Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Campaign 2010 -OR- NoNoNo HoHoHo

     November 2nd.  Election day.  By now you've probably heard the Tea Party is steamed! The Democrats are doomed!  And the Republicans are going to "change" Washington!  No matter which side you're on, I think all right-minded Americans can agree, this is the day we proudly go to the polls and decide who's going to louse up our lives for the next couple of years.       
     At least this political season has been highly entertaining- especially the ads running on TV.  It's like 'Jersey Shore' meets 'Desperate Housewives'.  Lots of sex, violence, and bad manners.  I've never seen so many attack ads before.  If we believed the ridiculous claims in these ads we wouldn't vote for any of 'em!

      Have you noticed how most of those TV ads are paid for by mysterious sounding outfits like "United Americans for a Better Way" or " Better Americans United"?  According to the New York Times, "There has been a nationwide surge in TV ad spending for the midterms, which one group projects could top out at $3 billion this year, up from $2.7 billion in 2008."  Ad rates have surged because of the demand to place all of those attack ads.  And local businesses (the typical advertisers) now can't afford to run TV ads because they're too expensive.  What a mess.
     But here's what really has me riled up!  The Holidays.  Apparently, all of the corporations bankrolling those bombastic political ads have some money left over.  That's why we're already seeing Holiday ads on TV.  I was minding my own business last night when Best Buy aired an animated Holiday-themed spot.  And it wasn't even the first Holiday commercial I've seen.  Remember when advertisers waited until after Thanksgiving to begin running those TV commercials?  So it's November 2nd, a day to remember in America's political history.  That's because there are only 53 shopping days till Christmas!

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