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BlogPAC is making one last final push in the last 10 days of the election. (Click here to contribute.)

We have matched an NRSC ad buy for winger Coburn on We are also running the ad on Yahoo in both the Tulsa and Oklahoma City markets.

Yesterday we launched our Draft campaign. The campaign has two components. First is the online advertising effort, which is running across Ohio on Yahoo sports. We'll expand that effort into sites targetting college students and mothers if we can raise another $10,000 in the next week.

We have also launched, a parody site that has been getting a great deal of viral distribution already.

Enjoy the Draft is our first foray outside of simple online advertising. There'll be more efforts of those sorts in the coming years as we seek to find ways to use the web and technology to support our candidates.

Finally, we are still running online ads in the Dallas market targetting Republican Pete Session's flippant and callous attitude toward the Iraq War.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Oct 22, 2004 at 10:35 AM PDT.

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  •  hahhahaha (none)
    All I have to say is that EnjoyTheDraft site is damn funny. Whoever wrote it deserves a cookie.

    This is our story...

    by Karmakin on Fri Oct 22, 2004 at 10:37:31 AM PDT

    •  Free Distribution (none)
      Funny shit like that gets forwarded to hundreds of thousands of people, via their email friends, for FREE!

      If you want to spam people with your message in an effective way, make something entertaining enough that people who see it will forward it to their friends.

      Where the DEVIL is Greendale?

      by ozretiro on Fri Oct 22, 2004 at 01:24:01 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  John Kerry (none)
    would be better for the country than Bill Clinton.
  •  Quick Comment (none)
    I am not sure I approve of using his daughters in campaign ads - and I sure wouldn't be happy if Bush used Kerry's daughters or Teresa's sons.

    The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much;it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little-FDR

    by wells on Fri Oct 22, 2004 at 10:38:05 AM PDT

    •  Great Rep. Frost ad (none)
      Good work.

      Funny stuff.

      The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much;it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little-FDR

      by wells on Fri Oct 22, 2004 at 10:40:54 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  They're making a satirical point (none)
      that Bush's daughters WOULDN'T have to go because HE didn't go.

      <"Do not seek the treasure!" >

      by moon in the house of moe on Fri Oct 22, 2004 at 10:41:44 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Oh I get it (none)
        and think its humorus, but I don't want children of politicians dragged into the nonesense of these elections.  I don't want Mr. Edwards children Jack and Emma Clare to part of an opposition campaign joke eight years from now.

        The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much;it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little-FDR

        by wells on Fri Oct 22, 2004 at 10:59:08 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Jenna and Not Jenna (none)
          are adults, they do participate in their dad's political campaign and speak publicly about supporting his election. They're fair game.
          •  Of course they support their father! (none)
            But they don't aren't the ones setting policy.  They aren't the ones that sent troops to Iraq.  They aren't the ones that botched the post war planning.

            Why not just take pics of random 3rd graders in an army uniform holding a gun they can hardly lift surrounded by Bush?

            The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much;it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little-FDR

            by wells on Fri Oct 22, 2004 at 11:15:20 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  give it up already (none)
              Jesus, can we stop being politically correct weenies for two minutes? I mean, what are you trying to do rehash the bullshit Mary Cheney talking points?

              1. THEY ARE ADULTS.


              That's all that matters.

              Gawd, no wonder we have lost all three branches of government. If we're too afraid to criticize, even satirically, we might as well throw in the towel. Im happy to know that your opinion is a marginalized minority one.

        •  We shouldn't feel we have to stop (none)
          doing something right (use irony to make political points), just becuase our opponent may misuse it. They do already. They're craven!

          <"Do not seek the treasure!" >

          by moon in the house of moe on Fri Oct 22, 2004 at 11:07:26 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  George W. Bush (none)
          ... is the child of a politician. And an adult. Is he not fair game?

          They're adults and as others have said they've involved themselves in the campaign.

          Maybe Kos should edit the story and add a poll. I suspect the number in favor of the ad will far outnumber the people that don't.

          •  Oh come on, thats a stretch (none)
            "George W. Bush... is the child of a politician. And an adult. Is he not fair game?"

            Dubya is running for Presdient.  Dubya ran for congress and lost.  Dubya was Governor of Texas.  Totally different things.

            You are right, most on Kos will be fine with it, and thats great - but that doesn't mean I have to be.  I don't need Kool-Aid to be Democrat.

            The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much;it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little-FDR

            by wells on Fri Oct 22, 2004 at 07:06:16 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

    •  Children? (4.00)
      I see no problem at all with using the twins in an ad.  Since Shrub has no problem with using MY children as targets.  

