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If you want to get a sense of just how saturated local television broadcasts are in battleground states, check out this compressed recording of Thursday's noon news broadcast on the Columbus, Ohio, CBS affiliate:

You can watch the full ads (without fast-forwarding) here.
If you didn't have the patience to watch the entire clip, I don't blame you. Here's what you missed:
  • Just over 10 minutes worth of political ads packed into a half-hour newscast
  • 22 consecutive political ads (including 1 voter ID PSA)
  • 5 ads attacking Obama (all from outside groups)
  • 2 ads supporting Romney (one from Romney campaign, one from Crossroads)
  • 2 ads attacking Romney (one from OFA, one from Priorities)
  • 4 ads attacking Sherrod Brown (all outside groups)
  • 1 ad supporting Sherrod Brown (from his campaign)
  • The rest of the ads were for local ballot issues or candidates

Keep in mind that local news is the absolute worst as far as being wall-to-wall political advertising is concerned. On Friday, I saw 45 consecutive political ads during the evening broadcast with a similar mix to the one posted here. With such saturation, I can't imagine that any of the ads on local news will have any impact, at least not for the high profile races. There's just no way to process the ads without having your eyes glaze over.

At least in other programming there's non-political ads which allow the political ones to break through. But even then, I've noticed that the political ads seem to be clumped together—you might have a commercial break which is all political, then a break that has no political ads. (That's just an impression—not a scientific assessment.)

The other thing about the ads is that almost all of them are terrible. Just really, really bad ads. So it might not be any surprise that despite the tens of millions spent advertising in Ohio, we're pretty much back where we started. And if it turns out that political advertising isn't the way to win the presidency, we'll all be better off for it.


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Originally posted to The Jed Report on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 02:13 PM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.


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  •  I sometimes wonder... (8+ / 0-)

    ...if running too many ad's is a bad strategy. Romney has flooded the airwaves with ad's and campaign trips for a long long time now.

    Don't you think at some point people just completely tune out? The polls seem to say they have, considering Romney has made 0 gains despite all the time and money spent.

    •  I live in Cincinnati and I don't even hear the ads (5+ / 0-)
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      Ohiodem1, ColoTim, llywrch, mungley, schnecke21

      anymore. I have tuned them all out. I cannot believe that I am alone in this. But I do think that the local 6:00 news is watched by older people who are probably persuadable by TV ads.

      I wonder how other advertisers feel about this. I am tuning out all the ads even to the point of muting the TV during breaks. This has to hurt their ROI a lot.

      •  This assumes that older people like myself (5+ / 0-)

        can be swayed by loads of bullshit.  It ain't happening.

        Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

        by Ohiodem1 on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 02:28:53 PM PDT

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        •  I bet those in Ohio can't wait till Nov. 7th (4+ / 0-)
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          I would not be able to watch TV if I lived in OH.  With the amount of polling done in the state I bet just about everyone has been polled by now too :)

          I would go crazy with ads on tv, ads on the radio, push polls in my phone, pollster on my phone, talylored advertising on the internet, billboard ads on the road and 900 lbs of junk mailers in my box.

          I feel for you Ohio.

          "Dear Mr. President, there are too many states nowadays. Please eliminate three. I am not a crackpot." - Grandpa Simpson

          by ourhispanicvoices on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 02:33:31 PM PDT

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          •  I dumped cable and dish (4+ / 0-)

            I just watch netflix and amazon now. I don't really miss it, either.

            However, with this much money going into local TV stations,  next year's Cable Access channels better start running Game of Thrones ahead of schedule.

            How does the Republican Congress sit down with all the butthurt over taxing the wealthy?

            by athenap on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 02:37:45 PM PDT

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            •  Dumped Dish 12 Months Ago.... (0+ / 0-)

              And haven't looked back yet.  

              Netflix online works just fine... and when the Big Bang Theory bug hits, we just buy the most recent season and finish it off within a couple of days.

              Hulu+ might be worthwhile too, been thinking about it.

              •  AS far as I can tell (0+ / 0-)

                Hulu+ means you just pay to get their commercials on your tv. Unless something changed, whatever's on Hulu can be watched on the computer, free, if the ads don't go away with the sub.

