New Christine O’Donnell ad: “The Tax Man”

posted at 4:10 pm on October 12, 2010 by Allahpundit

Can’t go wrong attacking Democrats for snatching at voters’ pocketbooks, even in a blue state. Fun stuff here, and noteworthy for how hard it strains to turn the focus of the election completely away from O’Donnell and towards Coons. Apart from the lightning-quick attribution at the end of the spot, her name is never mentioned; there’s not even an “I’m Christine O’Donnell and I approve this message” voiceover, which has become perfunctory in political ads ever since Bush started doing it in 2004. Coons wants the election to be a referendum on O’Donnell and O’Donnell wants the election to be a choice between her and Coons — a mirror image, ironically, of how the White House is treating the midterms nationally — and the only way to do that is to educate voters relentlessly about his record. If she’s smart, she won’t appear in another ad until election day. From now on, it’s all Tax Man, all the time.

Two new polls today, one from Fox News and the other from Monmouth, confirm what we already know — that Coons is ahead by somewhere between 15 and 20 points. I’m seeing chatter on Twitter this afternoon that the lead can’t be that big if Obama’s planning a trip to Delaware this Friday to campaign for him, but I think WaPo’s explanation of that is more likely: The White House is in smear mode right now, so Obama’s going to try to draw some extra attention to the tea-party “witch” in hopes of discrediting TP candidates like Sharron Angle and Joe Miller nationwide. I’m curious to see how directly he goes after her, as having the president beat up on her will only play into her narrative of being the little guy against the machine. Coons has been savvy about that thus far, not attacking her personally for the “witchcraft” nonsense, etc, but if The One’s willing to go full jackass on the Chamber of Commerce, there’s no reason to think he’ll go easy on O’D.

Exit question: Did they actually work an Antoine Dodson reference into this ad? At first I thought it must be a coincidence, but now I’m thinking maybe it was done deliberately on the assumption that all sorts of websites that never would have run the spot will post it now for the Dodson angle. (CBS and Mediaite have already bitten.) That’s a brilliant way of maximizing the ad’s viral potential, which is precisely what they need to do to get the anti-Coons campaign running full throttle. Possible soundtrack for the next ad: “Chocolate Rain”?

Update: Needless to say, tomorrow night’s debate is do or die. Which explains why tickets sold out in 10 minutes.


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It is OK, but it is obviously an internet ad, so that makes it kind of pointless.

WoosterOh on October 12, 2010 at 4:13 PM

This woman needs to hit back and hit back hard. This is a good start.

Hening on October 12, 2010 at 4:13 PM

a minute long? this is a web ad. a useless web ad.

lorien1973 on October 12, 2010 at 4:14 PM

The reason Obama and Biden are going to Delaware is because this race looks like a sure thing for the Dems. If they campaign for Coons and Coons (unsurprisingly) wins, then Obama can convince himself that he still has the touch.

YYZ on October 12, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Better than the last. Is she running any ads on TV or all internet ads?

Chris of Rights on October 12, 2010 at 4:16 PM

YYZ on October 12, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Excellent point

msmveritas on October 12, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Most Excellent,its dark and scarry!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on October 12, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Now we need “The Lobbyist” for those running against those that took tons of lobbyist money. Sharon Angle could likely run it against Dingbat.

WoosterOh on October 12, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Let me know when she’s running a 30-second TV spot. In the meantime, this ad targeted towards potential swing voters will only be seen by her supporters, staunch opponents, and political junkies.

amerpundit on October 12, 2010 at 4:18 PM

The Beatles – Taxman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Maz9ddxEQnM

canopfor on October 12, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Good ad!
El Rushbo doesn’t believe its double digits!

The only other explanation is The “Cousin Eddie” President is desperate to find fawning adulation somewhere and must go to these “safe” havens to massage his ego and feed his narcissism!

He couldn’t fill a gymnasium for Cloakley in Mass. lets see if the Liar In Chief can fill a phone booth in DE!
Any hip hop or rock bands playing ahead of the Jackass?

dhunter on October 12, 2010 at 4:18 PM

The reason Obama and Biden are going to Delaware is because this race looks like a sure thing for the Dems. If they campaign for Coons and Coons (unsurprisingly) wins, then Obama can convince himself that he still has the touch.

