Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Dumbest Political Ad Ever

Who is advising the McCain Campaign?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's hilarious.

Anonymous said...

You must know by now

All the best comics work as ad men

All the best ad men work as politicians

And all the best politicians are ...

Well you know the rest, that's just my humble theory...smitty

Anonymous said...

I thought the ad was pretty funny. If the seal was such a good idea, why did he get rid of it immediately after its unveiling? Question is who is advising Obama. Good work by McCain taking advantage of Obama's gaffe.

Brian Shapiro said...

I think it helps Obama! I'd like to see McCain pasted on the Statue of Liberty...now THAT'S wierd!

Anonymous said...

Whats wrong its politics. Nothing worse than Hilarious said about him

Jeremy Blaber said...

It is funny and there is nothing nasty about the ad..it's just ineffective. What about this ad will convince a voter to support McCain over Obama? That's the point is it not?

Imre Beke, Jr. said...

Mr. Blaber, you should be able to see that this is a spoof, not an ad. Unless the end of the ad was cut off, it could not possibly be an actual ad, notwithstanding the "Paid for by John McCain 2008" text.

What's missing that shows it is not a McCain ad? The legally required "I'm John McCain and I approved this message" voiceover that all Federally regulated political ads MUST include.

This is - in all likelihood - a well done, humorous third party spoof.

As to effectiveness, let's take a detour into Political Propaganda 101. In order for a piece (an ad, a spoof, what have you) to be effective, it does not need to convince people to vote for one candidate over another. It simply needs to convince them to not vote for the opposition. Even if those previously predisposed to vote for him are convinced to stay home, that is a minor victory.

One of the most effective ways of doing so is to make him look silly, laughable, ridiculous. With Obama, that's simple because all you need to do is present something he has already done and amplify it to the point of the ludicrous.

In point of fact, Obama is too inexperienced to keep from putting his foot in his mouth. He needs seasoning and would have been better advised to spend another six or eight years in the Senate before running for President.

Granted, Obama is a remarkable public speaker. Better than Clinton, but not quite up to Reagan's standards. Talk, however, when it is not backed up by actions, is empty.

Obama was elected to the Senate on certain campaign promises, promises he could not possibly have lived up to yet as he's been in the Senate for far too short a tenure to actually DO anything. How can anyone know what he is capable of doing?

Obama is image and talk, but no demonstrable substance. With today's reports that Congressional approval ratings nationwide are down into the SINGLE DIGITS, the Democrats might have been better advised to nominate someone with some experience to stand on.

You ask whether this ad convinces anyone to vote for McCain. I ask whether anything in Obama's background would convince an unbiased voter to vote for him. The answer, if one is truly honest, is "No."