                How does the Republican Congress sit down with all the butthurt over taxing the wealthy?

                by athenap on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 08:41:04 PM PDT

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          •  Saw my first political ads this week (1+ / 0-)
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            I'm on the west coast and seldom watch network television.  Monday night, I tuned in and got hit with a negative ad against Obama and more (also deceptive) against ballot propositions.  It sickened me and made me wonder how anyone in a battleground state has managed to stay sane during this long, long, vicious campaign season.  

            With estimates of as much as $2 Billion (that's Billion with a B)  total spent, some of the pros must be bewailing the law of diminishing returns.  Yet they dare not stop...

            To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men. -Abraham Lincoln

            by Eyesbright on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 02:51:38 PM PDT

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            •  We ignore most of it. Sometimes we laugh at it. (2+ / 0-)
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              Sometimes we donate to the campaign of those being attacked.  But mostly we ignore it, and hope that the dark money folks lose every penny they "invested" in pathetic candidates who don't have an idea of their own and can only attack as a means to garner votes.

              Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

              by Ohiodem1 on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 03:06:05 PM PDT

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          •  On my 2 block walk to the grocery store (1+ / 0-)
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            I have to pass the house of a gay couple who have a 4 x 6 Rmoney sign (with spot lights), along with smaller signs for Rmoney and Mandel.  They supported the union busting issue last spring also.  I don't know whether they are ignorant, bigots, or both.

          •  You have no idea (0+ / 0-)

            I'm so tired of being inundated on every radio station, every television station, every webpage on the Internet.  Ads, everywhere.  And I like politics, it's fascinating to me, and I'm very involved, and I'm so sick and tired of it.  But for me it may have to do with the fact that I knew five years ago who I was going to vote for in this election (on the condition that the D president won back in 2009).

            I don't care for Ohio all that much, even though I grew up here.  I went to school in Dallas, Texas and love it there.  Although admittedly, my vote feels a bit more important in Ohio than it would in Texas.

        •  Sorry about that. I should know better. (2+ / 0-)
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          But if you are posting here, then you are not the target audience of political ads. Neither am I. I have never been an undecided voter in my life.

        •  Indeed, Ohiodem1. (1+ / 0-)
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          It's my opinion that older people are more apt to recognize bullshit when they hear, see, or smell it.  They certainly haven't fooled my 89 year old mother.

          Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

          by Ellen Columbo on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 02:39:32 PM PDT

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          •  Your Mom is from my Mom's generation. As (2+ / 0-)
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            long as we have our faculties, and we aren't locked up by the fear the Republicans keep selling to us, our BS detectors work quite well.

            I have long held the position that if we renounce fear, the Republicans will lose each and every time.  They have nothing positive to sell.

            Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

            by Ohiodem1 on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 02:45:10 PM PDT

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            •  Fear doesn't take root easily (1+ / 0-)
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              in my family.  My Mom lived through the Great Depression, WWII, being widowed at 34 with 3 school age kids still at home, worked most of her life at minimum wage for J J Newberry Company, and still managed to raise 4 kids total, none of whom have ever been arrested.  She has most assuredly fine tuned her BS detector along the way.

              Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

              by Ellen Columbo on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 03:36:25 PM PDT

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      •  I'm in Cincy, too (1+ / 0-)
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        I haven't watched local network television for months. Of course, I now watch so much MeTV that I've become an aficionado of Petticoat Junction, Beverly Hillbillies, and That Girl...No political ads on that channel. Of course, you have to stomach crap about reverse mortgages, bladder catheters, and skin tag remover.

        Just another day in Oceania.

        by drshatterhand on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 02:48:41 PM PDT

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      •  There are Kossacks in Cincy? (1+ / 0-)
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        I thought I was alone.

        Early to rise and early to bed Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead. --Not Benjamin Franklin

        by Boundegar on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 02:53:25 PM PDT

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    •  I would imagine that most people (1+ / 0-)
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      use their DVR like I did in 2010 when Meg Whitman was running six ads an hour....

      over saturation gets into diminishing returns, which is why the Romneys running 3-1 ads against Obama was not all that effective.

