument I guess. Please do your own research if need be, it is not too late and protect our country from who would be a very sick and dangerous leader.

I am a veteran, I hold a
Bronze star
Distinguished Service Cross
Soldiers medal
2 Purple Hearts

As a helicopter crewman my job was to retrieve wounded soldiers from the battle field often under fire. I met and knew so many "REAL" heros, I have a very hard time watching and listening to John Mccain as he spews his lies and venom. I lack the vocabulary to even put into words what a phony he really is. On November 4 you have a choice.

Paul Simons "American Tune", enjoy
Thank you
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AE3kKUEY5WU&feature=related

Posted by: popasmoke | November 3, 2008 7:35 PM"

Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 3, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Charles meets Barack is by far the best of the prez campaign
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW-6DpC-mj8

Posted by: kewlair | November 3, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

I just watched the RNC "Storm" & "Surgeon" ads for *the first time* -- I don't own a TV and I don't normally watch political ads for fun. I'm also voting Obama, so feel free to discount my pos/neg comments right now if you like.


But honestly, I don't see *anything* noteworthy in the "Storm" ad. The sea swells are not threatening until the last 5 seconds. Perhaps that's the tack they wanted, but from all the hype surrounding this ad and it's reputation amongst pundits, I expected a rollercoaster ride that would make me nearly sick. I expected an ad that would viscerally connect Obama with fear of drowning, fear of being thrown overboard into the foaming jaws of nature.

I saw nothing that moved me... at all. And yes I do get seasick quite easily.


The "Surgeon" ad, however, was AMAZING! and VISCERAL, and Frightening! That one deserves to go into the textbooks for future politicians. THAT was a great spot!

As am Obama supporter I'm very glad they didn't bring it out earlier... and I think the Dems need to grab the agency and creative genius that put that one together... before the next cycle rolls around....

Posted by: bricedue | November 3, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Is McCain ACTUALLY on the Campaign Trail Right now???

I found this picture of him in a HOSPITAL online earlier, it was up on some news site, then all of the sudden I couldn't find it again...I managed to Save it to my Photobucket Account...Does anyone know if this is REAL?

http://i479.photobucket.com/albums/rr160/thelocke/hospital-shot.jpg

Posted by: thelocke | November 3, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse


For months I have been writing on this blog in support of Barack Obama. I have tried to push back on the lies and offer some arguments of why Mr. Obama is the right man and John Mccain is not. I don't really have any words left but I want to leave you with this.

BEFOTE YOU VOTE YOU MUST WATCH THIS DOCUMENTARY

http://www.mccainbetrayspows.com/

John Mccain is "Not" the man some of you may think he is. John Mccain is damaged goods. Perhaps due to an inherent personality flaw, or from his war experience John Mccain lacks any empathy for another human being. It has been shown many times in how he has treated his wives and others. He cares about no one but himself. He will lie cheat, steal and exploit anyone for his own selfish needs what ever they are at the time. He is not trustworthy nor an honorable man in any way. I don't really know what else to say. The last straw for me was when he added to his spiel a story about sitting on a flight deck of a carrier with a mission and a target during the Cuba missile crises. More lies by this self aggrandizing phony hero.

This is my closing argument I guess. Please do your own research if need be, it is not too late and protect our country from who would be a very sick and dangerous leader.

I am a veteran, I hold a
Bronze star
Distinguished Service Cross
Soldiers medal
2 Purple Hearts

As a helicopter crewman my job was to retrieve wounded soldiers from the battle field often under fire. I met and knew so many "REAL" heros, I have a very hard time watching and listening to John Mccain as he spews his lies and venom. I lack the vocabulary to even put into words what a phony he really is. On November 4 you have a choice.

Paul Simons "American Tune", enjoy
Thank you
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AE3kKUEY5WU&feature=related

Posted by: popasmoke | November 3, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

JOHN MCCAIN, TRAITOR TO HIS COUNTRY, COLLABORATOR WITH THE ENEMY, MILITARY DISGRACE.

Ted Sampley, a Vietnam Veteran and former Green Beret, issued a CHALLENGE to John McCain "If you can show us that the information presented in our mailer is untruthful . . . we will Stand Down" This CHALLENGE was issued during an interview with INSIDE EDITION on January 17, 2008.
John, family members of Vietnam POW/MIA(s) have been waiting for more then 14 years for you to have the courage to face them eye to eye in front of the American Public - Here is your opportunity for some "STRAIGHT TALK." Stop hiding behind your fabricated "War Hero" persona. You know we can prove your collaborations with declassified government documents . . . It is time for the American people to get to know the REAL John McCain - the John McCain that the POW/MIA families witnessed during the 1991-93 US Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs .
Bring It On John! HERE IS OUR NUMBER 252-527-0442
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Activists accused McCain of stonewalling the release of POW records because they contained evidence he had collaborated with the North Vietnamese.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoseBNetlEk

Posted by: popasmoke | November 3, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama now in the 90's on intrade as Mccain falls to single digits.

Posted by: popasmoke | November 3, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a Freeloader


$150,000 shopping sprees (at all the best "elitist" shops, no less), on the Republican National Committee tab.
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http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1008/14805.html
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$21,012 worth of free flights for her daughters, charged to the state of Alaska.
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http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2008/articles/2008/10/22/alaska_paid_for_palin_daughters_to_travel/
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All this, when she already makes $125,000 a year as governor and pockets an extra $22,883 in energy extraction royalties.


Palin is a chisler supreme.


All of which makes the fact that she charged $16,951 in expenses charged to the state, including 312 per diem allowances for staying in her own home just that much more amazing.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/08/AR2008090803088.html
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A dual income family, with Sarah earning $125K. Free travel (even for the family), and now free clothes, hair and makeup. They can actually go out in her backyard and shoot a moose, keeping her family in free mooseburger for a year. And still she feels the need to cheat. Shoot that moose for free and still charge the state $60 per burger. And she claims she deserves every bit of it.


Now that's what I call a perverse sense of entitlement.


"Sounds like socialism to me," to borrow a phrase.


Just another fake "bootstrapper" Republican. What a shocker.


Meanwhile, we all have to endure the indignity of Palin turning the campaign for the Vice Presidency into some kind of FOX reality TV makeover show, where they take some ridiculously not-ready-for-prime-time pol and dress her up, push her out on the stage, and see if they can turn her into a VP in 10 weeks.


What the f^ck, right? It's just being second in line to the nuclear launch codes. No big thing. We could even do a whole co-promotional deal with moose sandwiches at Subway.


Thanks, Republicans. You sure do love our country n' stuff and goodluck to you in your newly minted 4th party gadfly status starting in 2009.
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Posted by: DrainYou | November 3, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

It will be interesting and fun to watch the GOP shrink to a few nativist haters, a couple of religious nuts, and the Kathryn Jean-Lopez's of the world in the next few years.


As long as the Rethuglican party continues to offer huge outsized tax breaks for the filthy rich and nothing for everyone else, the extremist nuts will be the only one's left carrying the GOPer banner after 2008.


I think it is going to be a while before we hear about the big tent Republican party.


Ladies and Germs...I give you your 2009 Republican party:


All hail the GOPer "pup tent party"!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5mdIPNB8t8
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Posted by: DrainYou | November 3, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

"…it's hard to argue that the commercial changed the conversation in a positive way for McCain."