      I am the original hippie-chick, liberal, Vietnam war protesting, child of the 60s Democrat.  I am also a Catholic, middle class working single mother.  I have 5 children, 3 still in college.

      I predicted a return of the draft the day we invaded Iraq.  It was clear to me this had serious potential to be another Vietnam horror story, and my oh my, just look where we are now!

      I did NOT give birth to 5 children to have them die in a desert, I promise you that.  I was raised in a true Semper Fi household:  we are as patriotic as they come, but we also have more than one brain cell.  We will not give our loyalty, patriotism, and lives to someone who does not earn it, and GW most certainly has betrayed every ideal this country was founded on.  

    •  Bush twins fair game (none)
      They spoke at the convention.  They are on the campaign payroll.  They are adults.

      Note that the same did not apply to Chelsea Clinton.

      Alex and Vanessa?  They're fair game too.  Jack and Emma Clare Edwards? Nope.  Mary Cheney? Hell, yeah.

    •  You're right (none)
      And trying to score points against Cheney by exploiting that simpleton GWB is pretty low.
  •  So some think (none)
    that Bush may have given up on Ohio. If so, this is great news - unless Kerry loses WI and IA; then we're in trouble. How is the Iowa ground game right now?

    "Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it." - Mark Twain

    by soultaco on Fri Oct 22, 2004 at 10:39:20 AM PDT

  •  Kudos to whoever put that site together (none)
    I love good parody and this is great.

    I cut down trees and evil doers, I serve a higher law.
    I wish I'd been elected, just like my dear Papa!

    by Our Man In Redmond on Fri Oct 22, 2004 at 10:50:13 AM PDT

  •  Beautiful (none)
    The BLogpac ad is moving and the parady on draft is very telling.  Super job, super, super job.
  •  Just gave... (none)
    ...fifty bucks.

    Go ahead, top that. I dare you.

  •  Re: Session Ad (none)
    The figure of "over $200 billion" has been pointed out as incorrect every time it has been used by Kerry and elsewhere.  I know it will exceed $200 billion, but to say it has been spent already gives the opposition a chance to point it out as an error.  I just think it gives them an unnecessary advantage. Just my opinion.
  •  Question for you (none)
    How do you target an online ad to a specific geographical area?
  •  "We" is BlogPAC, right? (none)
    At first it appears that Kos is saying "We" are doing all these things, such as buying ads, posting new web sites, and launching new draft campaigns, but it is actually BlogPAC, right?  Or is BlogPAC a subsidiary of DailyKos?


  •  C'mon people - pay up! (none)
    and may I LOUDLY recommend that this blitz be expanded to Wisconsin and/or Iowa if possible.  I'm beginning to believe the "Plan B" theories people are throwing out there for Rove's electoral plan.
  •  Needs request for action (none)
    The info is great, but it seems like there ought to be a call to action on the site...

    • Vote
    • write/call to viewer's Congressman /Senators
    • write letters to the editor
    • etc.

     I don't think it's appropriate to use Bush's mistaken statement about the draft since he corrected himself about 10 seconds later.

    But maybe I'm just being a Democrat with a conscience here and not playing the game like the Repugs.

  •  NewsOK (none)
    Have the ads gone into cycle on NewsOK yet?  I surfed the site and got about 5 NRSC ads and none from BlogPAC.  Bad luck?
  •  That's not Jenna (none)
    It's Ann Coulter!  I'd know those man hands anywhere!
  •  web site manpower available (none)
    I'd like to help out with more parody web sites.

    Check out my site

    I could do a lot more without doing everything myself.

    I'm reachable from the contact page on the site.

    Join the National Initiative to find Osama bin Laden before November 2 --

    by wheresosama on Fri Oct 22, 2004 at 11:52:49 AM PDT

  •  A View From A Different Culture (none)
    Amusing though it is, I don't like this ad for the last week of the campaign, although I do like the concept of using the internet fully.

    The ad will appeal to, and be seen by. mostly 18-20 year olds and younger. But the site itself tells them they are not going to be drafted.

    Their mums will just be scared by it and shut their minds to the message. They will feel all they can do is trust the nice, re;igous Mr Bush. He will understand how they will feel because, as the ad shows, he has two lovely daughters and would not want to see them drafted.

    Draft eligible voters will laugh but it won't persuade them (they may even fantasise about meeting the dark haired one, who looks quite fetching in the photograph, during basic training!)

