Friday, November 03, 2006

I Approve Of This Post

MSN has a run-down on some of the funniest, stupidest and nastiest ads of the midterm campaign.

Closer to home, the Tories have released an attack ad for Dianne Haskett which accuses the Liberals of being too negative. Uh-huh. In their defense, I guess this week would be a bad week to run on "promises made, promises kept".

18 Comments:

  • Total asidage here...

    I (and, it seems, you as well) say "I appprove of this post". Whereas, if you listen carefully, all the ads say, simply, "I approve this post".

    Weird, eh?

    By Blogger Teddy, at 8:35 PM  

  • Someone should direct the Tories to their Blue Book, where they reveal their priorities by attacking the Liberal government before they summarize their platform. Hypocrites.

    By Blogger Steve V, at 9:09 PM  

  • haha - typical Conservatives. Making an ad that contradicts itself right in the ad.

    Claming Canadians didnt like Liberals Campaiging on fear while at the same time making this melodramatic ad with 'fear' aspiring music. Doesnt exactly beef up the Conservative party.

    It appears not only are the cabinet ministers not exactly great at their job, but their ad directors obviously arent either.

    By Blogger Just another Liberal, at 12:35 AM  

  • You know, the Abe Lincoln ad needs a serious re-write, but that guy is flat-out hot.


    I don't see the Liberals losing the London by-election with any kind of ad, but that said: I'm not saying I agree with attack ads, at all, but - that's the BEST political ad I've ever seen in Canada. It shouldn't be on the air - I'm just saying that it is slick and polished and effective.

    I have to admit - the charges made in that Haskett ad are, to my mind, true. It's an ad that Liberals should all take to heart. Kennedy asking, "Do we deserve to govern again?"(paraphrasing from memory) has been a strong point of the election - maybe the strongest. More should ask what Kennedy is asking - because the Haskett ad is true.

    I admit that the ad is very effective, but definitely Haskett should stick to boosting her own self, not attacking. And at least have the guts and knowledge to attack your opponent, not their party - sheesh.

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 12:42 AM  

  • Dianne Haskett...who left London to work with Elizabeth Dole in the USA. Then she mysteriously reappears in London mere weeks before civic elections. She hasn't lived in Canada for several years now and pretty much entirely abandoned her ties. Wonder what pushed her back to Canada...and who is behind it all.

    By Blogger Carrie, at 2:56 AM  

  • Oh my god - Carrie, surely you're not suggesting that she and Ignatieff are secretly married, are you?!

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 8:11 AM  

  • haha...we're all a buncha hypocrites. Everytime a party comes out with an attack ad we go all noble and feign disgust, yet last month/week/campaign our party was doing the exact same thing and we try and defend it.

    Isn't this just silly?

    Oh, and that music is awesome. Very over the top. Criminals. Free in our cities. In Canada. I'm not making this up ;)

    By Blogger Technetium, at 8:29 AM  

  • that's a great ad. sums up the Liberal party perfectly. I isn't negative if you mute out the exorcist theme music.

    I love it.

    And I had no idea Haskett worked for Elizabeth Dole.

    Elizabeth Dole is about the most admirable Republican around. She's fantastic. What a great link-up. Haskett must be a pretty impressive character.

    By Blogger Chuckercanuck, at 11:21 AM  

  • The challenge Liberals have is establishing credibility and the ad plays on that.

    With the leadership undecided at the time of the by-election, there is an underlying message that Liberals could actually pick the wrong person to lead the party, and appear poised to do so.

    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 11:30 AM  

  • The weirdest thing about that Tory attack ad is that it talks about how Canadians sent the Liberals a message in the last election. They did, sure, but the Liberals [i]won[/i] London North Centre; a strong plurality approved of the current Liberal message.

    By Blogger IslandLiberal, at 12:03 PM  

  • I don't know... that ad seems pretty ham-handed and lame, and if the people in the riding didn't believe the Tory rhetoric in sufficient numbers to elect a Tory MP, it's hard to see them doing so now.

    By Blogger Josh Gould, at 3:15 PM  

  • For that matter, the ad breaks the cardinal rule of advertising - tell us what the product is - by not mentioning that, if the Liberals aren't ready, the promise-breaking, Senator-appointing Tories aren't necessarily the default choice in a riding with at least 14,000 NDP voters.

    By Blogger Josh Gould, at 3:19 PM  

  • Chucker - I don't think I can remember the last time I saw a post dripping with sarcasm like yours, start to finish. Congrats!

    By Blogger Crabgrass, at 3:52 PM  

  • Elizabeth Dole has ties to the geriatric sex industry. In fact she regularly sleeps with one of its spokespeople. Now Diane Haskett wants to spread American values.

    Old people having sex: not my values, not in my London.

    A response:
    Clearly this picture shows that Diane Haskett is a good listener. Only she can bring proposals important to London to the highest quarters... where Prime Minister Harper will mostly ignore them.
    http://www.conservative.ca/media/20061030-subpage-bio.jpg

    By Blogger hosertohoosier, at 4:28 PM  

  • Also, how many freakin' law degrees does Haskett need? Why on earth was she doing a second LLM (at a worse university than where she got her first one, though I guess the British system is a bit different)?

    What is she hiding? Is she addicted to school?

    By Blogger hosertohoosier, at 4:34 PM  

  • Boy, you really hafta love the election campaigns in the U.S. I recently did a road trip in the U.S. and listened to the radio along the way. In the western U.S., there was a race between Marily Musgrave (Republican) and Angie Piccione (Democrat) in Colorado that was downright vicious.

    You would hear radio ads 5 minutes apart that were very specific.

    Musgrave ad: Angie Piccione wants to raise your taxes yet she hasn't even paid back her student loans yet.

    Piccione ad: Marilyn is a liar. My student loans have been paid back. Marilyn, you try to win a campaign by lying but I'll win by telling the truth.

    Musgrave ad

    Piccione ad

    I'm interested in this specific race. It's nice and dirty.

    By Blogger Brian C, at 12:15 AM  

  • It is true the Liberal ads in the last election were pretty nasty, but accusing them of having nasty ads and running a nasty one seems a little hypocritical. Besides the Liberals won London North Centre quite handidly so while voters in the neighbouring rural ridings were quite angry and somewhat angry in the neighbouring London ridings which they other lost (London-Fanshawe) or came close to losing (London West) voters in London North Centre didn't seem to be too unhappy.

    Besides much of the anger at the Liberals was they had been in power too long, not serious disagreements over policy. On the other hand almost all the disagreements with the Tories is over policy.

    By Blogger Miles Lunn, at 12:24 AM  

  • Besides much of the anger at the Liberals was they had been in power too long, not serious disagreements over policy.

    Oh really?!? This would indicate that Liberal renewal really hasn't happened yet.

    By Blogger Brian C, at 11:04 AM  

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