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Hey, MoveOn has put out another ad, and they've done the impossible. I didn't think they could outdo their previous ad for sheer stupidity, but they did it:

I didn't laugh too much, though. Instead, I found myself racking my brain. I'd SEEN that ad before, or at least one very, very much like it. And finally it clicked in my mind:

But wait, it gets funnier. This ad was only one of a whole bunch of entries at MoveOn, and it won the "funniest."

I'd be willing to bet that they didn't have a "most original" ad. Or, at least, didn't have a winner.

If I'm wrong on that one, though, that'd be the funniest thing about it of all. Trumping even the irony of "MoveOn" still going strong after all these years. They got their start telling everyone we needed to "MoveOn" from the Clinton impeachment.


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As your resident advertisin... (Below threshold)

As your resident advertising creative dude with nearly 18+ years experience and national awards under my belt*, I'll give my professional opinion on the MoveOn ad:

What a contrived, self-conscience, cliché-riddled, unfunny, poorly executed piece of tripe.

Oh, and the actors were all ugly, frumpy hippies too. But that's personal opinion, not professional one.

(But the cooties video was a riot--even if using kids is a bit of cheap creative cop out, at least it was executed really well.)

*Darn tootin' I'm braggin'. I worked hard for those hunks of metal currently sitting in a box down in my basement. ;-p

What tha...? "This is your... (Below threshold)
Patty:

What tha...? "This is your brain on hope?"

Will this really get out the Obama vote?!?! After visualizing "my brain on drugs = fried eggs" all these years, suddenly a "little chicken = Obama?"

And that's "hope?"

God...I feel old...I should have done drugs.

When I saw the chick I thou... (Below threshold)
ravenshrike:

When I saw the chick I thought: So it's easily eaten by the nearest hungry cat? Great, that's all I need in my life.

Well, that is what passes f... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

Well, that is what passes for political discourse among virtually all Obama supporters. Funny, yet sad, all at the same time.

This ad targets WHAT inte... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:

This ad targets WHAT intellectual level again?

Which came first, Hope or t... (Below threshold)
Hal:

Which came first, Hope or the Egg?

Obamamania, the anti thinki... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Obamamania, the anti thinking person's drug of choice.

What intellectually deprived idiot thought up the idea to copy that hackneyed old anti drug commercial and then try to foist it off on the public as a campaign commercial?

Oh ya, the morons over at moveon that so obviously can't.

Obviously these folks never... (Below threshold)
epador:

Obviously these folks never had to deal with an Easter chick as it grew up.

Free Range hope.

Obama's Peeps.

I could go on and on and on...

It seems to me that the Ob... (Below threshold)
Herman:

It seems to me that the Obama camp is emphasizing "hope for change (improvement)" too much rather than just improvement. No need for this. As president, he will have a Democratic-controlled Congress on his side, and the best the Republicans can "hope" to do to thwart human progress is to have their Senate Republicans filibuster (as is their custom). But the Democrats figure to be in 2009 near the magic number of 60 in the Senate, needing just to peel away a few Republicans (e.g., Gordon Smith of Oregon) to curtail the right-wing obstructionist tendency. On many matters (e.g., foreign policy) Obama will be able to do what is necessary to undo the damage wrought by the Busheviks.

Why did the Obama voter cro... (Below threshold)

Why did the Obama voter cross the road?


To pick up some loose change.


Thanks. I'll be here all week.

Herman -You'd bett... (Below threshold)

Herman -

You'd better be careful the cure isn't worse than the disease. Sure, you're thinking "What can go wrong?" - but you seem to forget there's 194 OTHER countries (plus or minus, depending on who's counting and with what critieria) who will ALL have their own agendas and desires and ways they want to see the world go.

(Oddly enough, it'll probably be in ways that would benefit their countries. Go figure...)

And you're thinking Pelosi, Reid, and Obama together have enough experience and abilit they they're going to be 'good' for America? Undo the nebulous 'damage' you keep honking about?

