A Propagandist’s Threat

Dana Milbank attended a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC where he got to witness the Sudanese ambassador to Washington, John Ukec Lueth Ukec, make a fool of himself. In a bizarre twist of events, the ambassador threatened to cut off shipments of the emulsifier gum arabic, thereby depriving the world […]

Bill Richardson Applies To Be President

In the interest of being fair and balanced, here are a couple of spots for former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson: Compare and contrast those with the pointless Romney spot I put up yesterday. If you’re going to sell candidates like toilet paper, well, it’s easy to see which brand sounds better. We are starting […]

Romney Rhymes With Empty, And This Spot Shows Why

How many verbal and visual cliches can you fit into a 30-second spot? “This isn’t the time to shrink…” “It’s a time to stand in strength…” “If we lock our arms together…” You couldn’t write an emptier, more vacuous political commercial if you tried. All that’s missing are little blond kids waving flags. Share

Big Sister

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The best consumer-generated ads we’ve seen out there are for political campaigns. And this is just a sample of what we’re in for in 2008: As I understand it, this wasn’t sanctioned by the Obama campaign. But I love it. Share

Virtually Edwards In ’08

Former North Carolina Senator, John Edwards, has a virtual Presidential campaign headquarters in Second Life. According to ZDNet, Jerimee Richir, whose avatar is called Jose Rote, paid-for and developed Edwards’ virtual headquarters, and, on a voluntary basis, is managing the in-world campaign. Irascible adman, George Parker, doesn’t like the development. The news that Senator John […]

The Brand Obama

Today, Barack Obama announced his candidacy for President. He also unveiled a very well-designed website. With home page links to Flickr, Facebook, YouTube, a blog, and other things to come, we’re getting a good look at brand-building in 2007. And with at least 15 people actively running for President, you won’t see better (and possibly […]

Hyla Matthews Educates Presidential Candidates on Electability In the Age of Tubes

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Here We Go Again

While we probably ought to be more interested in upcoming Super Bowl spots, this political ad caught our eye. Stop Hillary Public Action Committee is working to halt the New York Senator’s path back to the White House. In the video above the PAC catches Iowa Democrats on camera expressing their doubts about her candidacy. […]

National Rifle Association Invests In The Art Of Propaganda

Wonkette unearthed a “super-secret advance copy” of the gun lobby’s latest propaganda piece. As the GOP learned last month, and you need some Grade A propaganda to get people riled up again. Let no one accuse the NRA of shirking its duty. Freedom In Peril: Guarding the 2nd Amendment in the 21st Century, is a […]

My Kind Of Candidate

“Ron Kind even spent your tax dollars to pay teenage girls to watch pornographic movies with probes connected to their genitalia.” Wow. As a copywriter, I do kinda admire getting away with that line in a spot. This ad is from a Wisconsin Congressional race. Share