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The Fix Ad Competition: The Best (and the Worst)

It's just five days before the election and, for The Fix at least, the wistfulness has already set in.

In an attempt to stave off the almost certain post-election depression that will set in, we are gathering our favorite commercials of the election that was for our bi-annual best and worst ads of the election cycle.

We already have a few of our favorites (this one, for example) and a few of our least favorite (well, this) but we know there are plenty we have missed.

So, we need the help of the Fixista community. Seen an ad that you really liked or, even better, really hated? Find it on You Tube (or some other site that allows The Fix to embed it in our blog) and post the link below in the comments section.

In an attempt to keep the process manageable, we are limiting submissions to ads that ran in races for president, Senate, governor and House. And, it must be an actual 30 or 60 second commercial that ran on TV -- no three or five (or even 30) minute clips will be accepted.

We'll cull the best of the best (and the worst of the worst) for posts early next week.

Thanks and happy searching!

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 30, 2008; 4:35 PM ET
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I nominate

The McCain ad "Love" which summarizes the McCain biography and summarizes how he'd put "Country First". Watching it you realize how the McCain campaign has lost this message, and any message at all, over the course of the campaign.

The DSCC ad in Minnesota "Running Man" skewers Norm Coleman by making serious points about his record in an imaginative and humorous format. The best attack ad I've seen this cycle.

The recent McCain ad "Preconditions" attacks Obama's support for meeting foreign dictators without preconditions. It includes a question from a debate in which Obama seemingly states clear support for this approach and then offers a substantive critique of the position rather than what is the usual McCain-Palin fare of calling it "naive" or "wrong-headed" which convinces nobody.

- Mustafa Hirji

Posted by: mustafahirji | November 1, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

from the home of Keith Olberman:

Now AP Report Confirmed by (of all places) MSNBC!

AP: Obama’s aunt living in U.S. illegally
Immigration judge denied Kenyan woman’s request for asylum in 2004
updated 11:27 p.m. ET, Fri., Oct. 31, 2008
WASHINGTON - Barack Obama's aunt, a Kenyan woman who has been quietly living in public housing in Boston, is in the United States illegally after an immigration judge rejected her request for asylum four years ago, The Associated Press has learned.

Zeituni Onyango, 56, referred to as "Aunti Zeituni" in Obama's memoir, was instructed to leave the United States by a U.S. immigration judge who denied her asylum request, a person familiar with the matter told the AP late Friday. This person spoke on condition of anonymity because no one was authorized to discuss Onyango's case.

Information about the deportation case was disclosed and confirmed by two separate sources, one of them a federal law enforcement official. The information they made available is known to officials in the federal government...

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Again- she's living in public housing in Boston, which means she's not only illegally here- We're paying to keep a roof over her head, while her Millionaire nephew tells US that he wants to decide how to "spread the wealth around"!

Posted by: thecannula | November 1, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Oh man--the absolute, absolute worst ad of the season was the "Giuliani and Santa" ad in Iowa:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yky-4sPvAT4&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dR1fWZlE7AM&feature=related

Posted by: Dan_in_upstate_NY | November 1, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Real Estate Dictionary: Public Housing
Government-owned housing units made available to low-income individuals and families at no cost or for nominal rental rates.

From the Huffington Post-
Zeituni Onyango (Obama's aunt)
Volunteer Resident Health Advoca
Boston Housing Authority Updated
Q3/2008
Barack Obama
$260 81 ORTON MAROTTA WAY
South Boston MA

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So, our tax dollars have been subsidizing Obama's aunt's housing for the past 5 years, while she is living here Illegally AND DONATING $260 to her nephew's campaign!

AND Obama's now chastising people who don't trust him to share our income judiciously!

You know, border states are very concerned about illegal immigration, as are some states that border border states...

Posted by: thecannula | November 1, 2008 2:30 AM | Report abuse

Zogby Runs a 3 Day Poll- Updating daily- Well, 10/31 was a GREAT Day for John McCain- UP 48-47 over Obama for the first time in eons!

It makes good sense: after all Obama said it was "good to spread the wealth around" YET HE doesn't walk the talk- His Aunt, about whom he wrote in his memoirs, Is living ILLEGALLY in a South Boston Housing project(reported tonight by AP), and his half brother lives in Kenya in very primitive conditions....SO, America is waking up to the hypocritical redistributive economics of Barack Obama- he wants to REDISTRIBUTE OUR income to take care of his illegal aunt, when HE won't!

Posted by: thecannula | November 1, 2008 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Associated Press
AP poll: 1 in 7 voters still persuadable
By ALAN FRAM 10.31.08, 9:19 AM ET

WASHINGTON - Patrick Campbell worries Barack Obama will raise his taxes but thinks John McCain will send people off to war. He says that leaves him leaning toward Obama ... maybe.

"I'm split right down the middle," said the 50-year-old Air Force Reserve technician from Amherst, N.Y. "Each one has things that are good for me and things that are bad for me. And people like me."

