Video: “Likeable”

posted at 10:12 am on August 31, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Look, when a Republican runs in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, he or she has to get creative.  Joel Demos has gotten more than just creative — he’s downright courageous for hanging out in downtown Minneapolis and asking people to “click” his t-shirt in this ad promoting his new Facebook page.  Unlike the chain-toting Everyman in the first commercial who pulls a monster truck down the road with a little help from his friends, Demos lets his friends do the work in this new webspot:

I’ll interview Joel from the State Fair on Thursday to talk about his David-and-Goliath battle against Keith Ellison for Congress, but it’s an interview that almost didn’t happen.  People talk about being citizen legislators, but Joel really does have a day job, and he has trouble occasionally getting out to campaign because of it.  Given that MN-05 is one of the most liberal districts in the country, Joel has a very difficult job ahead.  In the meantime, we can certainly hope to see more creativity from the Demos campaign, and hope other Republicans around the country in easier races show as much heart.


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Good for him, You gotta do what you gotta do to get your message out.

SHARPTOOTH on August 31, 2010 at 10:15 AM

He could use the Alvin Greene tactic to get elected. All those liberals in Minnesota will check his box. The name will sell them. Surely a Demo is a liberal, right?

keep the change on August 31, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Nice work, Demos.

definition of “Demos”
populace: the ordinary people of a community or nation ( formal )
Greek city-state populace: the common people in an ancient Greek city-state

ted c on August 31, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Like Alvin Green, he has a pair of special pants he wears to college campuses

faraway on August 31, 2010 at 10:18 AM

his David-and-Goliath battle against Keith Ellison for Congress

Ellison will not be happy with the reference to that Jewish hero.

itsnotaboutme on August 31, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Any chance the typically savvy urban Democratic voters will mistake him for someone on “their” team and vote for him?

jwolf on August 31, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Tech tip — he sounds like he is being recorded in the bottom of a barrel. Good luck though on your campaign Joel.

GnuBreed on August 31, 2010 at 10:22 AM

I guess Al Franken has set the campaign tactics bar pretty low for aspiring candidates in Minnesota.

fogw on August 31, 2010 at 10:27 AM

He could use the Alvin Greene tactic to get elected. All those liberals in Minnesota will check his box. The name will sell them. Surely a Demo is a liberal, right?

keep the change on August 31, 2010 at 10:16 AM

I am hoping Isaac Hayes has that fortune in his run against Jesse Jackson Jr. here in IL.

WashJeff on August 31, 2010 at 10:29 AM

More grassroots candidates…there are a lot of potentially great candidates for office, if they can just get by the “you have to be in” group of dems and Republican leaders.
Maybe, just maybe, someday we won’t be so swayed by big money, but more by big ideas and big heart…on both sides of the aisle.

right2bright on August 31, 2010 at 10:33 AM

He’s a man of the people.

Haha… see what I did there?

Abby Adams on August 31, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Like.

(even for the Facebook-resistant.)

tickleddragon on August 31, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Good for him. His site looks good and he’s trying. Our best chance in this district was Tammy Lee a few years ago, but maybe this guy can get into the high 30s, which would be a huge victory.

IR-MN on August 31, 2010 at 10:35 AM

No one unopposed!

Abby Adams on August 31, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Nice guitar work in the ad. By any chance is that the same guitarist who did the music for the USA network program Monk?

Angry Dumbo on August 31, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Jeff Beal is the name I was thinking of. Likeable is a fine ad, but I think people would like to hear some substance, too.

Angry Dumbo on August 31, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Are there enough DFL-bots in CD5 who, come election day, will think that “Demos” is another Donk candidate and vote for him?

OT: poll came out today with Emmer & Dayton tied at 34%. That’s a huge drop in Dayton’s numbers in the past 3 weeks.

Advice to GOP: be prepared for a Franken/Coleman photo-finish in the Guv race.

You can bet the DFL is already preparing bushel-baskets of “lost” Dayton ballots up in St. Louis county and in the college precincts of the Tin Cities.

Bruno Strozek on August 31, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Maybe some libs will think he’s a Demos-crat and vote for him!

