New RNC ad: The experiment

posted at 5:12 pm on August 5, 2009 by Allahpundit

The tone’s starkly different but this actually has something in common with that DNC abortion from this morning: Both ads are designed to introduce the buzzwords they want to dominate the conversation on health care this month. Incredibly, with voters nervous about the cost and quality of ObamaCare, the left’s putting its chips on “mobs,” “extremists,” and “extremist mobs.” The GOP, rather more shrewdly, is betting on “experiment” and “government takeover.” For once, I like our odds.

It’s well organized too, ticking off a few of The One’s greatest policy hits as a reason not to trust him this time. The bad news? The music’s hokey and melodramatic, but then it wouldn’t be an RNC ad if it wasn’t. The good news? The line about “desperate photo ops” made me laugh.


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The GOP, rather more shrewdly, is betting on “experiment” and “government takeover.” For once, I like our odds.

When the Donks have gone so far down into the gutters, the GOP can only have the odds on its side.

Upstater85 on August 5, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Mad Marxist ™

faraway on August 5, 2009 at 5:16 PM

That ad is racist.

rockmom on August 5, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Yes. But how are they dressed?

lorien1973 on August 5, 2009 at 5:17 PM

You’re expectations are FAR to high for the RNC Allah… You have to expect a minimum of one snafu during the production and airing of these spots… Good ad never-the-less…

Delaware Vol on August 5, 2009 at 5:18 PM

Somebody snitch!

And we need to snitch on THIS ONE too!

deedtrader on August 5, 2009 at 5:18 PM

Very good add.

rplat on August 5, 2009 at 5:18 PM

I thought that was pretty good.

Terrye on August 5, 2009 at 5:18 PM

I like it.

jewells45 on August 5, 2009 at 5:19 PM

I like it, but this won’t be on TV though will it?

El_Terrible on August 5, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Reminds me of Al Gore and the “scheme” gambit.

Immolate on August 5, 2009 at 5:20 PM

When AP says “Our” he’s not referring to the RNC.

And the ad is B-O-R-I-N-G.

Too long.

klickink.wordpress.com on August 5, 2009 at 5:20 PM

I’m sorry, I’m going to have to report this to the White House Ministry of Information Refutation.

Enoxo on August 5, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Do these ads ever see the light of day? Doesn’t the RNC have an advertising budget for a large media buy?

txag92 on August 5, 2009 at 5:22 PM

El_Terrible on August 5, 2009 at 5:20 PM

No. It’s obviously web only.

lorien1973 on August 5, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Is it just me, or is his nose always in the air?

madmonkphotog on August 5, 2009 at 5:23 PM

argh matey… so this ad is only going to preach to the choir then.

El_Terrible on August 5, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Is it just me, or is his nose always in the air?

madmonkphotog on August 5, 2009 at 5:23 PM

You can never look Messiah’s in the eyes, you have to go through their nostrils.

Enoxo on August 5, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Is it just me, or is his nose always in the air?

madmonkphotog on August 5, 2009 at 5:23 PM

How else would you know that he’s better than us?

El_Terrible on August 5, 2009 at 5:24 PM

They kept showing pics of Obama touching his face. He looked out of his league.

portlandon on August 5, 2009 at 5:25 PM

*golf clap*

well done.

clement on August 5, 2009 at 5:26 PM

They kept showing pics of Obama touching his face. He looked out of his league.

portlandon on August 5, 2009 at 5:25 PM

That’s common among cult leaders /s

Upstater85 on August 5, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Is it just me, or is his nose always in the air?

madmonkphotog on August 5, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Yes, it’s always in the air.

Monica on August 5, 2009 at 5:26 PM

For once, I like our odds.

Oh, crap. We’re doomed. ;)

irishspy on August 5, 2009 at 5:26 PM

I don’t like him getting zapped by lightning.

Ted Torgerson on August 5, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Is it just me, or is his nose always in the air?

madmonkphotog on August 5, 2009 at 5:23 PM

He’s trying to avoid getting a whiff of the unwashed masses (otherwise known as the dirty mobs of right-wing crazies).