With the sand in the 2008 campaign hourglass about depleted, Campbell is part of a stubborn wedge of people who, somehow, are still making up their minds about who should be president. One in seven, or 14 percent, can't decide, or back a candidate but might switch, according to an Associated Press-Yahoo (nasdaq: YHOO - news - people ) News poll of likely voters released Friday.

KEEP THROWING PROMcCAIN REPORTERS OFF THE PLANE OBAMA REPLACING THEM WITH JET AND ESSENCE MAGAZINE WRITERS- YOU'RE LETTING AMERICA SEE YOUR TRUE AUTHORITARIAN SIDE A FEW DAYS TOO SOON: Fairness Doctrine comes next - cut off conservative radio- like you cut off that tv station in Orlando-

YOU'RE WORSE THAN BUSH- HE DIDN'T TRY TO CUT OFF MSNBC! and 1 IN 7 ARE DECIDING...

Posted by: thecannula | November 1, 2008 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Please someone come back to me quickly with a diret link to the vienam veterans against john mccain E mail addy. I don't know how to create a link and I just viewed and read the info on John McCain and am horrified. Yes horrified to hear in his own words how disrepectful he is of veterans and their families. It's one thing to see the written word, but to hear him talk rudely, then get up and walk out on the wife of a mia/pow because he doesn't want to talk to her any more is the height of disrepect!

John McCain is not only a flip flop on ANY issue, will do anything to get your vote, including outright lying, but is really beginning to lose it. The more he rambles on in his desperate fashion, shows his total disregard for anyone but himself, the more he shows the real John McCain. This man has a temper like no body's business, and if provoked by anyone disagreeing with him will erupt. Heaven help us if he were to be the President of our country, and some belligerant leader of a foreign country disagreed with him. He might walk out on the leader after a rude comment to them, like the spoiled little man he is.

If I appear a little bit aggravated, well I am. John McCain has been trading on his POW theme, while all the while having been voting against Veterans, Veterans families, POW's, MIA's, and even the money to help our current troops in the middle east. There's still time to check out McCains real background, not only in writing but in actual video in the Senate.


Posted by: wendyo1 | October 31, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Best ad ever? (funniest) the "Al Franken hates puppies" ad by the DSCC - in response to Norm Coleman's over the top ad
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5Xls4B-lps
there's a radio version too!

Posted by: AlishaS | October 31, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

37th&Ost -
Wow, I'm a Gtown alum, and even I think you're really irritating. Find a new way to advertise your blog - these comments are supposed to be substantive discussion, not self-promotion.

Posted by: gulickr | October 31, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

The worst ad...

Liddy Dole's Godless ad toward her competitor which was desperate and tasteless; shame on Liddy, for it changed my opinion of her from gracious to dishonestly despicable.

Posted by: llafair1 | October 31, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

The best by far was the latest Obama ad with no audio, quoting McCain's statement on weakness in economic matters and his reliance on a VP selection in the future to nurture that weakness...then showing Sarah with a wink,as his VP choice who has no clue on economic matters...LOL That ad is a clincher and the winner...

The most compelling video ad. Saying nothing while demonstrating and making the most powerful, honest ad statement with no hoopla, pure fact quoted.

I am in the ad business and this one ranks excellent all the way around.

Posted by: llafair1 | October 31, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

The best by far was the latest Obama ad with no audio, quoting McCain's statement on weakness in economic matters and his reliance on a VP selection in the future to nurture that weakness...then showing Sarah with a wink,as his VP choice who has no clue on economic matters...LOL That ad is a clincher and the winner...

The most compelling video ad. Saying nothing while demonstrating and making the most powerful, honest ad statement with no hoopla, pure fact quoted.

I am in the ad business and this one ranks excellent all the way around.

Posted by: llafair1 | October 31, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse


Chris

It is not the content that is the source of the complaints - someone if I had agreed with them, I really do not believe they would be complaining. Hence proof of a hostility toward Freedom of Speech which is aligned with a hostility toward the Constitution because the Constitution allowed the slave trade to continue and the Constitution provided the basis for Supreme Court decisions allowed Dred Scott decision and the Jim Crow Era to go forward.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 31, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

BEST: Bill Richardson's "Job Interview" ads...too bad he couldn't capitalize on the momentum these ads generated for him.