    •  This is why God invented TIVO (3+ / 0-)

      and DVRs..  Couldn't live without mine..

      "This ain't no party, this ain't no disco, this ain't no foolin' around..."

      by cgvjelly on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 03:00:26 PM PDT

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    •  Really? It ain't about getting voters on board, (3+ / 0-)

      It's about getting voters off board.  As in "They're all crooks and liars, why bother to vote at all?"

      •  Exactly the plan (1+ / 0-)
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          Republicans can't win if enough people turn out to vote. So what do they do? Try to annoy and anger people into not caring, and not voting.

           It's a pathetic way to try to win, and there is no way these people can govern if (by some awful twist of fate or heavy cheating) they do win. But these guys don't care about governing, they just care about grabbing power and funneling workers' hard-earned money to their oligarch buddies.

            We need to step up right after this election and demand a limit on political ads and ad time available to campaigns. And do it while this disgusting last 2 months is in people's minds (I live in Wisconsin, the ads are beyond obnoxious and overwhelmingly negative).

        •  Exactly. You are both correct. (0+ / 0-)

          If they get one person to not vote, they win. They don't need that person to vote for Romney, they just need him/her to give up. In a sad way, having any pro-Dem ads run (+ or -) can hurt, because it feeds into the "both sides are doing it" theme. Because both sides are doing "it"--when "it" means "ruining my relaxation time."

          "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

          by bryduck on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 04:42:42 PM PDT

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    •  Reminds me of that scene from Clockwork Orange (0+ / 0-)

      Where they rig Alex up with clamps on his eyelids and make him watch porn and violence until he pukes.

      On second this, this shit makes that look good.

  •  People ask me if I miss TV (6+ / 0-)

    I tell them, "No, not at all. And that goes double during election season"

    Every time Romney and Republicans mention Benghazi it proves they are the sort of opportunists that would mine for gold in a graveyard.

    by ontheleftcoast on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 02:16:38 PM PDT

  •  I'm at the point where I feel Abigael's pain... (1+ / 0-)
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    I know that ads are necessary, but at least for me, it's beginning to feel like election season is nonstop, and that the ads are multiplying with each airing--and I'm not even in Ohio.

    "I'm tired of Bronco Bama and Mitt Romney," A teary-eyed Abigael tells her mother in the video.... Abigael's mom...

    ...Evans told 9News that she and her daughter were listening to NPR when Abigael starting tearing up.

    "That's why you're crying?" Elizabeth asks to which Abigael starts to cry and cough. "It'll be over soon, Abby. The election will be over soon, okay?"

    Abigael then tries to get a hold of herself and responds to her mother with a tearful, "Okay."

    I know Abigael, I know...
    •  I've been getting better with the DVR (2+ / 0-)

      skip button.  Most times I can hit the button the right number of times now to get to the start of the next program segment.  It doesn't help when Rachel Maddow has a teaser in the midst of five minutes of political ads and I get suckered and think she's back to her program.

      This might be a strong argument for keeping Big Bird around, though the PBS stations seem to have pretty constant beg-breaks anymore themselves.  NPR at least confines itself to a week long pledge drive and then they're done.

  •  In PA it's mostly Uncle Charlie's Sausage (2+ / 0-)

    Information provided without commentary.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 02:25:01 PM PDT

  •  The thing I like in Ohio is that Josh Mandel (7+ / 0-)

    and the dark money crew have spent $30 M in Ohio and Mandel is still down 50-42 or so on any given day.  They have spent $30 million on the weenie Josh Mandel and I don't think they have swayed the opinion of 30 voters yet.  A million dollars a vote change.  There is no way that an absolutely pathetic human being, who is proven to be so every day, can be a viable political candidate, no matter how much money is spent trying to paper over the fact that he is a pathetic human being who is unqualified for any public office.  Josh Mandel is such a pathetic human being that even the Columbus Dispatch had to endorse Sherrod Brown.  Take it from me, to do that, you have to be a world-class bad Republican candidate.

