Sonny Ad – A Critique

Since this website is off-limits to those in the Perdue campaign, I guess this will fall on deaf ears, but this has been stuck in my craw since I’ve seen it and wanted to get your feelings on the matter.

Ever since I first saw this ad, I have thought one particular section was worded poorly.  After reviewing it, I have clearly heard it incorrectly everytime I have watched it. 

In the beginning, the announcer talks about the terrible state our State was in prior to Sony’s election but when listing the problems, the announcer ends with (what sounds like) “and we elected Sonny Governor.”  In actuality, the announcer says, “then we elected Sonny Governor.”

Here’s the video for you to see:

Either way, it almost sounds to me as if electing Sonny was part of the announcer’s greivances, not as the turning point for solving these crises – which is the crux of the ad.  Personally, I think they should have said, “but we elected Sonny.”  That way, there would be no ambiguity to the statements whatsoever.

I know this is nit-picky, but it’s a slow newsday and like I said, this has been bugging me.

Regardless, Governor Perdue had my vote at “hello” – he completes me.


  1. rugby_fan says:

    “prior to Sony’s election”

    Since when has Georgia elected a Japanes electronics magnate?

    But wording of ads does matter even if it is semantics such as this. Why else would people spend as much time and energy on slogans.

    Its not election changing but it still matters.

  2. He also neglects to mention that he inherited a $700 million rainy day fund (greater than the so-called deficit he inherited) and instead of just using the rainy day fund to cover the shortfall, he slashed QBE funding, raised taxes on cigarettes and alcohol and tried to eliminate property tax relief for homeowners by cutting off the expansion of the state’s homestead exemption credit.

    But yes, more important to quibble over the and/then.

  3. Demonbeck says:


    Go and quibble over that on your own blog. Oh that’s right you did, and no one was there to listen.

    Wanna know why? Because everyone else out there knows it’s a bunch of horse manure.

  4. Eddie T says:


    Just which part do you think is horse manure? You’re welcome to your own opinion, but not to your own facts.

    He inherited a $700 million rainy day fund according to that bastion of liberal journalism: the Atlanta Business Chronicle….

    He slashed QBE funding–that’s in his own budget.

    He tried to raise taxes on cigarettes and alcohol, and he tried to eliminate Barnes’ homestead exemption credit before giving in to Democrats and a lot of smart Republicans in his own party, according to another bastion of liberal journalism: the National Review:

  5. flamingmoderate says:

    Is it just me, or has Chrisishardcore gotten a lot more defensive and aggressive as of late?

    I guess the realization that his candidate of choice is about to be outspent 6-1 by Sonny Perdue is sinking in…

    Or it could be the realization that Ralph Reed didn’t beat Cagle. Because without a poster child for the religious right to run against, the dems don’t stand a chance…

    It could also be the realization that Bill Stephens lost to Karen Handel. Because without someone with serious ethical issues to run against, the dems don’t stand a chance…

    It could also be that he is suffering from withdrawals over the sudden decrease in liberalism tablets over the past 4 years of Republican leadership…

    Whichever it is, I sure hope he gets over it quickly. Chris, we’d be happy to welcome you back to reality.

  6. Bull Moose says:

    Demonbeck, since you opened the can, I might as well chip in with my two cents as well…

    Keep in mind I’m taking off my Republican hat and putting on my pundit hat…

    The ad talks about a “deficit”. Well, under GA law, there is no deficit. The General Assembly and the Governor must pass a BALANCED BUDGET each and every year.

    I wouldn’t necessarily call what Sonny inherited a “deficit”.

    It was a revenue shortfall.

    Putting back on my Republican hat, we waited a LONG time for a Republican Governor and I’d much rather have my Republican Governor than a Democrat as Governor.

  7. caroline says:

    Frankly, none of Sonny’s ads are really that good. He never speaks himself and they all seem to be a rehash of someone else’s campaign.

    The ad about immigration was confusing. What was the message? Welfare for white nuclear families? His ads are too vague.

  8. atlantaman says:

    When you are managing the campaign for a popular incumbent Governor who is at least 13 points ahead by any reasonable poll you don’t step out too far in any kind of ad.

  9. rugby_fan says:

    When you are managing the campaign for a popular incumbent Governor who is at least 13 points ahead by any reasonable poll you don’t step out too far in any kind of ad.

    Yea that is all well and good but SP has been blanketing the airwaves with his ads and has not seen a significant movement in the polls.

    Remember how effective MT’s ads were? If this is what SP is going to put out for the rest of the campaign, it will be a bad ride for SP.

  10. flamingmoderate says:

    SP has been blanketing the airwaves with his ads and has not seen a significant movement in the polls.

    Rugby, I don’t necessarily see that as a bad sign. He’s up by 13 points. For him to make significant movement after already being that far ahead would be strange. I think his ads are intended to keep him 13 points ahead. And if he can gain a point here or there well, all for the better.

  11. Flamingmoderate, I know you think I’m just spouting partisan nonsense, but we haven’t had a reputable poll yet. Rasmussen (with its wild swings and 3 week delays between fielding and release) and Strategic Vision don’t count.

    Strategic Vision put out a Secretary of State Democratic primary poll where they only listed 5 candidates (forgot Scott Holcomb). When someone pointed this out, they reduced their undecided number by 10 points and gave Scott 10.

    Now, I can see forgetting Scott by having the correct undecided number (and only having your poll add up to 90%) but doing what they did clearly just shows they are making up their numbers. I await real polling.

  12. atlantaman says:


    I couldn’t agree with you more. Obviously I hope for a different outcome then you, but agree that some of the polls we spend time discussing are worthless. Remember the IA Reed/Cagle poll that had the two of them dead nuts even.

  13. SouthsideMike says:

    First time comment here…
    I don’t think any of the polls will mean much until October. As far as the ads go; I have heard some mockery of the “That’s what Sonny did…” line from some of my more “progressive” friends. Frankly I think SP’s biggest contribution may be giving us an honest choice in November. I can remember when the Governor’s race was really over in July. I am happy that is gone now and I can’t understand “why we would ever go back…”

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