WORST: Elizabeth Dole's "Godless" ad....pure sleaze

Posted by: holzhaacker | October 31, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 31, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

BEST: Bill Richardson's "Job Interview" ads

WORST: Elizabeth Dole's "Godless" ad....pure sleaze

Posted by: holzhaacker | October 31, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Here is a great Joe Biden for Senate spot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGhk3vX1npk

Posted by: allisontype | October 31, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I think this Obama's "His Choice" ad revealed in the last week is one of the best ads this season for its simplicity and powerful message. Not only does it drive home the notion that John McCain is not ready to lead on the economy, it pushes the idea that he doesn't have the judgment or decision making to be commander in chief and that Gov. Palin is unqualified. At the derby, they call that the Trifecta Box.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eUz13-pmTY

Posted by: hodgerc | October 31, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

I think this Obama's "His Choice" ad revealed in the last week is one of the best ads this season for its simplicity and powerful message. Not only does it drive home the notion that John McCain is not ready to lead on the economy, it pushes the idea that he doesn't have the judgment or decision making to be commander in chief and that Gov. Palin is unqualified. At the derby, they call that the Trifecta Box.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eUz13-pmTY

Posted by: hodgerc | October 31, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

By the way, I LOVED the "Scary Steve" video!

Posted by: bobsewell | October 31, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZE5L2VmUfM

Here's a catchy new take on a much repeated messsage. Note what the union guy says!

Posted by: jkersh03 | October 31, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

All of you (black, white, boy, girl, liberal or conservative) ought to try hitting the "submit" button just once. Not twice, not thrice, not every time you're so impatient to see your own fascinating words that you're afraid that you're going to pee all over yourselves.

Just once.

Posted by: bobsewell | October 31, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZE5L2VmUfM

Here's a catchy new take on a much repeated messsage. Note what the union guy says!

Posted by: jkersh03 | October 31, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

This one is my favorite. It is for my Congressman, Mike McIntyre. If Dole had done some really nice positive ads like this, she would have won.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r56ZasnV4-k

Posted by: fizzay | October 31, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

A web ad!!! Great for Halloween which is today. Scary Steve!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRnrsU6NO_k

Posted by: dwishinsky | October 31, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

This is the most awesome, funny ad I have seen all year! CHECK IT OUT!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcPdTiryaCs

Posted by: Budman3 | October 31, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

A web ad!!! Great for Halloween which is today. Scary Steve!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRnrsU6NO_k

Posted by: dwishinsky | October 31, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

This is the most awesome, funny ad I have seen all year! CHECK IT OUT!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcPdTiryaCs

Posted by: Budman3 | October 31, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

A web ad!!! Great for Halloween which is today. Scary Steve!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRnrsU6NO_k

Posted by: dwishinsky | October 31, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse


For months I have been writing on this blog in support of Barak 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.

BEFORE YOU VOTE YOU MUST VISIT THIS WEBSITE

http://www.vietnamveteransagainstjohnmccain.com/

BEFORE YOU VOTE YOU MUST READ THIS INFORMATION.

http://www.vietnamveteransagainstjohnmccain.com/cin_declassified_landing.htm

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 have 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. John Mccain is a piece of filth and I lack the vocabulary to even put into words what a phony he really is. On November 4 you have a choice.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 31, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

A web ad!!! Great for Halloween which is today. Scary Steve!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRnrsU6NO_k

Posted by: dwishinsky | October 31, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

This is the most awesome, funny ad I have seen all year! CHECK IT OUT!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcPdTiryaCs

Posted by: Budman3 | October 31, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Amidst all of the ugly negative ads out there, this may be the most beautiful positive ad. The colors really pop!
It's the second one down, the one called "Listening."
http://www.yarmuthforcongress.com/videos?page=1

Posted by: GenuineDemocrat | October 31, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Leading contender for 'most disappointing ad' for the campaign leading the pack for 'most blown opportunity' is Dean Barkley's ad for his effort to represent MN in the US Senate:

http://www.northwoodsadvertising.com/barkleyforsenate/BarkleyForSenate_MiddleClass_TV.mov

Given a milquetoast incumbent & a carpet-bagging celebrity as candidates for the two big parties, Barkley faced a perfect environment for a 3rd party candidate: weak candidates that don't motivate the bases from the Repubs & Dems. He should be polling far higher than the 14 to 18% he's getting now.

Point being: this ad won't change a thing.

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 31, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Leading contender for 'most disappointing ad' for the campaign leading the pack for 'most blown opportunity' is Dean Barkley's ad for his effort to represent MN in the US Senate:

http://www.northwoodsadvertising.com/barkleyforsenate/BarkleyForSenate_MiddleClass_TV.mov

Given a milquetoast incumbent & a carpet-bagging celebrity as candidates for the two big parties, Barkley faced a perfect environment for a 3rd party candidate: weak candidates that don't motivate the bases from the Repubs & Dems. He should be polling far higher than the 14 to 18% he's getting now.

Point being: this ad won't change a thing.

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 31, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: popasmoke | October 31, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

most annoying ads:

mcconnell v. lundsford: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uniSYBrN-4 (thanks bruce!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZtjlPJURC4
(this one is just silly)

Posted by: plathman | October 31, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

What a selection to choose from!
Best in Show: Tom Udall's "Humbled". No contest.
Best Creative Ripoff: The "Hillary/1984" ad.
Best Going for Jugular: Anti-Palin "Rape Victim". Powerful stuff. If she was real and not an actor, then it gets Most Courageous.
Worst-Sleaziest: Liz Dole's "Godless". Actually beats Corker's "Call Me" ad.
Worst-Idiotic: Everybody's favorite "Big Bad John".
Honorable Mention "Huh?": McCain's "Hot Chicks Dig Obama" internet ad.

