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July 7, 2004

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Just Who IS John Edwards?

Let’s ask the Republican National Committee.

O-ho! It seems Edwards is not only disingenuous, he’s also unaccomplished!! And, worst of all, folks, prepare yourselves, shield your children’s eyes and ears … Edwards is also a friend to personal injury trial lawyers!!! A friend!! The very thought!

Come now, surely they could have done better than that against Edwards. Especially given that they clearly had the site at the ready (ahem, KerryPicksGephardt.com, KerryPicksVilsack.com, KerryPicksBayh.com, KerryPicksClark.com, KerryPicksBiden.com).

The DNC site is a bit less worse. (At least it includes no really crummy Flash movies, as far as I can tell.)

If you’re going to unleash a fabled $200 million war chest on somebody, why not at least do it in style? Joshua Green attempts an explanation in this month’s Atlantic Monthly, but the guy whose ads he chooses as examples of sophisticated, clever marketing sounds neither sophisticated nor clever:

On a giant-screen television Brabender first played “Waste,” which he created for Rick Santorum’s successful 1994 challenge to Senator Harris Wofford, of Pennsylvania. It opens with a hand daintily snipping a sliver of paper with red kiddie scissors. “This is how serious Harris Wofford is about cutting government waste,” begins a gentle voice, over the lilt of chamber music. Cut to another pair of hands as a chain saw tears through an enormous stack of paper. The voice becomes a bellow fit for a monster-truck-show announcer: “And this is how serious Rick Santorum is! In the last term of Congress he introduced more original bills cutting government waste than anyone else! Join the fight!”—a boxing glove smashes through the screen—”Santorum for Senate!”

It’s not like it costs that much to make a decent ad. I mean, how much could it have taken for MoveOn.org political ad contestant Christopher Fink to have made this? And even though the ad’s slickness means Charlie Fisher probably threw some money and experience into this, it can’t have been as much as John Kerry probably paid for this.

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Posted July 7, 2004 at 8:27 | Comments (4) | Permasnark
File under: Election 2004

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edwards is a trial lawyer, he is responsible for the rising health care costs, and rising service costs, so businesses can cover thier skyrocketing insurance that they need to have in order to operate.

when he sues hmos, doctors, and other businesses he drives their insurance through the roof,,, thus passing the burden on to us.

thanks john,, thanks azzhole

edwards is bad for America

Posted by: MrHotDogLA on July 8, 2004 at 05:45 PM

Wow, is that your first angry ranting post?

I just wanted to say that the GOP flash animation is priceless. I haven't seen anything so hilariously crappy since the American version of Iron Chef with William Shatner. This one is also pretty good: http://www.gop.com/news/Cartoon.aspx?id=847

Huh, now that I look at it more closely, it appears that Mr. HotDog is actually a spam blog. I didn't know they were doing that now. Must spider the web for any movable type on Edwards and then autopost an inflamatory comment with a link to the spammer website. Was that your take on it?

Wow, no! I didn't realize! I mean, um, I guess I should have inferred from the 'pimpinonline' domain that it wasn't quite legit... oh well, I'll leave it up, but strip the URL. Thanks for catching that, Peter!

What a sneaky system -- piggybacking on political discourse to spread porn links! Jeez!

Posted by: Robin on July 12, 2004 at 04:42 PM
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