Hillary's first TV ad

This is my first diary.  And, since I have seen YouTube ads for Edwards and Obama prominently featured here on the front page, in the name of equal time, I thought I'd diary about how effective (or not) Hillary Rodham Clinton's first ad.  What do you think of the ad?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3xepwid_ sY&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fblogs%2Eusatoda y%2Ecom%2Fonpolitics%2F2007%2F08%2Fregis ter%2Dclinto%2Ehtml

I like the ad.  It's memorable and subtlely conveys a pro-military message whilst it also subtlely highlights her health care, day care, family leave act expansion message.  Also, and not unimportantly, her voice is great in it.  If she can maintain the sound of her voice when she says at the end, "I'm Hillary Clinton and I approved this message", she'll do fine.

I'm still an Edwards man, as I want UHC by the end of a first term, not on a wing-and-a-prayer end of a lameduck second term.  However, HRC is my second choice.  I'll just admit it:  all things being equal, I'd pick the woman because I want a woman president in my lifetime.  And that ad, though very subtle, highlights Hillary's "womanness".  And that is what separates her from the rest and makes this ad even more memorable.  I'd give the ad an "A" for a first time out.

Tags: 2008, ad, clinton, Hillary, invisible, invisibles, TV, Youtube (all tags)

Comments

42 Comments

congrats.

on the first diary.  Though if you look further down, it was already diaried.

by iamready 2007-08-13 01:37PM | 0 recs
Re: congrats.

thanks.  

but, incidentally, this "race" to be first is why i have been on here for years, having been hesitant to post a diary.  sorry about diarying something that has been already done.

i guess it'll be years before i diary again, LOL

by jgarcia 2007-08-13 01:45PM | 0 recs
Re: congrats.

no problem.  keep writing.

by iamready 2007-08-13 02:11PM | 0 recs
Re: congrats.

Don't. It's a good diary, it strikes a good pleasant tone.

by Ernst 2007-08-13 03:22PM | 0 recs
Re: congrats.

thanks, that's sweet!  :)

by jgarcia 2007-08-13 03:41PM | 0 recs
Re: congrats.

... what can I say, I'm a sweet sort of guy...

by Ernst 2007-08-13 03:48PM | 0 recs
Re: congrats.

Jerome please consider banning icebergslim aka iamready again.

What difference does it make that this diary was posted twice? It was posted by two different bloggers.  I don't complain when 2 to 3 diaries pop up about Obama on the same subject.

So please give us a break.

by lonnette33 2007-08-13 03:52PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary's first TV ad

I'll give it a B , only because I wasn't in there to be part of history.

I want to see a woman president too but thats not the only reason to support her.

by lori 2007-08-13 01:40PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary's first TV ad

Thanks for the kind words from an Edwards supporter!

by areyouready 2007-08-13 01:40PM | 0 recs
Congrats on your

first diary.  Good job.

I also support Edwards.  I think you are doing a god thing with this diary.

by TomP 2007-08-13 01:44PM | 0 recs
Re: Congrats on your

thank you!

by jgarcia 2007-08-13 01:47PM | 0 recs
Re: Congrats on your

Great diary. Who cares if it's been done before. The person that said that doesn't support Hillary or Edwards so it's no biggie. Keep on postin.....

by DoIT 2007-08-13 01:55PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary's first TV ad

I don't like the message at all which is, "you wont be invisible to ME." Hillary makes it all about her.

Contrast that to John Edwards who has said many times, the real power is with the people. Real change starts with the people. He doesn't make it about him.

I also think it's hypocritical that she brings up UHC when she has said she will begin to work on it at the end of her second term.

by NCDemAmy 2007-08-13 01:58PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary's first TV ad

I don't really think she said she would start to work on health care at the end of her second term.  Is that really what you think she said?

Hillary is definitely a cautious politician by nature, but I find it hard to believe the health care issue is ever far from her mind.

by Steve M 2007-08-13 02:02PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary's first TV ad

one question:  When real power is with the people and change starts with the people, just what, exactly, is/are "the people" going to do to make these people visible?

Seems to me that this "people have the power" stuff is just a silly jingle.  Nothing but a slogan.

