Category Archives: Politics

B+

I really wanted to like this initial effort from Represent.us more than I did.

It’s a good effort, marred by some sophomoric stuff. Actually, I like the straight pitch better:

I wonder how they will play in Kentucky? Although facially neutral, to the extent they work these ads have to hit the incumbent worse than the challenger.

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Strong Candidate for Worst Political Video of the Year

As far as I can tell, this nutty video is a genuine product of the Republican Party.

Perhaps they have so much money now after Citizens United that they don’t care how they spend it? And, yes, the “HRC Squirrel” seems to be something they plan to run with.

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Turtles All the Way Down

I nominate this for second-silliest US political ad to make reference to a turtle:

The candidate, Dwayne Stovall, is a Tea Party guy trying to unseat Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tx) in a primary…although the ad seems to be as much about someone and something else.

The holder of the turtle-reference championship, of course, remains the wonderful and bizarre ad by Mike Gravel in 2007 as part of his quixotic campaign for the Presidency.

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The Nadir of the Florida Democratic Party

The leading candidate for the Florida Democratic Party’s nomination for the Governorship just said that Jeb Bush was a ‘great’ governor and would make a good President. And the Democratic party wants me to vote for Crist?

Of course, Crist himself was a Republican governor not so long ago. And before that, he was ‘chain-gang Charlie’, the Florida Attorney General who, in addition to wanting endless harsh sentences, personally argued before an appeals court that a high school girl who sent a naked picture of herself to a boy who then shared it around should have to register as a sex offender.

Vote for Nan Rich in the primary on August 26, 2014.

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We Are Getting Owned

According to Oxfam’s Working for the Few: Political capture and economic inequality, 85 of the world’s richest people own the same amount of wealth as the bottom half of the world’s population.

Expand the focus to the richest 1%, and Oxfam reports they have about $110 trillion in wealth (46% of the total) which is 65 times the $1.7 trillion (about 0.7% of the total) held by the bottom half of the population.

Makes you feel that “The Owner” is not just a Neal Asher dystopian fantasy.

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A Second Swallow

Another strong Democratic video: The Cost of Speaker Boehner’s Repeal:

“One swallow doesn’t make a summer.” How many makes winter?

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Have Democrats Learned to Play Hardball?

Years of experience counsels otherwise, but then there is this:

(Spotted via Digby.)

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