No. It highlighted the McCain campaign as a bunch of Rove-wannabes who had nothing to offer the country.

Posted by: FlownOver | November 3, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Did John "Thank God My Wife Owns A Private Jet" McCain, reimburse anyone after he "suspended" his campaign and yet he continued to travel?


Did McCain reimburse anyone for the weekend jaunts to his ranch to wait for his own personal cell phone tower? Is this really the road the GOP wants to go down right now?
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http://voices.washingtonpost.com/washingtonpostinvestigations/2008/10/permit_for_mccain_cell_tower_s.html
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I love the smell of Wingnut desperation in the morning. It smells like...victory for OBAMA/BIDEN 08!
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Posted by: DrainYou | November 3, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm not surprised that Grampy McCain and Alaskan Blunder Woman are getting their butts kicked in this election because I'm still trying to figure out what the McCain campaign message is, other than:
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"Don't vote for the scary black guy"
-MCCAIN/PALIN 08!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd0Kb2SnD_Q
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Posted by: DrainYou | November 3, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Indiana! Ohio! Pennsylvania!

This ad is for you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DdN4KH0kFQ

Obama! 08!

Posted by: toritto | November 3, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Canned La La deposits:

......Let's Prove Jack Cafferty and Keith Olberman Can't Intimidate Us!

McCain/Palin 2008


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Most pathetic appeal I've yet read.

As usual, nothing positive about McCain...just emotional manipulation.

Perfect for La La land.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 3, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

There is not a poll that has Obama under 50 anymore.

Posted by: popasmoke | November 3, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Message from The National Republican Trust PAC
From Scott Wheeler

Dear Supporter:

The latest battleground poll from Fox News is out Monday afternoon for the key battleground states and it shows McCain is leading in Florida and North Carolina, tied in Ohio and Missouri and behind just a little in Colorado and Virginia. This is so close — McCain can win!

We here at the National Republican Trust PAC (GOPtrust.com) are targeting these battleground states for a McCain win.

As you can tell from the numbers, the election is in critical mode and any one of these state may make the difference in defeating Barack Obama.
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Please Go Vote Tomorrow!

Let's Prove Jack Cafferty and Keith Olberman Can't Intimidate Us!

McCain/Palin 2008




Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

I have yet -- YET -- to see one ad that tells me why I should vote for McCain. I've seen a slew of ads telling me why I should be _afraid_ of Obama.* But not one saying what good things John McCain will do if elected. I haven't even seen an ad telling me what he'd do differently than George Bush. I guess he won't raise taxes, but Bush said that, and look how things turned out.

Obama is going to win, and deserves to win, because _he_ made a case for being elected. He offered a coherent program. McCain's just offered fear, and failed to distinguish himself from George Bush. If you want an entertaining YouTube video, I guess ObamaGirl or the Clintons Soprano takeoff was it. (Only a McCain lover liked the Celebrity ad.) But for the ad that wins -- that sells the man and his message, that has the (neutral) viewer going, "yes!" -- Obama's, hands down.

*Fear didn't win for HRC. Why McCain would rerun the Clintonian campaign of fear is beyond me, but all the evidence points to the man as being a slow learner. Maybe that is why he chased after Bush's imprimatur long after EVERYONE else knew it was not only worthless, but a detriment.

Posted by: gbooksdc | November 3, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

McCain knows all about bailing out rich bankers and screwing over middle class and poor people, he's been doing it for years.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAzDEbVFcg8
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*McCain - Founding Member of the Keating 5


McCain was one of the "Keating Five," congressmen investigated on ethics charges for strenuously helping convicted racketeer Charles Keating after he gave them large campaign contributions and vacation trips.


Charles Keating was convicted of racketeering and fraud in both state and federal court after his Lincoln Savings & Loan collapsed, costing the taxpayers $3.4 billion. His convictions were overturned on technicalities; for example, the federal conviction was overturned because jurors had heard about his state conviction, and his state charges because Judge Lance Ito (yes, that judge) screwed up jury instructions. Neither court cleared him, and he faces new trials in both courts.)


McCain intervened on behalf of Charles Keating after Keating gave McCain at least $112,00 in contributions. In the mid-1980s, McCain made at least 9 trips on Keating's airplanes, and 3 of those were to Keating's luxurious retreat in the Bahamas. McCain's wife and father-in-law also were the largest investors (at $350,000) in a Keating shopping center; the Phoenix New Times called it a "sweetheart deal."


McCain was not convicted of any crimes, though the Senate concluded that he exercised "poor judgment." (Furthermore, he got off on some charges by a technicality -- that he was still in the House when he took those vacation trips, and so the Senate couldn't prosecute him. The House concluded that THEY couldn't prosecute him because he had moved to the Senate.)


Here's some mavericky straight talk, my friends:
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http://www.realchange.org/mccain.htm
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Posted by: DrainYou | November 3, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: popasmoke | November 3, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

"Our economy is structurally sound for the long term"
*George W Bush - Feb 11, 2008


"The American people can remain confident in the soundness and the resilience of our financial system"
*Henry Paulson - Sept 15, 2008


"The economy is fundamentally sound"
*Herbert Hoover - October, 1931


"The fundamentals of our economy are strong"
*John McCain - Sept 15, 2008
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnb2IrsU1Cg
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McCain does not have the ability to fix this economic crisis. After declaring the fundamentals of the economy strong, he created a political circus in Washington by mucking up bailout negotiations; a deplorable campaign stunt, considering he and his political cronies helped cause the current meltdown.


It was McCain and his economic adviser Phil Gramm who pushed for the deregulation that helped lead to the banking crisis, and it was McCain's crony Rick Davis who had deep lobbyist ties to Freddie Mac. Don't let others be fooled by McCain's economic grandstanding because the reality is his policies and principles will only exacerbate our financial hardships.


McCain is being deceitful with his sudden populist message and support for regulation; his economic policies still favor our nation's wealthy elite.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4egXbhSOhk
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Posted by: DrainYou | November 3, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

"How can anyone who is not a millionaire cheer John McCain, who has said he wants to extend the tax breaks for the wealthiest instead of returning the tax for them to what it was during the Clinton administration, as Obama proposes?"
BettyW1

Betty, I know ten thousand or more coal miners in West Virginia this morning who woke up to read the Spectator and none are millionaires, yet all are questioning any support they may have had for Obama.
Bill Clinton said in 1988 that removing the cap on social secutity taxes was "regressive...no one wants to." THAT'S Exactly what Obama wants to do- it will hurt small business. Obama cleverly claims that 98% of small businesses make under 250k and therefore won't be hurt. He conveniently leaves out the fact that ALL SMALL businesses are included in his figure- EBAY sellers who work at home by themselves, for example. 50% of all small business INCOME will suffer additional heavy taxes due to Obama's unprecidented move.
His "most aggressive cap and trade policy"- his words- will put tens of thousands of coal workers out of work across the country- New Mexico, Colorado, W. Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Alabama, Kentucky, and Virginia. WHO WILL EMPLOY THESE PEOPLE? THE SMALL BUSINESSES WHO ARE BEING MORE HEAVILY TAXED?

