A Whole New Era Of Nasty In Campaign Ads?
Uh, actually, not so much. reason.tv via Tim Cavanaugh, hilarious piece on the attack ads of the past.
Oh hell, just go back to the things Democrats have been saying about George Bush for the past ten years. Makes Jefferson and Adams look like they're praising each other.
at October 29, 2010 7:39 AM
I love these ads. They're hilarious.
at October 29, 2010 7:43 AM
Those were good, and I'm frequently impressed with what comes out of Reason TV, but I would like to know about other differences between negative campaigning then and now. Not saying they are wrong, just that it was not necessarily comparable.
What was the length of the campaign? Apart from flyers, how were these candidate messages published? How many such flyers were there?
How did the electorate actually get information on candidate biography and candidate positions?
See I'm ignorant, my guess is that's why we had an electoral college, and that while the negative messages were certainly there, it's not like the crap that pervades the airwaves 24x7 for months.
While having my teeth cleaned yesterday, which is about the only time I watch tv these days, the actual programs were lost in a flood of one negative ad after another, and as my dental hygienist noted, not a single ad was about what the candidate would do, they were all about (probable misstatements) of all the scurrilous behaviors of the opposing candidate.
(I go to a very good dentist, or so I think, but dental station has a TV on the wall tuned to the same tv station, and it sometimes comes off like a Barber Shop, or makes me wonder how they get anything done. (Teeth are down here!))
at October 29, 2010 9:16 AM
HeatherRadish: Oh hell, just go back to the things Democrats have been saying about George Bush for the past ten years. Makes Jefferson and Adams look like they're praising each other.
As if the Republicans couldn't stop blaming Clinton through eight years of the Bush presidency.
at October 29, 2010 10:44 AM
So Much Hate to Spread, So Little Time Left
Robert W. (Vancouver)
at October 29, 2010 11:16 AM
Love this - Reason has been consistently awesome for a while now, but they've outdone themselves here. Thanks for the link, Amy!
at October 29, 2010 12:34 PM
I feel you, jerry. I'm so ready for the election to be over so the awful ads can go away for a little while. The theme down here in Tennessee is "I'm not a politician, I'm just a good old boy from Frog Jump (real place) who's going to make things better because I'm too cheap to pay for an ad in color (also real) and I'm just the same as y'all." A prevailing theme is farming equipment and plaid shirts. I think I've seen one candidate in a suit in an ad, and that was a woman holding her granddaughter.
I'm not familiar with ads from other states, but this is the worst negative political ad I've ever seen. Just sickening and I'm glad it's not in my district.
at October 29, 2010 10:52 PM
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