What (Political Ads) NOT To Run

Here are two “Pelosi-Obama” attack ads the NRCC paid good money for (to the DC-area consulting firm Sandler-Innocenzi, Inc. for one of ’em) that are not working out so great for ’em. First not at all in Louisiana, and now not in a Mississippi Congressional race.

Heck, my kid and her cronies could have whipped-up much better attack ads using Barbie software. For free.

Takeaway? Nobody gives a rat’s patooty about Nancy Pelosi when gas is about $4 a gallon. Even if gas was $1.25  gallon, as this Mississippi Dem magically turned it into for a day of brilliant street theater/campaigning, Nancy Pelosi just doesn’t light a fire in the belly. Surely not the way Hillary does. A pity Senator Clinton is planning that graceful exit strategy about right now.

And Obama? Even if people didn’t vote for him, doesn’t mean they don’t admire him – albeit from afar. (Yeah Jeff, that Emory wonk couldn’t be more stupidly off-base about white people. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard hard-core Republicans say how much they really do respect Obama. And some of his values. Just not all of ’em!)

Why do political strategists keep going inside the Beltway to get a pulse on something happening way way outside the Beltway? BTTFOOM.


  1. John Konop says:

    You said

    “A pity Senator Clinton is planning that graceful exit strategy about right now”.

    The irony is you would attack any person in the GOP for running a racist campaign like Billary did.

  2. SpaceyG says:

    Gee John, the total non-irony is that I’m sure I’ll get plenty of opportunity to exercise that attack priviledge. If Bill Clinton is “racist,” then I’m Nancy Schaefer. And you know it.

  3. SpaceyG says:

    What the NRCC doeth in other parts of the South, they will surely tryeth here. So let’s think Big Picture, ok?! Say it with me… Big Picture.

    I know that’s a sretch for many on PP, but if you don’t get off the couch and exercise your God-given brain once in a while, it WILL atrophy on you.

  4. rugby fan says:

    “I know that’s a sretch for many on PP, but if you don’t get off the couch and exercise your God-given brain once in a while, it WILL atrophy on you.”

    That is why we love Spacey!

  5. John Konop says:


    As I said if a republican had made comments like this below you would be crying racism! Bottom line you have demonstrated by defending the racist strategy by Bill and Hillary that hypocrisy bleeds from your political views. Face it you would wear a sheet and go to a lynching if it would help Hillary!

    Clinton quoted in the USA Today: “I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on…Sen. Obama’s support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me. There’s a pattern emerging here.”

    “Hard working Americans, white Americans”.

    WSJ-….White Americans? Hard-working white Americans? “Even Richard Nixon didn’t say white,” an Obama supporter said, “even with the Southern strategy.”

    If John McCain said, “I got the white vote, baby!” his candidacy would be over. And rising in highest indignation against him would be the old Democratic Party.

    To play the race card as Mrs. Clinton has, to highlight and encourage a sense that we are crudely divided as a nation, to make your argument a brute and cynical “the black guy can’t win but the white girl can” is — well, so vulgar, so cynical, so cold, that once again a Clinton is making us turn off the television in case the children walk by.

    “She has unleashed the gates of hell,” a longtime party leader told me. “She’s saying, ‘He’s not one of us…..'”


  6. JRM2016 says:

    From the April 21, 2006 NYT:

    While Democrats are eagerly laying blame for the situation on the Republicans, they did little to advance energy measures in eight years under President Bill Clinton. Democrats remain split to some degree over how to proceed, but in general favor greater investment in “clean fuel” technologies, more incentives for driving fuel-efficient vehicles and stronger steps toward reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. Those positions were included in a measure sponsored last year by more than 30 Democratic House members who opposed the Republican version of the energy bill. Even so, 75 Democrats in the House and 25 in the Senate voted with the Republicans to pass Mr. Bush’s bill.


    So here it is, some 18 months after Speaker Pelosi took power, and what have Democrats done to improve our energy problems? Zip. They have done a great job preventing us from accessing our own oil reserves (read: ANWR, offshore), building new nuclear and clean coal power plants and of course have even blocked “renewable” energy plans like wind farms (thanks, Sen. Kennedy). If you want responsible energy policy, please don’t vote for Barack Obama or Hilary Clinton.

  7. John Konop says:

    The biggest increase in oil is due to the falling dollar. The truth is both parties out of control spending is driving inflation.

    Drug Prescription bill


    Farm Bill

    Energy Bill

    No Child Left Behind………..

