Ad wars begin: O’Donnell, Coons up with first spots in Delaware

posted at 7:21 pm on September 20, 2010 by Allahpundit

Watch ‘em together for some early insight into the race. The first clip comes from DeMint’s PAC, which is set to spend at least $250,000 putting it on the air; the second, from the DSCC, received $95,000 worth of TV time today. Two common threads worth noting. One: Both spots are mainly about O’Donnell, which sort of makes sense. Coons has nothing to run on except The One’s agenda, a risky proposition this year even in a state as liberal as Delaware, so the Dems are better off using their airtime to try to define her. All they have to do to win with a blue electorate is generate enough doubt about the Republican that undecideds will vote the way they’re used to voting, i.e. for an uninspiring party-hack Democrat. Or so the theory goes; I actually wonder if that’ll work as well as they think given O’Donnell’s newfound national celebrity. If voters go into the booth thinking it’s a choice between “O’Donnell and not-O’Donnell” rather than “Democrat and shady Republican,” then suddenly Coons is the one who looks like an unknown quantity that it might be risky to gamble on.

Two: In neither ad is the word “Republican” uttered. That makes sense in DeMint’s spot — better to push the little-guy-against-the-machine theme rather than remind a Democratic state that your nominee’s of the “wrong” party — but it’s a curious omission from the DSCC ad. Instead, surreally, the Coons spot actually tries to frame O’Donnell as the, um, big-spending Washington insider. From the Politico piece linked above:

“By her own admission, Christine O’Donnell has been in politics for 20 years and worked in Washington for 12. She is exactly what is wrong with Washington. In contrast to Ms. O’Donnell, Chris Coons has balanced budgets, reformed government and is the independent and moderate voice Delaware voters are looking to get the nation back on track,” said Coons spokesman Daniel McElhatton.

This is a case study, I guess, in the wisdom of attacking your opponent’s big strength rather than their big weakness. Her greatest appeal is that she’s a grassroots everyman who believes in smaller government; if the Dems can puncture that image, they’re home free. But this brings us back to O’Donnell’s newfound celebrity: Since she’s now a national symbol of tea-party power, having slayed one of Delaware’s ultimate entrenched incumbents in the primary, isn’t her image as the blue-collar “little guy” already pretty well cemented? Or is this whole dopey “Washington insider” attack line really just an excuse to bring up her financial troubles and try to generate the sort of doubt I mentioned earlier?

Nothing about witchcraft here either, unsurprisingly. If Coons resorts to trivial attacks when independents are roiling over big issues like spending and debt, this race will tighten quickly, I think. For now, it looks like they’re going to stick with her finances and related ethical complaints. Her campaign is already answering, insisting it’s much ado about nothing.


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O’Donnell’s ad is lame and childish.

Narutoboy on September 20, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Coons spot actually tries to frame O’Donnell as the, um, big-spending Washington insider

wow. Really? I wonder what the people of Delaware think about these ads?

upinak on September 20, 2010 at 7:26 PM

It’s true, someone who doesn’t pay taxes will fit in very well in Washington. Hey, maybe she can work under Tim Geithner!

Good Solid B-Plus on September 20, 2010 at 7:27 PM

Blah blah blah WHARBLGARBL RAAAAAAAGEEEE GRRR IM ANGRY ON THE INTERNETTTTT

Narutoboy on September 20, 2010 at 7:23 PM

FTFY

Good Solid B-Plus on September 20, 2010 at 7:28 PM

Narutoboy on September 20, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Ugh, GTFO douche… I supported Castle over O’Donnell but you’re insufferable..

http://olliandersblog.wordpress.com/2010/09/19/more-on-delaware-and-did-i-mention-chris-coons-is-a-liar/

We cannot let Joe Biden’s seat fall into ultraconservative hands

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Couple days later: “It’s often said that this is Joe Biden’s seat,” Coons said. “It’s not. It’s Delaware’s seat.”

ninjapirate on September 20, 2010 at 7:28 PM

Well sooner or later the Democrats in Delaware are going to have to identify Coons and what party he belongs to, if only to tell people who to mark on the ballot.

sharrukin on September 20, 2010 at 7:29 PM

O’Donnell’s ad is lame and childish.