Posted by: DowneastBuffAlum | October 31, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Well, it may not be the most fun ad, but it may be one of the ones most important in terms of getting re-elected and handling a big problem. It is also one the most courageous.

Rep. Jim Marshall on why he voted for the bailout. (I saw it on local TV, as it happens.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOjRKYeEx6Y

Posted by: davidgerston | October 31, 2008 2:51 AM | Report abuse

Well, it may not be the most fun ad, but it may be one of the ones most important in terms of getting re-elected and handling a big problem. It is also one the most courageous.

Rep. Jim Marshall on why he voted for the bailout. (I saw it on local TV, as it happens.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOjRKYeEx6Y

Posted by: davidgerston | October 31, 2008 2:50 AM | Report abuse

Well, it may not be the most fun ad, but it may be one of the ones most important in terms of getting re-elected and handling a big problem. It is also one the most courageous.

Rep. Jim Marshall on why he voted for the bailout. (I saw it on local TV, as it happens.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOjRKYeEx6Y

Posted by: davidgerston | October 31, 2008 2:48 AM | Report abuse

Gort has been abducted, multiply replicated and is now being abused by the McCain campaign team in its final desperate effort to add four more years to the Cheney-Bush catastrophe. We've got only one day left to raise money and only four more days to knock on doors, make phone calls and boost voter turnout to a 48-year record. The turnout of the voting-age population was 63.1% in 1960. In 2004, it was 55.3%. The low point was 49.1% in 1996.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mg56KbtmARc
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TUESDAY NOV 4th, 2008 - GOTV PEOPLE!


OBAMA/BIDEN-08!!!
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 31, 2008 1:49 AM | Report abuse

Gort has been abducted, multiply replicated and is now being abused by the McCain campaign team in its final desperate effort to add four more years to the Cheney-Bush catastrophe. We've got only one day left to raise money and only four more days to knock on doors, make phone calls and boost voter turnout to a 48-year record. The turnout of the voting-age population was 63.1% in 1960. In 2004, it was 55.3%. The low point was 49.1% in 1996.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mg56KbtmARc
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TUESDAY NOV 4th, 2008 - GOTV PEOPLE!


OBAMA/BIDEN-08!!!
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 31, 2008 1:43 AM | Report abuse

Gort has been abducted, multiply replicated and is now being abused by the McCain campaign team in its final desperate effort to add four more years to the Cheney-Bush catastrophe. We've got only one day left to raise money and only four more days to knock on doors, make phone calls and boost voter turnout to a 48-year record. The turnout of the voting-age population was 63.1% in 1960. In 2004, it was 55.3%. The low point was 49.1% in 1996.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mg56KbtmARc
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TUESDAY NOV 4th, 2008 - GOTV PEOPLE!


OBAMA/BIDEN-08!!!
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 31, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

Gort has been abducted, multiply replicated and is now being abused by the McCain campaign team in its final desperate effort to add four more years to the Cheney-Bush catastrophe. We've got only one day left to raise money and only four more days to knock on doors, make phone calls and boost voter turnout to a 48-year record. The turnout of the voting-age population was 63.1% in 1960. In 2004, it was 55.3%. The low point was 49.1% in 1996.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mg56KbtmARc
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TUESDAY NOV 4th, 2008 - GOTV PEOPLE!


OBAMA/BIDEN-08!!!
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 31, 2008 1:33 AM | Report abuse

BTW: That is a **REAL** photo! The moment happened after McCain was trounced by Obama in their last debate.
http://images.theage.com.au/2008/10/16/236440/svMCCAIN-420x0.jpg

Obama stood up to leave. McCain was unsure about which way to go and *followed Obama* (who's the Leader here?). Then, McCain realized that he couldn't get around Obama quickly enough, did an absolutely stupid face and stumbled the other direction.

It was the most UnPresidential thing that I have ever seen. Letterman later referred to the incident when he said that McCain looked like "...an old man who couldn't find the keys to his Buick" - I think that was being nice.

Perfect for an Ad :)

Posted by: dmmgba | October 31, 2008 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Personally, I would like to see John McCain's last debate photos as a part of an ad:
http://images.theage.com.au/2008/10/16/236440/svMCCAIN-420x0.jpg
http://www.theage.com.au/world/us-election-2008/mccain-goes-for-jugular-but-misses-20081016-52c9.html

Having **ANY** doubts about who whould be the next president? View the above photo and your doubts will disappear.

