It’s not surprising that we are all burned out on political ads and as a prior post notes, the rhetoric in the 1800’s was even worse. But still I can’t believe some of the commercials out there

“Democrat Elmer Fudd wants to give Viagra to child molesters and then put them in charge of day care centers”

“Republican Bugs Bunny wants to take your grandma’s social security away so Donald Trump can buy gold plated toilet seats”

Obviously the above is a tad of a stretch, but if you look at some of the commercials out there it’s not too far off. I’ve heard ads that pretty much claimed the above, just not as directly.

Sure we have differences of opinion and I’m sure for a liberal that many GOP policies are terrible just as for a conservative the Democratic agenda is dangerous.

But do we really need to go this far ?

Can’t they trust voters to have SOME intelligence ?

Or maybe I’m living in a fantasy world.

Feel free to comment or offer examples of your own awful ads (real or imagined)

PATRICK EDABURN, Assistant Editor
Leave a replyComments (3)
  1. The_Ohioan May 4, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Wesleyan university has a project that rates political ads. They report that while 9% of those ads were negative in 2008, 90% of those ads are negative in 2012.

    The stats on who is doing the ads is informative also.

    If you want dumb ads, here’s a selection:

  2. Maria8888 May 4, 2012 at 10:02 am

    If we find ridiculous political commercials offensive then perhaps the best thing to do is not participate in them. If a commercial comes on TV or radio mute it or change the channel. If flyers come in the mail recycle them without even a second glance. We don’t get any real info about candidates by these means anyhow. Instead we look for comprehensive info on candidates from non-partisan fact check sources. If these steps were taken on a mass scale it would be harder for anyone to buy our democracy.

  3. ShannonLeee May 4, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    These ads would not be placed if they did not work…so yes, Americans in general are terribly uninformed.