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With time running down rapidly on campaign 2010, Democrats could use a strong, sure-fire ad campaign.  We need something more than just "Republicans are extreme and will ruin the country."  It's true, and it should be talked about.  But we need something positive, something that connects with the Democratic base and brings them out to the polls in large numbers.  Something that hits at the heart of what it means to be a Democrat, of what the Democratic Party really stands for.  Something that puts the impressive things that have been accomplished these past 20 months in an historical time frame.

Join me below the fold for my ad idea!

My idea is simple, yet it could be really helpful.

Take old clips from well known Democratic heroes talking about what it means to be a Democrat.  We could use presidents FDR, Harry Truman, John Kennedy, as well as Robert Kennedy.  In the clip, each hero will talk about what the Democratic Party stands for on an important issue- for example, health care, the environment, wall-street reform.  We need clips of eloquent impassioned speeches.  While the Democratic hero is speaking, a montage of clips, newspaper headlines would proclaim what President Obama has done to move ahead on those efforts.  

For example, if JFK or FDR is speaking about healthcare, clips of headlines could read, "Congress passes health care reform to cover 30 million more Americans", "Congress passes law to eliminate denial for pre-existing conditions" or "Healthcare reform to give millions more a public option for health coverage."  Videos of smiling, happy people would appear on the screen, the people the laws will actually help.  Then the Democratic hero would finish speaking and word would flash "Keep The Progress Going: Vote Democratic."

If I had a little more tech know how (and a bit of money) I could probably make these ads myself.  Anyone want to try?  But we need something professional and it needs to be done quickly.

While I realize this diary probably won't make the rec list (I have had only 1 recommended in over 6 years of posting diaries), I urge you to rec it, so that it will stay up long enough for someone at the DNC (or a third party group) will see it and decide to make the ads.  Time is of the essence!

Originally posted to teenvote on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 05:22 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    Join National Youth Rights Assocation, http://www.youthrights.org and join the youth rights revolution

    by teenvote on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 05:22:45 AM PDT

  •  I think a better idea is to contrast what the (1+ / 0-)
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    jalenth
    Democrats have done and are promising to do with what the Republicans gave us over the past 8 years.

    For example there are fewer people working in America now then there was when Bush first took office and those that are working are making less money ( in inflation corrected dollars ) than they did then.

    In the meantime the rich have done incredibly well and income inequality is higher now than it was at the peak of the Great Depression of the 30's.

    And then those incredibly wealthy individuals essentially wrecked the financial System of both the US and the rest of the World, ultimately requiring cash infusions from the US taxpayers and the US Fed totalling a staggering 7.8 Trillion dollars.

    And now they want to help rein in the deficit their poorly thought out policies have created
    by gutting Social Security and Medicare.

    By contrast the Democrats have expanded Medical Care, put strict regulation on Wall Street excesses, have ended the Iraq War and set a timetable for ending the Afghanistan War and laid out realistic plans to wean the country off foreign oil and make it energy sufficient with home grown energy sources like wind and solar.

    And this list could go on a lot longer

  •  Excellent idea, but it could backfire (2+ / 0-)
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    angelajean, whoknu

    if voters begin to ask themselves why today's Democrats aren't agitating for the same things as FDR and RFK.

    "The great lie of democracy, its essential paradox, is that democracy is first to be sacrificed when its security is at risk." --Ian McDonald

    by Geenius at Wrok on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 05:47:50 AM PDT

  •  I agree that (0+ / 0-)

    Democrats need to define who they are.  I think some people have forgotten and this would not be a bad idea.  After all, the word liberal/progressive has been used as a slur for quite a while now, maybe that needs to be changed and if an ad campaign works for the GOP craptacular brand, it can work for anyone.

    Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world--and never will. Mark Twain

    by whoknu on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 05:50:11 AM PDT

  •  Sorry, but I don't actually like it. (2+ / 0-)
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    TrueBlueMajority, jalenth

    Showing FDR, JFK, etc. to me makes it feel like we're trying to relive the past and avoid talking about the present. It sends a message that we have something about the present to be embarrassed about.

    I'm in the I-fucking-love-this-guy wing of the Democratic Party!

    by doc2 on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 06:00:08 AM PDT

  •  So long as you've started the concept,here's mine (12+ / 0-)

    Yours is excellent, by the way.  I'm a little more perverse (not the same as perverted, if you're keeping score).

    Scene: Husband and wife in their living room, when the doorbell rings.  They go to the door.

    Man at door: Hi, I'd like to get into your daughter's most private decisions.

    Couple (indignant): What?

    Man (to wife): And I'd like to take away your health insurance--you know, you've been looking a little pale lately and in might be cancer.

    Husband: What the....

    Man: Oh, and I've taken the liberty of putting your future Social Security benefits into the market.  My friend has this hot tip...

    Couple (angrily): Get the heck away from here! (They slam the door shut.)

    Voice-over:  You wouldn't let him in your house.  Why let his ideas govern our country?  On November 2nd, slam the door on Republicans.

    The most impressive thing about man [...] is the fact that he has invented the concept of that which does not exist--Glenn Gould

    by Rich in PA on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 06:01:00 AM PDT

  •  I think this is a great idea (1+ / 0-)
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    dorkenergy

    It'll help fire up the base.

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