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And What’s More, You’re Ugly

by Adam Hanft on September 26, 2010

Rummaging through the ugly archive for the most unflattering photo of your opponent, and making aesthetics a strategy, has long been a tradition of political advertising.  Carl Paladino, who won a stunning victory over Rick Lazio in the New…

Crist Crucifies Himself

by Adam Hanft on September 21, 2010

Hey, what’s Governor Charlie Crist of Florida, who’s running as an independent for Senator, doing in a Claritin ad?  No, wait a minute, it’s a campaign commercial that just looks like some bad idea churned out by Big Pharma.…

The Man Pants Primary

by Adam Hanft on September 12, 2010

Tomorrow is primary day in Delaware – a special election for the symbolic Biden seat – and it’s looking like anything can happen.  Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell is gaining on Mike Castle; according to a Tea Party

Brown Spends His First Nickel

by Adam Hanft on September 7, 2010

The dome in this commercial doesn’t belong to the California State Capitol but to Jerry Brown, who’s running for it. It’s rare that a political commercial provides a grim case history of male-pattern-baldness, but when you were…

Meet Michele Bachmann’s Attack Dude

by Adam Hanft on September 3, 2010

It’s the most expensive Congressional race in the country: Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, conservative uber-darling, is running against Tarryl Clark in the 6th District of Minnesota. This is the second spot in her “Jim the Voter” campaign. A…