McCain Makes “Change” Out of Wall Street Fiasco

“I’ll reform Wall Street and fix Washington,” McCain says. That’s bold talk. And it’s a lie. Perhaps, the Arizona Senator never received the memo. For, Washington has been in Wall Street’s pocket–and the pocket of anyone else with money to spend–for generations. Populist rhetoric isn’t going to get the job done. The only person in […]

Does Barack Really Want My Opinion?

I’ve written before about the sophisticated marketing techniques the Obama campaign has employed. Today, I got an email suggesting they’re looking for more feedback. I got invited to take a survey that says in part, “your feedback will inform the planning and will help us adjust for the next phase.” I haven’t done the survey […]

Open Question For Everyone

Has anyone gotten a phone call from a political pollster this year? I’m just curious as to who gets called–and who answers the phone.

It Ain’t Rock ’em Sock ’em

I know we’re looking at a bunch of political ads today, so I’ll keep this brief. The New York Times calls the ad above “among the most pointed attacks to be put out by Mr. Obama.” Huh? I thought Obama was a boxer.

A Killer Ad. Literally.

It’s getting nasty out there. Back in 2004, I was living in Ohio–the tightest of all the states, Presidentially speaking. So there was an absolute barrage on all sides to get votes. It was non-stop. The Electoral College map hasn’t changed much. So now, this ad is apparently going up in Ohio: You can find […]

Toilet Paper Advertising Is More Honest Than Political Advertising

Writing on The Huffington Post, Sarah O’Leary makes the case that political advertising should be fact-checked: Political advertising is the most important and persuasive weapon in a presidential campaign’s arsenal. Candidates, national committees and a variety of groups spend the vast majority of their war chest wealth, hundreds of millions of dollars, on TV, radio, […]

If the Real Thing Don’t Do the Trick, You Better Make Up Something Quick

Rob Walker points to this Hollywood Insider report about the use of Heart’s song “Barracuda” by the McCain/Palin campaign. Heart’s Nancy Wilson felt compelled to personally respond. “I think it’s completely unfair to be so misrepresented,” she said in a phone call to “I feel completely f—ed over.” She and sister Ann Wilson then […]

Donny Deutsch Explains Sarah Palin

No, I won’t give you the following 3 minutes and 44 seconds of your life back. You just have to watch this. “Women want to be her, men want to mate with her. it’s as simple as that…”