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   Weekly Open Thread: Worst Political Ads Ever?

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10/12/2007 1:00 pm

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Entered 10/13/2007, Updated 10/13/2007

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by: James L. Fri Oct 12, 2007 at 23:14:53 PM EDT Let's try something different this week. We've all endured a constant drubbing of political TV ads for most of our lives. Most of them suffer from their unremarkable sameness: cookie cutter ads dealing with issues and personalities in wholly superficial and misleading ways. Of course, what can you expect in 30 to 60 seconds? Still, I think we all have an idea of what makes an ad a total dud. In the comments, please post links (YouTube preferred) to political ads by candidates, parties, or independent groups that you consider to be especially awful. To get the ball rolling, I'll kick things off with this 2006 ad by LA-01 Democratic challenger Stacey Tallitsch. The YouTube link implies that this thing actually made it onto the airwaves ("broadcast version"), but I have my doubts. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HiAw8qRcXI And who could forget this gem by wingnut hero Vernon Robinson? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqFimQYfqBQ Got anything worse? And when I say "worst", I do not mean ads that advocate for bad causes/bad candidates (Bush, Mark Foley, etc). I mean ads with questionable marketing sense. Have at it--and do not let party affiliation inhibit you.


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