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Sunday, October 31, 2010

What negative campaign ads? Two years later, this SNL skit about John McCain is STILL funny, esp. Bill Hader's sarcastic voice!

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McCain Approves Open
Sen. McCain approves truth-enhanced negative campaign messages


http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live//video/McCain-Approves-Open/669582

The antidote to negative campaigning is laughter, mockery and stone-cold facts.


Here's a 2008 Saturday Night Live skit that does just that -sort of- with Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Darrell Hammond as U.S. Senator John McCain and Bill Hader as the creepy-yet-effective VO announcer.


I only wish that the 2010 campaign commercials I'd seen in the South Florida TV market were as clever and inspired as this skit.

Frankly, as much as people complain about them, I've seen a lot of TV ads that others thought were negative which I felt weren't so much negative -or as negative as they should've been considering who they were mocking- so much as poorly-produced and ham-handed, like the Joe Garcia ads for FL-25 against
David Rivera.

That's the House seat that
Mario Diaz-Balart abandoned in order to run for his retiring brother Lincoln's seat, FL-21, which the New York Times' campaign blog run by Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight, currently puts at precisely 99.5%.

Which is why those videos produced by
Scott Fortune that I mentioned here on Monday,
http://hallandalebeachblog.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-tv-ad-from-fairdistrictsfloridaorg.html
are so effective for the idea of ending gerrymandering, if not getting him into Congress from a ridiculously drawn district, FL-3.
http://www.youtube.com/user/ScottFortune4U

Facts and mockery cut thru the TV clutter every time.


http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/

http://elections.nytimes.com/2010/house/florida/25


http://elections.nytimes.com/2010/house/florida/21

http://www.nytimes.com/politics/

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