Thursday, October 30, 2008

Obama's 30-minute Ad

CNN reports on the 30-minute TV ad run by the Obama campaign.

Sen. Barack Obama's 30-minute TV ad, which ran simultaneously on broadcast and cable networks at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday, is muscle-flexing that has little precedent, a campaign advertising expert said.

"It's evidence, if you needed any, that the Obama campaign has more money than there is ad time left to buy," said Evan Tracey, director of the Campaign Media Analysis Group. "This is flexing the muscles."

I guess flexing the muscles is OK. It made me think that Barack is doing exactly what he advised his supporters to do after the last debate, not to rest on their laurels, not to count their chickens before they're hatched, etc. He's raised a lot of money and he's using it.

In the ad, McCain and the Republicans are not even mentioned; making a complete departure from the negative campaigning that had gotten a bit too prevalent.

One thing I found confusing is that ABC initially refused to accept the ad, and after negotiating an agreement, Obama's folks had made other arrangements. Meanwhile, Fox, not only took the business, but actually had the World Series game delayed to accommodate the Obama ad. Did I miss something?

The IMAO site has a humorous take on the latest Obama news.


  1. I find it funny the man who wants to spread the wealth around isn't living his principles.

    Has Obama given the McCain campaign any of the record donations? Surely, that would be the right thing to do, to make sure that the wealth is redistributed more equally.

    Guess redistributing wealth only applies to other people's money, not his own

  2. @Bob S.
    C'mon! :)

    FOX is standing by their assertion that they did not pressure MLB to delay the game until after the infomercial. I'm inclined to believe them. One of the few instances that I actually believe those cats.

  3. b.e. earl,

    C'mon what? Obama's tax plan are about redistributing the wealth. His comments to Joe the Plumber shows he's concerned about spreading the wealth.

    If a person wants to be president, shouldn't they live their beliefs?

  4. bob, you don't seem to have a very good grasp on what income redistribution is supposed to be for. us lefties have actual reasons for proposing it, y'know, and actual ends we want that means to accomplish --- we don't want to implement it everywhere just for its own sake.

    what you're proposing would not serve any socially useful end, and you seem to be proposing it just because you're mistakenly thinking we ought to like the means for itself. we don't, nor should we.

  5. Nomen,

    I have a grasp what it is supposed to be for. I also have a good grasp on how some liberals are trying to apply it. The terms "social and economic justice" are being thrown around instead of just poverty, hunger.

    Is reducing poverty, hunger, lack of medical care a good thing, yes. Is that the only reason some are pushing for it, no. It's not enough for some to reduce poverty, etc; it is the actual disparity in income/wealth that bugs them. So, I see the disparity in donations as a way of insuring "political donation justice".

    Barack's comment to Joe the Plumber was that he didn't want to so much punish his success but spread the wealth so everyone could succeed. Shouldn't a person live their philosophy before requiring it of others?

  6. here, bob, read these articles and come back afterwards; they should explain fairly well why you're wrong about this particular instance, and we can deal with first principles later.

    (hear that grating sound? that's my eyeballs rolling in their sockets at your pretending to be shocked about wealth redistribution. either that, or your blithe equating of political campaigns with individual people. perhaps both, one per eyeball...)

  7. @Everyone,
    Barack Obama AND John McCain both believe in a progressive tax system in this country. The fact that they support small differences in rates in different brackets is important to some voters. But it doesn't mean that one is a socialist! That's making outlandish claims based on minute differences.

    The whole system is based on redistributing the wealth! Unless McCain were to support wholesale changes in the system then he supports the same "socialist" system.

    But I see what his campaign and conservatives are fixated on. The "spreading the wealth" quote Obama gave Joe the "plumber". Problem is, both McCain and Palin have said similar things over the years and have never been called out on it. The hypocrisy is overwhelming.

    And since Obama is in a higher tax bracket, he does believe in redistributing his own money. Walks the walk, so to speak. Campaign money isn't his "wealth" to redistribute. It's his supporter's money, and they have chosen their candidate that they want to spend it on. That McCain's supporters haven't dug into their pockets is a shame. Really. But McCain and others crying about the money raised and spent on each campaign is an attack on his own supporters.

    Maybe they didn't like him spending their money on makeup and clothes for his veep candidate.

    (That last line was a joke, by the way. Mostly)