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Political ads are already popping up in Minnesota

Rep. Tim Walz
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Rep. Tim Walz

Within the last couple of weeks, the National Republican Congressional Committee released its first Minnesota advertisements of the cycle, launching two robo-calls in the districts of Democrats Tim Walz and Collin Peterson. The two are the NRCC’s top Minnesota targets in 2012.

“Our strategy is simple — tell Minnesota families the truth about Tim Walz and Collin Peterson’s excessive spending sprees that have caused gas prices to skyrocket, diminished retirement savings and destroyed jobs,” NRCC spokeswoman Andrea Bozek said in a statement to MinnPost. “These Minnesota Democrat’s support for Obama’s big-government agenda has stood in the way of job creation and added fear and uncertainty to already-struggling economy.”

The ads are part of a larger six-figure national campaign aimed at congressional Republicans, spokesman Ryan Rudominer said.

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I've given up on Minnesota and all its Koch-addled legislators.

Not likely to happen, but what if one candidate, a hypothetical democrat for instance, declined to play the costly ad game? He or she along with the DFL declare that in an effort to end the influence of big money on campaigns, no funds will be spent other than a web site featuring policy positions, modest print media ads directing voters to the site, and maybe direct mail. And somehow outside groups could refrain from getting involved. (I'm assuming that TV/cable accounts for the vast majority of campaign expenses.)

Would the public realize that they are being bombarded with only one candidate's views and/or attacks and seek out information about my hypothetical guy? Could media journalists be relied upon for "fair and balanced" evaluations? For-profit media certainly wouldn't wish to see this concept succeed and might not cooperate.

Just a thought.

John, IF ONLY! Maybe I'm too cynical, but there's a reason that ads interrupt our TV and radio programs and fill newspapers and magazines with the sell, sell, sell messages. They work! And you used the magic word--"profit"! Unilateral disarmement has never worked in the war of ideas as far as I know.