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 02:27:15 PM PDT

  •  All hail TiVo. (5+ / 0-)

    "Four more years!" (Obama Unencumbered - The Sequel)

    by jwinIL14 on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 02:27:25 PM PDT

  •  Ads (1+ / 0-)
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    The only ads I like that are even remotely political are the MSNBC hosts discussing what makes America great and not so great. Pretty powerful.
    Especially love the blueberry pie one.

    I'm pretty tired of being told what I care about.

    by hulibow on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 02:29:09 PM PDT

  •  I'm in Central Ohio (4+ / 0-)

    ...and I'm hitting the mute button every commercial break now.

    If I hear that damn anti-Reedy ad  ONE  MORE  TIME  I may go hunt whoever made it and put them out of their misery.

    I have had it with the political ads. They sure as hell aren't changing my vote -- I voted last month.

  •  Philly is suddenly this way (1+ / 0-)
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    I hardly saw any political ads other than Republican PA-SEN in September, but it was wall-to-wall politics in between hurricane coverage this week. This includes the Presidential race, PA-SEN, NJ-SEN, and NJ3, but also some others.  

  •  One local station a couple months ago had a (1+ / 0-)
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    fifteen second "Campaign Ad-Free" display where they had a flower, I think, displayed, slowly rotating.  I haven't seen that in awhile - it was probably too expensive to keep even fifteen seconds of advertisement off the air.

    I'd like to think that the campaigns might give us a break next Tuesday, but I'm sure they won't give us a break until the polls close.  And then Wednesday there will still be some ads claiming victory / saying Thank You or they'll be Glenn Beck shouting "Buy Gold NOW before the economy collapses again" (that's for if Rmoney wins).

  •  what a nightmare (1+ / 0-)
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    ...i can't stand it now and i live in Maine where there are relatively few politcal ads...and too many.

    i feel for folks in swing states. i really do.

    "An inglorious peace is better than a dishonorable war." -Mark Twain

    by humanistique on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 02:36:26 PM PDT

    •  Well, the one solace they have is all of us (0+ / 0-)

      Calling all day long (especially during dinner hour) and knocking on their doors.

      That makes it better, right?


      © grover

      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 03:07:34 PM PDT

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  •  Same in Dayton (4+ / 0-)
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    It's horrible - let it end!

    As I posted on Facebook - four years ago I had to watch the unveiling of Sarah Palin at my university (Wright State), and this past week watched the ridiculous "relief rally" held in Kettering by Mittens at my high school.  What's next - a Ryan rally in my backyard this weekend??  /shudder

  •  I would think people who live in swing states (1+ / 0-)
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    would be tuning out, or outright ignoring political ads by now. They've been getting bombarded with political ads for five straight months now.

    I don't live in a swing state (Illinois) and I'm already sick of the political ads. I can only imagine how people in swing states are feeling about them by now.

    Chicago--Proud Home of the 1907-08 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs

    by Jeff Y on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 02:38:04 PM PDT

  •  JL i was down in the (0+ / 0-)

    greater C-bus area last week -- think US33 corridor -- and i concur with what you saw.  it seemed to be the same during teh local 7-8PM viewing period with wheel of fortune and similar type programs on.  every commercial seemed to be a political one.  i could say much since i was out in the farm area just down the street from the city's GOP office...

    Born in Oklahoma Raised in Ohio Escaped to Meechigan!!!

    by MI Sooner on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 02:38:30 PM PDT

  •  I was in Cincinnati in August (0+ / 0-)

    I spent a week there for a tennis tournament.  I'd come back to the hotel for the evening and turn on the tv and was ready to tear my hair out within an hour for all the political ads. And this was in August.  I can't even imagine how bad it is right now.  Here in Kentucky we really aren't getting a staggering amount, though lately I've seen a big uptick in Donnelley/Mourdock ads since I live in Louisville, just on the other side of the river from Indiana.  That's annoying enough.  

    Whenever I see how Ohio is being bombarded by both sides I think of those nature shows where some poor female wildebeest or something is fending off two persistent males during mating season.  I wish I lived in a state I could hope would turn for Obama, but when I think about all those ads, I can't help but be a tiny bit relieved I'm not.

