Skip to main content

People is swing states hate the commercials. Enough already is probably a near universal sentiment.

Some people get so irritated they turn off from politics altogether. Some pick a candidate to blame and decide regardless of his/her positions they hate his/her commercials so much they won't vote for him/her ever no matter what. At the very least the commercials are a cause for rampant ill will.

This late in the campaign when presumably whatever message is going to get through has already gotten through, there might be some value in a candidate - our candidate - calling a halt to his airing of commercials. At least for a day or two.

But I'm not suggesting that the campaign just abandon the air time they've already booked. Rather why not use the 30 seconds to run something most people would enjoy. Is there some kind of music everyone likes? Probably not. So cats dancing, or the sound of wind in a pine forest, babies gurgling.

There's a little more after the geegaw.

The president might introduce these ads saying, I know everyone is fed up with the political ads. I'm kind of fed up too. So there's nothing political in this ad. Just enjoy. And afterwards, I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Nospinicus, divedeeper

    Romney fires people and then complains they don't pay taxes.

    by Red Bean on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 12:30:22 PM PDT

  •  Actually, I can disregard a political ad... (0+ / 0-)

    ...just as easily as I can disregard a soda or car or jeans ad. It makes no difference to me whether that 30 seconds is a pitch for a Coke, a Toyota, a pair of Levis or a Republican.

  •  I don't live in a swing state (0+ / 0-)

    I don't even have a TV. But I do feel sorry for people in Ohio, Florida, Nevada et. al. who are being overwhelmed. It's the repetition that gets to you.

    Romney fires people and then complains they don't pay taxes.

    by Red Bean on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 12:42:48 PM PDT

  •  Third Debate (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Red Bean, Maverick80229

    During his closing statement at the third debate President Obama said something along the lines of"

    "By now you have seen two conventions, four debates, and way too many political ads."

    At the remark about political ads the graph of CNN's undecided voters went through the roof.

    I would say that the ads are bad enough but is really annoying are those damn robocalls.  Honestly, does anyone think they do anything other than annoy people?

    “I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.” ― Molly Ivins

    by RoIn on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 12:51:45 PM PDT

  •  If I never hear ... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Red Bean

    "I approve of this message" again it will be too soon. I live in MD but I'm about 20 minutes from Northern Va.

  •  The worst is yet to come. (0+ / 0-)

    I'm not referring to the over $660 million spent so far on this presidential race (and still counting); I look forward with dread to the 2016 race.

    Every presidential race for the last 12 years has seen an unholy escalation in the amount spend for ads. This cascade of money comes with strings attached and democracy is the loser. (Example: the billions of tax right-offs given to oil companies.) It boggles the mind to think of much money will be raised and spent in the 2016 race,

    And to complete this disruption to the democratic process with the keystone of one man -one vote, the public financing of presidential campaigns has almost disappeared helped by the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court.

    When will this increasingly obscene money grab stop and who or what will stop it?

  •  Where does the ad money go? (0+ / 0-)

    With all the money being spent on the 2012 campaigns, who are the recipients of the nearly one billion dollars, and what do they do with that income?

    My thinking is that the media - broadcast, print, internet, etc. - are paid to publicize these ads, but is there no integrity in which ads they accept?

    "We don't have village idiots any more; we have Republicans." - Positronicus

    by Maverick80229 on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 02:28:41 PM PDT

  •  I live in Ground Zero, Columbus, Ohio and (0+ / 0-)

    we are bombarded with ads from every conceivable media source.  Newspaper, door to door coupon flyers, radio stations, TV, of course, mailers, door hangers, telephone push polls, telephone automated polls, you name it, we've seen it.  Years ago, my wife was a Republican (before they all got crazy) and we still get 5 phone calls a day from the RNC, Crossroads GPS, and Republican polling outfits.  It will all be over in 12 days.  Hang in there.

    Some of the stuff is just so off the wall, we use it for laughable entertainment.  Really.  Some of the stuff I see makes Donald Trump look like a moderate.  There was a full page add in the Columbus Dispatch that had the audacity to say that Obama did not inherit a bad economy, and that all the things wrong with America were caused by Democrats going all the way back to JIMMY CARTER.  Of course they blamed Bill Clinton (the president who presided over the creation of 22 million private sector jobs, and balanced the budget and presented George W. Bush with an executable plan to ELIMINATE the national debt in 10 years).  Of course GWB fucked that up.

    So, really, hang in there.  GOTV for Obama.

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 03:03:43 PM PDT

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site