AFP Brings Poetry To Political Boob Tube

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Politicians are supposed to campaign in poetry and govern in prose. But political advertising this cycle has been, for the most part, a bunch of PowerPoint presentations overlaid on file photo montages. Grainy shot, voice over, bucolic shot, newspaper quote, statistic, out. They are, for the most part, ugly, predictable and boring. (They are probably effective too.)

Yet here comes Americans for Prosperity, hoping to disrupt the 30-second wasteland with an silent haiku to the emasculation of unemployment in an Ozzie and Harriet household.

Not since the Obama campaign released “Firms,” a spot scored by Mitt Romney’s bad singing, has there been a spot in this cycle that attempts something difficult and creative, and succeeds. I would credit the donors to AFP for their good judgement, but the donors who paid for “The Dinner Table” are anonymous.

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Kevin
Kevin

Romney, Mitt, or Mormon, Mr.

Spinning like a weathervane

Careful you don't get a blister

on your foot or in your brain.

Flop or flip, depends who’s there

From life to choice, it never ends

Is magic in your underwear,

Or time to change your depends?

OzarkGranny
OzarkGranny

Honestly, for the first 29 seconds I thought it was an ad for domestic violence.  I was expecting that poor woman to get a beating.  

OzarkGranny
OzarkGranny

Did this woman work in one of the many factories that Bain closed down?  If so, I feel bad for her and her family.  She lost her job through no fault of hers.   If only she had worked in an auto plant that Obama saved.  With any luck she'll get a job in the green energy industry that Obama's policies have promoted. 

OzarkGranny
OzarkGranny

Here is a quote from George W. Bush six weeks before

Obama was elected and three months before he took office.  Watch it for

yourself on YouTube.  Search "George W. Bush September 24,

2008."  

"The government's top economic experts warn

that without immediate action by Congress, America could slip into a financial

panic, and a distressing scenario would unfold:

More banks could fail, including some in your

community. The stock market would drop even more, which would reduce the value

of your retirement account. The value of your home could plummet. Foreclosures

would rise dramatically. And if you own a business or a farm, you would find it

harder and more expensive to get credit. More businesses would close their

doors, and millions of Americans could lose their jobs. Even if you have good

credit history, it would be more difficult for you to get the loans you need to

buy a car or send your children to college. And ultimately, our country could

experience a long and painful recession."

OzarkGranny
OzarkGranny

Time to try something different: cut food stamps, unemployment, and energy assistance.  Then this family is cold, hungry and in the gutter. 

OzarkGranny
OzarkGranny

I wonder why they didn't use a Hispanic family or an African American family, perhaps one without a dad?   Those groups are disproportionately unemployed.  

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©
ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©

I credit the Koch's astroturf group AFP with making the country a worse place for most of the people who live in it.

~

Kevin Groenhagen
Kevin Groenhagen

It wasn't AFP that made the country worse for the millions of unemployed who are represented by the family in the ad.

OzarkGranny
OzarkGranny

Who represents the 92% that are employed?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

 No that would be the trickle down economics invented by Reagan, perfected by Bush and reintroduced by Romney.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©
ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©

It was the Republican party, enabled by conservaDems, aka the ones who are most like the Republicans.

Be Proud, Kevin.

Why do you goopers hate America, anyways?

~

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

I haven't bought any Georgia-Pacific stuff in quite a while now.

Kevin Groenhagen
Kevin Groenhagen

 How's that corn husk working out for you? A little rough?

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Living in the unheated outhouse is a little inconvenient.  But I love the solitude.

Mr. Whipple is my friend, anyways.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

I do that too. Little enough and it won't make a difference to them, but I feel better.

cin
cin

Funny, I took something totally different from that ad. That guy is unemployed but his family is still able to eat. They still have a house to live in. They should be on their knees, thanking Obama and the Democrats.

Kevin Groenhagen
Kevin Groenhagen

 Was he laid off today? Is there any money left in the checking account to buy any more food for the week? Is the house currently in foreclosure proceedings? You make a lot of assumptions concerning their lives. Do you think families like that are happy that Obama wasted two years forcing Obamacare down our throats when he should have been focused on jobs?

OzarkGranny
OzarkGranny

Kevin, speaking of foreclosure.  There are many reasons I will vote to reelect Obama, but

this is just one.  In 2004, I purchased

my home with a mortgage interest rate of 7.5%. 

In 2009, the economy tanked and my spouse had to take a 25% pay cut

(Neither of us have had a raise since.) 

At that point we were months from losing our home.  The only thing that would save us would be refinancing

to a lower mortgage rate.  However, our

home value had dropped $100,000 (1/3 of the purchase price) and we were now under

water (owed more on the mortgage then the home was worth) so no bank would refinance

our home.  This did not happen because I

borrowed more than I could afford, it happened because of reckless speculation

in the “free” market.  Luckily in 2009, the

Obama administration created a program that allowed home owners with negative

equity to refinance.  By lowering our

interest rate to 5.87% we saved $400 dollars per month.  That allowed my family of seven to stay in

our home.   Maybe you don’t think it is the role of

government to save people like me or the millions of people who have lost their

homes because of this debacle.  If it wasn't for this government bailout, my lifetime of work and saving would have

been down the drain and I put the blame entirely on the 1% of Wall Street.  I voted for Reagan, Dole, Bush I and II, but

hell will freeze over before I ever vote for a Republican again at any

level.    

OzarkGranny
OzarkGranny

I work in an emergency room and this weekend I treated an unemployed diabetic patient.  He doesn't have health insurance. He collects $305 a week in unemployment.    That doesn't cover the cost of his insulin, a medicine he will die without.   The Affordable Care Act will solve that problem.  He and I will vote for Obama.

WarrenSpahn
WarrenSpahn

I'm very happy.

And you would be happier, too, if you'd just come out of the closet.

In the meantime, do you need a binky?

cin
cin

 And yet...and yet...viewers of the ad are supposed to assume the situation is Obama's fault and that somehow Mitt Romney will make things better (though of course we don't know specifically what Mitt will do and how that will "make things better").

Which assumption is the larger leap?

By the way, why are you defending the guy in the ad? If he's not working, wouldn't he be part of the nefarious 47%? Which is it: are those who pay no income taxes lazy bums who want things handed to them, or are they just in a sorry situation from bad luck?

OzarkGranny
OzarkGranny

Kevin, that stutter ... is caused by a nervous condition ... one that is brought on by the fear that Romney will win and you and that lovely woman you are with will be able to smirk at all the disadvantage people in our country. 

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

Good looking food too. Guess mommy stays home with the school age kids? Nice salad bowl, covered butter dish. Glad they haven't had to let standards slip. Guess they cut back on razor blades for dad.

cin
cin

 Yeah, that scruff on Dad's face was kind of odd.  Gave him a really rough  look, didn't it? I wonder what the ad makers intended by that?

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

7.8% and shrinking.  What they got??