August 24, 2005

STEELE AND U....:

TV Ad Using Steele Irritates Democrats (John Wagner, August 24, 2005, Washington Post)

Maryland Democrats are steaming over a new public service ad in which Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, a likely Republican candidate for U.S. Senate next year, offers tips on avoiding car thefts.

The television spot featuring Steele, who formed a Senate exploratory committee in June, is airing on Comcast cable stations in Maryland's Washington suburbs, where law enforcement officials say car thefts have been most prevalent.

"This is the first Steele-for-Senate campaign ad, as far as I'm concerned," Derek Walker, a spokesman for the Maryland Democratic Party, said yesterday. "It's clear that the exploratory committee is designed to find new and innovative ways to waste taxpayer money to promote the lieutenant governor."

Steele spokeswoman Regan Hopper called that assertion "ridiculous on its face" and said Steele started working on the issue of car thefts long before he expressed any interest in the Senate race.


When I worked on the NJ gubernatoirial in 1985, Governor Tom Kean was omnipresent with those "NJ and you, perfect together" ads. Bitching about it didn't get them off the air.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 24, 2005 12:00 AM
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I can see the MoveOn.org attack ad now: "Mike Steele, and evil member of the Bush/Rove/Haliburton cabal to take over the world, is against stealing cars. That's un-American, and that's why MoveOn-dot-org urges you to vote against Mike Steele. . . . I'm George Soros, and I paid for this message."

Posted by: Mike Morley at August 24, 2005 10:30 AM

You'd think that after nearly a century of incumbents cutting such ads for newsreels and radio and television, their opponents would realize that whining about them is not a productive response.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 24, 2005 1:06 PM

Mr. Ortega;

Why no, whining about it is very productive, if you goal is to feel good about yourself via a self-image as a victim. Once you realize that the Modern American Left has taken the "the personal is political" to its logical end point, that the goal of politics is to improve one's personal self esteem, almost all of their actions make sense.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at August 24, 2005 1:47 PM

In Chicago during the '91 World Science Fiction convention, there were numerous giant street banners saying:

MAYOR JANE BYRNE [huge]
Welcomes the World Science Fiction Convention [tiny]

Of course, she had nothing to do with it, other than being mayor at the time.

Posted by: PapayaSF at August 24, 2005 3:42 PM
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