Narutoboy on September 20, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Her ad was about the issues. Coon’s ad was about personal attack. Ideas vs. dirt.

scrubjay on September 20, 2010 at 7:30 PM

4. Politicized hiring and firing: Coons is running as a good-government liberal who will clean up Washington, promising to introduce a law restricting lobbying by former lawmakers. But as county executive, Coons engineered the dismissal of a political opponent’s brother in a manner that, had a Republican done it, would have prompted liberals to cry scandal. In 2004, Coons beat Sherry Freebery in the Democratic primary for county executive. Freebery’s brother, a county manager, had supported her campaign. When Coons took office, he pushed state lawmakers to change the status of county managers from merit-based positions to political appointments, according to the News Journal. As soon as the legislature made the change, Coons fired Freebery’s brother. This kind of thing formed the basis of the allegations of politicized hiring and firing against George W. Bush’s Justice Department and against Sarah Palin as governor of Alaska, but Coons apparently gets a pass because he’s a Democrat.

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/247036/harry-reid-s-pet-stephen-spruiell

ninjapirate on September 20, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Where’s the guy with the collie? We need some expert input on this one.

Hog Wild on September 20, 2010 at 7:31 PM

O’Donnell’s ad isI’m lame and childish.

Narutoboy on September 20, 2010 at 7:23 PM

FIFY.

powerpro on September 20, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Leftist Activist in Delaware: Chris Coons Harassed Me Due to My Political Activism

http://patterico.com/2010/09/19/leftist-activist-in-delaware-chris-coons-harassed-me-due-to-my-political-activism/

Look at the update at the end… two instances…

ninjapirate on September 20, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Let’s see an irresponsible American or an avowed Marxist….
Hmmmm let me think?

lilium on September 20, 2010 at 7:33 PM

So they are saying she fits right into a Washington, that they (DEMS) control and everyone is mad at them for what they have done and are doing. Yeah that screams, vote in another Democrat. Really?

bluemarlin on September 20, 2010 at 7:33 PM

O’Donnell’s ad is lame and childish.

Narutoboy on September 20, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Ummmmm… HowTF was that lame and childish?!!?

LurkerDood on September 20, 2010 at 7:35 PM

O’Donnell’s ad is lame and childish.

FIRST!!!!eleventy!!1

Narutoboy on September 20, 2010 at 7:23 PM

batterup on September 20, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Let’s just ignore NutterBoy, or this whole thread will be about him and his obtuse responses.

He’s a well known ThreadJacker!

sharrukin on September 20, 2010 at 7:36 PM

O’Donnell’s ad is lame and childish.

Narutoboy on September 20, 2010 at 7:23 PM

So you’re saying you can relate to it?

malclave on September 20, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Where’s the guy with the collie? We need some expert input on this one.

Hog Wild on September 20, 2010 at 7:31 PM

Well, the collie might well support Coons as a professional courtesy, one pet to another.

malclave on September 20, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Any add that mentions Pelosi is a winner…

JIMV on September 20, 2010 at 7:41 PM

O’Donnell’s Narutoboy’s ad comment is lame and childish.

Narutoboy on September 20, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Fixed

ButterflyDragon on September 20, 2010 at 7:41 PM

O’Donnell’s ad is lame and childish.

Narutoboy on September 20, 2010 at 7:23 PM

LOL!

Oh…laughing AT you, not WITH you.

cranbone on September 20, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Hog Wild on September 20, 2010 at 7:31 PM

That is pretty good.

That poster has a good deal going. Lots of funny posts.

Webler on September 20, 2010 at 7:44 PM

O’Donnell’s ad is lame and childish.

Narutoboy on September 20, 2010 at 7:23 PM

I’m sure this is an impeccably honest review from the guy who has made it his sad life’s duty to ensure O’Donnell loses.

lorien1973 on September 20, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Every time I hear about Coons being Reid’s pet, I think about the DirectTV commercial with the Russian and the little giraffe.

NoNails on September 20, 2010 at 7:48 PM

With any luck, Menudoboy will fall down the stairs on his way back to his mom’s cellar. Then he will be lame and childish.

CurtZHP on September 20, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Wow, just the tone of ads says it all. Democrat: gloomy. Conservative: Upbeat and enthusiastic.

SouthernGent on September 20, 2010 at 7:49 PM

malclave on September 20, 2010 at 7:40 PM

:)

p40tiger on September 20, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Hate to disappoint AP, but that is not the first political ads out.

