Politics and its Discontents: The Ad Wars Begin

Since I am currently preoccupied with rebuilding a small part of our deck (unskilled non-trades person that I am, the work is proceeding slowly), I shall take the easy way out this morning and embed some political ads that are making the rounds on You Tube and inviting commentary from the punditry. The Conservative attack ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Search For Authenticity

In their bewilderment over the staunch following that Toronto mayor Rob Ford continues to enjoy amongst ‘Ford Nation,’ some pundits have advanced the idea that it is his ‘authenticity’ that accounts for his traction, no matter what drugs he ingests, no matter how many criminal elements he consorts with, no matter how many lies he ...

Impolitical: Snapshot of the U.S. campaign

Checking in on the U.S. campaign. Here is how it’s going, in a nutshell. A new Obama ad: A new Romney ad: Which one do you find more compelling? Krugman yesterday: The conventional wisdom — which I too bought into — was that Democrats were going to support Obama, but grudgingly and without much enthusiasm. ...

Impolitical: Nice help if you can get it

Hey ho, the gang is all back together. Bridget Mary McCormack, sister of West Wing alumnus, Mary McCormack, is running for Michigan Supreme Court and the above is her ad highlighting the tricky ballot that may affect her support. A few thoughts…best ad ever? Longish but for fans of the West Wing, probably. It also ...

Impolitical: Late night

UK Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg with his very own version of a Checkers speech. He offers an apology for supporting massive tuition fee increases when he and his party had promised not to during the election campaign. It was probably timed to go in advance of a Lib Dem convention coming up next week. ...

Impolitical: New Mulcair ad

It’s a Mulcair day on the blog, it appears! How on earth did that happen… I find it hard to get too excited about this. Released just after the parliamentary session has ended, what’s with that? Come now, Conservative war room, timing is everything. Unless it is part of a wider concerted effort to get ...

Impolitical: Tom in the boardroom

A corporate leader for the NDP? In a subliminable way? Can’t help but highlight what stood out in the ad, “Tom,” not Thomas, chose to deliver his intro in a modern corporate boardroom looking place. There are no accidents in advertising, after all. Tom is in the skyscrapers with the rest of corporate Canada. Otherwise, ...