The NY Times last week covered the horrible jobs picture in Rhode Island- 8.8% unemployment as the state with the highest cumulative business taxes-

Wake up Betty, don't cut off your nose to spite your face, by voting for Obama in order to "stick it" to Exxon/Mobile and in turn ruining the entire job creating small and medium sized business sector in our great country.

Millionaires, like Penny Pritzker and Barbara Streisand can AFFORD to support Obama Betty- we can't.

Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN IS OUT OF TOUCH WITH MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICA'S ECONOMIC TROUBLES!
McCain in April 08 declared that there had been "great progress economically" during the Bush years. On more than one occasion, he diagnosed Americans' concerns over the dismal U.S. economy as "psychological." (Phil Gramm, McCain's close friend and economic adviser supposedly excommunicated over his "whiners" remarks, is back with the McCain campaign full time again.) McCain, a man who owns eight homes nationwide, in March lectured Americans facing foreclosure that they ought to be "doing what is necessary -- working a second job, skipping a vacation, and managing their budgets -- to make their payments on time." And when all else fails, McCain told the people of the economically devastated regions in Martin County, Kentucky and Youngstown, Ohio, there's always eBay. McCain doesn't understand our tanking economy because it doesn't affect him.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ek3jAkx9m10

The $100 Million Man
Courtesy of his wife Cindy's beer distribution fortune (one her late father apparently chose not to share with her half-sister Kathleen), the McCains are worth well over $100 million. (In the two-page tax summary she eventually released to the public, Cindy McCain reported another $6 million in 2006.) As Salon reported back in 2000, the second Mrs. McCain's millions were essential in launching her husband's political career. Unsurprisingly, the Weekly Standard's Matthew Continetti, who four years ago called Theresa Heinz-Kerry a "sugar mommy," has been silent on the topic of Cindy McCain.

The Joys of (Eight) Home Ownership
While fellow adulterer John Edwards was pilloried for his mansion, John McCain's eight homes around the country have received little notice or criticism. His properties include a 10 acre lake-side Sedona estate, euphemistically called a "cabin" by the McCain campaign, and a home featured in Architectural Digest. The one featuring "remote control window coverings" was recently put up for sale. Still, their formidable resources did not prevent the McCains from failing to pay taxes on a tony La Jolla, California condo used by Cindy's aged aunt.

The Anheuser-Busch Windfall
While John McCain played a critical role in facilitating DHL's takeover of Airborne (and with it, the looming loss of 8,000 jobs in Wilmington, Ohio), Cindy McCain is set to earn a staggering multi-million dollar pay-day from the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch by the Belgian beverage giant, In Bev. As the Wall Street Journal reported in July, Mrs. McCain runs the third largest Anheuser-Busch distributorship in the nation, and owns between $2.5 and $5 million in the company's stock.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxT0s_I5WtA
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Posted by: DrainYou | November 3, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

The GOP Rats are Deserting the USS McCain in Titanic Proportions


The Republican rats are all jumping the ship. The USS McCain/Titanic is in full sink mode and all the traditional Republicans, strategists and party faithful are running away as fast as they can.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wbjg9Hh17lI
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All of these Republican water-carriers who faithfully parroted every lunacy and vicious Bush/Cheney lie of the last eight years are seeing their Propaganda Factory shut down and put out of business. They can't control the national conversation anymore, so they're all angling to be considered "one of the good ones" in the post-conservative era. I look for a lot of these guys to start avoiding Fixed News Channel like the plague the next few years as they seek to rehab their reputations.
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Posted by: DrainYou | November 3, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

But that's just too many trends broken. I'm convinced it was God. No other explanation makes sense.

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The Church Lady knows who was responsible.

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Posted by: wpost4112 | November 3, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Reading the snopes link, the Redskins Rule accurately predicted Truman over Dewey as well as Bush over Gore. It also predicted all three FDR re-elections

Technically, the rule is for the last Redskins HOME game before the election.

Which is tonight. Obama fans root for Steelers. McCain fans root for Redskins. Washingtonians are torn since the vast majority of them are Obama AND Redskins fans.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 3, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

"LOL. God had nothing to do with that. At least not directly...She did give us free will....even to screw ourselves."

Bush won the 2000 primary despite not being the runner up in 1996.

He was one of the most unpopular presidents to win re-election.

He won the presidency despite not winning the popular vote.

And 2004 is the ONLY election in which the party in power won the presidential election following a Washington Redskins loss. (Yes, this is true. Redskins win=party in power stays. Redskins loss=party in power goes)
http://www.snopes.com/politics/ballot/redskins.asp

But that's just too many trends broken. I'm convinced it was God. No other explanation makes sense.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 3, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

THIS IS NOT ABOUT AN ADD BUT ABOUT A PHONE CALL That I received from the McCain campaign. It went as follows " This is ..... and I want to inform you that if you vote for Obama you are putting your pension and your Social Security at risk and you may lose it." At that point I hung up. I'm 74 years old and this phone call is definitely directed at older people. WHAT A CROCK !! I have worked until I was 71 in management positions and still have most of my faculties but ten years from now this may have scared the hell out of me. Somehow I had expected a more ethical campaign from McCain.

Posted by: Opa2 | November 3, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Maher. Just another bitter ex-Catholic who is getting more un-funny by the day.

Sort of the male version of Kathy Griffin...or is it vice versa?

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 3, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

W Bush - appointed by God himself


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LOL. God had nothing to do with that. At least not directly...She did give us free will....even to screw ourselves.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 3, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

"Maher finds god"

Maher doesn't need to find god. The rest of the world needs to stop acting so cocksure that their religious views are indisputable.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 3, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

I don't know a soul who's not been battered,
I don't have a friend who feels at ease.
I don't know a dream that's not been shattered
Or driven to its knees.

But it's all right, it's all right,
For we've lived so well, so long.
Still, when I think of the road we're traveling on,
I wonder what's gone wrong.
I can't help it, I wonder what's gone wrong.
--Paul Simon, "American Tune" 1973

Tomorrow! Obama 08!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DdN4KH0kFQ

Posted by: toritto | November 3, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

"someone, anyone makes fun of Obama or asks him a hard question."

I think Obama is just difficult to make fun of. He doesn't really have any quirks. I know Jon Stewart had some lines about Obama's strategy being not having a resume to attack, but it really wasn't all that funny. He just looks and sounds so polished 100% of the time.

I think a good SNL type skit would be Obama using soaring rhetoric while doing mundane things like going out to a restaurant with his family. The thing is that I don't think there are many people who can do a good imitation of Obama.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 3, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

In 2008, Romney was a former businessman who had served one term as governor of Massachusetts. In 2012, he'll still be a former businessman and single-term governor. He's not getting any more political experience between now and then, so he won't be a credible candidate in 2012. Same with Giuliani and Huckabee.

Posted by: Blarg | November 3, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Interesting when discussing election ads to note that in a last spasm of self-degradation, the McCain campaign is resorting to raking the worst form of muck by running ads about Rev Wright. They just couldn't manage to end the thing without soiling themselves in public at the last moment.

McCain has shown evidence of once being an honorable man. I applauded him early in the campaign for repudiating a right-wing talk radio shock jock warming up a Cincinnati GOP rally with some cheap shots. I am sorry that he has to abandon his honor in the final moments, when he could have walked away with some remaining dignity.

