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About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. Barack Obama took all of my money when I wasn’t looking.
    Barack Obama promises everyone a washer and dryer when he gets elected.
    Barack Obama wants to change the country – from a democracy to a socialist state.
    Barack Obama is the messiah.
    Wee, this is fun!

  2. Andrew Sulivan on Obama:

    I think, the criticism of Obama as a messiah figure is misplaced. It’s not about believing in him. It’s about believing in our own capacity to act as newly reasonable democratic participants in an age of extreme danger. I don’t think of him as a messiah. Mine has already come. I don’t believe this world will ever be heaven on earth. I don’t need or want another person to give my life meaning.
    But I have been deeply, deeply demoralized about this country for the past few years.
    McCain goes part of the way – these primaries have ensured that the U.S. will not be torturing after the Bush-Cheney years. His election is a defeat for the insular, toxic forces that have taken over conservatism. But Obama is a deeper solvent for the Bush stain. His election would be a statement not about him, but about Americans themselves.

  3. I usually hate it when people say stuff like “A vote for so and so would be a statement not about him, but about Americans themselves.”
    But electing Obama would seismically shift how America is perceived by the rest of the world. In a good way, I think, but I guess that’s debatable, depending on your political point of view.

  4. what astounds me is that in a democratic republic of 250 million people we appear (to the outside world) to be fixated on sharing the presidency between two families. it’s like we think they have magic powers or something. it should be a source of national embarrassment.
    at least obama and mccain are fresh second names.

  5. New last names, but the same old political machines that need greasing. Lots of work still needs to be done to rid the place of outdated equipment and thinking.

  6. david,
    another thing that astounds me about american politics is the public’s naive lack of realization that “corruption” is what makes politics work in the real world.
    so-called corruption is how politicians the world over — and it’s not an easy job — get paid. and get re-elected.

  7. @ veedub – Realizing and accepting are two different things.
    Hill is running on the platform you just described. She’s selling fear and reminding us all to put a tough, deal making boss in the White House. Or we’ll end up with a speech maker.
    The Clintons are realists through and through. But being a realist isn’t nearly enough for the challenges we face today.