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Thursday, September 18, 2003


Dreamin' of Dean's TV Ads for the Main Event...

posted by Amanda at Thursday, September 18, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Hi there, everyone! First time poster Amanda here, posting from Boston and bringing you greetings from Mass for Dean!

So...remember that great Paul Wellstone TV ad (called, appropriately, "Fast-Paced Paul") back when he was first running for the US Senate in 1990? The one where he said he didn't have nearly as much money as his wealthy opponent so he had to talk really fast to fit his pitch into a 30-second spot?

I think about that ad a lot. To say the least, it was a fabulous ad. It may have helped Wellstone win, since it got a lot of attention and put his opponent, Rudy Boschwitz, on the defensive. And I often find myself hoping that the Dean campaign will adopt, to some degree, a similarly cheeky, clever, outside the box style of advertising. They've already adopted a pretty bold strategy with their audacious ad buy in Texas. So here's hoping.

And it seems I'm not the only one who fantasizes about the TV ads that a toughminded Democratic nominee, like Howard Dean, might run against GWB. Rick Perlstein over at the Village Voice has a great piece called "Come Out Fighting" that outlines his most wished for anti-Bush TV ads.

Read the article...and imagine. What's your fantasy Dean TV ad? Any ideas for how the campaign could use humor a la Wellstone to get its message across to the voters? Or how they could use stark imagery and hardhitting/clever messages to attack GWB's record and lies?

Personally, I'd love to see Dean do an homage to Wellstone -- with Dean talking and walking really fast so he can compete with GWB's stinking $200 million warchest. But I'm guessing folks here have all kinds of creative ideas. Share away!


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