Obama Goes on the Air in Iowa Updated

It looks like Obama is going to be buying his first TV ads of the season in Iowa.  There's an article out from the AP:
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Ob ama-Ads.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Candidates typically hold off on advertising during the slow summer months, but the warp-speed campaign has forced the 2008 contenders to rethink the traditional approach. Republican Mitt Romney and Democrat Bill Richardson have run ads in Iowa -- and seen their poll numbers increase.

Obama's two biographical spots are just the start of what could be an unprecedented campaign on television...

Update [2007-6-25 16:45:32 by psericks]: State Senator Kirk Dillard --- not to be confused with state rep. Jim Durkin, McCain's legislative co-chair --- has endorsed the McCain campaign and has been confirmed today as still endorsing, as confirmed by Ben Smith of Politico. A poster on that site Rashomon makes the great point that this seems like a trend of McCain supporters having "a soft spot for Obama." Like McCain adviser and former Bushie Mark McKinnon, who said that if McCain was in the general election against Obama he would resign his position...
Dillard has been a consistent source for glowing quotes for news articles about Obama's time in the state legislature, in the Chicago Tribune, etc. (Quotes posted in the discussion thread). Another poster says that Dillard has been quoted by abcnews as saying he is still endorsing McCain but wouldn't lose any sleep at night over his children's future if Obama were to be elected.
Update [2007-6-25 17:20:52 by psericks]: (1) Dillard was one of many considered by the state GOP as a replacement for the drop-out Jack Ryan to run against Obama in 2004 for the US Senate. He was quoted by the Chicago Sun-Times as saying he thought he could beat Obama but ultimately declined to run. Links and blockquotes in the discussion threads.
(2) Jay R notes Dillard's State GOP page has a nice photo of him and Fred Thompson. Interesting... http://www.dillard.senategop.org/
(3)Lest Dillard steal the spotlight, it turns out Obama helped Laurence Tribe write an article called "The Curvature of Constitutional Space." =)
"I can't pretend that I had any idea then that he would be a serious presidential candidate -- that would have been a crazy thing for anyone to project at that stage of a career -- but he was certainly the most all-around impressive student I had seen in decades," said Laurence Tribe, a constitutional scholar at Harvard for whom Obama served as a research assistant. Obama analyzed and integrated Einstein's theory of relativity, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, as well as the concept of curved space as an alternative to gravity, for a Law Review article that Tribe wrote titled, "The Curvature of Constitutional Space."

Obama aides planned a conference call Monday to discuss the new commercials, featuring a Republican lawmaker who worked with Obama in the Illinois State Legislature and Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe.

Both Tribe and Republican Sen. Kirk Dillard are featured in the new commercials.

A 60-second commercial, called ''Choices,'' focuses on the decision Obama made after graduating from Harvard Law School, opting to turn down lucrative offers from law firms and instead move to Chicago as a community organizer.

The other 30-second spot, titled ''Carry,'' addresses Obama's work in the Illinois Legislature, where Dillard praises him for pushing ethics legislation, expanding child care and health coverage and supporting tax credits for the working poor.

''Senator Obama worked on some of the deepest issues we had and was successful in a bipartisan way,'' Dillard says in that ad.

Aides described Tribe, a member of the Harvard law faculty, as a mentor for Obama. Tribe praises Obama for his decisions after graduating.

''It was inspiring, absolutely inspiring to see someone as brilliant as Barack Obama, as successful, someone who could have written his ticket on Wall Street, take all of the talent and all of the learning and decide to devote it to the community and to make people's lives better,'' Tribe says in the commercial.

The Obama campaign is spending a modest amount of money to run his first ads in Iowa.