  •  Florida is getting similar saturation... (0+ / 0-)

    ...haven't actually counted, but I think I will during the 6 o'clock news tonight and post the results. I live in the Orlando market, which is being flooded with ads.

    I vote we run Rick Scott out of Florida on a high-speed rail.

    by ObamOcala on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 02:39:56 PM PDT

    •  Orlando 6 p.m. newscast not as bad... (0+ / 0-)

      We had 18 ads in three blocks during the 30-minute period, 16 political and 2 car ads.

      The breakdown was 2 anti-Obama ads (actually the same American Crossroads ad, run during both the 2nd and 3rd blocks); 2 anti-Romney ads (both by the Obama campaign); and 2 pro-Romney ads (1 by the 60+ Association and 1 by the Romney campaign). There was also 1 Congressional ad (by Democrat Val Demmings going negative on Republican incumbent Dan Webster) and a positive Senate ad by Bill Nelson. The rest included 5 ads for state or local races, 1 ad for a state ballot initiative, and 1 ad for a local referendum.

      I vote we run Rick Scott out of Florida on a high-speed rail.

      by ObamOcala on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 03:44:16 PM PDT

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  •  Must be a nightmare (0+ / 0-)

    for example, how do people know which fast food restaurant to eat dinner at?

  •  Yup. Denver here (0+ / 0-)

    we watch almost nothing live... but I do get some exposure to all the ads in the hour or so in the morning when I have the early news on.

    It's like the phone calls and the emails; they don't work because we resent the saturation.

    I've decided that political campaigns are like toddlers who so the same trick over and over if they get attention the first time.

  •  I concur with the crying little girl (2+ / 0-)
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    [Bronco Bamma * snork! *]

    !! Four more years !!

    by raincrow on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 02:40:37 PM PDT

  •  "Innovative catheters for men" (5+ / 0-)

    I have heard some guy talk about the great pre-lubricated catheters he uses about 100 times in the past two weeks. I dive for the tv and switch from MSNBC to anything else when he shows up, but sometimes I'm not near the tv.

    Hardball, I love ya, but this is too much.

    MSNBC must be making more money selling spot time in swing states than a national buy would yield for it, so we get these incredibly low-budget ads. I'm not a man, but it hurts to even hear these ads.

    I'm really not sure which is worse, 22 political ads in 30 minutes or this. Either way, a lot of people are looking for forks to stick in our ears.

  •  "...we'll all be better off for it" - amen (0+ / 0-)

    "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

    by Sybil Liberty on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 02:41:52 PM PDT

  •  Public radio listener except during pledge drives (1+ / 0-)
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    (I have a modest regular monthly deduction already set up).   If I was a TV watcher (which thank god I am not), I would have to abstain completely during the Silly Season.  

    Does anyone even change their mind as a result of these irritating ads?  Everyone knows that campaigns (yes, from both sides) will distort and exaggerate like mad.  

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 02:42:42 PM PDT

    •  "If you listen during pledge week, you're (1+ / 0-)
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      A lifer."

      Who said that? Ira Glass?

      © grover

      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 03:20:18 PM PDT

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  •  Betcha money that (2+ / 0-)
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    advertisers are paying not to be adjacent to political commercials.  At least in Florida, for the past two months the only parts I even register any more are "I'm Barack Obama and I approved this message" or its opposite.   This wall to wall advertising has hit a wall - it has lost impact.  At least on me.

    Still enjoying my stimulus package.

    by Kevvboy on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 02:43:39 PM PDT

    •  So why don't the pols try the following ad? (2+ / 0-)
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      INT: a soothing scene, like a sea shore of waving ears of grain

      VOICE OVER: We at the Campaign for X understand all of you are sick of hearing us telling you to vote for X. So we're going to give you a 30 second break from all of that. We'll just tell you once: Vote for X.

      S/X: Soothing music for remainder of commercial.

      VOICE OVER: This break from the 2012 Campaign was brought to you by the Committee to elect X.

      [I think people would remember an ad like that. And it might win a few votes the usual political ad wouldn't.]

  •  I'm there! (2+ / 0-)
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    Please help us!!!!  We are going nuts!!!  

