Video: Murkowski write-in campaign begins with terrible new ad

posted at 8:37 pm on September 20, 2010 by Allahpundit

So bad is it that I had to Google around to make sure that this really is her official campaign YouTube account and not some pro-Murky fan freelancing for her. I don’t know where to begin. How about with the fact that it’s three times longer than it needs to be? Or that it draws an implicit analogy between voters and young children? Or that the production is embarrassingly amateurish even by the standards of political ads? Or that the whole 50s B&W newsreel conceit is a distraction from the important how-to points they’re trying to make? They could have done a simple one-minute ad beginning with 30 seconds of Murkowski running through her “Alaskans need a real choice” schtick and then 30 seconds of her explaining how to write in her name properly. (The two-step process is important: Apparently, if you write her in but forget to fill in the oval, the vote doesn’t count.) Instead, this. Amazing.

Meanwhile, she’s telling the AP that, apparently, the GOP’s not supposed to support its duly elected party nominees when the nominee isn’t “quality.” Like, for instance, Bronze-Star-winning West Point and Yale Law grad turned federal magistrate judge Joe Miller.

Murkowski, who lost last month’s GOP primary to tea party-supported Joe Miller, told The Associated Press that the focus in Washington seems to be more on “adding numbers to the team” and less on the quality of a candidate.

“We all know that Washington, D.C., is far too partisan right now,” she said in an interview from Anchorage. “And I think when we allow the numbers to dominate over quality, I don’t think that that helps us.”

As for her Senate committee positions:

GOP rules allow any Republican senator to seek her removal by forcing a secret ballot vote of the 41-member caucus, but that is unlikely to happen before the Nov. 2 general election, according to GOP staffers and other observers. There are only a few weeks left in the legislative session, with no action on major bills expected.

Joe Miller wants them to disown her, as do I. It’ll send a message to Alaska Republicans who are on the fence that she’s done wrong here, and it’ll symbolically deprive her of a bit of her cache as an incumbent. Remember, part of Murkowski’s pitch to Alaskans is that she can bring home the pork because she’s an insider with seniority. Deprive her of that and what’s left? “My dad was a senator and I’d like to continue to be one too”?

Update: Almost forgot: At the very end of the clip, her name in her website address is … misspelled. The perfect capper to an amateurish spot aimed at a write-in campaign.


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faraway on September 20, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Yeah, that was pretty bad.

JellyToast on September 20, 2010 at 10:23 PM

anyone got a copy?

[TimeTraveler on September 20, 2010 at 10:00 PM]

Anyone who used IE would have it in their temp file with a flv extension.

Dusty on September 20, 2010 at 10:26 PM

GOP rules allow any Republican senator to seek her removal by forcing a secret ballot vote of the 41-member caucus, but that is unlikely to happen before the Nov. 2 general election, according to GOP staffers and other observers.

Yeah, this is stupid. They should remove her from the committees NOW.

Y-not on September 20, 2010 at 10:26 PM

“video has been removed by the user”.

The candidate has been removed by the voters. Bahahahahaha!

TN Mom on September 20, 2010 at 10:04 PM

WIN!!!

ButterflyDragon on September 20, 2010 at 10:27 PM

ted c on September 20, 2010 at 9:19 PM

I think you’re right!

INC on September 20, 2010 at 10:31 PM

Replacement Video

LOL

They put a new one up with the misspelling fixed at the end. But they think the rest of the video was okie dokie!!

And it’s definitely legit, it’s on the Lisa4Senate channel.

ButterflyDragon on September 20, 2010 at 10:31 PM

Wait a minute: in addition to knowing how to spell her name, won’t the folks that want to vote for her also have to know how to write?

drunyan8315 on September 20, 2010 at 10:33 PM

“And I think when we allow the numbers to dominate over quality, I don’t think that that helps us.”

Oh, so when you, the Quality, are beaten by one of Us, the Lowly, that’s a bad thing.

Don’t include me in your “us,” you snake.

disa on September 20, 2010 at 10:33 PM

I guess Lisa figures only the noopid peepul wood vote 4 her.

disa on September 20, 2010 at 10:35 PM

RINO Morecowski was even embarrassed by this juvenile disaster!

Hey Porky McPorksky, time to MoveOn.org – the voters are sick of your hagard old mug. Just GO AWAY!

Ogabe on September 20, 2010 at 10:37 PM

Clearly someone needs to grab that domain name and put up a spoof website before it occurs to her campaign that they’d better get it.