My Response:  This is probably a sign of two things: (a) Obama's advisers have seen Romney's and Richardson's steady rise in the polls and would like to try out the same thing by throwing out a few test advertisements; (b) It looks like they're feeling good about the upcoming second quarter deadline and feel like they have the funds to spend.
As for my two cents on the second quarter fundraising deadline for the other candidates:

Opensecrets.org has a graph of Edwards' contributions week-by-week across the first quarter.  All of the candidates show a big spike in the last week before the deadline.  Edwards raised at least four million dollars in the final week last time (including only the FEC-reported donations over $200 --- I guess donations under $200 they have don't have dates for) --- he might not reach a number quite that high if his fundraising has indeed slowed down, but he should still clear $10 million, which should be enough for him to get his message out in the early states.  By setting expectations low, he might just clear them and get a little bit of positive press for it.
http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/weekly .asp?cycle=2008&cand1=N00009638& cand2=N00002283

As for Richardson, I really doubt that he will pass Edwards.  Last quarter, 50% of his donations were from New Mexico, his total was only 5 million, and though he has been gaining ground in the early states in polling that might just be on account of his ads on the air there.  His campaign has had a shaky couple weeks at best. He hasn't earned it, Edwards has run a far superior campaign.
We'll see.
I'm hoping Dodd registers a little bump up for his National Service plan.  Maybe 6 or 7 million?

UPDATE: Here's the link to the ads on Obama's website: http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/juneads/
UPDATE 2: It turns out that the state senator in the second Obama ad, Kirk Dillard, is actually a McCain supporter! Ben Smith at Politico spotted this: http://www.johnmccain.com/informing/news/PressReleases/da020ad3-8a13-4369-a508-a216ec85a148.htm

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Re: Obama Goes on the Air in Iowa

the campaign has now really begun, what will be interesting is what Hillary does with her tv ads, people beleive they know her so will they be effective in getting the people who say they don't like her to reconsider her?

by nevadadem 2007-06-25 08:59AM | 0 recs
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There is a big difference between Hillary and Obama in this respect. Everyone knows who Hillary is, but a lot of people only have a vague clue about who Obama is, and no idea of his record, vision, or positions.

As I shared at DailyKos, some of the funnier mispronunciations of Barack Obama's name I've heard while canvassing in Iowa:

"Birrahna" (maybe Barack the Pirrahna? I don't know)
"Barama" (a combination of his first and last names)
"Urbana" (a town in the neighboring state of Illinois)
"Brahma" (the Hindu God of Creation, one of the religion's three Gods of the "Great Trinity")
"That guy who was raised by terrorists" (okay, that last one's not really all that funny...)

His advertisements will play an important role in introducing him to Iowa voters and defining him in their minds. Senator Clinton will need no introduction. I'm sure she'll use Bill, and she'll probably make some issue ads or something, and there will be the requisite bio ad, but the ads from the Clinton campaign will have a different purpose than Obama's.

by Max Fletcher 2007-06-25 10:08AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Goes on the Air in Iowa

I posted seconds after you the same thing - I'll delete

by gb1437a 2007-06-25 09:09AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Goes on the Air in Iowa

They are really good spots for Iowa too - look at who the market to and the key words.  Well done.  No gimics, no politics, just a straight-up introduction.  I image their polling is showing a lot of people wanting to know more and this is a step to introduce him to the Iowa market.  Good Job Obama team!

by gb1437a 2007-06-25 09:36AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Goes on the Air in Iowa
It seems Obama is trying to lure Repubs with a "bipartisanship" and "consensus" angle by including a Repub in TV ad. Most likely most voters won't know the Repub is supporting McCain - but some have already figured out the "bipartisanship" that Lieberman touted as a positive - ain't working in DC for The People - but is working quite well for Congress.
OTOH - Edwards naturally appeals to moderate Repubs - without using Repub reps supporting other candidates in ads.
by annefrank 2007-06-25 12:16PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Goes on the Air in Iowa

I don't think the appeal is to Republicans.  It's to the Democrats who are really sick of the divisiveness of Politics.  The 2006 Primary in Iowa was the lowest voter turnout in the history of the State.  It is not enough to just appeal to those diehards who come out year after year.  Obama is looking to bring back people back into the process.

