24 comments

  1. Part-Time Atlanta says:

    Pretty cool ad. I’m always amazed at how good a tv ad can make a candidate look.

  2. Populus says:

    This ad is typical political fare and amateurish to boot. Just like Clay Cox is a typical politician. America is hungry for a different tone, and this just ain’t it.

  3. EverythingZenX21 says:

    I wonder if they bussed that baby in for the shot too, cause she clearly doesn’t look like she supports him.

  4. Good to know John Edwards’ hair stylist hasn’t lost a pay check.

    Seeing this man speak in front of a prop audience is almost as painful as seeing him give speeches in front of a live audience.

    • Game Fan says:

      Fair taxes are much better than unfair taxes. And the fair tax is clearly a fair tax, because it’s called the fair tax. If it weren’t a fair tax the politicians wouldn’t call it a fair tax would they?

  5. Kilkenny Kid says:

    Liked the ad. Talking about FairTax will take wind out of Rob Woodall’s sails. Also, hitting Pelosi – always a good move!

  6. ga775 says:

    @kilkenny kid
    Why you think the Fairtax mention will “take the wind out” of Woodall’s sails is beyond me. If I was Clay I would stay away from this issue, seeing as Rob basically wrote the darn thing and was endorsed by both of its biggest supporters in Linder and Boortz, for better or worse.

  7. Kilkenny Kid says:

    Simple really – it’s called co-opting your opponent’s message. Do you really think more than 1% of people in 7th know Woodall wrote portions of FairTax? The guy hasn’t even lived in GA in over a decade!

  8. Carpet Capital says:

    I don’t live in the 7th district and therefore do not have a horse in this race, but is this guy really the favorite? Is this the best candidate available to take this seat? I didn’t realize the Fair Tax would solve all of the country’s business and employment woes.

  9. GOPwits says:

    I have a real concern about this guy as he sponsored legislation in the State House to benfit his own company… There are too many people like that already in DC…

  10. Jane says:

    I live in the 4th and cannot vote for Clay, but I have always found him to be a class act. I wish him well.

  11. Rick Day says:

    Interesting trend. The logo for, and or the words “G.O.P.” is strangely missing. Probably because it rhymes with “BP” which rhymes with “Drill Baby, drill”..sorta…

    The new ‘branding buzzword’ is “Conservative Republican “, (there are Liberal Republicans?) which, of course, still translates to corporatist/religious panderer.

    New Boss/Old Boss etc…

  12. ACConservative says:

    Here are the problems I have with the ad:

    1. Ripping on DC politicians/career bureaucrats:
    Dude, you’re literally running to become a DC politician and a career bureaucrat… 99.9% of non-incumbents rail on career politicians. 100% of their tunes change when re-election rolls around. Unless he intends to only serve one term, he sounds like an aspiring DC insider to me.

    2. The phony crowds and homey backdrops:
    Who do you think you are, Willie Stark?

    3. Speaking out against spending money we don’t have:
    Um, you’re a member of the Georgia Legislature, you guys wrote the book on spending money we don’t have.

    4. The “dad jeans:”
    I know he’s trying to look mature, but he comes across looking like my grandfather. Loosen the belt and don’t wear your pants so high and tight.

    5. Bowing before the Fair… Tax.
    Even with my leftward tendencies, I can still see the benefits of the FairTax. Do I wholeheartedly support it? No, but I don’t think its a terrible idea. But, please don’t claim that the FairTax is the cure-all for every issue we face, its one part of a broader budget and policy initiative.

    6. Ripping on San Francisco
    Dude mentions the city by the Bay as if its a bad place. Actually visit some time, you’ll be surprised by what you find. Is Nancy Pelosi from there, yep… but so are a bunch of really nice and helpful folks. Don’t make fun of what you don’t know Clay.

    • Well-thought observations.

      Its clear money went into this production, but not much else, including thought or strategy. Mostly, I’m disappointed to see this is how hard working folks who’ve dug deep are seeing their campaign contributions spent.

      The main problem that points 1, 3, and 6 highlight is that this is the poorest lip service we’ve seen from Clay yet. Bash DC bureaucrats, but on what issues? What specifically are they doing wrong? I don’t even want a promise from Clay on what he’ll do, much less would I hold him to it, I just want him to specify what in the hell the problems are so there’s a modicum of a chance I’ll be convinced he has a clue about issues.