    Seriously. the polls measure the highest priorities for people as being homeland security and the war on terror.

    We may not like to admit it, but Kerry has an abysmal rating of only about 36% in this area. This, in the highest priority area in voters minds! Bush has a 20% higher rating, if memory serves me right.

    All ads in the final days should be directed to attacking Bush as the real menace to the security of families and to enhancing the perception of Kerry as the man who can protect them and the country.

    The Bush girls in fatigues and the strongly denied draft scare doesn't do it. It is the stuff of satirical magazines and blogs. It's fun, but we should be deadly serious in the last week.

    We should focus attacks on the one strength that voters perceive in Bush. We only have days to go.

    Sorry if this causes offence. I want Kerry to win and feel that we are trying to hit too many targets in the short time left. The effort behind the ad is great. Let's get on message.

    •  well, my students are energized (none)
      at the University of CT, and the draft issue has definitely kicked that energy up to the next level. I've kept voter registration cards in my office for years and pushed hard to get students registered and voting, normally to lukewarm response. This year, almost all were already registered, and many have already voted by absentee ballot. When one student asked a question in one of my classes about where she could register, several other students had answers about the easiest places locally and how late various places were open.

      That level of engagement with the process is completely unheard of here at sleepy Storrs, where the students tend to be a little sheltered from the political process (and in some ways they still are, but at least now a lot of them want to know more...few of them knew about the Bunning mess until I mentioned it in class, for instance).

      They're angry, they're terrified, and there seems to be a determination to vote. Before one of my classes yesterday, a student came up with his absentee ballot, and asked me to do him the honor of being one of the witnesses. It's empowering to encounter 20-year-olds who are aware that voting is an honor.

      here's hoping that on election day, Karl Rove ruefully turns to Bush and echoes that post-Pearl Harbor Japanese admiral's "I fear we have awakened a sleeping giant."

      •  Draft age kids should vote! (none)
        They can either vote now or die later.  Bush has promised more of the same, he said that this is an ongoing, worldwide campaign that will last decades.  That will require a draft.
  •  Concerns (none)
    I'm already on record as having concerns about the Enjoy The Draft site.
  •  Stop The Republicans from Blocking the Vote (none)
    ad buys are great, but we need to be aware of their dirty trick arsenal.  especially in ohio.

    did you know that in dear old cleveland, a man by the name of larry russell is working for the ohio republican get out of the vote drive.  this man just happened to be in charge of the south dakota get out of the vote drive until he resigned because of suspected improprieties with the collection of registration forms.

    turns out today, 6 people from his campaign now face criminal charges in south dakota for their actions including 3 which are reportedly working in ohio. you can call the cleveland offices of the ohio republican party to let them know what you think of their association with these shady and illegal insiders.  be nice and gently ask them to remove russell from the campaign.


    a call to their office today confirmed that larry russell is indeed working as a "volunteer" on the campaign.


    Russell moves to Ohio

    Russell's associates get in trouble in South Dakota

  •  Petition against the draft (none)
    If you havent yet, please sign this petition against the draft. We need to keep this issue at the forefront.
  •  Need Help on the Draft Issue... (none)
    I've got an ongoing debate with my conservative cousin & on the subject of the draft he sent me an archived screenshot of Kerry's site showing that he supported mandatory national service for young people but changed it just prior to his "accusations" of Bush planning to reinstate the draft.

    screenshot and current page

    I've never heard Kerry talk about mandatory national service & I've been following the issue pretty closely.  Can anyone tell me if they've ever heard of the archive website that he refers to?  I'm really skeptical of the screenshot.  Has anyone ever heard Kerry talk about mandatory national service for high school students?

    The website is called Internet Archive.

  •  Bravo, Bravo (none)
    What a great idea

    You guys are so creative.

  •  Pathetic (1.00)
    Hate to say it, but you all deserve to have this Draft-fearmongering blow up in your faces.  The only people who want the Draft back are those who want to go back to their Vietnam-era "glory days" (or those who want to push some kind of bogus class struggle).

    This is lower than when John McCain had those illegitimate-child rumors pushed on him.

    "And there's never been a physicist that ever thought anything would work. That isn't what they do." - DBCooper

    by Rayonic on Fri Oct 22, 2004 at 04:55:43 PM PDT

  •  Congratulations (none)
    This is awesome. Sort of a great hybrid of Moore's 9-11 movie and The Onion (any relation). Congratulations and then some to "whoever done it". Do it again, 'till the Shrub has been hosed by this karmic, and well deserved, defoliant.

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