by Doug Dilg 2007-06-25 12:41PM | 0 recs
Obama's "bipartisanship"

is not the same as Lieberman's "bipartisansip."

by jj32 2007-06-25 02:54PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Goes on the Air in Iowa

I must say that I think the second ad is much better than the first.  The part where it mentions that after he went to Harvard Law School and could have gone anywhere to work, he decided to go back to community organizing is especially effective.

by minvis 2007-06-25 09:35AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Goes on the Air in Iowa

I know the "works with Republicans" to get things thing doesn't go over well on here sometimes but Obama's appeal to many people is that he won't be jsut another presient who 45% of the nation won't be able to stomach and hown that leads to  getting more "progressive" legislation done. It is part of the campaign that he has to run against Hillary, the fct that she is despised by such a high % (not just the right wing frealks that hate all dems) is not a badge of honer, it presents an obstacle to accomplishing the changes that are needed in this country.

by nevadadem 2007-06-25 09:54AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Goes on the Air in Iowa

and you have NH for Independents, and SC, down the line, but repub or dems can vote, they don't ask what party.

by icebergslim 2007-06-25 09:57AM | 0 recs
he should have picked a republican

who was willing to support him...

instead of McCain

by TarHeel 2007-06-25 11:53AM | 0 recs
Re: he should have picked a republican

I would think that it would be more of an embarassment for McCain that one of their co-chairs was doing ads for the opposition.

by jg40 2007-06-25 11:59AM | 0 recs

I'm guessing the way the media works they'll spin it as you suggest instead of the other way

by TarHeel 2007-06-25 12:05PM | 0 recs
Re: he should have picked a republican

An Illinois State Repub in an ad for a former Illinois State Dem - probably won't be much of a big deal.

by annefrank 2007-06-25 12:20PM | 0 recs
Re: he should have picked a republican

Co-chair thing is a mix-up.  McCain's legislative co-chair is the Illinois state rep. Jim Durkin, who also was McCain's campaign co-chair in Illinois in 2000 --- not state senator Kirk Dillard.  Similar names...

by psericks 2007-06-25 12:31PM | 0 recs
Re: he should have picked a republican

Dirk Dillard is an actual Republican, and he will no doubt himself vote for the Republican nominee, and he was even a potential nominee against Obama in 2004, so I think it says a lot that he's willing to appear in a campaign ad to talk about their work together in the legislature.

by psericks 2007-06-25 12:30PM | 0 recs
Re: he should have picked a republican

Dillard's official Senate site features a photo of him and Fred Thompson next to an article about Thompson's campaign.

He's dancing with everyone who asks.  But it's worth noting that the Illinois GOP tried to get Dillard to run against Obama in 2004, and he wouldn't, so perhaps there's something to their relationship after all (besides, wouldn't be the first Republican to swear off campaigning against Obama should he win the nod).

by Jay R 2007-06-25 12:36PM | 0 recs
Re: he should have picked a republican

Strike that--not his "official" site, but the one the Senate Republicans maintain as an .org.

by Jay R 2007-06-25 12:56PM | 0 recs
Re: he should have picked a republican

Who cares!!  You guys are making too much out of this.  If anything, McCain should be furious that a support is making a TV AD for Obama, a Democrat.  Have you thought about that one??

by icebergslim 2007-06-25 12:49PM | 0 recs
Re: he should have picked a republican

Wouldn't it be fun if when McCain dropped out he endorsed Obama?  Stranger things have happened.  McCain lost no time in agreeing with Obama to go public finance in the general if they both were nominated and the rest of the Republicans have been dumping on him unmercifully.  Chances?

by Shaun Appleby 2007-06-25 03:21PM | 0 recs
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No, I understand why they did that.  I was just saying, personally, that I found the second one more appealing to me.  It will be interesting to see how these play to the caucus goers in Iowa and also what Clinton and to a lesser extent, Edwards do to respond, if anything.

