The ones i particularly liked from the MoveOn selection (made by Obama supporters) featured 'real people' (and also, some of the best: animations - you can quickly tire of loads of multi-coloured people saying 'yes we can' - it lacks substance) - but for example, there was one with 3 young Iraq war vets - 2 white, 1 AA - very moving and to the point, very convincing. there was another with a whole bunch of white-haired Southern white women - and several others that would not just target the voters he's already got.
I also really liked some of the ones that just had music (too many voices on TV - people start feeling harrassed and nagged) - and my very favourite was this little minimalist cartoon guy with TV sets all saying: no you can't, and just falling out of the sky all around him; he points his remote, presses the button with the Obama rising sun logo, and disappears into a voting booth with the words, Yes We Can above the booth. That was so cool.
Anyway, me personally, I think undecided voters may have had more than enough sweetness and light amongst diverse groups of obamabots ... apart from the kiddie ads (which were the most awful) one of the very worst was different people saying:'I'm Barack Obama' (taken from his other ads) - but the effect was creepy when this baritone emerges from a young woman or child ... weird. Very invasion-of-the-body-snatchers ...
It would be nice if we could have a blog for these kinds of suggestions, and even nicer if there was a staff person who would read it and respond in a reasonable time frame (maybe by the next day). I really love the idea of ads featuring people from the particular primary state. I think these could even include print ads, perhaps on buses or at bus stops or other locations that get some traffic. My personal issue is with the MSM. I think we don't have enough surrogates on the cable shows and our message isn't getting out there like Clinton's and McCain's are. We need to put more surrogates on the shows or come up with an alternate plan--like having daily press conferences. The spin on the MSM is awful. I really think Obama would have had this wrapped up if it weren't for the cable news bias.
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By Stephen C. Rose 44 minutes ago
Maybe there are people reading here who are in Move-On or other advocacy groups that may have access to the campaign. All I do is write and blog and I have no time or inclination to do anything else. But people weighing in here have talents that can be put to use. I cannot see why people like Axelrod who is no slouch with visuals and ads cannot do this. I did a documentary on Chicago in my youth like this that was so effective Mayor Daley the First tried to ban it for pointing out that there were ghettoes in Chicago. It is frustrating to feel there is as much talent as is represented here and the elementary idea of getting people ads to at least equal status with the other ads cannot even register. I'll stop. As we say in NYC enough already. Somebody get it done OK?
Lots of good people ads on the moveon.org site. Did you see them, and vote?
I've been voting all day. They are flabbergasted at how many votes they are getting! It's fantastic!