“Listen to me”: New RNC ad goes tea party

posted at 2:07 pm on December 16, 2009 by Allahpundit

Two birds with one stone here, using an all-senior cast to reflect grandpa’s jitters about ObamaCare and a catchphrase lifted from yesterday’s Code Red event to address tea partiers’ feelings of disenfranchisement. Throw the whippersnappin’ bums out, says Jay Cost:

When the people catch wind of the full scope of this bill, and they will, there will be hell to pay. The public has been known to vote against big business and big government. Somehow, this compromised bill manages to deliver both – big government and big business, joined together, with the little guy forced to participate.

If the Democrats pass this bill, the Republicans will pound them relentlessly and mercilessly in next year’s midterm campaign. All across the country right now, would-be Republican candidates can sense that this is their chance finally to get into Congress. They’re already starting to toss their hats into the ring. Many more will follow because they know what the public thinks of this. They know that they’ll find plenty of donors to bankroll those ads talking about the individual mandate, the insurance company giveaways funded by Medicare cuts, the victory for special interests, and how it all happened behind closed doors. And they know what kind of effect these ads are going to have.

Democrats were bound to lose seats next year because it is a midterm and they’re in charge. They were bound to lose extra seats because it’s a recession. But if they pass this bill, God help them. The people sure as hell won’t.

Read down to the very end of Michael Barone’s new piece for your quote of the day. You’ll know it when you see it. Exit question: Can Reid’s coalition of 60 withstand many more polls like this? We’re this late in the game, with a vote on the final bill possibly set to go off within the week, and for the first time voters are telling pollsters they prefer the status quo? Good luck in those midterms, champ.


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muy muy lamo.

therightscoop on December 16, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Here is the alledged OOTD:

But it’s interesting that when Massachusetts Democrat Michael Capuano, fresh from a second-place finish in the primary for Edward Kennedy’s Senate seat, was asked to tell the Democratic caucus what he had learned on the campaign trail, he replied in two words: “You’re screwed.” How many of those listening decided that it would be a good idea to spend more time with the family after 2010?

WashJeff on December 16, 2009 at 2:12 PM

Lame.

stenwin77 on December 16, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Wow. I think it’s as powerful as the AARP ambulance commercials simply because it is quiet and controlled and has actual people in it who actually know what they’re talking about.

Mad Mad Monica on December 16, 2009 at 2:14 PM

This ad is not “[going] Tea Party” in my opinion. It is using a political bludgeon that is readible available with no consideration how this effects future policy decisions that will have to be made.

WashJeff on December 16, 2009 at 2:14 PM

Read down to the very end of Michael Barone’s new piece for your quote of the day.

Chuckle. It’s like an early stocking stuffer.

RushBaby on December 16, 2009 at 2:14 PM

Old people take all the money.

PrezHussein on December 16, 2009 at 2:15 PM

HOPELESS CHANGE

Reality Check on December 16, 2009 at 2:15 PM

meh

RedNewEnglander on December 16, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Can the Republicans hire someone who knows how to make commercials… terrible.

brewcrew67 on December 16, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Listen to me, RNC and congresscritters- Government owned and operated social programs including Medicare are NOT an inalienable right guaranteed under the Constitution. Got it? Do it right for God’s sake and quit pandering off one form of government handout to fend off another from forming. That’s frikkin’ lame and disingenuous.

Fletch54 on December 16, 2009 at 2:16 PM

But hey, if you need screaming sirens and that sorta thing to convince you this is a crazy plan, nothing is stopping ya. Get those spots on the air and get ‘em workin’!

Mad Mad Monica on December 16, 2009 at 2:16 PM

GOP doesn’t listen to us.

cubachi on December 16, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Rallying cry for 2010 elections should be ‘CAN YOU HEAR US NOW!’.

GarandFan on December 16, 2009 at 2:18 PM

As long as this commercial doesn’t suddenly get louder than the program the people are watching, I doubt the congress will notice it. /

portlandon on December 16, 2009 at 2:19 PM

The ad is somewhat lame, while I agree wit h.

