Friday, October 31, 2008

New Jersey Political Ad Roundup

This election season, there aren't exactly that many political ads running that stick in one's mind, but here are two that do stand out for different reasons.

I would suggest that this is the cutest attack ad I've seen related to any campaign anywhere this political season. It's got a cute and catchy jingle, and it hammers home the tax and spend ways of the person involved, Linda Stender. It could be applied to any number of tax and spend politicians across the country, and I wouldn't be surprised to see it used down the road.

Meanwhile, the following ad fails because it could truly apply to anyone involved in the 2008 toxic paper mess. The target of the ad is Scott Garrett, a Republican, but it could apply just as surely to Sen. Barack Obama, Joe Biden, or any number of Democrats around the country (Rep. Barney Frank) that are up for election and who stood by and either did nothing, took money from the financial companies, Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae or Countrywide, or even said that there was no problem for years on end up until there was absolutely no doubt that there was a major crisis brewing because of all the subprime borrowing. So, you want to fire Scott Garrett? How about not hiring Obama and Biden. They've got the same failings. The ad was produced by Democrat Dennis Schulman.

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