by minvis 2007-06-25 09:59AM | 0 recs
Ends with Website

Each of the ads end with the campaigns website displayed boldly so that you can't miss it.  I wonder if the campaign really thinks that that'll get people to go to the website and learn more.  I'd be interested if it works, and more importantly if it gets Iowa undecideds or leaners to fully back Obama.

by maddogg 2007-06-25 09:47AM | 0 recs
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I like this strategy.  On the Conference Call yesterday for Women for Obama, they are confident.  And as this article indicated, they are satisified with the ground swell of support, now you got to get the couch potatoes, ENGAGED.

http://www.philly.com/philly/wires/ap/ne ws/nation/elections/presidential/8167042 .html

by icebergslim 2007-06-25 09:56AM | 0 recs
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I was pretty impressed that Obama got Lawrence Tribe to be in the second ad. He's quite a figure in constitutional law--not that the average voter will know who the hell he is. Still--it impressed me.

by DPW 2007-06-25 10:07AM | 0 recs
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It's pretty amazing he was able to get a current Republican State Senator to appear in the ad.  Who is Kirk Dillard?  From clearinitiative.org:

Senator Kirk Dillard has served in the Illinois Senate since 1993. He is currently Republican spokesperson and co-chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and serves on the Environment and Energy and State Government committees. He also serves on the Legislative Reference Bureau, the Intergovernmental Cooperation Commission, and the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority Advisory Board.

Senator Dillard was chief sponsor of several landmark pieces of legislation including Illinois' first campaign finance/ethics reforms in 25 years and the State's first truth-in-sentencing law. Senator Dillard is also responsible for mandatory DNA testing of all felons, the "Safe to Learn" Act ensuring school safety, tort reform, the reorganization of the public higher education system, the state's anti-gun crime law known as "15-20-Life," and Dillard authored the first statute outlawing date rape or designer drugs, and successfully sponsored the Secretary of State's railroad safety initiatives.

by Doug Dilg 2007-06-25 10:24AM | 0 recs
New Yorker quote of Dillard
From the New Yorker in 2004 :
Back at the statehouse, Obama, who is chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee, rushed from meeting to floor vote to committee room. Everybody seemed to want a word with him. Terry Link, the senate majority whip, complained about Obama's successes in a long-running poker game. "I'm putting his kids through college," Link said. Kirk Dillard, a leading Republican senator from the Chicago suburbs, looked chagrined when I asked him about Obama. "I knew from the day he walked into this chamber that he was destined for great things," he said. "In Republican circles, we've always feared that Barack would become a rock star of American politics." Still, Dillard was gracious. "Obama is an extraordinary man," he said. "His intellect, his charisma. He's to the left of me on gun control, abortion. But he can really work with Republicans." Dillard and Obama have co-sponsored many bills. Though Dillard was unwilling to concede the general election to Obama, he described Illinois as "a major player in recognizing African-Americans. We are proudly the state that produced Abraham Lincoln."

by psericks 2007-06-25 10:31AM | 0 recs
Dillard was potential rival in 2004

Chicago Sun-Times: "Dillard says he can beat Obama, will decide on Senate run today" July 21, 2004

State Sen. Kirk Dillard said Tuesday that he is convinced he could beat Democrat Barack Obama in the race for the U.S. Senate, but is leaning against asking Republican leaders to name him to replace GOP nominee Jack Ryan.

"I'll make a decision sometime tomorrow morning," the Hinsdale legislator said Tuesday. "I'm still probably leaning against it."....

Dillard said he is convinced he can raise the $5 million to $7 million he would need to make the race. And the Chicago native argues he could portray Obama, who grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia as "a relative newcomer to Illinois."

But Dillard said he is worried about spending time in Washington away from his wife and two daughters, ages 3 and 10 months old.

"It's down to family considerations," Dillard said. "I am convinced that I can win."

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn 4155/is_20040721/ai_n12555525

by psericks 2007-06-25 10:35AM | 0 recs
More Dillard

Some legislators who worked with Obama in the Illinois Senate say he proved he can overcome gaps in experience with his ability to quickly grasp complicated issues.

