• garg

    And these are just the tip of the iceberg.

    The same people who asked us to vote for Bush are telling us to vote for McCain. To undecided voters: Don’t fall for it!

  • http://www.ana-todor.com Ana Todor

    Hehe, I’d restate what you said, Garg. To undecided voters: just vote! As less people are voting these days…

  • http://notimpressed.wordpress.com Em Sexton

    Nicely done. We need more of these flat out analyses of campaign distortions. Here’s hoping it’s accurate – it appears to be from my cusory viewing and personal knowledge – but there’s not much worse than distortions calling out distortions.

  • anonymous

    I disagree, what we need more of is information about what the candidates will actually do if they get into office. These types of divisive character smear videos can (and are) made on both sides against both candidates. They don’t help the political process; they and only serve to create animosity between people who are already decided one way or another and disappoint the rest of us.

    I was a little surprised to see this kind of propaganda on a blog I respect (even if I don’t always agree).

  • http://www.richardsnotes.org Richard

    Larry: I approve of this message (on your blog).

  • http://www.schiemann-web.de thorsten

    Election campaigns are very special. Some statements are so stupid and easy to figure out that you normally should start laughing, but it´s only sad.

  • Dan

    To anon, unfortunately many people (especially swing voters) don’t vote on issues, they vote on personal characteristics of the candidates. This is the mistake Dems made in the past (campaigning on issues instead of responding to swift-boating tactics), and they’re not going to do it this time. Get used to it, Obama is reportedly going to increase the pressure from now until Nov 4, and the 527s will probably be even more out in front like this.

    Why? Because unlike the rationalist ideals of the Enlightenment (and classical economics, while we’re at it), people are not “rational actors” in real life. Behavioral economists have demonstrated this over and over, over the last couple decades, and cognitive scientists have come to understand this over the last several years as well.

    You run the campaign that will work, not the one you wish would work in an ideal world (and in this case, trying to “lead by example” will not in fact change anyone’s brains on the ground; that is self-defeating as Gore and Kerry discovered).

    With this realization, Obama stands a good chance of not losing this election. McPalin has peaked, and the teflon is now starting to wear out, plus Palin’s polling advantage is concentrated mostly in the red-base states, and not so much in the more critical swing states, so this VP-choice strategy is actually working against McCain in terms of electoral college claculations (McCain has made himself the Gore of 2008 in electoral college terms). Obama remains basically even, even after the Rep convention bounce, and he’s just beginning to rev up the engines for the final stretch.

    This will be a close election. If Obama continues to hit back, he has a good chance, in spite of latent racism in certain pockets of this country’s older culture. The younger voters are our savior this election cycle. And thank goodness for The Daily Show.

  • ralphtt

    The democrats must be afraid of a strong women. All they can do is tell lies and induendos against Gov. Palin.
    The little twerp senator from Ill. doesnt have guts enough to vote on an issue, but votes present . Apresident has to make decisions, not wimp out like nobama, the man child..

  • Brian Holden

    They say where the US is today, we are headed tomorrow. Oh, hell.
    Palin reminds me of Thatcher, only smaller. Where we were yesterday, you could be headed tomorrow. Oh, hell.

  • http://www.rruss.net Russell

    Well, it would be better if the video actually used credible sources to cite the “distortions.” The video doesn’t address the real issues of the campaign. It does point out that campaign ads will oftentimes bend the facts at the detriment of the other candidate. The video here also distorts the truth …. McCain did vote against spending bills that had measures in them that would support the troops, but he did so, because they had other measures in them, special interest allocations, that had nothing to do with supporting the troops. It’s obvious to me that Digg isn’t looking for truth … their looking to get Obama into the White House.

    Given the facts in front of us; Obamas lack of administrative experience, his Marxist education/ideology, his 20 year association with a racist organization, his close financial ties with a known terrorist, his good ol’ boy political choice for VP, his disregard for the unborn child, and his refusal to make certain documents about his past public should cause right thinking people to pause. I think anyone voting for him this November is voting with their hormones and not their brains

  • Dan

    Well, this ad is obviously strongly polarizing, and definitely evokes emotions on both sides, just like Palin for example. It has clearly had this effect on Russell, who brings out the usual knee-jerk spin coming out of the GOP.

    The question is ultimately not whether it will convince any GOP partisans to change their minds (obviously it won’t, and is not designed to), but whether it engages swing voters in swing states.

    As for its veracity, clearly McCain’s campaign is way further over the misrepresentation line these days, and this is a risky move for him, as it undermines his “straight talk” reputation, which is one of the mainstays of his campaign. This 527 is aiming to pull the rug out from under him, at least one more tug, using the ammunition he has, himself, provided.

    Anyone who votes for McCain will be voting just as much with their hormones as anyone else. And take note: those hormones are in the brains, and that’s exactly what people vote with. The GOP has known this for a few decades now, specializing in getting people to vote against their own economic interests by activating their moral outrage; the Dems are just now finally paying attention and neutralizing this pernicious strategy.

  • Henry Braun

    The same people who asked us to vote for Bush are telling us to vote for McCain. To undecided voters, don’t fall for it! Election campaigns are very special. The question is ultimately not whether it will convince any GOP partisans to change their minds (obviously it won’t, and is not designed to), but whether it engages swing voters in swing states.

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  • Henry Braun

    The people who asked us to vote for Bush are asking us to vote for McCain. Please do not agree with them, take your decision by your own self. Election campaigns are very special. The question is ultimately not whether it will convince any GOP partisans to change their minds (obviously it wouldn’t, and is not designed to), but whether it engages swing voters in swing states.

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    Henry Braun

  • http://www.socialsecuritybullshit.com Steve Baba

    From Slate.com:
    Listen, Obamaphiles!
    Outrage at McCain’s “lies” is a total loser strategy.
    http://www.slate.com/id/2199595/

    It seems to early for a get out the vote tactic. My own guess is that there is more “opposition research” on untested in a political campaigner Obama that is going to come out, and the Obama campaign – having done research on itself – is prepositiong/smearing any future attacks as Rowe, swift-boat lies.

    Even if you think it’s true, it’s not a good idea to tell voters or anyone that they make decisions because of hormones, they have been fooled, lied into it, they are stupid and so on.

  • http://www.leliathomas.com Lelia Katherine Thomas

    Mmm, this must be one of those lovely videos from our two-party system that gives us just oh-so-much to choose from.

  • http://flickr.com/photos/shandrew/ Andrew S

    These ads are the political equivalent of a usenet troll.

    They don’t play widely; not much money is spent on them. They get picked up by the media because they are so blatantly distorted. The ads get played over and over on the news, and get seen by millions, for a fraction of the cost of what a generic ad would have cost.

    The talking heads on the news discuss these ads, much like discussing a proverbial “how long have you been beating your spouse?” question. And in these days of bottom barrel tv journalism, they must discuss “both sides”.

    As a secondary effect, it distracts the news, pundits, bloggers, and the opposition from discussing the real issues.

    Unfortunately these are the tactics that are effective in today’s world.