Kent County Obama HQ poster. Lately, I've been doing what I like to call "Denver Trial Runs" - getting used to the weight of carrying the laptop and the camera around. It's not that I've found myself addicted to the spectacular "French Quarter" iced coffee at the Kava House. Oh no. I NEED to be prepared for walking around the city with all this stuff threatening to dislocate my shoulder. Yeah. That's the ticket. Endurance.
And, as it turns out, my other excuse for wandering the streets is plausible as well. You see, I simply HAD to get out of the house and get away from all of John McCain's incredibly horrible advertising. If the lying energy ad about drilling wasn't bad enough, the "Celeb" ad is so low-rent that it's practically surreal. Seriously, WTF? The guy is making Dick DeVos look like a class act, in both production and message. And this is for president. Please. (Yes, I could just turn off the TV, and I frequently do. But I can't make this delicious concoction. And carrying the laptop around the backyard just isn't the same. See Excuse 1.)
So here I am, finally getting around to yesterday's Gongwer, wondering just how in the hell I'm going to keep my sanity with three more months of this to go, and come to find out it's not just me being impatient and annoyed by "stupid" - it's the unrelenting frequency of the ads.
Republican presidential candidate John McCain is outspending Democratic rival Barack Obama in Michigan and several other battleground states, a new analysis shows of the $51.5 million spent to date nationwide by the two campaigns and supporters. Befitting the expected toss-up role the state will play, the $6 million in total spending on TV ads in Michigan ranks third among all states, trailing just Pennsylvania and Ohio, the report by the Wisconsin Advertising Project said.
This next fact was the kicker-
The Detroit and Grand Rapids media markets ranked in the top four among the top 20 markets for TV ad spending, and Lansing placed 13th.
And to think there are states where McCain hasn't even gone on the air yet. Lucky bastards.
I'm hoping that, just like DeVos, this is all way too soon and people (like me!) will develop a sort of immunity to all the negative advertising. McCain seems intent on playing all his cards right now (taxes, leadership, and today he even played the race card by accusing Obama of playing the race card. Will we see a nasty ad about that within the next few days?) and I'm starting to wonder just what it is he will have left in the tank at the end. How could he possibly go lower?
The snarkalicious womenforjohnmccain.com (a must read) had this great quote from Republican stalwart Ben Stein that sums it all up-
Mr. McCain is running the absolute most pathetic campaign I have ever seen in my whole life. His campaign is just heartbreakingly pathetic. He is a very impressive guy. He is a brave guy, but he is running the most lackluster campaign I have ever seen in my entire life. I would have thought Bob Dole’s campaign would have set a record for poor campaigns, but this one is even worse. I mean it is shocking.”
Michigan is getting the brunt of the pathetic storm right now. I must go get some cheddar dogs from Yesterdog so I can face my TV again.
Endurance, you know.