    Help us get a President that appoints a few judges to get rid of all of this secret PAC money!

    We are saturated!!!!!

  •  those ads (0+ / 0-)

    are the closest thing to creating jobs mitt's ever gonna get.

    of course, that's like looking at Sandy as "good for housing starts".

    If only Michael Phelps hadn't smoked that pot...imagine what he could have accomplished with motivation and good lung capacity.

    by papa monzano on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 02:45:07 PM PDT

  •  So glad I live in CA and watch mostly cable. (0+ / 0-)

    The ads are at a minimium- and the children's shows my son watches aren't exactly the demographic the politicians are looking at. I do remember when I was younger all the agony of election season and its endless ads.

    We're being held captive by the corporations and their media dollars. And I forget who said it, but I've heard all the SuperPACs don't intend to stop after the election at all. If that's true, on November 7th, we can expect to start seeing the ads about how bad the person we just elected is doing.

    I desparately want the money out of politics. I like the idea of, but I still can't see how that will ever be done when 99.9% of congress relies on those funds to be elected, and doesn't seem to have any interest in changing the status quo- and the media, which makes money hand-over-fist from those advertising dollars, has a vested interest in preserving and expanding it.

    -this space for rent-

    by EsnRedshirt on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 02:45:13 PM PDT

  •  Last February (0+ / 0-)

    when Dominican TV was streaming coverage of the Caribbean Series, there was a campaign going on.  Not only were there 30 second ads at all the usual breaks, there were also 5 second voice-overs between pitches.

    Way too much for me.  The Mexican coverage was not as good quality of picture, but the ads were not so distracting.

  •  North Carolina's Pretty Hellish, Too (1+ / 0-)
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    And my mute button doesn't work :-(

    My books, both e- and tree:

    by JDRhoades on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 02:46:29 PM PDT

  •  Phizer is gonna be so happy the 7th (0+ / 0-)

    The Viva Viagra song and commercial has been waiting for time-slots for more than four hours.

    Perhaps one day the Fourth Estate will take their jobs seriously. Or not..

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 02:47:30 PM PDT

  •  Who would have thought that the only people (0+ / 0-)

    watching ads would be those viewing them on the internet.

    I'm in North Carolina.  I tuned out months ago.

    My vote for Obama and the rest of the Democrats in my state is in the bank.

    I voted early.

  •  I'm in New York and it's almost as bad. (1+ / 0-)
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    Fortunately, the Presidential and Senate races here are a done deal. But I'm in the corner of the state that falls into the Vermont media market, and so does a piece of New Hampshire, so we're getting the ads for those two states plus a torrent of Presidential ads. I've only been turning that machine on when something really big happens like a presidential debate or a hurricane landfall.

    "Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis." -Ralph Waldo Emerson "YEAAAAAAARGH!" -Howard Dean

    by AtomikNY on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 02:50:35 PM PDT

  •  we were ad free in MN for a while (1+ / 0-)
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    but the bucket has officially been dumped. and for some reason the Ellen DeGeneres show seems to be receiving a lot of them. The contrast between a mean republican ad and Ellen is pretty hilarious.

  •  Seems like the natural extension (0+ / 0-)

    They got rid of the fairness doctrine, but people can simply chose not to listen to Rush or Fox.

    Local news is how a lot of people stay in touch with what's happening in their community. But the endless pit of money due to CU makes that unwatchable.

    The Internet and local independent newspapers are pretty much the only way left to stay informed. If the six strikes thing starts getting enforced and they start kicking everyone off the internet, that won't leave much else.

    Small varmints, if you will.

    by aztecraingod on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 02:55:38 PM PDT

  •  Also in Central Ohio (0+ / 0-)

    Channel 10, the CBS outlet shown here, is the broadcast property for The Columbus Dispatch. The paper endorsed Romney, is predictably right wing, but broke tradition yesterday with the endorsement of Sherrod Brown for US Senate. You should hear the poll robocalls we get.