It should rather be redirected to Joe Miller’s contibution page.

jstjoan on September 20, 2010 at 10:40 PM

Lisa Mescrewupsky had over a million dollars left over from her primary campaign, probably has more coming in now from her lobbyist buds and the Dems. This ad makes me think she’s bargain basement shopping, probably wants lots of bucks left over from this pitiful write-in campaign, and guess where those bucks will end up? She’s lining her pockets while she can, anyone surprised?

oldoldbabs on September 20, 2010 at 10:41 PM

(Nonexistent) production values aside, the thing that’s really asinine about this spot is that it tells everyone how to buy the product without bothering to tell anyone why.

Also, if you scroll down the youtube page, you’ll see that they called this a “Public Service Announcement,” which indicates either that they’re too ignorant and amateurish to know what a PSA really is or that they have delusions of grandeur.

bgoldman on September 20, 2010 at 10:49 PM

go to:
http://www.lisamurkwski.com/About.html

the video is there!! :)

enjoy!

Justrand on September 20, 2010 at 11:01 PM

The video has now disappeared.

Scaldis Noel on September 20, 2010 at 11:06 PM

Now it’s back.

The ad would come across as clever if it was from a nobody, with no money, trying to get some name recognition, but is just bizarre coming from an incumbent.

Scaldis Noel on September 20, 2010 at 11:13 PM

Gone again.

They must be trying to find a way to replace it without commenters pointing out the mistake in the original.

agmartin on September 20, 2010 at 11:19 PM

OMG. Are you sure that’s not a spoof??

SukieTawdry on September 20, 2010 at 11:22 PM

Get it right: Lottsa Moocowski

Ace ODale on September 20, 2010 at 11:30 PM

C4P has the original ad with the misspelling:

http://www.conservatives4palin.com/2010/09/apparently-lisa-murkowski-cant-spell.html

VidOmnia on September 20, 2010 at 11:31 PM

Problem…They CANNOT use the Postal Service logo in an ad!!
Albeit, its the former emblem but it still cannot be used. Postal employees are not allowed to campaign while wearing any part of uniform and the logo is not to be used in such a way as to indicate the Postal Service is endorsing any candidate.

malkinmania on September 21, 2010 at 12:00 AM

heres the proof
POLICY ON PUBLICATIONS AND USE OF POSTAL SERVICE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
All PCC publications, mailings, materials, and other communication media, including individual PCC websites that are linked to, must be consistent in theme and purpose with the PCC Mission and are subject to approval by the local PCC Executive Board. Additionally, PCC materials must:

(1) Be consistent with the Postal Service’s intent to maintain neutrality on religious, social, political, legal, moral or other public issues;

(2) Not be obscene, deceptive, or defamatory of any person, entity, or group, nor advocate unlawful action; and

(3) Not harm the public image, reputation, or good will of the Postal Service nor otherwise be derogatory or detrimental to the interests of the Postal Service. Any questions about whether a proposed publication is consistent with this policy must be referred to the PCC Program office.

malkinmania on September 21, 2010 at 12:02 AM

Well if you’re from San Diego, this ad won’t seem so silly. A few years ago during the election for San Diego Mayor, the write-in candidate Donna Frye got the most votes. But she lost the election because a lot of her votes didn’t count because her voters didn’t fill in the bubble and write in her name.

SoulGlo on September 21, 2010 at 12:14 AM

Will ballots for her count if her surname is misspelled?

andycanuck on September 21, 2010 at 12:17 AM

Now that’s funny. Did anyone download this video in it’s original format? The one you’ve linked to was “removed by the owner” and they’ve uploaded a new one. This one is a little over a minute with no spelling errors.

Jewels on September 21, 2010 at 12:36 AM

The video has not disappeared. If you click on the small inset version on the screen, it plays. It’s over here, on Lisa’s own youtube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4nnCZ6jQRc&feature=player_embedded

unclesmrgol on September 21, 2010 at 12:41 AM

Fill it in! Write it in! So that Lisa Murkowski can go to Washington DC and phone it in!

RBMN on September 21, 2010 at 12:55 AM

BAWHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

OMG….That was…AWFUL

Congratulations, Senator-elect Miller.

Norwegian on September 21, 2010 at 12:59 AM

Comments on her YouTube video are being moderated before being posted. Kinda reminds me of Democrats and Townhalls.
I’m so inspired I just donated to the Miller campaign.

YTZGal on September 21, 2010 at 1:40 AM

it draws an implicit analogy between voters and young children?

Exactly how Washington thinks of us.

They think of us like someone who just cut them off in traffic.

Idiot. Maniac. Out of my way, I’m “making a difference”!

NoDonkey on September 21, 2010 at 2:56 AM

JellyToast on September 20, 2010 at 10:23 PM

anyone got a copy?

[TimeTraveler on September 20, 2010 at 10:00 PM]

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

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on September 21, 2010 at 3:14 AM

Meanwhile, she’s telling the AP that, apparently, the GOP’s not supposed to support its duly elected party nominees when the nominee isn’t “quality.”

