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Friday, February 29, 2008

Obama’s Own 3 a.m. Commercial

posted by on February 29 at 14:30 PM

In response to this new Clinton ad, Obama releases this new ad in Texas:

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I hear it's neck-and-neck in Iowa.

Doesn't Sen Clinton have to win both Texas and Iowa by at least 20 points?

Posted by Will in Seattle | February 29, 2008 2:32 PM

Iowa again? Stop the madness!

Posted by Erik | February 29, 2008 2:39 PM

That's impressive turnaround for a response ad.

Posted by Bub | February 29, 2008 2:40 PM


Hillary stole her ad idea from a user-generated McCain video from January:

Pass it on.

Posted by ghostlawns | February 29, 2008 2:43 PM

Impressive turnaround indeed. I think Obama has the most tech savy and creative staff on his campaign compared to Clinton and Mccain.

Posted by apres_moi | February 29, 2008 2:44 PM

That was a fast response! Kerry should have been so fast in 2004.

Posted by Tony | February 29, 2008 2:45 PM

@2 - These primaries have been so much fun... let's do them all twice!

Posted by Alan | February 29, 2008 2:54 PM

Well first Hillary had me terrified that hordes of savage brown foreign men were lusting after my darling white girls, but now Obama has turned it completely around and made me dread my innocent white daughters being attacked by wild-eyed dark-skinned fiends from a far away land. Which one should I believe?

Posted by elenchos | February 29, 2008 2:56 PM

This guy will just NOT be caught napping (even at 3:00 a.m.....)

Every time I think of a snappy comeback, I look out and see it done even better than I had imagined.

Onward to November.

Posted by Perfect Voter | February 29, 2008 3:00 PM

Is there anyone left who doesn't believe Obama is the better candidate for the Dems to have to take back the White House? Amazing campaign against a Clinton campaign machine that was thought to be unstoppable. Reminds me of the Pats playing the Colts this season, both good teams, but in the end the Pats just dominated. Can't wait to watch Obama crush McCain

Posted by Meinert | February 29, 2008 3:04 PM

Iowa - Ohio - I get confused by all these states with short names.

I wonder who will win Vermont on Tuesday?

Posted by Will in Seattle | February 29, 2008 3:06 PM

I really like his response. It seems to me to be the most explicit contrast he's made on what I think is the most important difference between them: the value of experience versus the value of judgment. Experience in and of itself is meaningless. The point of experience is that hopefully you learn enough from it to make good decisions in the future. But I'm not at all convinced that Hillary has learned from her experiences. Meanwhile, even with (maybe) less experience, Obama seems to have superior judgment.

Posted by Morgan | February 29, 2008 3:11 PM

With such a titan as Obama how can we fail to win in November?

Posted by Andrew | February 29, 2008 3:26 PM

Wow. Obama figured out as early as 2007 that Afghanistan was more important than Iraq. I'm sorry I ever questioned him.

Posted by Big Sven | February 29, 2008 3:36 PM

Am I the only person who finds this funny? I do like that the mf has a sense of humor.

Posted by violet_dagrinder | February 29, 2008 3:38 PM

Meinert @10:

Is there anyone left who doesn't believe Obama is the better candidate for the Dems to have to take back the White House? Amazing campaign against a Clinton campaign machine that was thought to be unstoppable. Reminds me of the Pats playing the Colts this season, both good teams, but in the end the Pats just dominated. Can't wait to watch Obama crush McCain

Damn you, Meinert. Damn you. I was all ready to use my own lame sports analogy, inspired by this very ad, and then you beat me to it.

Anyway, I realize now the Obama campaign is the San Antonio Spurs of politics. They're fundamentally nice, decent folk, but they don't take any shit, and they have no compunction about going out and kicking ass.

