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Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 in At TMV | 28 comments

The Silliest Political Ad of the Campaign: A Union’s Anti-Romney Ad

In a way, I feel a sense of relief.

I had begun to doubt my own reaction as an independent voter since I had started to conclude that silliness and grasping at straws to try and find negatives about candidates was almost only happening on the GOP side.

But, no, my faith that silliness and all-encompassing frenzy of partisans and groups to grab onto anything to strain and try to discredit a candidate is a malady in both parties (uh, oh..here come The False Equivalency Police) and an inspiration to many voters to stay independent has been restored.

The award for the silliest reason to vote against a candidate goes to this labor group ad that you might say involves quintessential garbage.

(And no, it is not produced by The Politico’s Roger Simon as another unfunny, unsuccessful attempt at satire.)

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  • Rcoutme

    Nope, no false equivalence. This is real equivalence. Btw, you’re late on seeding this one–I saw it yesterday!

    😀

  • slamfu

    I’m holding off making a decision till I hear the ad from Romney’s proctologist.

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    Here’s the ad.

    Meet one of Romney’s 47%:

    Meet Richard Hayes, one of Romeny’s 47 %.

  • dduck

    Silly is too kind.

  • roro80

    I don’t get it. How a candidate cares about and/or will affect normal working people is somehow off limits now? I’m confused about why people are somehow appauled or surprised at this. And the “silliest” of the season? Did we all miss Scott Brown’s “My opponent isn’t a Native American because she looks white to me” ads? Mitt’s big push to stand up for Lyme disease victims?

  • SteveK

    I don’t get it. How a candidate cares about and/or will affect normal working people is somehow off limits now?

    It’s called grasping for straws roro80 and it shows what the Republicans are, and what they are not.

    Personally I like it because it makes the choice so much easier for all but the rabid partisans and as rabid partisans only make up about 20% of either side this should be a landslide for the Democrats.

    How many times has a ‘Speaker of the House’ held the position twice?

  • zephyr

    Apparently working class Americans who believe they deserve to be taken seriously are mistaken.

  • roro80

    Well, yeah, and if Kathleen had posted it, it would be easily shrugged off as hyper partisan poopy. But Joe? What am I missing here? Joe? Dduck? Silly to care about the contempt of a presidential nominee toward half the population? Silly to give one of them a voice? Or worse, according to you, dduck?

  • Jim Satterfield

    I don’t know. I think the ads Todd Akin has been running trying to make it sound like the only dumb thing he’s done was a six second slip of the tongue is pretty silly. Especially coming from a guy who’s said he doesn’t like Social Security, considers Medicare unconstitutional and called government backed student loans equivalent to “the stage three cancer of socialism”.

  • The_Ohioan

    I’m with slam, though I’m not particularly anxious to read a proctologist’s report. But I would like to see an ad featuring Obama’s trash pickup guy, I assume they are both in the same union, and then compare notes. If they both have the same view of Romney, that may be something important we need to know and not silly at all.

  • roro80

    So it’s silly what he thinks then Ohio? Still unsure as to why…garbage men or unions? Anyone who heard Romney say he doesn’t care about half the country and believes him? Anyone who thinks that matters? I’m not trying to be dense here, but I really don’t get why this is silly.

  • The_Ohioan

    roro

    You will have to ask Joe why he thinks it’s silly. As I told dd earlier, I have trouble with my attempts at satire. Unfortunately, I never learn not to attempt it.

    I have tried to find silly campaign ads for 2012 but they all seem to be by Republicans. I wonder why that is.

  • roro80

    Ok sorry, maybe I really am dense today – I’ll go ahead and blame it on the heat.

  • The_Ohioan

    roro

    I think Joe agrees with the Mediaite link’s opinion. Maybe you can reread it. That’s what slam and I were picking up on. My comment included a little snark at the end. Stay cool. 🙂

  • roro80

    Yeah that’s part of my confusion. The article basically says that it’s silly. It mentions Joe the plumber, who was ridiculous not because he had opinions, but because he lied about being Joe, lied about being a plumber, lied about making $250k, and lied about how the policies would hurt his business.

  • roro80

    Basically, the linked article just says it’s dumb to use real people in ads. It’s dumb when those real people are liars, I guess, and of course maybe this dude isn’t really a garbage man at all, and maybe Mitt really cares about his trash man, and maybe his policies are geared toward making the lower middle classes more successful, rendering all this very silly. But…at least as far as the policies go, none of that is actually the case.

  • The_Ohioan

    roro

    The way I read it, it was it’s nonsensical to make an ad implying the candidate’s employee would have some inside knowledge of why the candidate shouldn’t be voted for. Now an employee, like a proctologist, might have some inside knowledge (sorry), but probably that knowledge would be the personal not the political strength or weaknesses of the candidate. Mrs. Gingrich’s hairdresser, or Mrs. Obama’s gardner would be as likely to give us any insight into the candidate’s qualifications for the office of President as this fellow who picks up the Romney’s garbage.