You may be real sorry when you figure out what the cost of 'change' is gonna run us all.

Cripes!"abilit the... (Below threshold)

Cripes!

"abilit they" should be "ability" Aargh!

herman - "and the best ... (Below threshold)
marc:

herman - "and the best the Republicans can "hope" to do to thwart human progress is to have their Senate Republicans filibuster (as is their custom)."

That "custom" started with the Dems in 1841 when the Democratic minority tried to block a bank bill favored by the Whig majority.

And leave is not forget when in the '60s, the southern Democratic Senators attempted to block the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by filibustering that for 75 hours.

But the Democrats ... (Below threshold)
But the Democrats figure to be in 2009 near the magic number of 60 in the Senate, needing just to peel away a few Republicans

Just like with Obama, your donkey hubris with your supposed Democrat anointment come November will be your downfall.

Shorter Herman: "If the ... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Shorter Herman: "If the Republicans would just shut up and let the Democrats handle everything their way, everything would be grrrreat!"

Thanks, Oyster, for the fin... (Below threshold)
Herman:

Thanks, Oyster, for the fine summary.

Thanks, marc, for the ancie... (Below threshold)
Herman:

Thanks, marc, for the ancient history lesson.

Ancient herman? That's been... (Below threshold)

Ancient herman? That's been your side's legacy. You like to control people.

"You may be real sorry when... (Below threshold)
Herman:

"You may be real sorry when you figure out what the cost of 'change' is gonna run us all." -- JLawson

Didn't seem to cost a whole lot from 1993 to 2000, what do you think?

"Why did the Obama voter cr... (Below threshold)
John S:

"Why did the Obama voter cross the road? To pick up some loose change."

The only change Obama will produce will be what's left in your pocket after he's done raising taxes. And after 2010, facing a $2 trillion deficit, he'll come after the change as well.

Clinton had a clue - he did... (Below threshold)

Clinton had a clue - he didn't screw with the economy much, and he was reined in by a Republican House and Senate from massive excesses like Hillary's Healthcare. The pop of the Internet bubble, however, set up for a recession that hit as he left office... but hey, at that point it wasn't his responsibility, right?

He also faced little in the way of foriegn policy challenges, and Islamic terrorism groups were still getting their act together.

Now, you're talking about a Democratic House and Senate, and Obama being President and talking to allies who will DEPEND on the President meaning what he says, and saying CLEARLY what he means.

And at this point, the 'clearly' seems to be somewhat lacking. Every policy statement he comes out with is so hedged you need two or three interpreters to get sense out of it. (And the left calls BUSH inarticulate? It's entirely possible to go way too far the other way, and be completely incomprehensible.)

Pelosi's pretty much clueless about anything outside San Francisco and Washington, DC - Reid's Pelosi's sock puppet. Obama's about as firm on his stances as a weathervane, and doesn't seem to have a clue when it comes to economics or foriegn policy.

What are we supposed to do - depend on the talents of Obama's speechwriters for the next 4 years?

The man's not ready for prime time yet - but his syncophants are all too willing to see him elevated to a position he is manifestly not ready for.

ROFL. Watching that, I cha... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

ROFL. Watching that, I changed so hard I hoped my pants.

herman - "Thanks, marc,... (Below threshold)
marc:

herman - "Thanks, marc, for the ancient history lesson."

Your welcome, but it's a lesson that will go unheeded as you attempt to portray the filibuster as a Rep "Custom."

Didn't seem to cost a whole... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

Didn't seem to cost a whole lot from 1993 to 2000, what do you think?

Ruby Ridge, Waco, Elian Gonzales , Abolishment of COCOM, Ambush in Mogadishu, It only cost us National Defense, constitution rights, but everyone was happy because of the Hedge Funds, Internet bubble and the housing bubble of which crashed hard.

We do need change we need a return to smaller limited Federal Government.