Posted by: info53 | November 3, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Reagan - runner up in 1976, won in 1980
HW Bush - runner up in 1980, won in 1988
Dole - runner up in 1988, won in 1996
W Bush - appointed by God himself
McCain - runner up in 2000, won in 2008
Romney - runner up in 2008, favorite for 2012?

Posted by: DDAWD | November 3, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

someone, anyone makes fun of Obama or asks him a hard question.


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without being sent to Siberia I forgot to say. the truth squad will be deployed to combat any truth that gets out. I have never seen such a thin-skinned pol come to prominence.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 3, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

DDawD asks:

Does Olbermann actually do something like that on his show? I don't watch him all that often.

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LOL. Yes, he does.

His self-righteous ranting is way over the top and undercuts any serious message he is trying to make.

Rachel Maddow however is da bomb.

Gergen is the best of the lot.

btw, excellent article on Rachel:

http://nymag.com/news/media/51822/

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 3, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

"I am interested in how romney's folks leaked the Palin disinformation. the battle is now on for the next leader of the party."

I forget where I read this, but Republicans have a long history of choosing primary runner ups to eventually lead the ticket.

Reagan, HW Bush, and McCain all ended up second place in a primary and all won first place for the following Republican primary. I'm not sure if the pattern goes back further than that.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 3, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Does Olbermann actually do something like that on his show? I don't watch him all that often.


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According to the ratings, there are very few who do watch him. He is known to have a small TV embedded in his desk so he can watch O'Reilly every night. what a marooon. He was noted to be stalking Ben prior to his skit to try and psych him out. What a total loser.

I am willing to lose the WH and get congress back in two years under the following conditions:

Murtha loses
Olbermann is cancelled
Maher finds god
someone, anyone makes fun of Obama or asks him a hard question.
Not one person ever takes biden seriously.
the press discovers they are inept and the whole objective idea is debunked.
Repubs stop spending
Libs stop surrendering

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 3, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

"I did want to commend SNL for finally pointing out what a complete buffoon Olbermann is. It was the best work that the SNL players and Ben has done for decades."

Agreed. I lean in his direction politically, but he is way over the top. Seemed like even Ben was feeling a little silly when he did that bit where he rose out of his chair and started shaking his head towards the camera. Does Olbermann actually do something like that on his show? I don't watch him all that often.

Of course, the best part was the special comment where he would do the camera angle changes.

For those who haven't seen it.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/42024/saturday-night-live-countdown-with-keith-olbermann


By the way, hulu.com rocks. I watched all the episodes of Arrested Development on there. They also have all the episodes of ALF on there, but that show doesn't seem as funny as it did when I was ten years old.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 3, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I am interested in how romney's folks leaked the Palin disinformation. the battle is now on for the next leader of the party.


win or lose, this is going to be interesting. the liberal dismanteling of capitalism and freedom, not so much.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 3, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

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If there was a white Presidential candidate who was found to be a member of a racist church, same as the Rev. Wright's church except substitute "white values" for "black values" and visa vera, THE MEDIA WOULD BE IN TOTAL ATTACK MODE AGAINST THAT WHITE CANDIDATE.


OBAMA IS A RACIST - OBAMA GAVE $20,000.00 TO A RACIST CHURCH IN ONE YEAR.


YOU CALL THAT JUDGEMENT ???


Washington Post - there are a lot of Churches in Chicago which are black and which are not racist - Obama did not have to give $20,000.00 to this one Church - STOP GIVING OBAMA A PASS ON HIS RACISM AGAINST WHITES.


WAKE UP WASHINGTON POST WAKE UP MEDIA.


WAKE UP AMERICA.


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Exactly right he's racist. Just listen to Irreverend Wrong, his pastor for many, many years.


Exactly right he's socialist. Just listen to him admit it to Joe the Plumber, or his interviews in the past.


Exactly right he's a rotten human being. Just look at his abortion voting record.


Exactly right he has questionable judgment. Just look at his associations with people in his past.


Exactly right he's corrupt. Just look at the Rezko land deal.


Exactly right he's a liar. Just look at what he says about taxes vs. how he's actually voted.


Exactly right he has no executive experience. Just look at his resume -- or lack thereof.


Exactly right he's secretive. Just look at his lack of birth certificate, SAT scores, grades, etc. etc., etc.


Exactly right he'll be challenged in his first 6 months of office if elected. Just look at what he says about meeting unconditionally with world leaders.


We cannot be SERIOUS about electing this guy!! Obama in charge of nukes?! What. The.


Sorry George Washington, we messed everything up.


We stopped demanding the best people in the White House.


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Posted by: DorchesterAndCongress | November 3, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone think Romney's ad seems out of place here? It doesn't really seem to evoke any emotional response. Obama inspired, Clinton and RNC frightened, Richardson and Huckabee made you laugh. McCain swirled up visceral envy.

Romney didn't really evoke any emotion, at least not for me. The guy is a dynamic speaker, though, so I guess that gave his ad some effectiveness.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 3, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but if you hope for things, you've got to vote Obama. new law.

Posted by: DDAWD


I hope I have a little change left in my pocket.


I did want to commend SNL for finally pointing out what a complete buffoon Olbermann is. It was the best work that the SNL players and Ben has done for decades.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 3, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

As much as I believe that there are many mindless liberal idiots on this blog (you know who you are), I find the meatheads who post the same inane drivel day after day, hour after hour to be as moronic as an upright being can be.

Get a life. Post something original or go away. We saw that stupidity months ago, then days ago, then hours ago. what, do you keep a copy of it so you can repost it every ten minutes. I fail to see your goal other than to point out how utterly ignorant you are. no one reads it, no one visits your lame site, no one cares a whit what you think. I have no idea if I agree with you or not because I simply skip over your garbage.

when this election is over, please crawl back in the hole you came out of.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 3, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

http://freep.com/article/20081102/COL01/811020374/1082

Heartwarming column about a woman who buys back the house of a total stranger who had lost it to foreclosure and just gives the stranger her house back.

Remember that no matter what happens, we're still Americans. While Obama might appeal to our better angels and McCain might give us a clarion call to service, no one can force us to act as brothers. It's something that we need to remember to do on our own.

Now I'm sure most people do the nice thing from time to time. But one thing I've learned from working in Obama's campaign is every little bit helps. No one can win the campaign alone, but millions of people working together have written an extraordinary ending to this improbable story.

The same thing goes with our country. There's no way I can drop $30 grand to buy back even my mother's home much less a stranger's, but we can all do things to improve our communities. Those of you who subscribe to Obama's campaign materials will occassionally get information on community organizing. These little things help.

And I used to like McCain a lot. I think a lot of us did, but he disappointed a lot of us in the campaign that he ran.

But I do believe I'll forgive him really quickly when all is said and done. I could never forgive Bush for what he did to my country, but McCain's service to the country will be what he is remembered for, not this lousy campaign.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 3, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse


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If there was a white Presidential candidate who was found to be a member of a racist church, same as the Rev. Wright's church except substitute "white values" for "black values" and visa vera, THE MEDIA WOULD BE IN TOTAL ATTACK MODE AGAINST THAT WHITE CANDIDATE.