AZCoyote on August 5, 2009 at 5:28 PM

Oooo!!!! I LOVE Rahm’s evil cheekbones!

WAY to GO!

tree hugging sister on August 5, 2009 at 5:28 PM

I know what you mean about the usual hokey and melodramatic music in GOP ads but thought this was pretty subtle and the Frankenstein-like lightning bolts punctuating it to underscore the “experiment idea justified it in this particular case.

Exit question: Will this ad be called racist?

(rhetorical, natch)

KittyLowrey on August 5, 2009 at 5:28 PM

The only thing missing is a noose

/LA Times

(P.S. That’s raaaaaaaaacist!)

Aquateen Hungerforce on August 5, 2009 at 5:29 PM

Ted Torgerson on August 5, 2009 at 5:27 PM

It was a metaphor for a noose.

/LA Times

lorien1973 on August 5, 2009 at 5:33 PM

Pretty decent ad, I like it.

BillCarson on August 5, 2009 at 5:34 PM

I feel the big Mo on our side…

but turn out at those meetings, even if you know a Blue Dog is driving somewhere… just hold a sign.
Turn up the heat!

silverfox on August 5, 2009 at 5:34 PM

It’s a decent spot. Thing is, it doesn’t matter how great the spot is, web only ads are seen by only a small number of people, and mostly just “the choir”.

I would love to see this national, prime time. It’s relatively clever, and moderately hard hitting. You can almost see a little evidence of a spine in the RNC with this ad…well there would be some evidence of a bit of spine were it actually broadcast.

flyfishingdad on August 5, 2009 at 5:36 PM

Great Ad.

Isn’t that Edison’s laboratory in the background?

Chainsaw56 on August 5, 2009 at 5:37 PM

They should have used the staring at the chick’s *ss photo and recut the beer summit pics to imply that he spent $787 billion on booze and hookers. At least it would have been more entertaining.

The Frankenstein theme will backfire as dog whistle politics because we all know that Frankenstein’s monster kills little white girls by throwing them in ponds.

rw on August 5, 2009 at 5:37 PM

They kept showing pics of Obama touching his face.

That is Ogabe’s double-secret signal to his glaze eyed, drooling followers to “get in their faces”.

Bishop on August 5, 2009 at 5:38 PM

Ooh, this is so reported.

Marcus on August 5, 2009 at 5:38 PM

Exit question: Will this ad be called racist?

(rhetorical, natch)

KittyLowrey on August 5, 2009 at 5:28 PM

You can’t mention the existence of this man without some liberal child-in-an-adult-body saying that. It’s like they learned that screaming for a new toy in the grocery store works, so they do it every time.

“RACIST!” is the new “SHUT UP!!!”

capitalist piglet on August 5, 2009 at 5:38 PM

Eh- medium. But I like the evil Rahm lurking in the background. Very Igor-like.

LASue on August 5, 2009 at 5:38 PM

Yes, it’s always in the air.

Monica on August 5, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Or up a dictators butt…

right2bright on August 5, 2009 at 5:38 PM

This ad was not pointed enough for me. Obama is sinking himself w/o the hokey “experiment” attack line and melodramatic music. We can torpedo him w/ his own words and should be doing it. This ad was too long and started putting me to sleep. It wasn’t very clever either. It seemed like politics as usual – which is what we should be accusing Obama et al. of instead of the RNC/us engaging in it ourselves. The RNC can and should be doing much better ads than this.

HadithHarry on August 5, 2009 at 5:39 PM

The bad news? The music’s hokey and melodramatic,

The only thing missing was Criswell’s v.o.

My friends, can your hearts stand the shocking facts about ObamaCare?

The Ugly American on August 5, 2009 at 5:41 PM

The ghoulish Emanuel fits the theme so well.

Pundette on August 5, 2009 at 5:42 PM

I don’t like him getting zapped by lightning.I don’t like him getting zapped by lightning.

