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Greed = Good; Questionable Ad Placement = Bad

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In my state this year there’s a Senate election in which the Republican *gasp* has a very good chance to win.

This of course means the political ads are running fast and furious.

I mentioned this a few days ago, but I need to give an update.

There is this one radio ad running seemingly nonstop on my local HATE RADIO~!!! station. I can’t find an audio clip, but it’s one of those “let’s throw everything up against the wall and see if any of it sticks” last-gasp measures. Here’s some more info on the ad, which features a sound clip from Gordon Gekko saying, “Greed is good” a bunch.

Here’s someone else talking about this ad.

Here in Pennsylvania, the National Education Association has saturated the airwaves with an ad comparing GOP senatorial candidate Pat Toomey to the infamous fictitious Gordon Gekko, complete with dubbed clips of actor Michael Douglas’ line “Greed is good”. It’s a slick ad-very well produced. And it’s a political hatchet job, pure and simple.

So you see, I’m NOT making this up.

Anyway, when I first hearing these ads and there wasn’t much of a response by the Toomey campaign, I said the following:

Toomey’s had a lead that has since been narrowed. Now I’m getting these stupid ads on TV and equally dimwitted radio commercials playing nearly nonstop. So far I have not heard any response from the Toomey camp, which tells me one of two things.

1) Internal polling shows these aren’t doing a thing.

2) Toomey’s campaign doesn’t know what to do.

If it’s the latter, then the shitdick Democrat deserves to win.

Turns out my first hunch seems to be the case.

New polling data indicates that Pennsylvania Republican Senate hopeful Pat Toomey has regained the lead he held for months, thanks largely to continued strength among independent voters.

After Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak closed the gap recently to take a narrow lead in the competitive race, Toomey surged back ahead this week, according to the state’s two largest polling institutes. A Franklin & Marshall College survey released Wednesday morning showed Toomey leading by seven points among likely voters, 43 percent to 36 percent.

That finding substantiated movement in the Muhlenberg College daily tracking poll, which swung 11 points in the span of a week—from a 3-point edge for Sestak last Wednesday to an 8-point lead for Toomey on Tuesday. That advantage leveled out to five points in the tracking poll on Wednesday.

By all accounts, the race remains close as the candidates enter a homestretch packed with furious retail campaigning. A Reuters poll earlier in the week showed the race tied, with each candidate winning 46 percent of likely voters.

But taken together, the latest polling data seemed to signal that Sestak’s surge was in large part due to solidified support among his own party, and that Toomey was still performing well with the critical bloc of independent voters.

“There was no sudden movement in the polls benefitting Sestak,” Toomey pollster Jon Lerner wrote earlier in the week, in a memo obtained by POLITICO. “Rather it was the common and expected phenomenon of strong partisan Democrats moving back to their party’s candidate.”

But what is my favorite part about these stupid ads? They are being aired, often in multiple times during one commercial break, on my local RIGHT-WING RADIO station. The local host has torn apart these ads during his show at least three times already, and I’m sure the listeners are getting more and more pissed off every time they hear this ad aired.

To the geniuses responsible for this stupid “Greed is good” ad — you’re definitely encouraging people to go out and vote on Tuesday, I’ll say that.

Written by kkktookmybabyaway

October 28, 2010 at 4:56 pm

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