Steve Z on August 31, 2010 at 10:49 AM

I like it!. Outstanding creativity. I hereby nominate him for a Tony award-or Oscar!!!.. :)

hawkman on August 31, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Although I think Minnesota is pretty much a lost cause, it would be nice if the people of that district said to themselves “OK, we’ve proved how open and multicultural we were by electing the first black and the first Muslim in this district, now let’s elect an adult who stands for more than jihad”.

Extrafishy on August 31, 2010 at 10:57 AM

I get to vote for him!

gophergirl on August 31, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Are there enough DFL-bots in CD5 who, come election day, will think that “Demos” is another Donk candidate and vote for him?

OT: poll came out today with Emmer & Dayton tied at 34%. That’s a huge drop in Dayton’s numbers in the past 3 weeks.

Bruno Strozek on August 31, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Judging by the people at my polling place – yes some people will vote for him just based on that. They are that stupid.

YEAH on Emmer. His new ad is really good.

gophergirl on August 31, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Good for him. His site looks good and he’s trying. Our best chance in this district was Tammy Lee a few years ago, but maybe this guy can get into the high 30s, which would be a huge victory.

IR-MN on August 31, 2010 at 10:35 AM

You are a fellow 5er too? I actually thought Tammy Lee might make it.

gophergirl on August 31, 2010 at 10:59 AM

The best candidate (since I’ve been living here) got 37%.

http://www.startribune.com/templates/Print_This_Story?sid=11598331

“Once you’ve made government your partner and the father of your children or the head of your household, then you’ve given up control … and given government an incentive to keep you down.”

Lines like that didn’t play well, with the lily white liberals of S**tholeapolis.

MNHawk on August 31, 2010 at 11:03 AM

I like this guy. A lot.

thebrokenrattle on August 31, 2010 at 11:05 AM

now let’s elect an adult who stands for more than jihad”.

Extrafishy on August 31, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Really? Really?

Abby Adams on August 31, 2010 at 11:13 AM

gophergirl on August 31, 2010 at 10:59 AM

At that time I was. I have since left uptown for Minnetonka. The 5th would never elect a Republican, but maybe an IP. Fine was somewhat crazy. Lee was at least fiscally conservative and somewhat conservative even on abortion. Sabo nearly endorsed her.

IR-MN on August 31, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Are we sure he just doesn’t like being touched?

motionview on August 31, 2010 at 11:26 AM

I gotta admit… that’s cute.

Good luck Joel.

JohnGalt23 on August 31, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Sexist, through and through.
If a female candidate tried this same tactic with a T-shirt there’d be no end to the judgementalism and outrageous outrage.

Tom_OC on August 31, 2010 at 11:57 AM

That is pretty darn clever. Love the lady that multi-clicked him! ^_^

Jewels on August 31, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Like can lead to like-like and like-like can lead to love.

It’s true, I saw it on an episode of Scrubs.

ButterflyDragon on August 31, 2010 at 1:06 PM

I guess Al Franken has set the campaign tactics bar pretty low for aspiring candidates in Minnesota.

fogw on August 31, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Governor Jesse Ventura….

slickwillie2001 on August 31, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Dr Dan Benishek is picking up endorsements too.

Dr Evil on August 31, 2010 at 2:06 PM

I guess Al Franken has set the campaign tactics bar pretty low for aspiring candidates in Minnesota.

fogw on August 31, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Governor Jesse Ventura….

slickwillie2001 on August 31, 2010 at 1:17 PM

We might just top both of them with Governor Dayton.

jpmn on August 31, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Tech tip — he sounds like he is being recorded in the bottom of a barrel. Good luck though on your campaign Joel.

GnuBreed on August 31, 2010 at 10:22 AM

That was more of a critique, not a tip. ;)

His audio quality, or lack of it, added to the charm.

Daemonocracy on August 31, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Here is the link to give you an easy way to click to let Joel Demos know you like him too.

http://www.facebook.com/joeldemos

Bravo to Joel Demos for running against Rep. Ellison! Good luck!

wren on August 31, 2010 at 4:26 PM

something i noticed right off the bat. remember the steele campaign? our ethically superior counterparts on the left instructed us that republicans who use a blue color scheme in dem districts are committing an act of deception.

i’m not joking.

eh on September 1, 2010 at 12:26 AM