Ted Torgerson on August 5, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Agreed. A bit young Franken-stein ish. Like Al Franken could ever be in power! Quit scaring the children….

clorensen on August 5, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Haha! Is this supposed to be a joke?

On the front page of HA, atop the left-hand column, there’s the new DNC ad showing mobs of angry right-wing protestors. The sub-headline is a sarcastic “No fearmongering here.”

As I write this, right next to that – atop the right-hand column – there’s the new RNC ad. The picture shows a placid, calm Barack Obama with the text “HIS MOST DANGEROUS EXPERIMENT OF ALL“.

No fearmongering there, right?

orange on August 5, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Is it just me, or is his nose always in the air?

madmonkphotog on August 5, 2009 at 5:23 PM

He is tall, but yeah, seems that way to me too.
You get the full pompous a** effect when he struts and puts his nose in the air at the same time.
Obama wants to make sure that we all know he is in charge, and that he is “The One”.

Susanboo on August 5, 2009 at 5:45 PM

orange on August 5, 2009 at 5:43 PM

I just have one question for you…

Enoxo on August 5, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Freedom costs a buck-o-five

Jeff from WI on August 5, 2009 at 5:46 PM

The interesting thing is that the RNC is now attacking Obama directly which means the gleam is off and he’s being seen as just another ‘pol.

PackerBronco on August 5, 2009 at 5:47 PM

Agreed. A bit young Franken-stein ish. Like Al Franken could ever be in power! Quit scaring the children….

clorensen on August 5, 2009 at 5:43 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH2nQHPs4aA

Jeff from WI on August 5, 2009 at 5:48 PM

orange on August 5, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Does it ever bother you that your parties Statist agenda is entirely based on lies and double standards?

Chainsaw56 on August 5, 2009 at 5:48 PM

No fearmongering there, right?
orange on August 5, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Right.

Bishop on August 5, 2009 at 5:49 PM

OT: “Dollar Bill” Jefferson convicted on 11 of 16 charges of corruption.

MadisonConservative on August 5, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Anybody notice that ObamaGirl is MIA….wonder if she is scared of this nittwit

MCW on August 5, 2009 at 5:52 PM

He is tall, but yeah, seems that way to me too.
You get the full pompous a** effect when he struts and puts his nose in the air at the same time.
Obama wants to make sure that we all know he is in charge, and that he is “The One”.

Susanboo on August 5, 2009 at 5:45 PM

The problem with Obama is no one beat the crap out of him. No father with a belt, no older brother to put him “in line”,no school friends to whack the snot out of him.

Jeff from WI on August 5, 2009 at 5:52 PM

I have a better idea:
From Glamour Magazine today promoting “green” ideas…
Peeing in the Shower –
32 percent of women admitted doing it.
Michelle Obama? Yea! Now there’s a fantasy commercial!!!

crash72 on August 5, 2009 at 5:52 PM

orange on August 5, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Okay, so you think that government won’t screw this up, just like they’ve screwed everything else up, right?

And if they do a fine job of running programs, why don’t they just use them to cover the uninsured?

Chainsaw56 on August 5, 2009 at 5:53 PM

Honestly, the ad reminds me of a junior high school AV project. I can live with that, especially since there is one shot of the filthy liar holding his head that is a dead ringer for one of the more familiar shots of OJ Simpson during his murder trial.

The only thing that frustrates me is that the filthy liar has so botched the domestic issues that his failures in foreign policy are being ignored and, like Clinton’s administration, people die from terrorism when Democrats run international affairs and intelligence.

highhopes on August 5, 2009 at 5:55 PM

orange on August 5, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Where is it CLEARLY Written that Healthcare is a right?

And if it is a right, how can that ‘right’ be rationed?

Chainsaw56 on August 5, 2009 at 5:55 PM

None of you are even understanding my point. I dont think any of you are even trying.

HotAir accused the DNC of fearmongering. RIGHT NEXT to that, they show an RNC ad which is clearly fearmongering.