Republican Sen. Kirk Dillard, who took office in 1993, says he gravitated to Obama when the rookie arrived in Springfield in 1997.

"Sen. Obama was someone who I thought -- and I was right -- could tackle extremely complex things like ethics reform, the death penalty or racial profiling by law enforcement," Dillard says.

Obama was "a full partner" in drafting and passing the state's first major ethics law in 25 years, Dillard says. Obama also helped pass laws requiring that police interrogations and confessions in capital cases be videotaped and creating a state earned-income tax credit.

Such successes are rare, "especially in a rough-and-tumble place driven by seniority like Illinois is," he says.

State Sen. Donne Trotter, a Democrat, says Obama is "a quick read, a quick study."

Obama's tenure as a constitutional lawyer, he says, "prepares him to learn the intricacies and nuances of what the federal government is all about."

USAToday 2007  Jan 17th
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/ 2007-01-16-obama-experience-cover_x.htm

by psericks 2007-06-25 10:40AM | 0 recs
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Yeah, I too was impressed with the Tribe endorsement.  To me, that was a dog whistle to liberals within the legal community.  Also, it may be a sign that Obama would put forth Tribe as a nominee on the Supreme Court, something that was considered taboo by Clinton in the aftermath of the Bork nomination which Tribe helped tank.

by freepursuits 2007-06-25 01:40PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Goes on the Air in Iowa

Yeah, I hadn't though about the Sup. Ct. possibility. I could see Obama putting an academic on the bench instead of a sitting judge. I could think of some I'd prefer more than Tribe, but I certainly wouldn't complain about his nomination.

by DPW 2007-06-25 02:01PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Goes on the Air in Iowa

I think a Tribe nomination would be real sand in the eyes of some conservatives, which maes it the kind of ballsy move I'd root for.  The other academic who would probably have the closest connection to Tribe and Obama, as well as an age which makes such a nomination worthwhile, would be Kathleen Sullivan.

by freepursuits 2007-06-25 04:51PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Goes on the Air in Iowa

Bipartisan?  Major, major turn off.

I see Obama slinging a lot of mud at Democrats and backing off Republicans.  That is not the way I want to go.  Not at all.  

by David Kowalski 2007-06-25 10:23AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Goes on the Air in Iowa

Then Obama is probably not the candidate for you.  But I think you are very much misreading the mood of the country.  

by Doug Dilg 2007-06-25 10:30AM | 0 recs

Untrue. Since he's in the Democratic primary, Obama will obviously be arguing with other Democrats. But he has never "backed off" Republicans - see his pressure on Republican senators to vote for Iraq withdrawl, his continual criticism of the Bush administration on everything from the environment to Katrina, etc. Maybe you should consider the idea that this particular Republican actaully does like and respect Obama, and that featuring him in the commercial will pay political dividends.

by This Machine Kills Fascists 2007-06-25 10:32AM | 0 recs
Re: Nope

the pressure on republicans was a politically safe move, and as the results of that effort showed, ineffective.

The only problem with showing the repug in the ad, is that when he endorses Thompson or any other repug, it can come back to bite Obama in the butt.

Can you imagine the headlines?
"Republican in Obama ad backs another candidate"

Well - I am sure they will be more creative than that...

by sepulvedaj3 2007-06-25 01:43PM | 0 recs
Re: Nope

He already has.  Read the update.

by psericks 2007-06-25 01:47PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Goes on the Air in Iowa

Perhaps it's your idea of bipartisanship that is warped. Building broad support for progressive legislation is necessary. Obama has shown that he can fight back against the radical right and the bigots. No compromise.

by Populism2008 2007-06-25 10:42AM | 0 recs
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Well, whether it turns you on or not, most people are tired of partisan divisions. This Zogby article refers to some interesting numbers (discussing Bloomberg's prospects). Here's an excerpt:

"It comes down to good timing, really. After more than a decade of harsh wrangling, likely voters tell me they are tired of the vicious partisanship. In a national telephone poll last month, 80% said it was "very important" that the next President be a person who can unite the country . . . . Another 58% said it was "very important" that the next President be able to cross party lines to work with political opponents, while just 42% said it was "very important" that he or she reflect the values of their own political party."

