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A strong independently-m... anti-McCain ad



Quite well done -- this should serve as a model for the Obama campaign, whose strategy right now seems to run a positive campaign making Barack Obama non-threatening. Intelligently, they'll wait for their VP candidate to run negative. As the saying goes, our culture doesn't like angry women or minorities. A white, swing-state VP would probably be able to hammer McCain down 5-10% pretty quickly, in the same way that an all-encompassing negative turn has slowed Obama. The "whisper campaign" hasn't started yet, though.

But if I may read the tea leaves, there's just no spirit behind the McCain presidency. On the Olympics, witness a series of GM commercials appealing to the "Obama/iPod/Google/Starbucks" set -- the people that the current economy so strongly favors. I can't repost the ad because it's not available, but there's a GM commercial featuring the Chevy, Pontiac, and Buick emblems where a guy in form-fitting clothing (read: metrosexual), drinking a coffee in a Starbucks-type place, tells a friend about GM's fuel-efficient, reasonably-priced vehicles. This is my demographic, and I feel acknowledged that GM would run ads to me not based on blatant appeals to patriotism, gas-guzzling, and stereotypical masculinity. I would now consider buying a GM vehicle, whereas before I would buy only a European or Japanese brand.

In a sense, McCain is running 1990s-style "Like a Rock" ads, while Obama is running ads much like GM has realized they must do to stay competitive. The campaign contributions also follow this contrast: Obama garners both small contributors and large, while McCain has been making some gains appealing to big-money contributors -- 1920s-style "captains of industry," no doubt.

Wonder how the campaign contribution breakdown shows in the California university system, Microsoft, Google, Apple. Those companies are the future, while the energy companies that have been buying the government for too long seek to buy another president favorable to their profits.
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