MORE FIRE, PLEASE.

More footage of Baucus – the corrupticrat who appointed his little f*ckbuddy to a Justice Dept. gig and tried to hide it – saying that he nobody even understands the bill.

More footage of Pelosi antagonizing these people by calling them Nazis and unpatriotic this summer.

More footage of Reid calling opponents of this piece of crap hatemongers.

TAKE THE DAMN GLOVES OFF, GOP. They’re playing for keeps – it’s time you did the same.

Good Lt on December 16, 2009 at 2:19 PM

Yawn.

Otis B on December 16, 2009 at 2:21 PM

I heard an ad today on the radio, where Steele basically said, “Darn right we’re the party of no! No to the greatest stealing of the private sector. No to government run health care. No to debt.” etc. etc. It was refreshing. There was not even a hint of “we want to work with our partners across the aisle yadda yadda muckety shmuck”. The GOP might, just might, find their political philosophy and the loud voice that goes along with it.

Weight of Glory on December 16, 2009 at 2:24 PM

That ad was about as exciting as attending a yawning festival.

anXdem on December 16, 2009 at 2:29 PM

Umm… this isn’t Tea Party material. Medicare will have to be addressed and cut eventually as well. Whether your old or young, stealing is stealing, period.

j_galt on December 16, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Medicare… Medicaid… Social Security… all theft.

j_galt on December 16, 2009 at 2:31 PM

we won’t be IGNORED Dan Congress Critters

ginaswo on December 16, 2009 at 2:34 PM

The CPAC and GOP should just hire Frank Luntz full time. He is damn good at getting the “real” point across.

barnone on December 16, 2009 at 2:35 PM

if it bores you you arent the target of the ad

the target is pixxed as hell voters such as moi :), seniors, everyone who keeps saying STOP and being ridiculed and disregarded

and we vote in frakkin droves

the HCR disaster will keep their base home (used to be me in that base HA!)

ginaswo on December 16, 2009 at 2:36 PM

The public has been known to vote against big business and big government.

Right up to the point where it hits their own personal entitlement.

Otis B on December 16, 2009 at 2:38 PM

From NBC’s Mark Murray
As the Senate sprints to pass a health-care bill by Christmas, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that those believing President Obama’s health-reform plan is a good idea has sunk to its lowest level.

Just 32 percent say it’s a good idea, versus 47 percent who say it’s a bad idea.

Take out the NBC employees polled and the numbers look even worse.

mankai on December 16, 2009 at 2:41 PM

It needs to be just a bit punchier…

“Listen to me…”

“Listen to me…”

“Listen to me… I brought you into this world and I can take you out of it.”

“Listen to me… stop this health care monster bill… or else.”

“… you’re going out.”

*cue the old man*

“Got that sonny?”

That’s the sort of appealing ad that needs to be out there.

ajacksonian on December 16, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Rand Paul Tea Party money bomb today.
RandPaulGraphs. He’s raised about 150 thousand so far. That’s pretty good.

Spathi on December 16, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Nice vid — effective. I also liked Tone Deaf. The GOP is getting better at these ads, although they almost write themselves.

KS Rex on December 16, 2009 at 2:46 PM

I am beginning to wonder if there is anything salvagable from the Republican Party. They are clueless, spineless, and voiceless. The entire party needs to be purged or scraped. I know I will not waste one dime on thesae baffoons if this is the best they can come up with. Good bye USA, nice knowing ya!

trs on December 16, 2009 at 2:47 PM

A really sorry attempt by the RNCC:
1) It has the texture of a leftist touchy-feely ad
2) It DOES try to hijack all the work of the Tea Parties, which the RNCC has had NO input in nor were they of significant assistance.
3) It makes seniors look wimpish; the ones that are out on the street about this (ones I’ll meet again today) are tougher than that.

A Democrat Lite ad; The RNCC STILL hasn’t learned anything1

michaelo on December 16, 2009 at 2:51 PM

This a great ad from real people.

thmcbb on December 16, 2009 at 2:53 PM

Kinda lame.