Posted by: dmmgba | October 31, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Here's one of the funnier ads I've seen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqhHUAFBB0k

Posted by: LisaJM | October 31, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Here's one of the funnier ads I've seen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqhHUAFBB0k

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Posted by: LisaJM | October 31, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

DOOH!


CNN takes a look at what went wrong with McCain's planned Phoney Plumber Joe photo op earlier this morning. According to the McCain campaign, Joe decided he didn't want to go at the last minute, but according to Joe, they never followed up with him after making the initial invite.
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http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2008/10/30/joe-the-plumber-a-no-show/
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Either way, it led to one of the most humiliating moments of the campaign for McCain, who announced Joe's presence to the crowd only to quickly discover that Joe was a no show. An obviously flustered McCain then flubbed an attack line during his speech, and instead of recovering simply said: "never mind."
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iucdy83OXcE
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Here's more video of today's McCain event -- absolutely hilarious!:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvpUqjXiTqA
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DOOH!
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 30, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

The Sam Graves ad referenced in the body of the post is here on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uROhNSsi79E

And if you can't get enough: "Worst Political Ads In America Awards"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wejI0l17xIA&NR=1

Posted by: sw7104 | October 30, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

This is a great one -- "Surprisingly Liberal John MCCain", back in the R primary when the LimBots were trying to submarine Mac.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvWRc0O-Ufw

Posted by: sw7104 | October 30, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

OK... Here's my current favorite. John Stewart runs a clip of McCain defending a progressive tax system (i.e. sharing the wealth is good).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3htTdAh3vg4

Posted by: drgrafix | October 30, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 30, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

The Elizabeth Dole attack ad, by a mile. She insinuates her opponent is a Godless American.

If you missed CNN's Campbell Scott absolutely shredding Senator Dole, you are in for a treat. After this fiasco, and dressing down, I do not see how there is any way Dole saves her seat.

Watch the shredding, and see the original ad itself, here:
http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/10/campbell-brown-blasts-elizabeth-dole.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | October 30, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Progressive Future pulls out the gipper for a classic ad. Even better because it was one of the original "morning in america' team who produced it.

http://www.betteroff08.com/index1.html

Posted by: orlando2 | October 30, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

The Udall commercial brought a nostalgic tear to my eye for his late father Mo, whom he takes after both physically and in his wit.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | October 30, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

The Udall commercial brought a nostalgic tear to my eye for his late father Mo, whom he takes after both physically and in his wit.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | October 30, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

I had forgotten about Huck/Chuck facts; definitely a winner there.

Posted by: SeanC1 | October 30, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

vile calumnies? I'm laughing so hard I can't type.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 30, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: officermancuso | October 30, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Here are two that I nominate for best.

One, the Freedom's Watch ad for the Department of Peace:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aR3HQTi9bw

And a response ad from the Norm Coleman Senate campaign:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmDrw6tqOEc

Posted by: vinnyminchillo | October 30, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Here are two that I nominate for best.

One, the Freedom's Watch ad for the Department of Peace:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aR3HQTi9bw

And a response ad from the Norm Coleman Senate campaign:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmDrw6tqOEc

Posted by: vinnyminchillo | October 30, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGJp_gcyfG8

It was so bad, Cassidy removed it from youtube. That was his first ad too. He tried to tie it to Hurricane Gustav, but it was a week or two too late and besides, it just doesn't make a whole of of sense and thematically it's just terrible.

Posted by: chilidogger | October 30, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

This just in, Barack Obama is suffering from a syndrome now called the Half-Bradley Effect. Even he is not sure who he will vote for. ................

http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/10/30/obama-suffers-the-half-bradley-effect/

Posted by: glclark4750 | October 30, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

It's gotta be good if I *still* talk about it a year later:

The Huck/Chuck Facts ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDUQW8LUMs8

The worst ad of the year, of course, comes out right before the election. Manipulating statements with the intent of scaring the crap out of Americans, it's shameful. It's McCain's recent ad that takes Biden's statement that the next president will be tested, and then says McCain is too "experienced" to be tested. Too bad history is on the side of Biden, not McCain, who clearly wants to scare us so much we'll vote for him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgbS-vy9_Sk

Posted by: swingstaterobot | October 30, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

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Obama and his VILE CALUMNIES against Sarah Palin are the worst ads of this cycle.

Pointing out the well-earned money Senator Palin received to clothe and groom herself and her several URCHINS, and holding it up for ridicule - that is the OBAMA campaign.

To say nothing of his INFOMERCIAL, in which he promised amnesty for Reverend Wright, and his desire to force all AMERICAN GIRLS to consider abortion - what a despicable act.

Or when he spoke to Native Hawaiians in his native ARABIC, to promise them reparations for the pineapple and macadamia nuts EXPORTED to the rest of the world.

Please consider these shameful bits of propaganda when compiling your list.