  8. drjay says:

    the bigger prblem for barrow is that only one in eight of the voters in the 2-5 primary in the 12th were–white males…

  9. jsm says:

    “The biggest increase in oil is due to the falling dollar.”

    I disagree. I think market demand from the East has done much more to drive up the price of crude. The fall of the dollar is having a secondary effect.

    Also, you can chalk up much of NCLB’s burden to Kennedy and to Bush’s efforts to make it bipartisan.

  10. John Konop says:


    A little help for you.

    Crude oil hits $119.90 record on Euro breakout above 1.60

    bloomberg.com :

    Crude oil rose to a record $119.90 a barrel in New York [22 Apr 2008] as the dollar dropped to an all-time low against the euro, prompting investors to purchase commodities as an inflation hedge. Oil gained as the dollar touched $1.60 per euro for the first time after European Central Bank policy makers signaled they may raise interest rates because of inflation. The euro touched $1.6019, the highest since the European single currency was introduced in 1999. The falling dollar and higher global demand for raw materials have led to records this year for commodities including gold, corn, soybeans and rice.


  11. Rogue109 says:

    What the NRCC doeth in other parts of the South, they will surely tryeth here. So let’s think Big Picture, ok?! Say it with me… Big Picture.

    So if you post something that isn’t related to Georgia on the weekend, it’s because there is in your mind nothing else to talk about and it’s okay. If you post something that isn’t related to Georgia during the week, it’s because it is part of the “Big Picture.”

    For SpaceyG, there are no rules: merely guidelines and suggestions.

  12. moocher says:

    Just found it ironic you were complaining about someone not staying on-topic in an off-topic post.

  13. jsm says:

    “Do I really have to show you the math?”

    Show me. I’m interested. And please start at a point like 9/11, when it was around $25/barrel.

  14. John Konop says:


    If a dollar is worth less it takes more dollars to buy a product.

    For example if the dollar is worth 50% less it takes twice as many dollars to buy the same gallon of gasoline.

    This is why it hard to get a hotel room in NY now. Europeans are flooding here for vacations because buying things in America is cheap due to the falling dollar and rising Euro.

    Do you understand yet?

    The out of control spending by Bush and congress has had an affect on tax payers as the largest tax increase ever via the free falling dollar!

  15. Icarus says:


    You’re both right.

    I’m far too lazy to look up a few charts and/or related articles, but both the falling dollar and increased demand from developing countries (China, India, etc) are pushing the prices higher.

    In decades prior, a falling dollar didn’t have as much effect on the price of oil, as the US was the major consumer. However, with China and others now willing to buy all available supply and reserves, the OPEC nations no longer have to cut in to thier gross when the dollar falls.

    Thus, the price of oil goes up when the dollar falls, but this is made possible by the strong demand from other countries.

    Everybody happy?

  16. jsm says:

    All I was trying to say is that market demand is the greater force driving prices, moreso than the weak dollar.

    The dollar is obviously not worth 20% what it was at 9/11. It was worth 1.19 euros in July 2001, and it’s worth about .65 euro as of last Friday. That would mean the dollar’s change would account for the price of oil going from around $25/barrel in 2001 to about $46/barrel today. The market and inflation, then, would account for the additional $80 or so in its Monday peak price of $126/barrel–a much greater effect. This, in turn, is driving up prices at the grocery store, the clothing retailer, etc.

    I know Congress’ spending under President Bush has been way out of control, especially on government giveaways. This spending has obviously hurt the dollar badly.

    I also know we need to be honest about the effect of liberal, enviro-militant stupidity that has put us in an energy bind and contributed immensely to this economic downturn. The US has made far greater environmental progress in the past few years than any country in the Kyoto camp, while GROWING the economy. No other country has been able to do this.

    We need to clip the EPA’s wings and allow this Nation to sensibly and efficiently access its own energy sources, but even that would take many years to produce a real difference in energy costs. So plan on the dollar continuing to struggle as energy costs remain high.

  17. Doug Deal says:

    jsm and John,

    As much as this pains me to say this, Icarus is right, you are both right.

    However, jsm, you are wrong when you pick peak endpoints to exagerate your side of the argument. You can’t just find a price spike and use that as an end point.

    John is wrong in discounting the amount attributable to demand. If inflation and the weak dollar are factored in, the price of crude over that 6 year period has still more than doubled (~150% increase). While 3% inflation a year over 6 years would account for about a 20% increase, and the weak dollar about 90% (assuming the Euro is a good proxy for an average world currency).

    In any event, there are a lot of things contributing to the increase in the price of oil.

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