Ace of Spades has posted the first one.

Warning : language (okay, dead giveaway it is not official)

Webler on September 20, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Narutoboy on September 20, 2010 at 7:23 PM

You forgot racist and George Bush’s fault

BruceB on September 20, 2010 at 7:51 PM

O’Donnell’s ad is lame and childish.

Narutoboy on September 20, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Oh my…so unfair to use someones own words against them. I guess he should have picked his co-horts better.

Spinstra on September 20, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Heres a campaign poster for O’Donnell
(I support Christine,a bit of humour)
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http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_3QqO8EXd-II/TJXGXxmUDqI/AAAAAAAA4Cc/MivDJJ5pPE4/s1600/ODONNELL2010.jpg

canopfor on September 20, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Narutoboy on September 20, 2010 at 7:23 PM

And the trolls have arrived. Where’s Good Lt?

davek70 on September 20, 2010 at 7:52 PM

O’Donnell’s ad is lame and childish.

Narutoboy on September 20, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Dude, time to let it go. Good grief. The ad isn’t anything special, but lame and childish? I see the sore loser mentality runs deep with some…I preferred Castle, myself, but she’s the nominee, and I’d prefer her over Coons.

changer1701 on September 20, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Every time I hear about Coons being Reid’s pet, I think about the DirectTV commercial with the Russian and the little giraffe.

NoNails on September 20, 2010 at 7:48 PM

that is a creepy commercial.

upinak on September 20, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Pet sounds.

One of the most hauntingly beautiful and influential albums evah. And O’Donnell’s ad is not bad, either.

Terrie on September 20, 2010 at 7:54 PM

FIFY

Good Solid B-Plus A-Plus-Plus> on September 20, 2010 at 7:28 PM

..and I FIFY

(Great! Absolutely great!)

The War Planner on September 20, 2010 at 7:57 PM

Honest question for the group from a Californian who hasn’t paid THAT much attention to Delaware; What’s up with these “didn’t pay taxes” and “spend money she didn’t have” memes (as well as the others)? Are they explainable or are they failings of hers?

Seems like if we want more citizen politicians, then this is the kind of background (if explainable) that we’re going to get…full of “potholes” and mistakes on a path towards widsom. And…if we get these backgrounds from people that we want in congress, then these mud-throwers need to be beat down…hard (politically…heh).

cranbone on September 20, 2010 at 7:57 PM

In the second video,I do hope they have facts and evidence
to back up there so-called claims!!

And,the Left can save their breath,and shut the F”k up!!
=========================================================

41 Obama White House aides owe the IRS $831,000 in back taxes — and they’re not alone

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2010/09/congress-taxes-irs.html

canopfor on September 20, 2010 at 7:57 PM

O’Donnell’s ad is lame and childish.
Narutoboy on September 20, 2010 at 7:23 PM

If so, you were the target audience.

Bishop on September 20, 2010 at 7:58 PM

I thought that the O’Donnell ad was effective. I thought the Coons’ ad reflects the best strategy available for the Dem. to win this election: Not Her. Unfortunately for him these issues have already been hashed out in the primary and proved ineffective, at least with Republican voters.
O’Donnell has more than a month to push the conservative fiscal agenda and look Senatorial while portraying her rival as Reid’s pet liberal/progressive. Coons can only hope she trips and falls.
Pick O’Donnell to win.

Randy

williars on September 20, 2010 at 7:59 PM

that is a creepy commercial.

upinak on September 20, 2010 at 7:53 PM

upinak: Having a human male as a pet,smacks of a bizarre
fetish,ahem!!:)

canopfor on September 20, 2010 at 7:59 PM

For now, it looks like they’re going to stick with her finances and related ethical complaints.

That seems like a safe move, but it’s one that will have O’donnell up by 3 in the last weeks of the race. If Coons thinks he’s going to keep the electorate’s attention with the ins and outs of personal mortgage troubles and prior campaign debts, while the big issues of the day continue to shape the landscape, then Coons will find himself wondering what happened to the “she’s unelectable” meme…along with Rove.

Weight of Glory on September 20, 2010 at 8:01 PM

O’Donnell’s ad is lame and childish.