OBAMA IS A RACIST - OBAMA GAVE $20,000.00 TO A RACIST CHURCH IN ONE YEAR.


YOU CALL THAT JUDGEMENT ???


Washington Post - there are a lot of Churches in Chicago which are black and which are not racist - Obama did not have to give $20,000.00 to this one Church - STOP GIVING OBAMA A PASS ON HIS RACISM AGAINST WHITES.


WAKE UP WASHINGTON POST WAKE UP MEDIA.


WAKE UP AMERICA.


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Exactly right he's racist. Just listen to Irreverend Wrong, his pastor for many, many years.


Exactly right he's socialist. Just listen to him admit it to Joe the Plumber, or his interviews in the past.


Exactly right he's a rotten human being. Just look at his abortion voting record.


Exactly right he has questionable judgment. Just look at his associations with people in his past.


Exactly right he's corrupt. Just look at the Rezko land deal.


Exactly right he's a liar. Just look at what he says about taxes vs. how he's actually voted.


Exactly right he has no executive experience. Just look at his resume -- or lack thereof.


Exactly right he's secretive. Just look at his lack of birth certificate, SAT scores, grades, etc. etc., etc.


Exactly right he'll be challenged in his first 6 months of office if elected. Just look at what he says about meeting unconditionally with world leaders.


We cannot be SERIOUS about electing this guy!! Obama in charge of nukes?! What. The.


Sorry George Washington, we messed everything up.


We stopped demanding the best people in the White House.


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Posted by: DorchesterAndCongress | November 3, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA'S TRAGEDY, McCAIN'S DILEMMA


The death of Sen. Obama's grandmother on Election Eve is a personal tragedy for he and his family... politically, it couldn't have happened at a worse time for John McCain.

It's hard to attack a man on election eve when the people McCain is trying to reach know that the person under attack is in mourning.

Condolences to Sen. Obama and his family.

Wonder how McCain will handle this on the trail tonight?

If he expresses his condolences, it makes it more difficult to throw out the "red meat" lines...

If he says nothing about it, that would strike some as classless...

Not a good position to be in on election eve.

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 3, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama's grandmother dies 2 days before election


Obama votes NOT PRESENT. Last instructions were to call him if she needs him. Missed it by one state. Oh wait, that's him.

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Yep. A three-toed sloth sounds about right. If too good.

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Posted by: DorchesterAndCongress | November 3, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama's grandmother dies 2 days before election


Obama votes NOT PRESENT. Last instructions were to call him if she needs him. Missed it by one state. Oh wait, that's him.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 3, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

"there is always hope that those coal burning gun nuts will still go against the messiah and end their clingy ways."

Sorry, but if you hope for things, you've got to vote Obama. new law.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 3, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama Tells Paper He Will Bankrupt Coal Industry In a newly surfaced tape, Obama tells a San Francisco newspaper that he would 'bankrupt' anyone looking to build a new coal-powered plant in the U.S.;

He forgot to mention he will do the same to the rest of the US economy as well.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 3, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

"C'mon Chris. You didn't even mention Obama's ad showing McCain saying "I voted with President Bush 90% of the time"?"

Personally, I think this line of attack would have been more effective if Obama's campaign was more aggressive in mentioning specific issues of bills that McCain voted with Bush on.

But then again, its hard to argue with the results.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 3, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

test

Posted by: popasmoke | November 3, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

From your perspective I imagine a three toed sloth seems clever.

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You only have three toes?

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 3, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

My. Such a clever boy!

Posted by: wpost4112


From your perspective I imagine a three toed sloth seems clever.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 3, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I retract NV to maintain my Baghdad bob image. Result - tie at 269.

there is always hope that those coal burning gun nuts will still go against the messiah and end their clingy ways.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 3, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse


I'll admit it. I was one of those SWING VOTERS that just could not make up his mind.

That was until I read the following article:

http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/ethanol-farm-industries-split-on-candidates-5106.html

David Lee
Arlington, VA

Posted by: leed1 | November 3, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Barack's ad is by far the best. It s a serious ad that speaks to the fact that he is the inspirational figure that will change the course of history and the nation for a generation.

Huckabee's ad is sad. Comedy is not presidential. He looked like a clown, and no one really cares if a really bad actor endorses you.

Bill Richard's ad is poorly made. I don't think that you want someone reacting poorly to his only real strength. If that guy is not impressed by his resume, why should I? He is sitting there slumped in his chair as if to say, "why am I not good enough?"

McCain's Celebrity ad is good and bad. Unfortunately, it is an all-in type move. When you go that nasty, you are really trying to solidify your base by creating anger. Angry people will work hard for you, but you risk alienating the middle 40% of voters. Obama is selling hope, and McCain is selling division. Had McCain been up at this time, this might have been a good way to put the nail in the coffin, but it looked really desperate.

The RNC ads were perfect. They have a great mix of visual images and verbage. Obama is not scary in these ads, but his inexperience does. They are attacking his credentials more than him, and I think that is more fair game.

Posted by: djeterpt1 | November 3, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Zouk's prediction:

OH - Mac
FL - Mac
MO - Mac
NC - MAC

PA - Obambi
CO - Obambi
NM - Obambi
NV - Obambi
IA - Obambi


VA, NH - I'll get back to ya.
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abqcleve's:

Zouk's prediction:

MO - McP
IN - McP
MT - McP

NC - That One
OH - That One
FL - That One
PA - That One
CO - That One
NM - That One
NV - That One
IA - That One
VA - That One
NH - That One

And last but not least,

AZ - That One

Posted by: abqcleve | November 3, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

C'mon Chris. You didn't even mention Obama's ad showing McCain saying "I voted with President Bush 90% of the time"?

Sure it was easy, but I've never seen a more powerful and effective argument in an ad...and from an opponent's own mouth, no less. In one swoop, McCain negated any of his "maverick" claims, showed himself as ready to blow any way the political wind shifted, and choked himself on his own foot.

Posted by: info53 | November 3, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

"Zouk's prediction:

OH - Mac
FL - Mac
MO - Mac
NC - MAC

PA - Obambi
CO - Obambi
NM - Obambi
NV - Obambi
IA - Obambi


VA, NH - I'll get back to ya."

Of course, even if you toss in VA and NH on top of the other ridiculous states going to McCain, that still leaves Obama at 269 where he still wins.

(Of course, there's no way in hell NH and VA are going to McCain)

Posted by: DDAWD | November 3, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

In your case I would say more like brainless in anticipation.

Posted by: king_of_zouk

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My. Such a clever boy!

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 3, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

"Zouk's prediction:

OH - Mac
FL - Mac
MO - Mac
NC - MAC

PA - Obambi
CO - Obambi
NM - Obambi
NV - Obambi
IA - Obambi"

That's 274 Obama, 247 McCain, with 17 tossup.

Despite weeks of posting "favorable" polls (meaning that McCain is only down by low single digits) and repeating "The Messiah is failing! OMG!", Zouk finally admits that Obama will win. Even Zouk can only deny reality for so long, apparently.

Posted by: Blarg | November 3, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Obama's ad is excellent. I think comedy ads are good for Huckabee and Richardson who needed something to get attention as sort of second tier candidates. Wouldn't have worked for Obama. Might have helped with Hillary who didn't need name recognition, but needed to be humanized.