Hilarious!

orange on August 5, 2009 at 5:57 PM

So far I got ’0′ for my mortgage…

TinMan13 on August 5, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Cold Cash Jefferson convicted

William Amos on August 5, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Speaking as a former constituent of the former Congressman. The jury got it wrong. They should have come back with 16 of 16 guilty charges.

highhopes on August 5, 2009 at 5:59 PM

orange on August 5, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Actually, Obama said that people on the right were fearmongering. Then the DNC came out with their fearmongering zombie ad. Do you see anything in the ad that is fearmongering or are you just falling back on the term out of habit?

lorien1973 on August 5, 2009 at 6:00 PM

’bout time someone at the RNC found a pair of stones lying around…..

about 15 months too late.

ted c on August 5, 2009 at 6:00 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH2nQHPs4aA

Jeff from WI on August 5, 2009 at 5:48 PM

Ah, good times. Good times.

clorensen on August 5, 2009 at 6:01 PM

I don’t like it. It tries to make it all about Obama as some kind of mad scientist. That will appeal to the base, but they’re already energized and out at rallies and such. The next step should be targeting the centrists and independents who voted for Obama. Obama is still popular at a personal level there.

A much better tactic would be to paint Obama as a well meaning guy, but naive and unable to overcome rigors of D.C. and the special interests who have subverted his better intentions and have run away to produce a bad bill that serves only themselves. Basically, like Reagan painted Carter.

I’m not sure Obama should even be prominent in the ad, or maybe, it goes from his euphoric inauguration to shots of Congress, Pelosi, Reed, and the special interest groups like the SEIU and others subverting him. Shots of Obama looking exasperated and deflated would be better than those of him as some sort of evil genius.

They have to make the case that it is morally acceptable to part ways with the hopeandchange story.

vimrich on August 5, 2009 at 6:01 PM

Fox reporting …….

William Jefferson convicted of bribery, guilty on 11 of 16 counts.

fogw on August 5, 2009 at 6:03 PM

OT:
Cold Cash Jefferson convicted of multiple accounts…who knew.

d1carter on August 5, 2009 at 6:04 PM

None of you are even understanding my point. I dont think any of you are even trying.
HotAir accused the DNC of fearmongering. RIGHT NEXT to that, they show an RNC ad which is clearly fearmongering.
Hilarious!
orange on August 5, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Everyone tried, really, but your point was lost in the fact that you don’t understand the circumstances.

Bishop on August 5, 2009 at 6:05 PM

None of you are even understanding my point. I dont think any of you are even trying.

HotAir accused the DNC of fearmongering. RIGHT NEXT to that, they show an RNC ad which is clearly fearmongering.

Hilarious!

orange on August 5, 2009 at 5:57 PM

I’m alot more afraid of the geniuses behind the Stimulus taking over healthcare than I am of some zombies in John Deere hats.

Chuck Schick on August 5, 2009 at 6:06 PM

Actually, Obama said that people on the right were fearmongering. Then the DNC came out with their fearmongering zombie ad. Do you see anything in the ad that is fearmongering or are you just falling back on the term out of habit?

lorien1973 on August 5, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Clearly both ads are trying to make viewers afraid of the target of the ad. For HotAir to accuse one of fearmongering and not the other is brazenly hypocritical. To put them right next to each other on the front page is downright hilarious.

orange on August 5, 2009 at 6:07 PM

I am appointing you all to the local AmeriCorps Schutzstaffel Hauptmann. You can not get away with soiling the good name of unserer Führer.

Rightwingguy on August 5, 2009 at 6:08 PM

Actually, Obama said that people on the right were fearmongering. Then the DNC came out with their fearmongering zombie ad. Do you see anything in the ad that is fearmongering or are you just falling back on the term out of habit?

lorien1973 on August 5, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Discussing the consequences of leftist policy = fearmongering. Duh.

TheUnrepentantGeek on August 5, 2009 at 6:08 PM

orange on August 5, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Hi new resident liberal (I suppose)!

