Political Ads

Democrats Pritzker in Illinois and McCaskill in Missouri have both taken the route of defensive political ads. I believe this is a big mistake, especially in Pritzker’s case. Nobody who isn’t a total egghead knows him. And then he goes on TV and opens with, “There have been articles saying that I’m an XYZ bad person who wants to do ABC bad things.” I, for one, have been unaware of such articles and would have remained blissfully ignorant of them had Pritzker not chosen to lay out money to inform me of them.

McCaskill does the same thing. “You’ve probably seen the ads accusing me of corruption. Factcheck.com says it’s not true and I’m not corrupt.” This way those who haven’t heard she’s being accused of corruption have been informed by McCaskill herself. And she didn’t even bother to contest the accusations! Voters are supposed to go to factcheck.com to find out what she’s been accused of (turns out it’s kickbacks to her very rich husband.)

The Republican candidates are all on the offensive. And the defensive position is not one of a winning side. Is there really nothing stronger we can say for ourselves other than some website says we are not corrupt?

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10 thoughts on “Political Ads”

  1. So far my congressional candidate has completely ignored his opponent’s attacks. Which is smart because the attacks are incredibly dumb and nobody cares about them. Our incumbent congressman is lashing out like a scared dog while the challenger is playing pleasant ads about who he is and what he’s done.

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      1. Our statewide candidates seem to be taking this route too. Cordray has one defensive ad, but it wasn’t his first one, and it’s actually pretty good:

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      2. As for the congressional campaign, compare and contrast:

        The local Republican party and the Chabot campaign isn’t doing any better with this. All they can do is attack and they have literally nothing positive to say about their own candidate. And their attacks are so stupid; Aftab wore jeans while playing softball, Aftab is a communist, blah blah blah. They try to attack him for firing patronage employees but all that does is remind everyone that “oh yeah, Aftab drained the swamp.”

        Right now they’re moving into the racism and conspiracy theories stage of the campaign season; maybe that will be more effective than the rest of their pathetic campaign.

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  2. I too think Democrats need to be on the offensive. Moreover, they need to ignore Trump and say what they’re going to try to do for us. Conservatives have been fairly good at this, telling us they’re going to round up the “illegals”, fight gun law reform, not raise your taxes, etc. And they also proudly tell us how conservative they are, whereas too many Democrats almost seem embarrassed by some of their positions, with the ironic exception of talking so much about how they want to abolish ICE.

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  3. If you want some political comedy relief, do an Internet search and watch a video of the Andrew Cuomo-Cynthia Nixon debate that occurred a couple of hours ago. (It was televised on CBS in the New York state area.)

    Some of the best lines:

    Cuomo: “Can you stop interrupting?”
    Nixon: “Can you stop lying?”
    Cuomo: “As soon as you do.”

    Nixon (referring to Cuomo’s handling of New York’s mass transit system): “[Governor Cuomo] has use the MTA like an ATM.”

    It was much more entertaining than any news about the Catholic Church. 🙂

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