Paris ad was excellent. Almost as excellent as Ben Stein's overreaction to the ad at this link.

http://spectator.org/archives/2008/08/06/porn-star-for-obama

Wow, the whole celebrity thing seems like its years old now, doesn't it?

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Posted by: DorchesterAndCongress | November 3, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

We're breathless in anticipation.

Posted by: wpost4112


In your case I would say more like brainless in anticipation.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 3, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Zouk's prediction:

OH - Mac
FL - Mac
MO - Mac
NC - MAC

PA - Obambi
CO - Obambi
NM - Obambi
NV - Obambi
IA - Obambi


VA, NH - I'll get back to ya.

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We're breathless in anticipation.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 3, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I thought McC's celeb ad worked well and was amusing. CC, when you wrote

"...it's hard to argue that the commercial changed the conversation in a positive way for McCain."

did you mean "...hard not to argue..."?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | November 3, 2008 4:11 PM
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Sloppy is lazy's first cousin.

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Posted by: DorchesterAndCongress | November 3, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

CC - you blog has turned into bug infested garbage.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 3, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

re: multiple posts from this correspondent...

Browser and several re-checks indicated the posting did not post.

Then I come back here later, and it's there three times.

Gremlins? Anyhow, it wasn't on purpose.

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 3, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

C'mon Chris. You didn't even mention Obama's ad showing McCain saying "I voted with President Bush 90% of the time"?

Sure it was easy, but I've never seen a more powerful and effective argument in an ad...and from an opponent's own mouth, no less. In one swoop, McCain negated any of his "maverick" claims, showed himself as ready to blow any way the political wind shifted, and choked himself on his own foot.

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Posted by: DorchesterAndCongress | November 3, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

C'mon Chris. You didn't even mention Obama's ad showing McCain saying "I voted with President Bush 90% of the time"?

Sure it was easy, but I've never seen a more powerful and effective argument in an ad...and from an opponent's own mouth, no less. In one swoop, McCain negated any of his "maverick" claims, showed himself as ready to blow any way the political wind shifted, and choked himself on his own foot.

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Posted by: DorchesterAndCongress | November 3, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Barack's ad is by far the best. It s a serious ad that speaks to the fact that he is the inspirational figure that will change the course of history and the nation for a generation.

Huckabee's ad is sad. Comedy is not presidential. He looked like a clown, and no one really cares if a really bad actor endorses you.

Bill Richard's ad is poorly made. I don't think that you want someone reacting poorly to his only real strength. If that guy is not impressed by his resume, why should I? He is sitting there slumped in his chair as if to say, "why am I not good enough?"

McCain's Celebrity ad is good and bad. Unfortunately, it is an all-in type move. When you go that nasty, you are really trying to solidify your base by creating anger. Angry people will work hard for you, but you risk alienating the middle 40% of voters. Obama is selling hope, and McCain is selling division. Had McCain been up at this time, this might have been a good way to put the nail in the coffin, but it looked really desperate.

The RNC ads were perfect. They have a great mix of visual images and verbage. Obama is not scary in these ads, but his inexperience does. They are attacking his credentials more than him, and I think that is more fair game.

Posted by: djeterpt1 | November 3, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

CC - what about the wounded vet video from this week. I heard it had the most traffic of any ad yet.

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Posted by: DorchesterAndCongress | November 3, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Barack's ad is by far the best. It s a serious ad that speaks to the fact that he is the inspirational figure that will change the course of history and the nation for a generation.

Huckabee's ad is sad. Comedy is not presidential. He looked like a clown, and no one really cares if a really bad actor endorses you.

Bill Richard's ad is poorly made. I don't think that you want someone reacting poorly to his only real strength. If that guy is not impressed by his resume, why should I? He is sitting there slumped in his chair as if to say, "why am I not good enough?"

McCain's Celebrity ad is good and bad. Unfortunately, it is an all-in type move. When you go that nasty, you are really trying to solidify your base by creating anger. Angry people will work hard for you, but you risk alienating the middle 40% of voters. Obama is selling hope, and McCain is selling division. Had McCain been up at this time, this might have been a good way to put the nail in the coffin, but it looked really desperate.

The RNC ads were perfect. They have a great mix of visual images and verbage. Obama is not scary in these ads, but his inexperience does. They are attacking his credentials more than him, and I think that is more fair game.

Posted by: djeterpt1 | November 3, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

TV ads are so 2004.

THE ad of this Presidential campaign was the "Yes We Can" music video.

Everyone remembers it. It is still worth watching. It has a timeless quality.

It changed how America viewed Obama.

Yes We Can.

And tomorrow, We Will.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 3, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Zouk's prediction:

OH - Mac
FL - Mac
MO - Mac
NC - MAC

PA - Obambi
CO - Obambi
NM - Obambi
NV - Obambi
IA - Obambi


VA, NH - I'll get back to ya.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 3, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Barack's ad is by far the best. It s a serious ad that speaks to the fact that he is the inspirational figure that will change the course of history and the nation for a generation.

Huckabee's ad is sad. Comedy is not presidential. He looked like a clown, and no one really cares if a really bad actor endorses you.

Bill Richard's ad is poorly made. I don't think that you want someone reacting poorly to his only real strength. If that guy is not impressed by his resume, why should I? He is sitting there slumped in his chair as if to say, "why am I not good enough?"

McCain's Celebrity ad is good and bad. Unfortunately, it is an all-in type move. When you go that nasty, you are really trying to solidify your base by creating anger. Angry people will work hard for you, but you risk alienating the middle 40% of voters. Obama is selling hope, and McCain is selling division. Had McCain been up at this time, this might have been a good way to put the nail in the coffin, but it looked really desperate.

The RNC ads were perfect. They have a great mix of visual images and verbage. Obama is not scary in these ads, but his inexperience does. They are attacking his credentials more than him, and I think that is more fair game.

Posted by: djeterpt1 | November 3, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Barack's ad is by far the best. It s a serious ad that speaks to the fact that he is the inspirational figure that will change the course of history and the nation for a generation.

Huckabee's ad is sad. Comedy is not presidential. He looked like a clown, and no one really cares if a really bad actor endorses you.

Bill Richard's ad is poorly made. I don't think that you want someone reacting poorly to his only real strength. If that guy is not impressed by his resume, why should I? He is sitting there slumped in his chair as if to say, "why am I not good enough?"

McCain's Celebrity ad is good and bad. Unfortunately, it is an all-in type move. When you go that nasty, you are really trying to solidify your base by creating anger. Angry people will work hard for you, but you risk alienating the middle 40% of voters. Obama is selling hope, and McCain is selling division. Had McCain been up at this time, this might have been a good way to put the nail in the coffin, but it looked really desperate.

The RNC ads were perfect. They have a great mix of visual images and verbage. Obama is not scary in these ads, but his inexperience does. They are attacking his credentials more than him, and I think that is more fair game.

Posted by: djeterpt1 | November 3, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

The very best ad for Obama is the Will.i.am yes we can video. It has been seen over 11 million times. It is meaningful for several reasons, including that it springs from Obama's wonderful speech after his loss in New Hampshire, that is was created independently, and that it has served as a refuge and encouragement any time the road seemed too long and uncertain.