"Your [sic] welco... (Below threshold)
Herman:

"Your [sic] welcome, but it's a lesson that will go unheeded as you attempt to portray the filibuster as a Rep "Custom." -- marc

Not really. The Repugnant Senators (with a few exceptions) filibustered yet again today, defeating measures which had passed in the House by wide margins.

And if those measures were ... (Below threshold)

And if those measures were loaded with pork, Herman, guaranteed to drive the deficit even higher, would you want them passed?

Now here's a chan... (Below threshold)
Herman:

Now here's a change that Obamamessiah shall implement as president that will give even the materialistic conservatives hope. Obamamessiah (and Congressional Democrats) will act to save the North Pole from melting away, thereby ensuring that Santa and the elves have a place to work, giving the conservatives hope that their Christmas stockings shall not remain empty (a foolish hope nonetheless, given the conservatives' naughtiness).

"And if those measures were... (Below threshold)
Herman:

"And if those measures were loaded with pork, Herman, guaranteed to drive the deficit even higher, would you want them passed?" -- JLawson

Depends on the measures that comprise the omnibus bill, not all of which entailed notable spending by the way (I recall one dealing with the Star-Spangled Banner & the War of 1812). Am I to assume everything else the same (no cuts in the military?). In any case, there were a LOT of largely independent measures thrown into a single bill which I just glanced at and it's extremely late and I have to go to sleep now.

herman - "Not really. T... (Below threshold)
marc:

herman - "Not really. The Repugnant [sic] Senators (with a few exceptions) filibustered yet again today, defeating measures which had passed in the House by wide margins."

Well now, there's your problem right there.

You don't know what a filibuster is.

The vote you note was a cloture vote not anything related to a filibuster.

Nice try.

Yep, nothing makes me want ... (Below threshold)
Mike:

Yep, nothing makes me want to vote for Obama more than a bunch of misty-eyed slackers. "Without hope" for eight years? Give me a break. Most of the people in that ad were barely into their teens in 2000. If you're a college-age slacker and you've been "without hope" for eight years don't blame Bush -- blame the tinfoil hat-wearing losers who have been parenting and mentoring you.

I don't know, they all look... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

I don't know, they all looked pretty depressed and apologetic using the word "hope". If Obama does get elected, it's gonna be a weepy four years-or eight-if they want to apologize even more to their moms.

Okay, Herman, let's say the... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Okay, Herman, let's say there was a filibuster (just to be in keeping with your argument because marc is right, it was a cloture vote). You complain the "Repugnant" Senators defeated measures which passed the house by 'wide margins'. Yet, you can only recall one "not notable" out of a "LOT" of independent measures. It indicates to me that you're not so concerned with what the Democrats do, but that whatever it is they want to do, it's surely going to undo all the 'damage wrought by the Busheviks'.

Before you started your argument, wouldn't it have been a good idea to have a few specifics and to mention what the objections are? Or is it better to just make sweeping generalizations and come to forgone conclusions about the perfidy of one group and the honor of another based on one bill and your political bias?

Oyster, it was a cloture vo... (Below threshold)
Herman:

Oyster, it was a cloture vote intending to stop debate because the Repugnant Senators had let Harry Reid know in one way or another their intention to filibuster. Reid's not going to demand that they actually start reading names out of the phonebook for hours (something he has rarely if ever done) if that's what you're looking for, as that wastes everybody's precious time.

More than half the Senators voted for cloture. Why isn't the bill now being sent to Bushie? Because the Dems failed to get to 60 to shut down the debate. That's how a filibuster works.

I mentioned the omnibus bill to make my point about the Republican senators again forcing a cloture vote, not because I was interested in the particulars of the particular bill. I don't examine in detail every bill that Congress considers, do you?

Your words: "whatever it is they want to do, it's surely going to undo all the 'damage wrought by the Busheviks'."

What I wrote: "On many matters (e.g., foreign policy) Obama will be able to do what is necessary to undo the damage wrought by the Busheviks."