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Posted by: 37thand0St | October 30, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=updFihU72wY&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmnK7pZ6G3k

Compare these two ads Chris. They are both for Andy Harris (R, MD-1). One was from his primary fight to unseat Congressman Gilchrest, and the second is from the general against Frank Kratovil. Notice some familiar faces? Or some clips that are exactly the same from the testimonials? Getting some staffers to appear as people on the street is one thing, but using the same exact people and clips is a little bit much, especially when the ads are about two different opponents! With all that out of state money from the Club for Growth one thinks Harris could do better.

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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 30, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why the Graves ad is so bad...Politico has said that the ad is the reason the DCCC is pulling out of that race...

Posted by: rett_h | October 30, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

I second John Cornyn for worst campaign ad, perhaps of all time. If you haven't seen this yet, it's amazing. Words escape me every time I watch it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IA4DiZasp2U

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | October 30, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Gotta agree with optimyst, "big bad John" is so silly as to be humiliating.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | October 30, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Gotta agree with optimyst, "big bad John" is so silly as to be humiliating.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | October 30, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Worst: "Rain," from Bill Cassidy (LA-6 Challenger)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGJp_gcyfG8

Bill Cassidy aired this ad immediately after Hurricane Gustav, apparently seeking solidarity with the residents of the Baton Rouge area with his generator, umbrella, and poncho. Instead of looking like the everyman though, he just looks awkward since he never explains any of that. In addition, it aired while most of the congressional district had no electricity, so chances are most voters didn't even see the ad. It's just as well; Cassidy apparently rethought it later and pulled the ad from his website and YouTube page after about a month.

Posted by: eschro4 | October 30, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone seen the Democratic ad for the Louisiana Senate race attacking John Kennedy for being a chameleon? There is a giant chameleon in the backdrop changing colors. I thought it was pretty funny.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 30, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

http://rightchange.com/video.php

Chris,

Here are a couple of ads to choose from produced by Rightchange.com. You've probably already seen them as they have all ran nationwide with the exception of their most recent commercial focusing on Senator Dole's race in North Carolina.

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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 30, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

BEST


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The wassup guys from the Budweiser ads offer their take on the disasterous Bush/McCain years and the 2008 election:
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HACK THE VOTE '08?

CNN finally did some solid reporting today about how easily electronic voting machines can be hacked, programmed to skim off a percentage of the vote to a chosen candidate at the expense of another.

It's a subject on which most of the political punditocracy has said nothing.

This could be another Year 2000- style debacle, but this one with "hanging chips" and hacked code instead of hanging chads.

Congress knew these machines posed a problem, given the lack of a voter-verified paper trail. The "Help America Vote Act" set the nation on this course. Some help, indeed. Or was there some premeditation here?

Would like to see you tackle this subject before the vote is counted. Tomorrow is the last reporting day to do it... hope you take me up on the suggestion.


IS GOVERNMENT "EXTRA-JUDICIAL TARGETING" of American citizens a root cause of the mortgage meltdown that spawned the broader financial crisis?

And is there a disinformation campaign underway to blame the Democrats, instead of ideologues who have hijacked federal agencies as their tool of "social engineering?"

Consider this:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/targeting-u-s-citizens-govt-agencies-root-cause-wall-street-financial-crisis OR
members.nowpublic.com/scrivener


Posted by: scrivener50 | October 30, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/thefix/2008/06/ad_wars_gordon_smith_throws_in.html

Pathetic, Republican and futile. The much coveted 2008 trifecta.

Sayth the Master:
'An embattled incumbent tying himself to presidential nominee is nothing new in politics. But it's usually the case that the presidential nominee being latched onto is actually of the same political party.'

Posted by: DonJasper | October 30, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

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

This Elizabeth Dole ad is probably the worst I've ever seen, but not for the reason many people might be thinking. By using that voice at the end, which very clearly isn't Kay Hagan's, she turned what might have been an effective last-minute smear into a ludicrous mistake. Given Obama's coattails in the state, she was probably going to go down anyway, but the late fundraising and support bump this should give to Hagan from simply disgusted voters will be the final difference-maker. Compare it with Jesse Helms' famous "black fist" ad, a despicable one for sure in his campaign against Harvey Gant, but surely much more effective than this silly garbage from Mrs. Dole.

Posted by: kdemko | October 30, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

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

This Elizabeth Dole ad is probably the worst I've ever seen, but not for the reason many people might be thinking. By using that voice at the end, which very clearly isn't Kay Hagan's, she turned what might have been an effective last-minute smear into a ludicrous mistake. Given Obama's coattails in the state, she was probably going to go down anyway, but the late fundraising and support bump this should give to Hagan from simply disgusted voters will be the final difference-maker. Compare it with Jesse Helms' famous "black fist" ad, a despicable one for sure in his campaign against Harvey Gant, but surely much more effective than this silly garbage from Mrs. Dole.

Posted by: kdemko | October 30, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

This is Hilarious...


