Ouch! A political ad roundup

Ads Going Negative, Again,” reads a headline on FOX9, and the story author, Jeff Goldberg, isn’t talking about advertisements for World of Wireless (which, less face it, have always been a little negative.) No, it’s political ads. So let’s look at some.

There’s the anti-gay marriage ad in support of GOP candidate Tom Emmer, produced by the Minnesota Family Council and the National Organization for Marriage, which can be viewed here, and which we have detailed before. WCCO’s Pat Kessler does a Reality Check on the ad, and finds it to involve at least one EXAGGERATION, as he puts it, in that it suggests that making gay marriage legal in Massachusetts led to teaching first- and second-graders about gay marriage. He also finds the ad MISLEADING, in that it makes what the Martin Luther King Center says is an unauthorized use of the image of the former civil rights leader.

MinnPost’s Doug Grow posts and discusses a video about IP candidate Tom Horner. This ad from the DFL appears to be an attempt to peel liberal voters away from Horner by painting him as a Republican, which doesn’t seem to have been too hard a task. Over the strains of The Who’s “Who Are You,” they show a video of Horner identifying his political philosophy as being consistent with Republicanism. This doesn’t seem to be an especially negative ad, though, unless you view calling somebody a Republican as negative.

Tarryl Clark offers up a much tougher video in her race against Rep. Michele Bachmann, which can also be viewed on MinnPost. The ads shows a senior and then insists Bachmann called her an addict, as she wants to wean people off Social Security. “If Michele Bachmann wants to wean you off Social Security,” a scornful female voice says, “she sure can’t be trusted to protect it.” Ouch!

Bachmann has her own ad, which isn’t negative, unless you think phrases such as “the Bush Wall Street bailout, the Obama stimulus packages and the Pelosi spending sprees” are negative. Her ad can be seen on Minnesota Independent with additional quotes from the congreswoman. Bachmann’s case: Government can’t create jobs, small businesses create jobs, and they do so best with the least interference from government.

DFL candidate Mark Dayton offers up an ad on education, which can be viewed here, that features a worried mother earnestly complaining that Emmer would slash school funding. “Doesn’t Emmer know that good schools are the key to creating jobs and rebuilding our economy,” she asks. As MinnPost’s Joe Kimball points out, the Tom Emmer campaign has responded by calling the ad a “whopper.” According to them, Emmer plans to increase “state spending by $500 million.” They also complain that Dayton hasn’t yet explained how he will pay for his plan to increase funding for schools, although, to be fair, neither has Emmer. Ouch!

Perhaps the oddest video of late is a five-and-a-half-minute gangsta rap video released by Minnesota Majority that equates Obama to Al Capone, which can be viewed on City Pages. For some reason, the video also includes repeated images of pole dancers. From what we can tell, the rapper, who calls himself The Infidel, is wearing a plastic mobster fedora, which undermines the video’s otherwise superlative production values.

It’s not a campaign ad, but Tim Pawlenty has a trailer for his forthcoming book, “Courage to Stand,” up on YouTube. The video itself should be called “Courage to Sit in an Overstuffed Leather Chair in front of a Lot of Books,” as that’s what he does, talking about life-lessons he’s learned. Well, it’s good to get away from the endless campaigning … oh wait, the video’s own description starts out with the words “Long before he was considered a top prospective presidential candidate for 2012 …” Seeing how he has been doing in straw polls, we think it’s only fair to point out that at this moment, he’s still not considered a top prospective presidential candidate. Perhaps the book will change that, unless, of course, it is mistaken for the political writings of Chinese prisoner Wei Jingsheng.

In arts: Euan Kerr of Minnesota Public Radio previews “The Great Game: Afghanistan” by the Tricycle Theater, which will be coming to the Guthrie soon. The play is notable for several reasons. Firstly, it tackles an awful lot of history, detailing the turbulent last century of Afghanistan. Secondly, it was written by a variety of playwrights, each tackling a different element of the story. Thirdly, it’s seven-and-a-half hours long, and can either be viewed over the course of three nights or in one marathon session. Ouch!

