Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle sends another ad in the final weeks of the campaign to question how Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made his money while he has been a public servant. The ad asks: “How did Harry Reid get so wealthy on a public servant’s income?”
The ad follows the line of questioning delivered at the recent debate where Angle positioned Reid as someone who has done well financially through his political service. The ad goes even further by incorporating Reid’s claim from the debate that he has been on a fixed income. The ad also speaks to Reid’s “million dollar” condo in the Ritz Carlton.
In a razor thin race and current mood of Nevada residents who are experiencing a 14% unemployment rate, this ad will have some traction.
Christine O’Donnell shows her knowledge or lack thereof of the Constitution in a debate today. She asked opponent Chris Coons, “Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?” The quote starts at 2 minutes and 50 seconds in the video above.
While the constitution does not state “separation of church and state”, the First Amendment makes it pretty clear:
Amendment 1 – Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified December 15, 1791.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
So much for separation of church and state…
What can I say? I love this ad. It has that familiar music that reminds me of my favorite PC/Mac ads that Apple does. It shows the candidate with soft and comfortable lighting. Heck, she is even wearing pearls (remember Beaver’s mom?). This is what a political consultant does when they have very little to work with, and it can be very effective.
- Is this candidate well educated in policy? No.
- Is this candidate running on a track record of political accomplishments? No.
- Is this candidate capable of performing in a tough interview setting? No.
Well then, create an ad that side-steps the issues, says nothing of substance and plays to voter frustration of the incumbents. Absolutely brilliant!
By the way, have you ever thought that a candidate would start their own campaign ad with “I’m not a witch”? I think she just lost the vote in Salem, Massachusetts, but I still love this ad!
That’s it, I need to watch it again.