      In this respect, this ad is like seeing the folks outside a dowtown MARTA station literally standing on a soapbox, doing some perverse form of preaching and lecturing. They may be intelligent but because they’re often suffering from mental illness, they’re incoherent, babbling and illogical. So they lock onto cliche issues like yelling at the establishment, yelling about Bush / Cheney, Enron, BP , and, of course, Nancy Pelosi. They may have some factual support, but they don’t connect the facts to make any sort of argument. They just shout facts.

      How is this ad any different? How is any of Clay’s talking points any different? He just throws that out there, “Go back to San Francisco, Nancy!” and it gets a few cheers and applauds. But then what? How does he send her home? How am I to be convinced Clay understands what Pelosi is doing wrong? How am I to be convinced he understands domestic and foreign policy for the Democrats? He can’t tell me his own plan, how am I supposed to believe he understands anyone elses?

      As for spending money, that’s not his worst talking point. And it doesn’t fall in the same “here we go again” category as Beltway/Pelosi bashing. But again, I’ve yet to hear anything substantive from Cox. I understand that ads are short, they are expensive, they aren’t about substance. But this ad is indicative of Cox the mouthpiece, Cox the hairfob, and not Cox the thinker or motivator.

      Points 2 and 4. Its funny and easy to knock at this, and obviously I enjoy that. But more sincerely, its creepy. This is an ad which shows he’s not comfortable in his own skin. Anyone familiar with John Edwards NC Senate run and subsequent VP run sees the same trends. Doll me up, surround me with props so I can get the cliche “look” of what a “politician is supposed to look like” and create a montage. Its the opposite of straight talk, and straight shooting. Americans are distrustful of that. They are too complacent about their politicians becoming this way when they go off to Washington, unfortunately.

      Again, I think this kind of puppetry happens in the Cox campaign because he’s either unwilling or unable to discuss the issues. Vague agendas, cliche attacks on national politicians who don’t even know or care who Clay Cox is, and lots of mascara.

      • ACConservative says:

        Good points, but its a 30 second ad… not a position paper. While his ad is big on fluff and light on substance, he’s not going to get votes by lecturing people on the tax code in 30 second increments… if you want his full positions on serious issues, hit up the campaign site (because that’s where a candidate should actually take the time to explain their positions).

        The line about Nancy Pelosi is stupid. Even if the GOP retakes Congress, Nancy Pelosi will still be a member of Congress. If Clay wants to send Nancy home, he needs to run for Congress out in San Francisco… Lord knows those tight jeans and perfectly quaffed hair will get him some votes out there.

  13. Clay also did a robo call yesterday telling everyone early voting started in Gwinnett and would start in the other 7th CD counties soon.

    I was knocking on doors yesterday and a person told me “I got a call from your opponent today.” They couldn’t remember the caller’s name but the next house I knock on did. I was able to tell them I wasn’t running for Congress. 🙂

    When I got home, the robo call was on my answering machine, and a letter from Cox was in the mail.

    • ACConservative says:

      Ah, gotta love when the political pestering begins. I’m on the verge of making it a habit to not vote for the guy that annoys me the most.

      So far, you aren’t in that camp Buzz.

  14. amor patriae says:

    Unfortunately, Cox’s latest cliche attempt to paint himself as the 7th District’s best hope is nothing new. Those of us who live in the 7th have been hearing the same slick, empty message for months, now.

    He consistently touts his “home boy” roots (he was a kicker for Brookwood’s high school football team — woo-hoo!) and his experience and voting record in the GA legislature (conveniently leaving out his attempts to pass very specific legislation that would directly benefit his own business, and taking credit for reducing the state budget when in fact he voted for tax increases). He takes snide pot-shots at his unmarried opponents (“I’m the only candidate who’s balanced a family budget….), and arrogantly plays to his GOP audiences by throwing out one-liners that bash Democrats, Washington insiders, and career politicians without actually proving to us that he is any different.

    I guess Clay is just a sideline player after all — all pretty-boy packaging, not enough real talent to tackle the issues.

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