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Monday, September 8, 2008

The Daily Show’s Editors Are Better than Obama’s Ad People

posted by on September 8 at 16:25 PM

Commenter Matt on this thread points out the following YouTube video:

I agree that we need more of this coming from the Obama camp. It’s true that we can’t win the whole thing by pointing out McCain’s closeness to Bush, but it sure wouldn’t hurt at this point. Thanks, Matt.

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That's awesome. John Stewart's been on target lately. Like this clip:

Posted by ali | September 8, 2008 4:34 PM

The vague invocation of we are for change/they're not for change needs to be honed into a sharp economic message -- Obama will improve your income $XXX lower your health costs $xxxxx and help deal with all the foreclosures on your block.

Under Clinton average incomes went up $7500 and under Bush they went down $2000 is the closet he comes.

IOW you need to say what the change is you're talking about to reach the swing voters. Make it direct, tangible, beneficial to them, otherwise it's all just lost in the clutter or they start voting on culture war issues and in that contest McCain being tortured for his refusal to sell out other POWs is a fairly gripping story. And Palin loves guns like many of these swing voters do. And "snowmachines" -- yup they got those in MI NH OH WI MN CO NV NM too.


The clever logical ripostes don't work. J STeeewart saying "hey they took the Obama meme" doesn't work. Pointing out they are just making stuff up and it's unfair doesn't work. I'd say trying to say McCain isn't a maverick won't work -- he is -- my god he was an official bad boy in the naval academy and he almost killed himself 2 or 3 times flying his plane.

And Palin? she has a tatoo. Cool.
Her First Dude went to some kind of baby shower wearing a airplane parts tee shirt. Wow, that's better than NASCAR!
Very non beltway, eh?

Can't quite see Biden with a tatoo -- what's it going to say, "cloture rules!"

Or wearing an auto parts tee shirt.

Get it on the economiy and stay there. Everything else is just clutter.

Posted by PC | September 8, 2008 4:43 PM

Loved that clip. Obama should hire the Daily Show writers. Maybe he can win with comedy?

Posted by hal | September 8, 2008 4:44 PM

I know! We're in the final stretch, where are the big guns?!

Posted by Carollani | September 8, 2008 4:48 PM

you're welcome.

and howsabout Bush's hair in 2000? not to mention his FACE.

Posted by matt | September 8, 2008 4:51 PM

Totally. The Daily Show's writers are ten times better than anything Obama's ad people have come up with, ever.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | September 8, 2008 4:54 PM

@2 I'd like to say I'm not as cynical as you, but I am. There are things that can be said by republicans that can't be said by democrats because we sort of take the moral high ground. We openly discus the complexities of the world, our answers are rarely short and sweet (credit to Hillary here, and probably why she gets the most needless slander).

I guess, one thing that impressed me was this guy on CNN who more or less said the press needs to expose Palin for what she is.

And she is still out there telling the same damn speech, over and over and over again.

But you are right, state things like, drilling for oil will create more jobs ... in places where they have oil ...

Dollars and cents, and really trickle down economics is a house of cards, and they do everything but state what it is, because that is how they lost to Bush.

Next pay check, Obama gets some.

Posted by formerly OR Matt | September 8, 2008 4:55 PM

The odd thing is that there is a metric ton of deeply embarrassing McCain video that they just have to run, almost without commentary. Want to show McCain is a reckless warmonger? Wouldn't it be great to have video of him singing "Bomb, bomb Iran" to the tune of a Beach Boys song? There is that, and so much more.

Posted by alkali | September 8, 2008 4:59 PM

@5 - The first thing I thought of! He's aged something fierce over these last 8 years!

"Fool me...fool me once...fool me can't get fooled again" One of my favorite Bush-isms.

Posted by schnoodle | September 8, 2008 5:01 PM

That "fool me once" footage gets me every time.

Posted by Grant Brissey | September 8, 2008 5:02 PM

It doesn't get much better than Brian Wilson on war jingles. That's the sort of jingle that grows legs.

Posted by Matthew | September 8, 2008 5:03 PM

...? That's the Shins, as anyone who's aware of the Braff Effect knows.

Frankly, while that song is/was overplayed and over-under-rated, it's a little refreshing to find a person who doesn't recognize it.

Posted by matt | September 8, 2008 5:16 PM

Just what I was thinking Paul. Jon Stewart for President.

Posted by onion | September 8, 2008 5:17 PM

call them liars. show them lying.

& for god's sake, feminize mccain. the GOP did it to kerry, and johnny's vulnerable as fuck. "kept man", "ran for office with his wife's inherited money", "her 7 houses", "her 300K wardrobe".

there is no high road.

Posted by max solomon | September 8, 2008 5:42 PM

They left out McCain's own "mission accomplished" moments. One of them was on ABC's This Week December 14th 2003 ("This is a mission accomplished.") Here's another one (at about 25 seconds.)

Posted by flamingbanjo | September 8, 2008 6:00 PM

@12: Poster #11 was commenting on post #8.
I'm just sayin'.

Posted by bazz | September 8, 2008 6:47 PM

that clip just changed my life. or at least the musical outro did.

Posted by josh | September 8, 2008 6:49 PM

Dear 16 and 11: ok now I look like a doofus. My apologies.

Posted by matt | September 8, 2008 7:36 PM

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