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Thursday, September 18, 2008

One Possible Solution to Sleazy Political Ads

A letter to the editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer had a solution to all of these sleazy political ads during the presidential campaign. Basically — nothing. No regulations or restrictions. BUT:

During the presidential debates, all of these commercials and hit pieces would be aired, right there in front of the opposing candidate, the moderators, the audience and millions of TV viewers. And the candidate would have to stand there in front of God and everybody and explain the purpose and meaning of the ad, and why he/she “approved this message.”

How does that sound?

cross-posted at Bring It On!


Blogger Randal Graves said...

Man, I'd almost pay to watch that.

September 18, 2008 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Randal: Watching McCain squirming and trying to smile outwardly through his inner tantrum: Priceless.

September 18, 2008 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

I like it. Sounds similiar to the pain McCain went through on The View the other day.

September 18, 2008 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

J: I've never watched that show but I've heard and read all about that episode. I'm glad they chewed him a new one.

September 18, 2008 at 5:28 PM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

I would love to see McCain work his way through that. I am a little concerned about him though...he seems to be making a lot of mistakes and misstating things more.

September 18, 2008 at 6:50 PM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

I'm sure McCain will pull another flip flop when he has to justify the lies and distortions his campaign has made against Obama.

Everytime the McCain ad airs that begins it's criticism of Barck Obama with "What happens when you take away the crowds..." I automatically think "Well, you have the McCain campaign".

September 18, 2008 at 7:05 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Let's Talk: McCain is so out of it, it's almost beyond being something to joke about. (Almost.) I half expect him to come totally unraveled during the debates. And the scariest part is, a lot of voters won't even notice or care.

Lew: I actually haven't seen any of the presidential TV ads. I don't live in one of the swing states and I think that's where all these ads are airing. I've just read about them, like where Obama wants to have orgies with kindergarteners, or whatever. I'd sure like to see McCain squirming and twitching while that ad plays in front of the debate audience.

September 18, 2008 at 10:46 PM  
Blogger Carlos said...

I'd love to see that!

September 19, 2008 at 3:59 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Carlos: So would I. It would almost be worth letting them put out a bunch of sleazy ads, just so we could watch them squirm during the debate.

September 19, 2008 at 10:45 AM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

It's an interesting idea, but I doubt McCain would show up for such an event. I don't think he would be bothered by people pointing out why he didn't show up, either.

Here's an alternative that might be almost as much fun. Hold a big dress-up event like the Academy Awards ceremony, showing attack ads in such categories as Most Outrageous, Most Loaded With Lies, God, Guns & Gays, Character Assassination, Race-baiting, Will Raise Your Taxes, Soft on Terrorists (or commies, criminals, or whatever is in vogue) etc.

For emcee, Bill Maher.

September 20, 2008 at 10:57 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: Yeah, that might work. Those academy awards programs probably draw more viewers than a political debate.

September 21, 2008 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger American Hill BIlly said...

Tom, How dare you post on accountability!!! We can't have that...It would insight the masses to think.

United In Peace And Freedom

September 22, 2008 at 8:50 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

AHB: Ah, yes, accountability. One of Karl Marx's key words for subverting capitalism and Jesus.

September 23, 2008 at 12:31 AM  

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