  •  Getting bad here in Minnesota, too... (1+ / 0-)
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    Up until Tuesday, I had yet to see a pro-Romney ad, here in northeastern MN. And now they are everywhere. Along with pro-Cravaack and pro Marriage Amendment ads.
    I should note, however, that I do not watch a lot of network programming, but the few shows that I do watch are full of these ads, and as I stated before, I had not seen a pro-Romney ad until Tuesday.
    Hey Willard, Close your fly. Your desperation is showing.

    "There's nothing that will change someone's moral outlook quicker than cash in large sums." Larry Flynt

    by sidious666 on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 03:01:30 PM PDT

  •  Just think about how much money (2+ / 0-)
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    could have been donated to the Red Cross instead of paying for all those ads. The worst thing is that they won't change a single mind at this late stage of the game.

    •  And that's how you spin it (1+ / 0-)
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         Especially in this time where so many on the East Coast are in great need, we need to be screaming "Why are corporations allowed to spend billions buying candidates while millions of Americans have to suffer through these conditions?"

         The waste that goes into political campaigns and ads is a huge reason we continue to be below our potential as a country.

  •  There were five ads attacking Obama... (0+ / 0-)

    And zero ads supporting Obama?

  •  Not that much different in non-battleground (0+ / 0-)

    here I am in upstate New York. Not exactly Presidential battleground territory but I spent the evening at my girlfriends house while the power was out here from Sandy. I don't have tv service at my place so I spare myself the pain and misery. But watching tv at her place... Four out of five commercials were political then they'd slip in a car commerical then another four out of five political before another car commerical. Congress (3 different districts), Senate, state assembly, state senate. Disgusting.

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 03:05:09 PM PDT

  •  It puts small/local candidates in a real bind too. (2+ / 0-)
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    llywrch, auditor

    I'm in Columbus as well, and on those rare occasions I actually watch TV, it's terrestrial (over the air) so there's no real escaping the onslaught unless I turn to PBS or one of the low-power fringe god-botherer networks.

    The local candidates - most of whom don't even get on the air until very late in the game due to costs - are faced with having one small air horn at a World Cup match. They can blow that thing as much as they want, but it's completely drowned out by all the other noise.

    So basically Rove and all these other out of state groups are taking a huge bite out of Democracy's ass in that manner as well.

    They've finally managed to "Walmart" political advertising.

    "This election's not about Obama - it's about yo mama." -- Rev. Al Sharpton (MSNBC promo)

    by here4tehbeer on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 03:07:43 PM PDT

  •  And it doesn't cost anything to e-mail a LTE to (0+ / 0-)

    major dailies in swing states.  But do it today.

  •  I was in Ohio two weeks ago (0+ / 0-)

    On TV I didn't hear one nonpolitical ad, on the radio half the ads were political. I live in a swing state and I've never seen anything like that in my life.

    -1.63/ -1.49 "Speaking truth to power" (with snark of course)!

    by dopper0189 on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 03:15:38 PM PDT

  •  A horse race is no way to run, or prop up, an econ (0+ / 0-)

    o my. eom. Back to work. GOTV.

    There is no they, We will sink or swim together.... We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness

    by GDbot on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 03:16:49 PM PDT

  •  pretty much the same in my neck of the woods in NC (0+ / 0-)

    oh yeah, both obama and romney are still pumping money into this "non-battleground" state.

  •  My free HBO/Starz trial period expired (0+ / 0-)

    Two months ago. I planned to cancel it when the trial expired but opted to wait.

    Heh, the money is soooo well spent right now. I rarely change the channel. Between that and On Demand (which only advertises other Tv shows), the only presidential political ads I've seen are here and occasionally at MSNBC.

    But I don't click on the ones here very often. Transcripts are. good enough.  

    © grover

    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 03:27:05 PM PDT

  •  Something that occurred to me recently (1+ / 0-)
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    when I noticed that the members of the MSM (less Faux Noise as always) have seemingly all of a sudden been much more willing to take Rmoney to task for lying:

    Could that have had anything to do with the networks & local stations having sold all the time available (at premium rates charged to non-campaign sources like Rove's TwistedCrossroads)? Or might it be that spot time has to be booked & paid for at least X days before it's used & the deadline for ads to air before November 7 has passed?