So, I think these ads might be rather effective--just, obviously, not on you.

by DPW 2007-06-25 10:53AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Goes on the Air in Iowa

There is no way to get past partisan politics unless the parties merge into one party. People may be tired of it but it has always been a reality in every country on the planet that has a democratic form of government. The purpose of partisan politics is to try represent the interests of the people in the party you represent.  I have no fantasies that the GOP will somehow someday start to represent the interests of the working class, middle class, and opressed in this county. That is not what they are about. It is necessary to compromise and to work with the other side at times but it is also necessary to be partisan and represent the people who put their lives in your hands.

by robliberal 2007-06-25 11:51AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Goes on the Air in Iowa

Elected officials should represent every citizen in their respective constituencies. Not just party loyalists.

I understand some of the strategic advantages to partisan commitment, but at the same time it fosters a kind of corruption and obstructs genuine public service. Too many politicians are so beholden to interests groups that they can't acknowledge meritorious positions that compete with the narrow interests represented by these interest groups.  

Moreover, I think the virtues of partisanship are more apparent with respect to congressional responsibilities as opposed to presidential ones. A good president, in my view, should exercise a kind of unifying leadership.

by DPW 2007-06-25 12:51PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Goes on the Air in Iowa

The core values of Republicans, the party of entrepreneurs, property owners and libertarians, is free markets and small government.  Democrats, everyone else, are for fair distribution of wealth and government funded community resources and services.  And both of them are for the rule of law and the Constitution, give or take an amendment or two.  I don't have a problem with that and think that is probably a good balance.

The Republicans must clean their house to restore this balance, however.  Let's help them by sending some of their most partisan politicians to find other work after their landslide defeat in the next election.

by Shaun Appleby 2007-06-25 03:28PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Goes on the Air in Iowa

Barack is bipartisan, but only in terms of bringing people together.

He is a liberal. Check his record.

He either brings people together to back liberal causes or for bills that everyone, from far left dems to far right repubs, should agree with (halting nuclear proliferation, ethics reform).

Remember where these ads are going up. In Iowa. Not exactly San Francisco.

Richardson and Romney both have seen improvements in the polls by putting up ads. Overall, it's a good move that could push Obama to the front of the pack in the polls in Iowa. The positive publicity that will arise from this will only be enforced by the fundraising numbers he is certain to post.

We'll see.

by blueprint 2007-06-25 10:58AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Goes on the Air in Iowa
It's interesting that just under the two ads on Obama's Iowa HQ homepage, there's an option to import your email addressbook and send the ads to selected contacts.  Works really smoothly.
Probably all of the campaigns will be doing this to have the maximum number of people watch the ad.  I wonder if there's going to be a point where online distribution eclipses the number of viewers it reaches over the air and through replaying in media broadcasts --- and not just for isolated viral ads.  And all for a fraction of the cost.
by psericks 2007-06-25 10:24AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Goes on the Air in Iowa

I thought the ads were pretty good. Not amazing, but they get the job done.

by Korha 2007-06-25 10:33AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Goes on the Air in Iowa

Yeah I think they were going for professional given the experience issue...rather than cute like Richardson.

by gb1437a 2007-06-25 10:40AM | 0 recs
Interesting thought

It makes sense to me, you're probably right about that.

by Populism2008 2007-06-25 10:43AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Goes on the Air in Iowa

A note about Harkin - He had Obama headline is annual big fry event.  He endorsed Dean in 04, as well all remember... If Obama holds his own into the fall I would think a Harkin endorsement, and adds, would be likely.

btw. Harkin would be a great VP choice for Obama given his expertise and likability...and he swing Iowa.  Harkin is 67, which may be a bit old.

by gb1437a 2007-06-25 10:44AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Goes on the Air in Iowa

