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Mitt Romney Can’t Help Himself

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 22, 2011 by rottenart

Hot on the heels of a very interesting story in which Romney aides and staffers bought and subsequently destroyed 17 hard drives with information relating to his time in the Mass. governor’s mansion comes his first major political ad:

Pretty devasting, right? Well, it would be if it weren’t a completely disingenuous fabrication. When Obama is quoted in the video as saying, “if we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose,” he’s not making that assertion for himself but rather quoting a McCain staffer who said it in relation to the McCain campaign! The most amazing part is that the Romney campaign, much like with the continuing e-mail situation, has doubled down and asserted that the blatant dishonesty is perfectly legit and that they used the clip on purpose.

Any sane person can see the obvious implications here: if you could get a candidate to, say, quote The Shining and say on camera, “I didn’t just kill you, I cut you up into little bits,” you could, according to RomneyLogic™, then put that into a commercial and claim the the candidate was a  murderous sociopath. Think Progress has put together a response to the Romney commercial to illustrate this beautifully:

Romney must really be sweating the Gingrich bubble if he’s this desperate already.

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Well, That’s Certainly Cute

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2011 by rottenart

This is the new ad the DCCC is running  in 25 districts of house Republican lawmakers who voted to scrap Medicare and replace it with a voucher system. This has been the agenda of the right for some time, but rarely have they been up front about it. They’re not happy with using the term ‘privatize’ but make no mistake, that’s what it is. Understandably, the DCCC want people to know where the GOP stands.

But this ad is ridiculous. It glosses over the seriousness of the issue and relies on a gimmick to get people’s attention. I’m not saying the ads should be of the “ominous music and bass-voiced narrator” variety. But this is aiming more for the “annoying dancing Six Flags guy” territory. I’m sure a whole gaggle of PR people are patting themselves on the back for this crap but I really feel it’s too cute by half.  Stop relying on a joke and get the facts out there. There are dire consequences to the Republican agenda and even insinuating that seniors might have fun (take a second look at the dancing fireman at the end) is a dangerous idea. Luckily, they’re also going with radio spots and robo-calls that I would hope weren’t so painfully witty.

Every once in a while, I wish the Democrats were as good at messaging as the GOP. This is one of those times.