Posted by: ElRosas | November 3, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

TV ads are so 2004.

THE ad of this Presidential campaign was the "Yes We Can" music video.

Everyone remembers it. It is still worth watching. It has a timeless quality.

It changed how America viewed Obama.

Yes We Can.

And tomorrow, We Will.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 3, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Barack's ad is by far the best. It s a serious ad that speaks to the fact that he is the inspirational figure that will change the course of history and the nation for a generation.

Huckabee's ad is sad. Comedy is not presidential. He looked like a clown, and no one really cares if a really bad actor endorses you.

Bill Richard's ad is poorly made. I don't think that you want someone reacting poorly to his only real strength. If that guy is not impressed by his resume, why should I? He is sitting there slumped in his chair as if to say, "why am I not good enough?"

McCain's Celebrity ad is good and bad. Unfortunately, it is an all-in type move. When you go that nasty, you are really trying to solidify your base by creating anger. Angry people will work hard for you, but you risk alienating the middle 40% of voters. Obama is selling hope, and McCain is selling division. Had McCain been up at this time, this might have been a good way to put the nail in the coffin, but it looked really desperate.

The RNC ads were perfect. They have a great mix of visual images and verbage. Obama is not scary in these ads, but his inexperience does. They are attacking his credentials more than him, and I think that is more fair game.

Posted by: djeterpt1 | November 3, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Barack's ad is by far the best. It s a serious ad that speaks to the fact that he is the inspirational figure that will change the course of history and the nation for a generation.

Huckabee's ad is sad. Comedy is not presidential. He looked like a clown, and no one really cares if a really bad actor endorses you.

Bill Richard's ad is poorly made. I don't think that you want someone reacting poorly to his only real strength. If that guy is not impressed by his resume, why should I? He is sitting there slumped in his chair as if to say, "why am I not good enough?"

McCain's Celebrity ad is good and bad. Unfortunately, it is an all-in type move. When you go that nasty, you are really trying to solidify your base by creating anger. Angry people will work hard for you, but you risk alienating the middle 40% of voters. Obama is selling hope, and McCain is selling division. Had McCain been up at this time, this might have been a good way to put the nail in the coffin, but it looked really desperate.

The RNC ads were perfect. They have a great mix of visual images and verbage. Obama is not scary in these ads, but his inexperience does. They are attacking his credentials more than him, and I think that is more fair game.

Posted by: djeterpt1 | November 3, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

The very best ad for Obama is the Will.i.am yes we can video. It has been seen over 11 million times. It is meaningful for several reasons, including that it springs from Obama's wonderful speech after his loss in New Hampshire, that is was created independently, and that it has served as a refuge and encouragement any time the road seemed too long and uncertain.

Posted by: ElRosas | November 3, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Barack's ad is by far the best. It s a serious ad that speaks to the fact that he is the inspirational figure that will change the course of history and the nation for a generation.

Huckabee's ad is sad. Comedy is not presidential. He looked like a clown, and no one really cares if a really bad actor endorses you.

Bill Richard's ad is poorly made. I don't think that you want someone reacting poorly to his only real strength. If that guy is not impressed by his resume, why should I? He is sitting there slumped in his chair as if to say, "why am I not good enough?"

McCain's Celebrity ad is good and bad. Unfortunately, it is an all-in type move. When you go that nasty, you are really trying to solidify your base by creating anger. Angry people will work hard for you, but you risk alienating the middle 40% of voters. Obama is selling hope, and McCain is selling division. Had McCain been up at this time, this might have been a good way to put the nail in the coffin, but it looked really desperate.

The RNC ads were perfect. They have a great mix of visual images and verbage. Obama is not scary in these ads, but his inexperience does. They are attacking his credentials more than him, and I think that is more fair game.

Posted by: djeterpt1 | November 3, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Barack's ad is by far the best. It s a serious ad that speaks to the fact that he is the inspirational figure that will change the course of history and the nation for a generation.

Huckabee's ad is sad. Comedy is not presidential. He looked like a clown, and no one really cares if a really bad actor endorses you.

Bill Richard's ad is poorly made. I don't think that you want someone reacting poorly to his only real strength. If that guy is not impressed by his resume, why should I? He is sitting there slumped in his chair as if to say, "why am I not good enough?"

McCain's Celebrity ad is good and bad. Unfortunately, it is an all-in type move. When you go that nasty, you are really trying to solidify your base by creating anger. Angry people will work hard for you, but you risk alienating the middle 40% of voters. Obama is selling hope, and McCain is selling division. Had McCain been up at this time, this might have been a good way to put the nail in the coffin, but it looked really desperate.

The RNC ads were perfect. They have a great mix of visual images and verbage. Obama is not scary in these ads, but his inexperience does. They are attacking his credentials more than him, and I think that is more fair game.

Posted by: djeterpt1 | November 3, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I thought McC's celeb ad worked well and was amusing. CC, when you wrote

"...it's hard to argue that the commercial changed the conversation in a positive way for McCain."

did you mean "...hard not to argue..."?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | November 3, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Barack's ad is by far the best. It s a serious ad that speaks to the fact that he is the inspirational figure that will change the course of history and the nation for a generation.

Huckabee's ad is sad. Comedy is not presidential. He looked like a clown, and no one really cares if a really bad actor endorses you.

Bill Richard's ad is poorly made. I don't think that you want someone reacting poorly to his only real strength. If that guy is not impressed by his resume, why should I? He is sitting there slumped in his chair as if to say, "why am I not good enough?"

McCain's Celebrity ad is good and bad. Unfortunately, it is an all-in type move. When you go that nasty, you are really trying to solidify your base by creating anger. Angry people will work hard for you, but you risk alienating the middle 40% of voters. Obama is selling hope, and McCain is selling division. Had McCain been up at this time, this might have been a good way to put the nail in the coffin, but it looked really desperate.

The RNC ads were perfect. They have a great mix of visual images and verbage. Obama is not scary in these ads, but his inexperience does. They are attacking his credentials more than him, and I think that is more fair game.

Posted by: djeterpt1 | November 3, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Why is McCain holding a rally today in Tennessee? Is that state in play? I thought McCain had it locked up a long time ago. Looks suspicious to me.

Posted by: fugitivenyc | November 3, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I thought McC's celeb ad worked well and was amusing. CC, when you wrote

"...it's hard to argue that the commercial changed the conversation in a positive way for McCain."

did you mean "...hard not to argue..."?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | November 3, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Why is McCain holding a rally today in Tennessee? Is that state in play? I thought McCain had it locked up a long time ago. Looks suspicious to me.

Posted by: fugitivenyc | November 3, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

"CELEBRITY," "SARAH WINK" AND "THE WRIGHT STUFF"

"Celebrity" wins hands-down, #1. As you said, it changed the conversation, generated reams of press coverage. It also contained that kernel of (half) truth that provided its penetrating heat.

On the Obama side, there's a 527 ad going around questioning the Sarah Palin pick, ending with her winking to the camera. Why that one's not gotten more play in the final days, I can't fathom. It's a message that the Obama camp stayed away from, perhaps to its detriment.