The bio ad is really nice, works well. The plays-well-with-other-children one is a bit of a waste, since no one knows the Republican vouching for him and Laurence Tribe is not exactly a household name. The second bipartisan one looks a bit like Obama is running for Senator not president. The rhythm is so languid, with all the  listening images, making Obama come across as a listener not a doer, passive, not actively interested in big intractable problems solving problems. This intro to Obama should have been bolder. The ads clearly are aimed at Union members and Independents. HIllary should definitely do a biographical style ad as well, since people think they know her and her enemies love to fill in the blanks. HIllary's ads should convey experience, experience, experience. Obama's ads are nice but frankly with bills to pay and summer to distract I just want to know what the candidate is going to do for me and convey that he or she is competent. I'll remember that come Fall a lot quicker than any warm, schmaltzy bio.

by superetendar 2007-06-25 11:12AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Goes on the Air in Iowa Updated

I think he did it because of the effect that Romney and Richardson had in their rising poll numbers.

Also he is able to define himself before attack ad's come from his opponents to try to tear him down.

This is very smart of him and his campaign.

by BDM 2007-06-25 11:55AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Goes on the Air in Iowa Updated

I think he's airing ads more because he's raised over 50 million dollars and has now personally toured though a lot of the state. You raise money to spend it.

by Doug Dilg 2007-06-25 11:58AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Goes on the Air in Iowa Updated

So Obama is really in with the Republicans.  Now if Hillary ran ads with Republicans speaking on her behalf, I can only imagine what you all would say.  I'd bet diaries would be going up so fast our monitors would be flashing.

I think the GOP wants Obama to be the nominee because Obama "plays nice" and it will be easy to swiftboat him.

Obama's new ads are pleasing.  They do not convey toughness.  If anyone believes the Dem nominee won't have to be tough and hard as nails, I have some swampland for sale.

by samueldem 2007-06-25 01:16PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Goes on the Air in Iowa Updated

but, Obama plays nice - he has not sold out.  You have to play well with others to get anything done - that doesn't mean you have to compromise your principals... I doubt she could find a republican official to speak on her behalf - because it would be political suicide for that individual.

Hillary still refuses to be accountable for her war vote.

She is still promising health care (without a purposal) by the end of her second term.

She still has not held herself to any higher ethical standard than the bare minimum.

by gb1437a 2007-06-25 01:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Goes on the Air in Iowa Updated

Aren't you tired of all the parisian politics?  All this bickering and not getting a damn thing done?  No, these ads show someone who is willing to work with others.  Of course you have to be tough and if you believe in something, don't give in.  But if you are running for POTUS, you have to convey that you are willing to represent EVERYONE, not just a chosen few.  Ask, Bush about that and his great 26% following.

by icebergslim 2007-06-25 01:35PM | 0 recs
I'm not tired...

of "parisian politics" at all.  As long as it comes with a "cafe creme" and a "croque monsieur".  Yum!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croque-mons ieur

by rashomon 2007-06-25 02:32PM | 0 recs
DailyKos diarest sees Illinois GOP in shambles
Jerry 101 notes that today not only did Kirk Dillard come out with an ad for Obama, but state representative and chairman of the Schaumburg Township Republican Party Jim Froelich has announced he is switching parties and joining the Dems.
Not a good day for the Illinois GOP...
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/6/25/ 16122/8500
by psericks 2007-06-25 01:35PM | 0 recs
Re: DailyKos diarest sees

How do you compete with Obama having a 74% approval rating.  He has ressurected the Ill Democratic Party - when it looked like they were going down the scandal route only last year (and some still are).

by gb1437a 2007-06-25 01:39PM | 0 recs
Forget The Actual Ads.....

Let's talk about who was in it, what they do, what they said years ago, who they are connected with. But by all means, let's not focus on the actual ads because we must, by all means necessary, keep the attention away from Obama's substance so we can continue to assert he has none.


by BlueDiamond 2007-06-25 03:52PM | 0 recs


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