Narutoboy on September 20, 2010 at 7:23 PM

I think Narutoboy is just bitter because in her earlier career O’Donnell talked him into giving up mastication… er maceration… anyway, something he liked to do.

applebutter on September 20, 2010 at 8:05 PM

Shhh! Don’t tell Nutter Butter, but Delaware is a slave state. It’s true: Crazy Joey Biden said so his own bad self.

ya2daup on September 20, 2010 at 8:05 PM

O’Donnell’s ad is lame and childish.

Narutoboy on September 20, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Sorry to go all MadisonConservative on you here, but as a fellow O’Donnell detractor, you’re not exactly doing us many favors.

Vyce on September 20, 2010 at 8:05 PM

With any luck, Menudoboy will fall down the stairs on his way back to his mom’s cellar. Then he will be lame and childish.

CurtZHP on September 20, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Thread winner!

Sir Napsalot on September 20, 2010 at 8:09 PM

uhm… does the DSCC realize they are talking about themselves in this ad, right? they control washington now so are they saying O’Donnell is a democrat?

cmsinaz on September 20, 2010 at 8:12 PM

Are people swayed by such ads?

Aquateen Hungerforce on September 20, 2010 at 8:15 PM

but it’s a curious omission from the DSCC ad

No it isn’t, the DSCC ad is only playing in the southern part of the state which is her base… that ad is aimed at her supporters.

ninjapirate on September 20, 2010 at 8:17 PM

You have to giggle at that second ad. She’s “fiscally irresponsible.” Wow, have we met the Obama administration yet? If anyone knows how to spend money, it’s this administration. Maybe when she appears on a stage with “Greek columns” in the background, I’ll say, “enough”.

Wills on September 20, 2010 at 8:18 PM

If O’Donnell can stay on the Tea Party message of Fiscal responsibility, limited Government, lower Taxes and accountability in Washington and not be drawn into a debate on Social issues She has a very good chance of winning this thing. But it requires her to stay on message and make the case to the voters of Delaware that Coons is little more than a big Government Democrat who will vote to raise taxes (As he has done repeatedly in the past)and vote the Democrat party line regardless of the wishes of his constituents.

Hellrider on September 20, 2010 at 8:22 PM

O’Donnell’s is ok. Don’t care much for the cartoon. It’s good they showcased her engaged with the citizens of Delaware. Coons’ is sharp, professional, brazen–and a punch to the gut…the kind that’ll put her on the defensive. Coons is coming out firing. That 2 mil needs to start buying some serious torpedoes or baldie Marxist is gonna pull further ahead. I don’t completely discount the effect of character assasination on the electorate. Hope I’m wrong.

RepubChica on September 20, 2010 at 8:22 PM

If I were writing her ads, it would be simple enough for anyone to get…

“The choice is Marxist like Obama or Constitutionalist like Thomas Jefferson. The choice is yours…”

adamsmith on September 20, 2010 at 8:23 PM

upinak: Having a human male as a pet,smacks of a bizarre
fetish,ahem!!:)

canopfor on September 20, 2010 at 7:59 PM

No No.. the direct TV commercial NoNails was talking about. LOL… and yes it is creepy when you call anyone a pet. S&M comes to mind.. and not in a good way.

upinak on September 20, 2010 at 8:23 PM

are they saying O’Donnell is a democrat?

cmsinaz on September 20, 2010 at 8:12 PM

cmsinaz: Good one,yes,by their accusations!:)

canopfor on September 20, 2010 at 8:24 PM

canopfor on September 20, 2010 at 7:59 PM
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No No.. the direct TV commercial NoNails was talking about. LOL… and yes it is creepy when you call anyone a pet. S&M comes to mind.. and not in a good way.

upinak on September 20, 2010 at 8:23 PM

upinak:My bad,S@M……LOL:)

canopfor on September 20, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Saw Coons’ ad. That does it, I’m voting for Harry’s pet, the bearded Marxist, instead of the woman who will represent my values and priorities. I’m sure Coons will rid us of all of the Obama advisors and government employees who don’t pay their taxes, too!

obladioblada on September 20, 2010 at 8:27 PM

Bubble Bubble bauble double, Reid’s pet Coon is in trouble.

O’Donnell’s ad is lame and childish.

Narutoboy on September 20, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Oh darn I’m too late, you are already a big toad.

canditaylor68 on September 20, 2010 at 8:29 PM

But what I want to know is this:

Is Coons a pocket pet?