McCain's campaign has seen "significant" progress in internal polling in the last week... The campaign has seen the race between McCain and Barack Obama tighten "significantly over the past week," McInturff said in a memo late Tuesday. "All signs say we are headed to an election that may easily be too close to call by next Tuesday."
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http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/10/28/mccains-pollster-foresees-race-close/
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It also made me fondly remember Turdblossom's 2006 math which suggested that Republicans would, well, I'll let Karl the Felon give you the "straight-talk"...


SIEGEL: We are in the home stretch though and many would consider you on the optimistic end of realism about...


ROVE: Not that you would be exhibiting a bias or anything like that, you're just making a comment, right?


SIEGEL: I'm looking at all the same polls that you are looking at.


ROVE: No, you are not, no you're not, no you're not, you're not. I'm looking at 68 polls a week [for candidates for the US House and US Senate, and Governor.]** You may be looking at 4 or 5 public polls a week that talk about attitudes nationally but that do not impact the outcome of individual races.


SIEGEL: If you could name races between, certainly Senate races, all...


ROVE: Like the poll today that showing Corker's ahead in Tennessee or the poll showing "Macaca" Allen is pulling away in the Virginia Senate race.


SIEGEL: Leading Webb, in Virginia, yea...


ROVE: Yeah, exactly.


SIEGEL: ...you've seen the DeWine race and the Santorum race and, I don't want to...you call [the] races.


ROVE: I'm looking at all of these Robert and adding them up. I add up to a Republican Senate and Republican House. You may end up with a different math but you are entitled to your math and I'm entitled to THE math.


SIEGEL: I don't know if we're entitled to a different math but your...


ROVE: I said THE math.
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http://www.pollster.com/blogs/karl_roves_math.php
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 30, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

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This is Hilarious...


McCain's campaign has seen "significant" progress in internal polling in the last week... The campaign has seen the race between McCain and Barack Obama tighten "significantly over the past week," McInturff said in a memo late Tuesday. "All signs say we are headed to an election that may easily be too close to call by next Tuesday."
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http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/10/28/mccains-pollster-foresees-race-close/
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It also made me fondly remember Turdblossom's 2006 math which suggested that Republicans would, well, I'll let Karl the Felon give you the "straight-talk"...


SIEGEL: We are in the home stretch though and many would consider you on the optimistic end of realism about...


ROVE: Not that you would be exhibiting a bias or anything like that, you're just making a comment, right?


SIEGEL: I'm looking at all the same polls that you are looking at.


ROVE: No, you are not, no you're not, no you're not, you're not. I'm looking at 68 polls a week [for candidates for the US House and US Senate, and Governor.]** You may be looking at 4 or 5 public polls a week that talk about attitudes nationally but that do not impact the outcome of individual races.


SIEGEL: If you could name races between, certainly Senate races, all...


ROVE: Like the poll today that showing Corker's ahead in Tennessee or the poll showing "Macaca" Allen is pulling away in the Virginia Senate race.


SIEGEL: Leading Webb, in Virginia, yea...


ROVE: Yeah, exactly.


SIEGEL: ...you've seen the DeWine race and the Santorum race and, I don't want to...you call [the] races.


ROVE: I'm looking at all of these Robert and adding them up. I add up to a Republican Senate and Republican House. You may end up with a different math but you are entitled to your math and I'm entitled to THE math.


SIEGEL: I don't know if we're entitled to a different math but your...


ROVE: I said THE math.
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http://www.pollster.com/blogs/karl_roves_math.php
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 30, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

This is Hilarious...


McCain's campaign has seen "significant" progress in internal polling in the last week... The campaign has seen the race between McCain and Barack Obama tighten "significantly over the past week," McInturff said in a memo late Tuesday. "All signs say we are headed to an election that may easily be too close to call by next Tuesday."
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http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/10/28/mccains-pollster-foresees-race-close/
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It also made me fondly remember Turdblossom's 2006 math which suggested that Republicans would, well, I'll let Karl the Felon give you the "straight-talk"...


SIEGEL: We are in the home stretch though and many would consider you on the optimistic end of realism about...


ROVE: Not that you would be exhibiting a bias or anything like that, you're just making a comment, right?


SIEGEL: I'm looking at all the same polls that you are looking at.


ROVE: No, you are not, no you're not, no you're not, you're not. I'm looking at 68 polls a week [for candidates for the US House and US Senate, and Governor.]** You may be looking at 4 or 5 public polls a week that talk about attitudes nationally but that do not impact the outcome of individual races.


SIEGEL: If you could name races between, certainly Senate races, all...


ROVE: Like the poll today that showing Corker's ahead in Tennessee or the poll showing "Macaca" Allen is pulling away in the Virginia Senate race.


SIEGEL: Leading Webb, in Virginia, yea...


ROVE: Yeah, exactly.


SIEGEL: ...you've seen the DeWine race and the Santorum race and, I don't want to...you call [the] races.