Posted by cressona | February 29, 2008 3:40 PM

Obama brings up an important point - what's experience add up to if you don't learn anything from it. Not only did Hillary royally screw up in supporting Bush on Iraq, but years later after she saw how Bush mangled everything, she voted again, along with McCain, to support Bush to go to war with Iran. Really, is that the judgement we want to vote into the White House again? On Iraq and war with Iran, Hillary seems to have taken the same positions as Bush and McCain. The decades more of experience McCain and Hillary have together over Obama doesn't give them an ounce more of judgement based on their choices.

Posted by Meinert | February 29, 2008 3:41 PM

I have total Obama fatigue.
I am totally over him.

Posted by NoObama | February 29, 2008 3:44 PM

@18, you can always vote for McCain, Nader, other, or don't vote. Think about the SC appointments when you do so.

Posted by It's your life | February 29, 2008 3:48 PM

@18: The curse of the American voter. God forbid our attention spans be challenged by something longer than a video game.

Posted by kerri harrop | February 29, 2008 3:54 PM

Oh, and, what Meinert said @10.

Posted by kerri harrop | February 29, 2008 3:56 PM

@ 19 , 20 -- I would never vote for McCain. I would never vote for a spoiler candidate either. I am a 4/4 voter and an activist, and a progressive (liberal, etc.) so whatever... but quite frankly I am getting sooooo tired of the whole Obama phenomenon.

Also, I don't play video games...I read books instead.

It's so tiring to come on to the SLOG- which I used to enjoy- to hear more people peeing there pants about Obama.

I stayed off the SLOG for the last 2 weeks b/c I was so irritated by 7 out of 10 posts being about how wonderful Obama is. Donít get me wrong, I like the guy and will vote for him but I am also realistic about what he can accomplish if he is elected.

Anyway, I think I will just continue to stay off the SLOG until November 2008. See you all back in 2009 when he gets into office and everyone has there big downer when they discover his shit stinks and he does not walk on water.

Posted by NoObama | February 29, 2008 4:36 PM

OK, ECB @22, but won't you still do posts on the SLOG?

Posted by Will in Seattle | February 29, 2008 4:53 PM

I wonder who shot the video originally, did the Clinton campaign rent it from a stock agency? while that may save money, it seems like poor planing not to control the copyright to stuff your opponent might reuse against you.

Posted by Epimetheus | February 29, 2008 5:05 PM

I'm so not over Obama. This makes me love him even more. He's not gonna let McCain get anything past him. Not only is he gonna keep the fight on his terms- on his message- as Cressona says, he ain't gonna take no shit at all.

Posted by Bill LaBorde | February 29, 2008 5:20 PM

@ 24: According to CNN, the guy responsible for the video did a similar for Dukakis or Mondale (can't remember which). He lives in TX and supposedly is a Clinton supporter.

Posted by Fitz | February 29, 2008 5:30 PM

@24: Political ads almost always rely on stock footage. Too expensive and too time consuming to shoot original footage.

Posted by Bill LaBorde | February 29, 2008 5:35 PM

I think it's now obvious Obama is... a NINJA!

It just starts like Clinton's ad, you lay down your guard, and BAM! Obama flips out and kills everyone.

Posted by Sirkowski | February 29, 2008 6:17 PM

Yup. That's exactly what I thought when I saw her say -- as my GF pointed out -- "3 a.m. in the morning".

As opposed to, you know, 3 p.m. in the morning.

It's like she's going for a Bush-esque dumb-like-you thing. Which, uh, turns me off from her.

Posted by K | February 29, 2008 6:23 PM

It's 7 p.m. and my children are eating dinner with me.... a phone rings in my living room... AND IT'S ANOTHER FREAKIN' OBAMA POLLSTER!!

I live in Ohio. Between the Obama poll calls and the Hillary robocalls, I'm damn near becoming a Huckabee fan. At least he never calls me during dinner.

Does anyone else here associate a 3 a.m. phone call with something more fun than war?

Posted by pain | February 29, 2008 10:13 PM

for both of these ads, I want to know why the person in the white house takes so goddamn long to answer an important call at 3 am. can't they afford an operator to work the night shift?

Posted by josh | March 1, 2008 1:13 PM
Posted by Just tuning in | March 2, 2008 9:09 PM

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