on ads and infomercials

Barack Obama, although favored in most polls at the moment, isn’t leaving anything to chance. Not only did he air a half-hour paid prime-time infomercial simultaneously on the Fox, NBC and CBS broadcast networks tonight, but his campaign also released a new, decidedly more aggressive, ad — their first questioning McCain’s wisdom in selecting Sarah Palin as his running-mate. Their hope clearly is to capitalize on what they see as the increasingly poor perception Americans have of Palin, and perhaps fan the flames of discord between the running-mates themselves.

The ad begins with quotes from McCain on the campaign trail, talking about his limited understanding of economics. In the last quote of the series, McCain says that he “might have to rely on (the) vice president” he selects for assistance with such matters. Then we see the question “His Choice?” flash across the screen, followed a moment later by a photo of Sarah Palin winking at the camera during the Vice Presidential debate. It’s absolutely devastating.

McCain, of course, is fighting back with ads of his own that question Obama’s readiness to lead. And, from what I hear, McCain is getting some traction, at lest in Pennsylvania.

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  1. Robert
    Posted October 30, 2008 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    The infomercial was an excellent way to familiarize folks with the REAL Barack Obama. I expect the impact to be significant. I won’t be surprised if the tightening of the race we’ve seen over the past few days begins to loosen again by Saturday.

    I liked Palin’s Freudian slip saying McCain is the “man to leave.” She’s getting ahead of herself.

  2. Robert
    Posted October 30, 2008 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    EoS and I were pleasantly surprised to find out that Obama isn’t a terrorist. We heard some things to the contrary.

  3. Ed the toilet clogger
    Posted October 30, 2008 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    I watched the infomercial. I paid close attention. At no point did he say that he was “against evil.”

  4. designated republican
    Posted October 30, 2008 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    As far as infomercials go, Senator Obama was nowhere near as good as that guy promoting “ShamWow” “german” super-towels.

  5. Meta
    Posted October 30, 2008 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    26.3 million Americans watched last night.

    http://www.thrfeed.com/2008/10/obama-ad-rating.html

  6. Robert
    Posted October 30, 2008 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    Your right, designated republican…even that “ShamWow” guy would be beating McCain in this election right now.

    Oh, by the way, is it now your strategy to pretend I didn’t offer an alternative to the community service bet? I followed up with the suggestion that the loser could simply make a charitable contribution to an agreed upon organization in Mark Maynard’s name.

    We could just make a contribution of one dollar for every electoral vote our preferred candidate loses by.

    I frankly didn’t expect to see any posts from you until after the election. I figured you were playing the whole “I didn’t see your comments” strategy to avoid being exposed by my challenge.

  7. Posted October 30, 2008 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Robert, you should make a bet for the loser to pay $2.00 on each point for Michigan’s election alone. DR would make at least $40.00 since McCain will take Michigan by at least 20 points.

  8. designated republican
    Posted October 30, 2008 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    As I wrote awhile back, I have a wager with my brother on the election. I’m content with one win.

  9. Brent
    Posted October 30, 2008 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    McCain by 20 points in Michigan, seriously?

  10. Robert
    Posted October 30, 2008 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    That excuse just doesn’t wash, designated republican. It’s clear that you simply don’t believe your own bullshit. The prosecution rests it’s case your honor.

    Besides, when was a republican ever content with any amount of money?

  11. designated republican
    Posted October 31, 2008 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    If Senator Obama thought that his election was in the bag, why would he be spending so much of his last campaign week in states like Iowa, where he supposedly had a double-digit lead?

    One of the things that most amazed me about the Obama-informercial was that he actually came out again with his plan to create a domestic military organization. This would be a federal entity controlled by the President as Commander-in-Chief (the National Guard, when deployed domestically to help out with disasters, is under state governor control). Since the Civil War, we have never had a standing army charged with domestic security. I’m not even certain if the idea is constitutional!

    If a republican even hinted at this idea, he or she would be crucified for it. Look at the outcry over the Patriot Act, which is mild milquetoast compared to the jalapenos required to even suggest the idea of a domestic U.S. Gestapo.

    If you believe in American liberty, in freedom, and in limited government – vote McCain-Palin on November 4th!

  12. Normal Park, get over it!
    Posted October 31, 2008 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    total CRAP DR

  13. MaryD
    Posted October 31, 2008 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    The infomercial was right on. The high road and the right reasoning

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