GrannyDee on September 20, 2010 at 8:30 PM

About time you showed up Allah. Was about to ask for my money back!

Vigilante on September 20, 2010 at 8:31 PM

I almost felt sorry for Coons being called a pet by Reid.

Then he obediently got out and barked out that he wasn’t a pet.

Now all I hope is that he got a biscuit for his obedience.

ajacksonian on September 20, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Narutoboy — don’t you have some homework due for your sophomore high school math class? Quarterly midterms coming up. Your mommy will be mad if she finds you have been posting here rather than getting your schoolwork done!

SunSword on September 20, 2010 at 8:33 PM

canopfor on September 20, 2010 at 8:24 PM

d’oh! :)

cmsinaz on September 20, 2010 at 8:36 PM

When I think of ‘pet sounds’ the Beach Boys come to mind…

Khun Joe on September 20, 2010 at 9:07 PM

Wait she’ll fit right at home in Washington because she’s spending money she doesn’t have? Because she doesn’t pay her employees? She stiffs businesses? Didn’t pay taxes? People need to constantly keep her from spending? Why does it sound like a stones from a glass house?

Who spends money they don’t have? The Democratic Senators.

Who stiffs businesses? The Obama administration tax policies?

Who doesn’t pay taxes? The Dean of the New York Representatives and former head House Ways and Mean Committee! Who was spending money we don’t have. Charlie Rangel.

Who was trying to stop the Washington from spending money they didn’t have? The Senators who voted against the stimulus!

Seems to me they’re criticizing themselves with that ad.

amazingmets on September 20, 2010 at 9:12 PM

This is absurd. Either vote for the big government guy or the small government gal.

Mojave Mark on September 20, 2010 at 9:16 PM

O’Donnell – put on a witch’s hat, hold your diploma in one hand, stand in front of a house with a foreclose sign, and explain to the people of Delaware why they should vote for you.

Then take off the hat and explain as high school mistake.
Diploma as something that took a long time to earn and pay for on your own.
And a foreclosure you made good.

huckleberryfriend on September 20, 2010 at 9:40 PM

O’Donnell’s ad I is lame and childish.

Narutoboy on September 20, 2010 at 7:23 PM

…and your grammar sucks too.

fossten on September 20, 2010 at 10:26 PM

For now, it looks like they’re going to stick with her finances and related ethical complaints.

All of this ‘stuff’ about OD has been run over and over again by castle in that small media market state. Even though it was a Republican primary every other voter saw the ads too. At some point people just get tired of that kind of message. In other elections that standard negative approach would work but an avowed Marxist, in a Tea Party election, shouldn’t try to define a person for their very American (and Capitalistic) troubles.

JonPrichard on September 20, 2010 at 10:33 PM

canopfor on September 20, 2010 at 8:24 PM

d’oh! :)

cmsinaz on September 20, 2010 at 8:36 PM

cmsinaz:Tee-hee:)

canopfor on September 20, 2010 at 11:32 PM

And here I figured the two ads would just be wall-to-wall quotes from Harry Reid and Karl Rove, respectively.

Cylor on September 21, 2010 at 3:50 AM

Coons… messy and destructive, enough said.

joe btfsplk on September 21, 2010 at 7:50 AM

Coons is Harry Reid’s Precious.

mizflame98 on September 21, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Nothing about witchcraft here either, unsurprisingly.

When my father (ex-marine) passed away, we were given a choice of what kind of relgious symbol to put on his headstone.

Available Emblems of Belief for Placement on Government Headstones and Markers

Symbol number 37 is the WICCA (Pentacle). So if the US military has no problem with it, why should anyone else?

mechkiller_k on September 21, 2010 at 10:18 AM

wow. Really? I wonder what the people of Delaware think about these ads?

upinak on September 20, 2010 at 7:26 PM

They voted for Biden for over 35 years……(i.e. they don’t think)

Caper29 on September 21, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Chris Coons once said, “I’m a bearded Marxist.”

Coons has changed a lot over the years. He now shaves.

Coons inherited a balanced budget when he became New Castle County executive. Why did he then raise property taxes by Coons: 5%, 17%, 25%? To keep up with his spending spree.

Chris Coons: trust him… to feel at home raising taxes your in Washington, just like he has in NCC.

Akzed on September 21, 2010 at 12:28 PM