    They might all have opinions on the candidates, but their proximity to the candidate has no intrinsic value in helping the rest of us make a decision on how to vote. Unless they know something really juicy, of course.

  • roro80

    Well, no, but I didn’t get any feeling that that was the point. The point is that he works, hard, and happens to provide a service that is indespensible, and deserves a president who doesn’t consider him some kind of leech. I thought slam’s point about the proctologist was that he might have some news on Mitt’s head.

  • roro80

    I mean, it’s not like this guy said “I know Mitt’s trash, and he regularly has dead bodies in there”.

  • adelinesdad

    I don’t agree with Joe that this is the silliest ad, but it is silly. Here we have a working-class man who says Romney doesn’t care about him. There’s nothing wrong with that. People share that opinion all the time. And there’s nothing wrong with using the 47% comment, which was wrong and offensive and Romney should apologize for it.

    But what is silly is why the makers of this ad think the protagonist is uniquely qualified to serve as a character witness: because he picks up Romney’s garbage and that Romney never personally thanked him. Sure, a personal thank you is always nice, but to say that someone doesn’t care about working people if he hasn’t personally thanked his sanitation worker is a bit silly.

  • dduck

    What Ohio and Ad said.

  • roro80

    Ok, thanks all — I knew I must be missing something. I didn’t read it that they were saying Mitt’s garbage man is a character witness at all, but instead that he is part of the 47% Mitt explicitly said he doesn’t care about, and particularly one that provides a valuable service not only to society as a whole, but to Romney specifically, through his physical labor. That’s how I had read it, and it’s still what I think the point was (as opposed to “this guy was a db to me personally and doesn’t care about me personally”), but I understand now the alternate interpretation that many here saw.

  • dduck

    roro, These kind ads are purposely ambiguous so they can capture those predisposed to a viewpoint.

    Much of political advertising is just prettified propaganda- from all sides, left, right and center. Please don’t take this the wrong way, and it has nothing to do with this ad or any current political party, just a historical perspective, the Nazi’s did a very efficient job on minimizing and casting the Jews as despicable objects in order to achieve their political goals.

  • roro80

    dduck — Er, yes. I do understand that. In fact, I’ve read a great deal of original Nazi literature, as I’m kind of obsessed with the development of the atom bomb, and have done a huge amount of research about the time period in which that development happened. (Super interesting what they wrote and distributed about Einstein’s methods, btw, highly recommended reading.) I’m not sure what that has to do with any of this, unless you’ve suddently become a champion for the lower working classes, pointing out how describing such a large swath of society as lazy leeches and intellectually inferior moochers has some pretty ugly precident.

  • roro80

    ^^BTW, when I say that this is highly recommended reading, I hope it’s clear to all that it’s not because I agree with the positions taken in Nazi hate propoganda!

  • adelinesdad

    roro,

    I think the ad is a combination of two related messages. The first one that you describe is valid, which is why I don’t think this ad ranks too highly on the silliness meter. Romney and his supporters would obviously disagree that Romney doesn’t care about the poor and lower-middle class, but it’s a valid opinion based partly on stupid, condescending remarks that Romney hasn’t whole-heartedly disavowed and apologized for, so I can’t feel too sorry for Romney on that.

    But the part about Romney not personally thanking him seems to me to be a (poor) attempt to portray Romney as a jerk, not just in the political sense, but in the personal sense. And that part I think was silly. And I think that was intended to give an added punch that was uncalled for.

    That said, I’m sure Romney or his supporters have some ad playing somewhere which is questionable also so I won’t waste more neurons on this.

  • dduck

    roro, “I’m not sure what that has to do with any of this, unless you’ve suddently become a champion for the lower working classes,”
    Always was, always will be, no suddenly.
    Just don’t like people being used as pawns, as this guy is in the ad.
    And, don’t a lot of us tend to not notice people around us doing things for us?

  • SteveK

    But the part about Romney not personally thanking him seems to me to be a (poor) attempt to portray Romney as a jerk, not just in the political sense, but in the personal sense.

    Romney is a jerk. Most of us learned a long time ago that acknowledging the people who do things for us (service providers) is not only the right thing to… it’s the smart thing to do.

    A nod and a smile, a “how’s it going?”, $20 to the mailman for the holidays, a 20% tip to waiters/waitresses even if the service is just o.k. and the occasional bottle of cold water or soda for the garbage man is not only appreciated, it’s remembered.

    Even the 47%er’s are capable of remembering and you will be treated accordingly.

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