    Would anyone really be surprised if it turned out that MSM "journalists" were under orders to keep Mitt in the running until their employers had maxed out the available revenue, but with the cash now in hand no one cares how they play their stories for the rest of the campaign?

    I sure wouldn't. (In fact I would find it oddly comforting. Re media corporations, amorally scrounging for every last penny in ad revenue is infinitely preferable to immorally trying to mislead the electorate in favor of a candidate friendly to their interests.)

    Fuck the mythical “moral high ground”. There’s plenty of time to shower after the election. (h/t danah gaz (fka gaz) @ Balloon-Juice)

    by Uncle Cosmo on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 03:31:08 PM PDT

  •  This is why I never watch anything live (2+ / 0-)
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    sidious666, schnecke21

    I record everything I want to watch, and see it on delay where I can fast forward through the commercials.  Otherwise my Buckeye Brain would explode.

  •  Same thing in Wisconsin... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...Ad after ad after ad. I have turned to Netflix and Amazon just to get away from it.

    "Republicans only care about the rich" - My late Father (-8.25, -7.85)

    by Mark E Andersen on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 03:38:28 PM PDT

    •  I live in a suburb of Vancouver, B.C. (0+ / 0-)


      We are getting ads on cable (CNN & MSNBC). And on the time shift stations I get from Detroit and NYC. And the Seattle MSM stations.

      That'll change my mind.

      If I could vote.

  •  My first presidential run in Ohio (0+ / 0-)

    and I have to say it is incredibly intense here. Thank you for covering this.

    Shoot blues -> Tell Vile Rat

    by CayceP on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 03:45:15 PM PDT

  •  Imagine what a "Wellstone" of opportunity... (0+ / 0-)

    ...this could present.

    A/The candidate approaches the camera.  Smiles.  Says, "I'm [candidate].  I bet you're exhausted by all the ads.  Me too.  Let's share some quality quiet time together."  

    Then [candidate] pulls up a rocking chair, sits down and rocks for 15 seconds.  :::birds chirping in the background, breeze rustling the leaves in the trees:::

    At the end of the 15 seconds, the candidate winks and says, "I'm [candidate] and I approve this message."

    I promise you, the "average voter" would looooove it.

    "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko

    by Marjmar on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 03:50:30 PM PDT

  •  Really, Really Bad In the Cincy Market Too (0+ / 0-)

    Turns my mind to mush. Some ads are really out date now especially with all Romeny's flipping. Hope it at least boosts the local economy. The air waves are littered with much political garbage.

    I applaud the person who could count all the ads up.

    ...(Clinton) offered more specifics of the republican plan than the republicans." Jon Stewart on the Big Dog's Speech at the DNC

    by wild hair on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 04:08:23 PM PDT

  •  They have driven me from my fav TV shows (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks to all the political ads, I download my favorite shows, sans commercials, and will continue to do so until the election is over.

    I can't even stand to watch my local news. I read the paper instead.

    RIP Will Beinlich 1993-2011 (Just 1 more game, please....)

    by Sark Svemes on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 04:51:20 PM PDT

  •  I remember in the 90s (0+ / 0-)

    watching a story on campaign ads on the ABC station in Lubbock, they ran three or four ads as part of the story, and only one was for a Democrat.
    Balanced, not.

    (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

    by PJEvans on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 07:13:50 PM PDT

  •  Full employment for ad writers until Nov 6, 2012. (0+ / 0-)

    "The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave." -- Patrick Henry November 6, 2012 MA-4 I am voting for my friends Barry, Liz and Joe (Obama, Warren and Kennedy)

    by BornDuringWWII on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 07:45:08 PM PDT

  •  I tune them out as well (0+ / 0-)

    The local ABC station played 3 political ads during the Charlie Brown Halloween special Wednesday night.

    I also get to enjoy the block adverts on the Columbus CBS affiliate.

    Sometimes I DVR the news and fast forward through the ads and the stations lame political coverage

    Other times I just mute the sound

    The one thing I want to see besides undoing of Citizen's United is that 3rd party ads have to be factual or the station rejects them.

    I know then can reject 3rd party ads but I want to see FCC rules that would penalize the station if they don't reject false ads.

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