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Democrats Wage Air War in Pennsylvania

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Posted on Apr 8, 2008

A few months ago columnist Amy Goodman argued that the principal beneficiaries of our current campaign finance system are the media conglomerates that rake in all those advertising dollars. That’s especially true this week as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama bombard Pennsylvania with commercials.

Clinton has unleashed a blitz of five ads while Obama is spending more per week than any other politician ever spent in that state—including governors, senators and even Bush and Kerry in the last presidential race.


Watch Clinton’s ads here, and Obama’s new ad here.

Boston.com;

Obama is currently spending $2.2 million per week on television here, over twice what Hillary Clinton is spending and an unprecedented ad buy in Pennsylvania, according to Democratic media consultant Neil Oxman, who is not working for a candiadte.

“Nobody has ever spent 2.2 million in this state: not Rendell, not Specter, not Casey, not Santorum, not Bush, not Kerry,” said Oxman, naming the best-funded candidates to run statewide in recent years. “That’s unbelievable.”

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By jimmyjam, April 9, 2008 at 2:32 pm Link to this comment

Isn’t this the same thing last week they said was so wrong because Rush was telling people to go and vote for Hillary? But If Obama does it it’s cool

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By jimmyjam, April 9, 2008 at 2:30 pm Link to this comment

Smart man you are. that is a compliment.

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By jimmyjam, April 9, 2008 at 2:28 pm Link to this comment

Michelle Obama speaks at presidential rally in Skibo Gym
News | Andrew Peters


While the crowd was indeed diverse, some students at the event questioned the practices of Mrs. Obama’s event coordinators, who handpicked the crowd sitting behind Mrs. Obama. The Tartan’s correspondents observed one event coordinator say to another, “Get me more white people, we need more white people.” To an Asian girl sitting in the back row, one coordinator said, “We’re moving you, sorry. It’s going to look so pretty, though.”
“I didn’t know they would say, ‘We need a white person here,’ ” said attendee and senior psychology major Shayna Watson, who sat in the crowd behind Mrs. Obama. “I understood they would want a show of diversity, but to pick up people and to reseat them, I didn’t know it would be so outright.”

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By jackpine savage, April 9, 2008 at 6:00 am Link to this comment

They beg the money from you and me (well, not me…i wouldn’t give a dime to a politician of either party), and then turn around and give it to corporate America.  It’s called redistribution of wealth.  And since 1992, the Dems have shown themselves as apt at it as the Reps.

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By RdV, April 9, 2008 at 4:01 am Link to this comment

I have seen mostly one Obama ad and not a steady diet of it. I recall campaigns in the past when campaign ads saturated the airways around the clock—I actually see more ads for erections and mortgages than I see Obama.

  Anyone who would brag about being in Mensa is an idiot loser (and a racist to boot) Real smart.

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By Whadiyano, April 9, 2008 at 2:11 am Link to this comment
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Mensa’s ass!

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By Maani, April 8, 2008 at 8:16 pm Link to this comment

The Obama ad speaks to the “person” (Obama), two of the Hillary ads speak to the issues (if only quickly).  Having Obama’s family do the ad may work - and it may not; after all, most family members are obviously going to say something good about their relative, so it may simply come off as “insular” and obvious.

That said, this thread seemed to be the right place to bring this up.  Here is an excerpt from an article, linked below.  It is about college kids bullying their parents to vote for Obama:

“Megan Simpson, a Penn State senior, had not been able to budge her father, a Republican. But the day before the deadline for registering for the coming Democratic primary in Pennsylvania, she handed him the forms and threw in a deal-sweetener as well. “I said, ‘Dad, if you change your party affiliation in time to vote for Obama,’” recalled Ms. Simpson, 22, an Obama campus volunteer, “‘I will get you the paperwork the day after the primary if you want to switch back to being a Republican.’”

Apparently, this 22-year-old genius has not considered how smarmy - to say nothing of undemocratic - her suggestion is.  Indeed, it was a focused and concerted use of this tactic that the GOP used to defeat Cynthia McKinney in Georgia: they got over 40,000 GOP voters to switch Democratic, voted for McKinney’s opponent (thus ousting McKinney), and then switched back for the general election and voted Republican.

Hey, kids, isn’t politics fun?

Here is the link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/08/us/politics/08kids.html?_r=1&sq=hoffman&st=nyt&oref=slogin&scp=2&pagewanted=print

Peace.

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