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  •  I disagree. Negative advertising can be (7+ / 0-)

    very effective, but only to a point. Just like you can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear, you can't reverse the process either.
      Money means a lot, but it doesn't mean everything. There's such a thing as lacking believability and/or credibility, and of ads that turn people off.

      Don't forget, a National race comes down to battleground states, and those places get saturated fairly quickly.
       I say that because the president and his supporters will not be without (huge) resources this time around either, and will be able to match the opposition in places where it's most needed. More ads in those cases will eventually reach the point of diminishing returns.

       And let's not forget that Obama supporters tend to be more youthful, more exuberant, and more enthsiastic, so that People power will be on his side too.

    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 03:57:33 PM PST

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    •  Good points elwior. I know for people who are (0+ / 0-)

      plugged in to politics like we are,  we can see those points of logic quite readily.

      Although I do think President Obama will be re-elected I can certainly concur with your take on the battleground states being key to this election.

      I hope that our POTUS and his re-election staff decide to do some plain talk about the cause of why we're not farther along than we are in our recovery, etc.  The blame must be placed squarely on the shoulders of the Republicans.  This is the time to simply, firmly and repeatedly tell the truth.

      When everybody talkin' all at once no one can hear the wise one speak, So just be still and silence will provide the wisdom that you seek - by Tori del Allen

      by Dumas EagerSeton on Mon Jan 30, 2012 at 12:24:10 PM PST

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    •  Agreed. Advertising has only so much power. (0+ / 0-)

      You know those ads promoting "corn sugar" that try desperately to convince the viewer that it's just fine to eat tons of it?  You can literally smell the desperation coming off the TV screen, and the overall impression is a sort of creepy "it's OK, little girl, come and taste the corn sugar."  

      I'm thinking we'll get a lot of anti-Obama ads that have that same feel.  They'll affect a few, but most people will smell the creepiness and think again.

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