For edification, word use is important. Fearmongering, as commonly used by most political junkies, means promoting un-proven or imaginary fears to steer public opinion in a certain way (see e.g. liberal’s complaint of using possible terrorist attacks by republicans to stop people from voting democrat)

Now, the DNC ad was clearly fearmongering as AP noted again and again by their use of the words “extermist” and “mobs.” Neither of these words accuratly describe constiuents’ complaints (however vociferous) towards their elected representitives.

The RNC ad, again as AP notes, uses buzzwords like “experiment” and “goverment takeover.” Now, do those words accurately describe the Healthcare/insurance overhaul proposed by the Obama and the Dem controlled Congress? Well, if you’ve been paying attention, then yes, it does.

Now that I have cleared that up for you, I hope you have a happy and joyous day!

Aquateen Hungerforce on August 5, 2009 at 6:09 PM

HotAir accused offered proof positive that the DNC is fearmongering.

orange on August 5, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Fixed.

Del Dolemonte on August 5, 2009 at 6:10 PM

Everyone tried, really, but your point was lost in the fact that you don’t understand the circumstances.

Bishop on August 5, 2009 at 6:05 PM

Plainly false.

Enoxo and Chainsaw56 replied without even referencing the ads in question. (to be fair, I didnt notice before right now that three of the non-responsive responses were all from Chainsaw56)

You responded, but just by saying “Right”. That’s not a serious effort to refute my point. You didnt “try” even though you now claim you did.

So prior to the post which your quoting, nobody tried to make any substantive response. You are wrong.

orange on August 5, 2009 at 6:11 PM

(see e.g. liberal’s complaint of using possible terrorist attacks by republicans to stop people from voting democrat)

Hmm. That could be unclear. What I mean is the liberals’ charge that republicans would be using the spectre of possible/future terrorist attacks against the country to dissuade people from voting for Democrats, who are widely viewed as “softer” on terrorism than Republicans. I hope that is more clear.

Aquateen Hungerforce on August 5, 2009 at 6:11 PM

Clearly both ads are trying to make viewers afraid of the target of the ad. For HotAir to accuse one of fearmongering and not the other is brazenly hypocritical. To put them right next to each other on the front page is downright hilarious.

orange on August 5, 2009 at 6:07 PM

Assume you missed the hilarious remarks of the President re: his plan for socialized medicine (depending on the audience). Very funny. He he. He’s quite the joker!

clorensen on August 5, 2009 at 6:11 PM

orange on August 5, 2009 at 6:07 PM

Hmmm. “Mob rule run by desperate wingnuts” versus “The President is running this country down the wrong path”. With this as a backdrop for the DNC ad, do you finally understand why what you said was foolish?

Rightwingguy on August 5, 2009 at 6:12 PM

RNC finally hitting back hard with the TRUTH. Keep it up RNC and I might reconsider my monetary restriction.

joseywales on August 5, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Discussing the consequences of leftist policy = fearmongering. Duh.

TheUnrepentantGeek on August 5, 2009 at 6:08 PM

Really? Calling Obama a mad scientist is a rational discussion of the consequences of his policy? No, it’s not aiming for the rational part of your brain; it’s aiming for the emotional.

I mean, does “HIS MOST DANGEROUS EXPERIMENT OF ALL” really sound like a sober discussion?

orange on August 5, 2009 at 6:13 PM

None of you are even understanding my point. I dont think any of you are even trying.

HotAir accused the DNC of fearmongering. RIGHT NEXT to that, they show an RNC ad which is clearly fearmongering.

Hilarious!

orange on August 5, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Ahhh yes… but it is much more fearful when it’s based on the truth…

CC

CapedConservative on August 5, 2009 at 6:15 PM

orange on August 5, 2009 at 6:13 PM

For propaganda (left or right) to be effective it has to aim for the heart. That being said, the DNC ad is flat out hypocritical.

Rightwingguy on August 5, 2009 at 6:16 PM

Now, the DNC ad was clearly fearmongering as AP noted again and again by their use of the words “extermist” and “mobs.” Neither of these words accuratly describe constiuents’ complaints (however vociferous) towards their elected representitives.