And finally, the GOP PAC ad featuring Rev. Wright's greatest hits delivers its message quite cuttingly. Again, had McCain gone with the full Wright stuff (pardon the pun), he might not have benefited with those on the fence and with the latent racists who can't tolerate fire and brimstone polemics.


BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER? Not when government-supported "vigilante injustice" squads are "gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens

WHAT IF THEY COULD SHOOT YOU
WITHOUT LEAVING A TRACE? THEY CAN.
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/zap-have-you-been-targeted-directed-energy-weapon-victims-organized-gang-stalking-say-its-happening-usa-1

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Posted by: scrivener50 | November 3, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

"CELEBRITY," "SARAH WINK" AND "THE WRIGHT STUFF"

"Celebrity" wins hands-down, #1. As you said, it changed the conversation, generated reams of press coverage. It also contained that kernel of (half) truth that provided its penetrating heat.

On the Obama side, there's a 527 ad going around questioning the Sarah Palin pick, ending with her winking to the camera. Why that one's not gotten more play in the final days, I can't fathom. It's a message that the Obama camp stayed away from, perhaps to its detriment.

And finally, the GOP PAC ad featuring Rev. Wright's greatest hits delivers its message quite cuttingly. Again, had McCain gone with the full Wright stuff (pardon the pun), he might not have benefited with those on the fence and with the latent racists who can't tolerate fire and brimstone polemics.


BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER? Not when government-supported "vigilante injustice" squads are "gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens

WHAT IF THEY COULD SHOOT YOU
WITHOUT LEAVING A TRACE? THEY CAN.
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/zap-have-you-been-targeted-directed-energy-weapon-victims-organized-gang-stalking-say-its-happening-usa-1

OR http://members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 3, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

"CELEBRITY," "SARAH WINK" AND "THE WRIGHT STUFF"

"Celebrity" wins hands-down, #1. As you said, it changed the conversation, generated reams of press coverage. It also contained that kernel of (half) truth that provided its penetrating heat.

On the Obama side, there's a 527 ad going around questioning the Sarah Palin pick, ending with her winking to the camera. Why that one's not gotten more play in the final days, I can't fathom. It's a message that the Obama camp stayed away from, perhaps to its detriment.

And finally, the GOP PAC ad featuring Rev. Wright's greatest hits delivers its message quite cuttingly. Again, had McCain gone with the full Wright stuff (pardon the pun), he might not have benefited with those on the fence and with the latent racists who can't tolerate fire and brimstone polemics.


BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER? Not when government-supported "vigilante injustice" squads are "gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens

WHAT IF THEY COULD SHOOT YOU
WITHOUT LEAVING A TRACE? THEY CAN.
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/zap-have-you-been-targeted-directed-energy-weapon-victims-organized-gang-stalking-say-its-happening-usa-1

OR http://members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 3, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I thought McC's celeb ad worked well and was amusing. CC, when you wrote

"...it's hard to argue that the commercial changed the conversation in a positive way for McCain."

did you mean "...hard not to argue..."?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | November 3, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Read the transcripts.

www.tinyurl.McCainTalked

Posted by: RealCalGal | November 3, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

"CELEBRITY," "SARAH WINK" AND "THE WRIGHT STUFF"

"Celebrity" wins hands-down, #1. As you said, it changed the conversation, generated reams of press coverage. It also contained that kernel of (half) truth that provided its penetrating heat.

On the Obama side, there's a 527 ad going around questioning the Sarah Palin pick, ending with her winking to the camera. Why that one's not gotten more play in the final days, I can't fathom. It's a message that the Obama camp stayed away from, perhaps to its detriment.

And finally, the GOP PAC ad featuring Rev. Wright's greatest hits delivers its message quite cuttingly. Again, had McCain gone with the full Wright stuff (pardon the pun), he might not have benefited with those on the fence and with the latent racists who can't tolerate fire and brimstone polemics.


BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER? Not when government-supported "vigilante injustice" squads are "gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens

WHAT IF THEY COULD SHOOT YOU
WITHOUT LEAVING A TRACE? THEY CAN.
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/zap-have-you-been-targeted-directed-energy-weapon-victims-organized-gang-stalking-say-its-happening-usa-1

OR http://members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 3, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

test

Posted by: popasmoke | November 3, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Read the transcripts.

www.tinyurl.McCainTalked

Posted by: RealCalGal | November 3, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

test

Posted by: popasmoke | November 3, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

"CELEBRITY," "SARAH WINK" AND "THE WRIGHT STUFF"

"Celebrity" wins hands-down, #1. As you said, it changed the conversation, generated reams of press coverage. It also contained that kernel of (half) truth that provided its penetrating heat.

On the Obama side, there's a 527 ad going around questioning the Sarah Palin pick, ending with her winking to the camera. Why that one's not gotten more play in the final days, I can't fathom. It's a message that the Obama camp stayed away from, perhaps to its detriment.

And finally, the GOP PAC ad featuring Rev. Wright's greatest hits delivers its message quite cuttingly. Again, had McCain gone with the full Wright stuff (pardon the pun), he might not have benefited with those on the fence and with the latent racists who can't tolerate fire and brimstone polemics.


BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER? Not when government-supported "vigilante injustice" squads are "gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens

WHAT IF THEY COULD SHOOT YOU
WITHOUT LEAVING A TRACE? THEY CAN.
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/zap-have-you-been-targeted-directed-energy-weapon-victims-organized-gang-stalking-say-its-happening-usa-1

OR http://members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 3, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm amused by the new RNC commercial asking if you would "trust a pilot who'd never flown before" since the alternative is one who's crashed five or six times.

Posted by: kguy1 | November 3, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Watch the video. Read the transcripts.

www.tinyurl.com/McCainTalked

Posted by: RealCalGal | November 3, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

"CELEBRITY," "SARAH WINK" AND "THE WRIGHT STUFF"

"Celebrity" wins hands-down, #1. As you said, it changed the conversation, generated reams of press coverage. It also contained that kernel of (half) truth that provided its penetrating heat.

On the Obama side, there's a 527 ad going around questioning the Sarah Palin pick, ending with her winking to the camera. Why that one's not gotten more play in the final days, I can't fathom. It's a message that the Obama camp stayed away from, perhaps to its detriment.

And finally, the GOP PAC ad featuring Rev. Wright's greatest hits delivers its message quite cuttingly. Again, had McCain gone with the full Wright stuff (pardon the pun), he might not have benefited with those on the fence and with the latent racists who can't tolerate fire and brimstone polemics.


BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER? Not when government-supported "vigilante injustice" squads are "gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens

WHAT IF THEY COULD SHOOT YOU
WITHOUT LEAVING A TRACE? THEY CAN.
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/zap-have-you-been-targeted-directed-energy-weapon-victims-organized-gang-stalking-say-its-happening-usa-1

OR http://members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 3, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: mnteng | November 3, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: popasmoke | November 3, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: mnteng | November 3, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Watch the video. Read the transcripts.

www.tinyurl.com/McCainTalked

Posted by: RealCalGal | November 3, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: popasmoke | November 3, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

test

Posted by: popasmoke | November 3, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: popasmoke | November 3, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama ahead in Ohio, latest polls.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 3, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

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