Almost all the ads run by the Obama Campaign have been candidate-centric. Since before Ohio I have advocated, here and on the Obama Blog, for ads that focus on the PEOPLE in the STATES where Obama is campaigning. I have also tried many times to reach the campaign with this suggestion. Direct, phone, round-about, I even wrote my lobbyist friend and formed colleague Anne Wexler and her husband Joe Duffey, with whom I had a brief and successful writer-candidate relationship in the early 70s, but found NO WAY to reach Davit Wilhelm, whom I respect greatly.
Whatever I did, I hit a bottom-up ceiling. So finally today, since the campaign has just released two more candidate-centric ads, I vented some in the Obama Blog thread where these ads were posted\. Here is the sequence of posts containing my vent and responses. I have removed identities in respect to the privacy of the writers. Maybe THIS will get to someone in the Obama Campaign.
By Stephen C. Rose Today at 4:16 pm EDT
But where are the PEOPLE ads? Common and ordinary people of All Walks of Life saying WHY they are for Barack. Like the union put out in PA. I may not agree with Chris Matthews about much, but I do about this. We need to widen the scope of our ads -- we have some ownership, right -- to include PEOPLE ads. Someone from HQ please heed.
i always like 'people' ads too. real folks saying why they support Obama.
like these too - i hope we'll do both.
Please heed and advertise with our people who are the backbone of this movement. Make it about the people in these states and not just BO.
I couldn't agree more. Put on everyday people. Why they are voting for Barack. Please...
Stephen did you send your suggestion to HQ? If not, please do so. I think this is a good idea as well.
Reply By Stephen C. Rose Today at 4:32 pm EDT
Every time someone suggests this I do it. I have had no luck for MONTHS. It is getting irritating. We are supposed to be porous and to be bottom up. I am bumping my head on a no answer ceiling. I have proposed the same thing since well before Texas and Ohio and PEOPLE ADS would have been PERFECT responses to HC and so forth.
I cannot believe someone who reads here does not know how to get through. I have even made "friends" with folk who are in hq and written to them and no response.
Sorry for the rant but there are limits. I work 24/7 blogging -- using resources I find here to reach a wider audience -- and resources I find out there to alert people here. And I do not make a dime. I have contributed heavily to the campaign and while I am comfortable enough have no salary or pension income.