Exactly… especially in this election cycle you need elitist political insiders ignoring voters and picking winners while overruling the “non-elites” who voted. If you can back an incumbent in the process, all the better. Elitism and ignoring the populace is all the rage this cycle and is really the only play that’ll work.

gekkobear on September 21, 2010 at 4:08 AM

What was funny was the astroturf attempt via this comment at the bottom of her YouTube link.

bulletpeople 5 hours ago

Amazing!
She’s nailed the 50s era!
So many memories!
Hey, I’m linking to this on my site.
On second thought, let’s all Facebook and Twitter it.
Let’s put this over the top–it deserves to go viral.
Everyone, c’mon!

hawkdriver on September 21, 2010 at 4:54 AM

From her website,

Not affiliated with Joe Miller for Senate campaign

Jeez, ya think?

Jim708 on September 21, 2010 at 4:59 AM

hawkdriver on September 21, 2010 at 4:54 AM

BTW, that was the “only” comment so far. I guess it hasn’t gone virally viral yet.

Come on guys! lol

hawkdriver on September 21, 2010 at 5:14 AM

Boy, her lack of good judgment is certainly on display here.

AnninCA on September 21, 2010 at 6:58 AM

her name in her website address is … misspelled. The perfect capper to an amateurish spot aimed at a write-in campaign.

If that don’t beat all. If she is trying posit voters as children then she needs to go back to nursery school.

Every ad in opposition to her should include a screen-cap of her own misspelling of her name so that the incorrect spelling is the only image of her name that the voters see. She won’t be able to complain that it is an invention.

From now on she is Lisa Murkwski.

scrubjay on September 21, 2010 at 7:41 AM

Wait a minute: in addition to knowing how to spell her name, won’t the folks that want to vote for her also have to know how to write?

drunyan8315 on September 20, 2010 at 10:33 PM

SPELL AND WRITE?! Will these damned interminable demands never end?!

oldleprechaun on September 21, 2010 at 8:06 AM

The clip has been removed by the user. :(

USBB on September 21, 2010 at 8:24 AM

Or that it draws an implicit analogy between voters and young children?

The elites think of us voters as young children.

rbj on September 21, 2010 at 8:34 AM

bah, typical socialist. She requires pre-approval to post a comment on that awful video. Now no one will ever see my comment requesting the original “misspelled” video should be the one to go viral. That’s the one that shows her competence in office after all.

njrob on September 21, 2010 at 8:42 AM

I think for her it is an excellent ad…it fits.

right2bright on September 21, 2010 at 9:21 AM

What the … You know, you have to have a bit of sympathy as it becomes painfully obvious when some one has no clue what they are doing.

j_galt on September 21, 2010 at 9:24 AM

This is a horrible ad…

CliffHanger on September 21, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Remember, part of Murkowski’s pitch to Alaskans is that she can bring home the pork because she’s an insider with seniority. Deprive her of that and what’s left? “My dad was a senator and I’d like to continue to be one too”?

More like…..My daddy was a senator, and gave this seat to me. It’s mine! Mine! MINE!!!

capejasmine on September 21, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Lisa Moocowski must have used the same ad agency as Democrat Martha Coakley, who had trouble spelling Massachusetts in her race for the Senate against Senator Scott Brown.

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/01/12/coakley-misspells-name-of-state-she-wants-to-represent/

Get ready for your trip to Washington Senator Joe Miller!

wren on September 21, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Poor Lisa says “thousands of Alaskans reached out to me.” Pardon my skepticism of your integrity, Lisa, but just when did you start counting? After the first thousand, or when the first lobbyist pledged the support of his 1000-member union?

And how many Alaskan voters are there, anyway?

And how many of them do you think did a take-back when they found out you were losing your seniority?

By the way, Joe Miller is “dangerous”, while McAdams is just “inexperienced”? C’mon Lisa. You’re not just being tone-deaf, you’re being really stupid. After you insult the rest of the team, who will give you your next job? Got a place in mind in the lower 48?

rwenger43 on September 21, 2010 at 8:44 PM

If you go to the misspelled link in (where they misspelled her name, it takes you to an anti-Murkowski site. That is awesome.

Don’t believe me?
http://www.LisaMurkwski.com

Advocate For Change on September 22, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Just in additional spellings that will be accepted for Liza:
Establishment RINO, Entitled, Queen Liza, Daddys Princess, Loser, Debutante, Roves Dynasty Gal, Murlousy, Sore loser, and Tea Bagged!

Feel free to add as they are accepted!

dhunter on September 22, 2010 at 11:07 AM

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