I guess you havent heard about the Nazi imagery and the effigy-hanging and such, right? Regardless, I’m still perfectly happy to say that it’s an emotion-based ad.

The RNC ad, again as AP notes, uses buzzwords like “experiment” and “goverment takeover.” Now, do those words accurately describe the Healthcare/insurance overhaul proposed by the Obama and the Dem controlled Congress? Well, if you’ve been paying attention, then yes, it does.

I was noting the image that HotAir chose to put on their front page, which screams “HIS MOST DANGEROUS EXPERIMENT OF ALL”. That’s fearmongering.

I hope you have a happy and joyous day!

Aquateen Hungerforce on August 5, 2009 at 6:09 PM

I wish the same for you!

orange on August 5, 2009 at 6:18 PM

I like the advertisement. Music reminded me of Gladiator. “we who are about to die, salute you!”

mperek on August 5, 2009 at 6:18 PM

I like this one!

Key West Reader on August 5, 2009 at 6:21 PM

orange on August 5, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Do you see any parallels between what Obama is now doing and what was going on in Germany in the 1930′s?

Johan Klaus on August 5, 2009 at 6:26 PM

orange on August 5, 2009 at 6:18 PM

Have you heard about the effigy burning and Nazi allusions on the lib side?

Rightwingguy on August 5, 2009 at 6:27 PM

Freedom costs a buck-o-five

Jeff from WI on August 5, 2009 at 5:46 PM

Team America, f yeah!

John the Libertarian on August 5, 2009 at 6:27 PM

A good ad for once.

wildcat84 on August 5, 2009 at 6:29 PM

What good do these ads do if no one ever sees them?

I’ve never seen one of these RNC ads that they come up with, except at election time.

Sugarbuzz on August 5, 2009 at 6:30 PM

The Strange Case of Professor Obama and Mr Hussein is a real life drama playing out in the aftermath of the Presidential election of 2008. It is about the dilemma of the American citizen who sees strange dissonances between the new found Messiah, Professor Obama, and the misanthropic, pyromaniac (reference note #1) Mr. Hussein. It is a vivid portrayal of a split personality, split in the sense that within the same person there is both an apparently good and an evil personality each being quite distinct from the other. In mainstream culture the very phrase “Obama and Hussien” will come to mean a person who’s words are vastly different in moral character from his actions.

Reference note #1: Such individuals who lack ulterior motive have traditionally been referred to in layman’s terms simply as a variation of a pyromaniac. Most such maniacs lack conscious motivation although they are fully aware of the acts they are failing to stop or they themselves are committing. Typically they will feel intense pleasure, gratification, or relief when causing destruction or when witnessing or participating in the aftermath. Motivation is also classified as pathological and non-pathological. Some research suggests that feeling such joy at horrific situation is pathological. Other research suggests that some motivation for this comes from rational thought. Taking joy in horrific situations for envisioned gains in political power and/or the concealment of the imposition of devious plans are examples of supposed rational decision making.

Sigmund on August 5, 2009 at 6:31 PM

You responded, but just by saying “Right”. That’s not a serious effort to refute my point. You didnt “try” even though you now claim you did.
So prior to the post which your quoting, nobody tried to make any substantive response. You are wrong.
orange on August 5, 2009 at 6:11 PM

What’s to be refuted? You stated that the ad “isn’t fearmongering, right?” and I said right. Case closed.

Bishop on August 5, 2009 at 6:32 PM

Meh. Not bad, but I question the wisdom of making it all about Obama, showing photo after photo. He looks like a nice, trustworthy guy, and he remains personally popular.

At an emotional level, I felt *less* concerned about his policies after this ad. Who is sobered by footage of a puppy or a smiling, handsome guy in a suit?

Better to use the whole cast of DNC characters (esp. Pelosi, Dodd, Reid, & Frank) in the photos, along with deficit charts.

A montage of clips in which the high-profile Dems lie or contradict themselves would be nice, too.

jazz_piano on August 5, 2009 at 6:32 PM

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