ROVE: I'm looking at all of these Robert and adding them up. I add up to a Republican Senate and Republican House. You may end up with a different math but you are entitled to your math and I'm entitled to THE math.


SIEGEL: I don't know if we're entitled to a different math but your...


ROVE: I said THE math.
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http://www.pollster.com/blogs/karl_roves_math.php
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 30, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

This is Hilarious...


McCain's campaign has seen "significant" progress in internal polling in the last week... The campaign has seen the race between McCain and Barack Obama tighten "significantly over the past week," McInturff said in a memo late Tuesday. "All signs say we are headed to an election that may easily be too close to call by next Tuesday."
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http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/10/28/mccains-pollster-foresees-race-close/
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It also made me fondly remember Turdblossom's 2006 math which suggested that Republicans would, well, I'll let Karl the Felon give you the "straight-talk"...


SIEGEL: We are in the home stretch though and many would consider you on the optimistic end of realism about...


ROVE: Not that you would be exhibiting a bias or anything like that, you're just making a comment, right?


SIEGEL: I'm looking at all the same polls that you are looking at.


ROVE: No, you are not, no you're not, no you're not, you're not. I'm looking at 68 polls a week [for candidates for the US House and US Senate, and Governor.]** You may be looking at 4 or 5 public polls a week that talk about attitudes nationally but that do not impact the outcome of individual races.


SIEGEL: If you could name races between, certainly Senate races, all...


ROVE: Like the poll today that showing Corker's ahead in Tennessee or the poll showing "Macaca" Allen is pulling away in the Virginia Senate race.


SIEGEL: Leading Webb, in Virginia, yea...


ROVE: Yeah, exactly.


SIEGEL: ...you've seen the DeWine race and the Santorum race and, I don't want to...you call [the] races.


ROVE: I'm looking at all of these Robert and adding them up. I add up to a Republican Senate and Republican House. You may end up with a different math but you are entitled to your math and I'm entitled to THE math.


SIEGEL: I don't know if we're entitled to a different math but your...


ROVE: I said THE math.
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http://www.pollster.com/blogs/karl_roves_math.php
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 30, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Doing Cheech and Chong proud!!!


http://www.youtube.com/user/DeptofPeace

Posted by: stephengatsby | October 30, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

I remember the ad, and it's perfectly representative of what a slimeball Sam Graves is. He's kept going purely negative and, in affirmation of the principle that bad politics drives out good, it looks like he'll survive to slime his next opponent.

Posted by: FlownOver | October 30, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Doing Cheech and Chong proud!!!


http://www.youtube.com/user/DeptofPeace

Posted by: stephengatsby | October 30, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

The Udall ad that the Fix posted is definitely the most emotionally affecting, but in terms of actual impact on the race, I would give it to the Hagan "Rocking Chairs" ad in North Carolina featuring the two old geezers, since Udall was already winning when he released his, whereas Hagan's helped define the tone of the campaign. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xs6xSmycny0

Posted by: SeanC1 | October 30, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Governor Mitch Daniels
"Change that's working"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsR-zyHT_i0

Posted by: camsavage | October 30, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: HokieInNM | October 30, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: HokieInNM | October 30, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I've been meaning to post this for a while.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaTojwO1eHc

After 15 million dollars of negative advertising against Congressman Mark Udall, this ad does a great job of pointing out the outrageous nature of ads and reinforce the popular message of change for Colorado. Everywhere we go on the campaign trail, people remember it because it cut through the clutter and showed that the candidate is a real guy.

Posted by: aaxler | October 30, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: HokieInNM | October 30, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I've been meaning to post this for a while.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaTojwO1eHc

After 15 million dollars of negative advertising against Congressman Mark Udall, this ad does a great job of pointing out the outrageous nature of ads and reinforce the popular message of change for Colorado. Everywhere we go on the campaign trail, people remember it because it cut through the clutter and showed that the candidate is a real guy.

Posted by: aaxler | October 30, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Worst (and funniest) spot: Cornyn as Big Bad John.

Do we have a second: SECOND!

All those in favor: AYE!

Motion carries unanimously

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Posted by: optimyst | October 30, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Worst (and funniest) spot: Cornyn as Big Bad John.

Do we have a second: SECOND!

All those in favor: AYE!

Motion carries unanimously

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Posted by: optimyst | October 30, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

People will prefer the ads that make a great point about their candidate. I still like that much-maligned 3 a.m. ad.

I have switched my vote to Obama because I've become convince that, among other things, the Republicans have no economic leadership to offer. But I find that I still like Hillary Clinton ads that panned him!

Posted by: AsperGirl | October 30, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Chris, your link to your least favorite ad now leads to a YouTube message that says: "This video has been removed due to terms of use violation".

Got another link? That message only makes me more curious to see it. If you can't find a link, please come down to the comments and tell us what it was.

I'd hate to miss the cheesiest ad of the campaign.

Posted by: bourassa1 | October 30, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

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