Look at the ad from an objective standpoint as a regular voter in NH or IA.  From THAT perspective, I believe it was very effective.  I like Edwards, but I hate sloganeering.

by jgarcia 2007-08-13 02:05PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary's first TV ad

And "you wont be invisible to ME!" is more than a "slogan" or "silly jingle?"

Edwards is calling on people to start taking action now, to change our country. Of course, that means getting involved in our local communities, volunteering, and participating in the democratic process, including speaking out.

Meanwhile, Bush encourages people to "go shopping."

by NCDemAmy 2007-08-13 03:05PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary's first TV ad

Though a John Edwards supporter myself, I'd have to give this ad a B, maybe a B-, because although it is generally a good ad, it isn't a transformational ad like, for instance, John Yarmuth's "Golf with Saddam" or John Kerry's Vietnam ad before the Iowa caucuses, which may well have won him the caucus. It's effective, but it's not one that everyone will view and think "wow! I just love Hillary and that ad!" For sake of comparison, I give John Edwards' ad about a B too.

Also, I do agree that Hillary's rhetoric seems to be focused to two people: Herself and George Bush. This obviously plays to her strength, but I think it'll hurt her among more informed voters who generally like the people-powered message better than candidate-oriented message.

by KainIIIC 2007-08-13 05:06PM | 0 recs
Flip side to that

Many Americans vote for a leader for President who will make things happen.  

Opposite approaches for sure.  Both good in their own way.  It will be interested to see which one catches on in Iowa.  

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by dearreader 2007-08-13 01:59PM | 0 recs
Re: Sidebar : Correction to Link
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by dearreader 2007-08-13 02:06PM | 0 recs
Change

CNN has released some new poll numbers today, and this one seems surprising:

Obama is presenting himself on the campaign trail as the candidate of change, but only 27 percent of the Democrats we questioned say the senator from Illinois is most likely to change the country. That's second to Clinton -- 40 percent of those polled say she's most likely to bring change.

by areyouready 2007-08-13 02:08PM | 0 recs
Re: Change

do you have a link

by lori 2007-08-13 02:15PM | 0 recs
Re: Change

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/200 7/08/13/clinton-strong-yes-likeable-mayb e/

Fully 59 percent of those questioned in our new poll say Clinton has the right experience to be president. Only 9 percent feel that way about Obama. Meanwhile, 47 percent say she would be the strongest leader, and 46 percent say she is the most qualified to be commander in chief.

Obama is presenting himself on the campaign trail as the candidate of change, but only 27 percent of the Democrats we questioned say the senator from Illinois is most likely to change the country. That's second to Clinton -- 40 percent of those polled say she's most likely to bring change.

So what are Clinton's weak points? One appears to be honesty. Just 28 percent say that Clinton is the most honest candidate, compared to 24 percent for Obama.

The other is likeability: 34 percent say Obama is the most likeable candidate, topping Clinton on that measure by three points.

by areyouready 2007-08-13 02:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Change

9% think Obama is experienced enough to be president. This is an awful number.

by areyouready 2007-08-13 02:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Change

that is not true... that is in comparison to other canidates out of 100%... please stop your lies.

by CardBoard 2007-08-13 02:28PM | 0 recs
Re: Change

Areyouready will you support the democratic nominee for president no matter who of our top 4 candidates?

by BDM 2007-08-13 03:27PM | 0 recs
Re: Change

wow.  

As I have said, Edwards is my guy so far.  But HRC is number two in my mind.  But, for the life of me, I don't understand the Obama phenomenon.  Obama isn't even on my radar, yet people are proclaiming him the king of the world already.

I'd have Dodd over Obama as my third, at this point.

by jgarcia 2007-08-13 02:16PM | 0 recs
Re: Change

I believe Edwards brings some meaningful things to the race. He pushes the field to the field, other candidates including Hillary realize the power of populism theme.

I don't like Edwards as a person, but yes, he brings something meanful to the table.

Obama, on the other hand, is a complete empty suit, everything is about image, package and hype.

by areyouready 2007-08-13 02:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Change

Would you support Obama IF HE IS THE NOMINEE?

by BDM 2007-08-13 03:28PM | 0 recs
Re: Change

a handful of Obama backers have indicated that they won't vote for Hillary. Areyouready is the only one that said he won't vote for Obama. Just lump him in with those folks.