In sports: “Another starter lays another egg,” the Pioneer Press writes, complaining about the Twins’ loss to the Royals, and especially about pitcher Nick Blackburn. Sportswriters seem to have broken themselves of their notorious habit of using the word “literally” when they mean “figuratively,” and it’s sort of a pity, as it always produced some entertaining imagery. This story, as an example, could have greatly been enlivened by suggesting that Blackburn was capable of expelling a zygote in a hard shell.

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Michael Hunt on 09/29/2010 - 10:20 am.

    Umm. I don’t think you can peel liberal voters from Horner. They weren’t on his side to begin with. Liberals are perfectly happy with Dayton. The3 ad’s more likely to peel Republicans away from Emmer.

  2. Submitted by James Hamilton on 09/29/2010 - 10:54 am.

    “Bachmann’s case: Government can’t create jobs, small businesses create jobs, and they do so best with the least interference from government.”

    Government investment has never created a single job, unless of course we count spin-offs from the arms race, space race, that goofy computer-linking effort, the first Chrysler bailout, and any number of other expenditures over the past few centuries.

    What exactly does she mean when she says “small business”? Mom and pop shops don’t create jobs. Let’s be honest here: the feds define small business as a company with fewer than 500 employees.

    Just once, I’d like to hear Rep. Bachmann tell us about a regulation she likes. There must be one, other than a tax credit, right?

  3. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 09/29/2010 - 11:00 am.

    Mickey Bachmann says “Government can’t create jobs.” Of course, as in so many things, she’s wrong about that. Government CAN create jobs. Government DOES create jobs.

    It’s especially useful for government to create temporary jobs when the private sector is going through a deep recession as the result of the boneheaded blunders of the US financial sector, enabled by their convincing the government to wipe out the regulations that, for 50 years, prevented those inevitable blunders (such as we are in right now).

    “Small Business” creates jobs. That’s not really true either. If you sort it out, the jobs created by small businesses are primarily created by NEW STARTUPS. Sadly, the financial meltdown, and the desire for the financial sector to take no risks whatsoever and, if they do take risks, to take them in the form of playing games with financial instruments rather than actually lending money to, for instance, those seeking financing to start new business ventures, has ensured that most new businesses and especially those involving technological innovation are being born outside our nation’s borders and being financed by people in other places (which is definitely going to come back to haunt us).

    Mickey Bachman and her “Chamber of Commerce” Republican friends are NOT creating jobs. They’re standing in the way of job creation, even in the private sector.

    In reality, the “Chamber of Commerce’s” demands that we create a “better business climate” involves policy changes that only enrich the already wealthy owners and CEOs of already-established businesses and seek to protect whatever they hope to bequeath to their heirs. Those established business owners would prefer that their not be any NEW STARTUPS to compete with them.

    Until it becomes, by government policy (which has recently changed to provide at least some helpful financing) or by the willingness of the financial sector to finance NEW STARTUPS, and by the Chamber of Commerce types changing their attitudes by which they believe the roll of government is only to further enrich the already wealthy even when those folks are adding little or nothing to the public good (or the private good for that matter),…

    Until it becomes possible for individuals to find financing and support to start innovative new business ventures, and thereby create the new jobs those businesses will create as they grow and expand, all of which the Chamber of Commerce and their Republican friends such as Mickey Bachman are steadfastly working against, this recovery will continue to be largely “jobless.”

  4. Submitted by Swanson Painter on 09/29/2010 - 02:33 pm.

    I have not seen the MN Majority ad anywhere on the TV, but I have no idea who this ad is supposed to address?
    It is a tasteless video in the genre of most rap videos.
    It is hard to understand the words, and I doubt if many MN’s will take kindly toward this sort of garbage being used to advance political dialogue. But, maybe that is the point?

  5. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 09/30/2010 - 09:40 am.

    The economic lunacy of these Republicans never ceases to amaze me.

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