Your assertion about what I wrote is wrong, and you need to improve your reading comprehension. (I surely never thought that any measure relating to the War of 1812 was undoing any damage).

Gahhh... damn you for conv... (Below threshold)
Linoge Author Profile Page:

Gahhh... damn you for convincing me to watch that dren, and damn me for being so weak-willed. Though, as a random thought, did anyone else notice Willow's girlfriend as one of those Obamamessiah converts?

And do not even get me started on the fucking idiocy of the message of the commercial... "hope" is about as good as flowers and puppy dogs when it comes to running this country, and "hope" without substance, plans, or direction (which, to me, describes Obama in a nutshell) is even worse.

and "hope" without subst... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

and "hope" without substance, plans, or direction (which, to me, describes Obama in a nutshell) is even worse.

Precisely. The terms 'hope' and 'change' are sufficiently vague that one can use them to fill in whatever meaning you'd like to have there. Obama is using them as Rorschach terms. It's the ultimate in 'telling the voter what they want to hear' because each voter fills in the empty suit for themselves.

Would you agree, _Mike_, an... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Would you agree, _Mike_, and everyone else, that "hope" and "change" are just as vacuous as "freedom" and "terror" and "evil"?

Politicians use loosely defined words that people like, so that people will draw their own sunny conclusions about the politicians. Sheesh. The guy does have policy-related stuff on his website, but you're acting as though his presidency will be predicated solely upon soundbites.

Herman, the threat of a fil... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Herman, the threat of a filibuster and actually filibustering are the same thing? Wow.

If you believe what you're saying then all the Democrats' threats of filibusters of Judicial nominees, Treasury Department nominations, Under Secretaries and Assistant Secretaries, etc. and the ones they actually did filibuster (many successfully out of the public eye), thwart the will of the people.

There was a point there where Democrats would have had to add an (F) along with the (D) after their names.

You've failed to convince me that this is largely a right-wing tendency. That was one of your initial charges. You did use the terms "custom" and "tendency" which implies that it is not a custom or tendency of Democrats to do so.

Furthermore, you make an assumption that Republicans want to "thwart human progress" and predict they will filibuster to realize that awful dream. Then you use the example of the threat of a filibuster off a bill which you give no indication that you're familiar with to prove your point about Republican obstructionism.

With that, I'm done with the off-topic conversation here.

Hyperbolist, hope and chang... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Hyperbolist, hope and change are far more nebulous as, by themselves, anything can be hoped for and anything can be changed. There's not even really any concrete context there. Terror, freedom and evil can at least be argued as to their degrees. But it's silly to put all of them in the same argument, because who is using "terror" or "evil" as their campaign motto?

Herman, the threat of a ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Herman, the threat of a filibuster and actually filibustering are the same thing? Wow.

Actually, for several years, yes. Both parties have an agreement designed to prevent "actual" filibusters. If someone threatens a filibuster, they go right to a cloture vote. If it fails, the bill is typically killed rather than provoke an actual filibuster.

I never really understood why anyone thought this was a good idea, for either party. If someone wants to filibuster, call their bluff and make them do it. This whole idea of killing bills that have 51 votes but not 60 seems silly.

Herman, WTF??? You say Rep... (Below threshold)
Bird:

Herman, WTF??? You say Republicans are obstructionists? Can we drill domestic oil? Jesus. Or should I just shut up and put a f'ing pinwheel for wind power on my Toyota? The Dems are currently obstructing the very thing we need most right now, American energy capabilities which would impact prices via futures and reduce the amount of dough sent to assholes in the Middle East and elsewhere. Obstructionist Republicans? Wake the F up.

You know what makes me laug... (Below threshold)
Brian G.:

You know what makes me laugh about the Left? They act like their happiness depends on who is President of the United States. I watched that idiotic MoveOn ad and those people are crying about being in an 8 year depression.

Obama is nothing, and he is going to lose.




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