I don't agree with him, but calling him out will be futile, just like Clintonites calling out the Nader: the next generation people out is useless.

by Ernst 2007-08-13 03:55PM | 0 recs
Re: Change

Just correct you. I've never said that, check my history.

I don't ask hypothetical question.

by areyouready 2007-08-13 04:32PM | 0 recs
Re: Change

I don't answer hypothetical question.

by areyouready 2007-08-13 04:32PM | 0 recs
Re: Change

Many diaries on Kos and on this site by Clinton supporter's have asked this question of me and others, I think it is fair to ask you the question.

I take it you would not support the democratic nominee if it is Obama.

by BDM 2007-08-13 06:57PM | 0 recs
Re: Change

I can support anyone except Hillary.  I'm totally A-B-C (Anybody But Clinton)!!!!!!!

by townhomegirly 2007-08-13 04:41PM | 0 recs
Re: Change

I would, yes.

Everyone in my household loves Obama. We just don't think he's ready to be President yet.

by hwc 2007-08-13 05:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Change

I think i've said this before to you already, but can you honestly believe that Hillary is much different than Obama when it comes to image, package and hype? The MSM has been hyping Hillary since 2005, she's been carefully creating her image since being elected to the Senate and especially after 2002, and is about as packaged as Obama is when it comes to stands on issues.

It's like Don Sherwood blasting Mark Foley for immorality. It just doesn't fit.

by KainIIIC 2007-08-13 05:14PM | 0 recs
On second thought, I HATE this ad now!!!

Btw, I take back that I liked Hillary's ad.  It's terrible now, in my opinion.  Why?  Because, as a Democratic presidential candidate in 2007, even if the ad is being played only in Iowa (and it looks like it), the ad MUST MUST MUST contain some racial and ethnic diversity.  As a hispanic that ad now pisses me the fuck off.  I am sick to death of the lily-whiteness of all these candidates' campaign teams, too.

I am emailing my thoughts on this to her campaign.  If she keeps up this lack of racial diversity, she will drop from being my number two choice.  I am tired that, in 2007, I have to put up wiith shit like this from my party's candidates.

by jgarcia 2007-08-13 04:55PM | 0 recs
Re: On second thought, I HATE this ad now!!!

Well in Hillary's defense, this was an ad for Iowa and, let's be a little realistic here, basically Iowa is 95%+ White... it reminds me a little bit of when Sharpton attacked Dean in '04 over not black staffers when most of his staff came from Vermont... which Bill Maher later joked there's only 1 black person in Vermont, and she's on the syrup bottle (Aunt Jemima).

This Edwards ad is pretty diverse, though. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnHkWfIAy HE

by KainIIIC 2007-08-13 05:24PM | 0 recs
Re: On second thought, I HATE this ad now!!!

So, since I showed you Edwards' ALL-WHITE Iowa ad, are you now dropping him from your favorite list also?  

Why is this issue discussed over two diaries created by one poster now?    

by georgep 2007-08-13 10:19PM | 0 recs
What are you talking about?

You couldn't be more off base. Do you even know who is part of Hillary's inner circle? It is, by far, the most diverse staff you'll find and most of them go way back with Hillary Clinton to the early days in the White House.

Here's a photo and article on "Hillaryland"

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/con tent/article/2007/06/20/AR2007062002567. html

Here's the wiki entry with clickable links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillaryland

Here's a DailyKOS diary with a run-down of the diversity on Clinton's inner-circle.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/8/6/1 55827/3340

by hwc 2007-08-13 05:31PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary's first TV ad

Note that Clinton's campaign chairman Patti Solis Doyle is the daughter of Mexican immigrants from the South Side of Chicago. She started as a scheduler for Hillary Clinton in Arkansas and is now running the Clinton campaign.

by hwc 2007-08-13 05:37PM | 0 recs
I feel your pain

This invisible thing is good.  It isn't as good as "I feel your pain" but it is real good.

It says I know you are there, I know you are hurting, and I'm gonna do someting about it.  That is a powerful message - it shows but caring and strength.

Contrast that with Bush whose basically message has been hold on and maybe your day will come when all these tax cuts finally tinkle down on you.

Or contrast that with Obama who says simple to hope.

Hillary Clinton's message is all that more powerful because she is the candidate that people actually think has the skill and experience to actually accomplish something.

by dpANDREWS 2007-08-14 05:51AM | 0 recs

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