A more effective one would be a’la Benny Hill.

GT on December 16, 2009 at 2:54 PM

That was powerful to me. Maybe it’s because the first older man they showed looks like my grandfather. It wasn’t necessarily the words that were powerful, it was the look of desperation and fear on their faces that struck me. You can fake the words, however you cannot hide the emotion.

milwife88 on December 16, 2009 at 3:02 PM

“Grandma got run over by a reindeer government program.”

chewmeister on December 16, 2009 at 3:05 PM

“Grandma got run over by a reindeer government program.”

chewmeister on December 16, 2009 at 3:07 PM

The public has been known to vote against big business and big government.

Right up to the point where it hits their own personal entitlement.

Otis B on December 16, 2009 at 2:38 PM

Yep.

j_galt on December 16, 2009 at 3:17 PM

It seems like it’s 4 months too late for this ad. Seniors started bailing on the health-care reform bill in August.

stevezilla on December 16, 2009 at 3:27 PM

6. Recognizing that Social Security and Medicare represent promises made to workers, both active and retired, and that the contributions that they made have in fact been spent by the government behind the guise of the purchase of Treasury bonds, the funding of those promises must necessarily come out of the general fund. However, the Social Security payroll tax, as well as the accrual of benefits, should be ended as part of the reform of our tax system. Any further government intervention in the realm of retirement planning should be done by the states or not at all.

Count to 10 on December 16, 2009 at 3:30 PM

It’s like “Sky King” flying in to save the day! Wait, that was Mighty Mouth Mouse.

AnthonyK on December 16, 2009 at 3:33 PM

The RNC is just not getting it. We’re not asking to be listened to, we’re telling them to listen to us. The tone and music behind this ad makes it seem like we’re pleading with them. That is as far from the reality as you can get.

russcote on December 16, 2009 at 3:35 PM

The odds are still against Republicans picking up the 41 seats they need for a House majority. But it’s interesting that when Massachusetts Democrat Michael Capuano, fresh from a second-place finish in the primary for Edward Kennedy’s Senate seat, was asked to tell the Democratic caucus what he had learned on the campaign trail, he replied in two words: “You’re screwed.” How many of those listening decided that it would be a good idea to spend more time with the family after 2010?

Gives new meaning to the word “gleeful”!

lovingmyUSA on December 16, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Rallying cry for 2010 elections should be ‘CAN YOU HEAR US NOW!’.

GarandFan on December 16, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Les Miserables–Do You Hear the People Sing??!!!
Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VR1bOha40U&feature=related

lovingmyUSA on December 16, 2009 at 3:45 PM

milwife88 on December 16, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Yes, isn’t it heart-wrenching that they have become wards of the state?

Otis B on December 16, 2009 at 4:40 PM

The RNC is HORRIBLE. I HATE, HATE, HATE that the GOP is the only viable alternative to being a socialist, err, Democrat.

I feel bad saying this, but I wish 80% of the GOP leadership would retire in the next 6 to 18 months, so that the GOP has a fighting chance to take the House, Senate, and Prez in 2012.

If we go to war with these same generals in 2012, it will be the same garbage strategy we’ve been losing ground with for 12 years.

Claudin on December 16, 2009 at 5:29 PM

Where has the RNC been since last January? I think they are trying to do a Sarah Palin on Facebook and it ain’t working. More, more, more with a lot more passion. Pay attention! We’re mad as hell and we aren’t waiting for you to finally step up. We’ve moved on.

BetseyRoss on December 16, 2009 at 5:56 PM

This ad shows the GOP bringing used Depends to the Dems mass-murdering-take-no-prisoners-health care shoot-out.

How much $$ was wasted on this whining embarassment? Fire everyone involved and start over by using that $$ to find SOMEBODY besides Sarah Palin who knows how to fight, and fight to win.

tigerlily on December 16, 2009 at 6:27 PM

We need Teddy Roosevelt and we get Ted Baxter.

Mojave Mark on December 17, 2009 at 12:23 AM

BO-RING

Dandapani on December 18, 2009 at 2:46 PM