YYZ on October 12, 2010 at 4:14 PM

My thoughts exactly.

44Magnum on October 12, 2010 at 4:18 PM

The reason Obama and Biden are going to Delaware is because this race looks like a sure thing for the Dems. If they campaign for Coons and Coons (unsurprisingly) wins, then Obama can convince himself that he still has the touch.

YYZ on October 12, 2010 at 4:14 PM

While I agree that this is all about locking down the one Senate race the Dems should win fairly easily and thereby saving at least a little face, they’re gonna look really pathetic if they try on the morning of November 3 to use an O’Donnell defeat as a sign that the election results on the whole were not that bad.

Doughboy on October 12, 2010 at 4:19 PM

amerpundit on October 12, 2010 at 4:18 PM

√ WoosterOh likes post by amerpundit.

WoosterOh on October 12, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Agreed. Worthless web ad. It reminds of other web ads I’ve seen for candidates who are so far behind that their only strategy is to get as bizarre as possible.

Get some real TV ads.

WisRich on October 12, 2010 at 4:20 PM

there’s not even an “I’m Christine O’Donnell and I approve this message” voiceover

That’s because it’s a web ad. Federal law requires such voiceovers or on screen approvals for TV ads but apparently there’s no such requirement on the web.

amerpundit on October 12, 2010 at 4:20 PM

The reason Obama and Biden are going to Delaware is because this race looks like a sure thing for the Dems. If they campaign for Coons and Coons (unsurprisingly) wins, then Obama can convince himself that he still has the touch.

YYZ on October 12, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Exactly. Barry needs a warm fuzzy for election night, and the best he’s got is taking credit for a win in which his guy is polling 20 points ahead. Here’s hoping the Obama Effect goes into play, and Barry’s visit sends Coons’ numbers into the tank.

Rational Thought on October 12, 2010 at 4:20 PM

This’ll work…trust me.

SouthernGent on October 12, 2010 at 4:21 PM

I’m curious to see how directly he goes after her. . . if The One’s willing to go full jackass on the Chamber of Commerce, there’s no reason to think he’ll go easy on O’D.

“One million comments!”
–Dr. Evil

Emperor Norton on October 12, 2010 at 4:22 PM

If she’s smart, she won’t appear in another ad until election day. From now on, it’s all Tax Man, all the time.

I agree–she, and Sharron Angle, need to chop their opponents to bits.

ted c on October 12, 2010 at 4:22 PM

but if The One’s willing to go full jackass…

His modus operandi.

GrannyDee on October 12, 2010 at 4:22 PM

This is why Christine O’Donnell is us. The president has to put everything he has into defeating this women. She has become the biggest target to the left and if she loses the left will use her loss as a refutation of the Tea Party, the conservatives and the GOP. When the president has to go to Deleware to prop up Bidens home state it shows how pathetically weak the dems are.

fourdeucer on October 12, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Possible soundtrack for the next ad: “Chocolate Rain”?

I give up, WTF was that?

ted c on October 12, 2010 at 4:24 PM

a minute long? this is a web ad. a useless web ad.

lorien1973 on October 12, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Web ads often get free play on the news as political pundits analyze them. In other words, they end up being free TV ads.

hawksruleva on October 12, 2010 at 4:24 PM

they’re gonna look really pathetic if they try on the morning of November 3 to use an O’Donnell defeat as a sign that the election results on the whole were not that bad.

Yes, but look at how well the candidates Obama personally campaigned for did!

YYZ on October 12, 2010 at 4:25 PM

It is OK, but it is obviously an internet ad, so that makes it kind of pointless.

WoosterOh

The Internet is pointless for a political ad, How so?

Egfrow on October 12, 2010 at 4:25 PM

By the way, is the voiceover in this commercial done by one of the Transformers from the ’80s cartoon?

YYZ on October 12, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Yup, BHO may bring Coons down to single digits…go Marxists!

d1carter on October 12, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Web ads often get free play on the news as political pundits analyze them. In other words, they end up being free TV ads.

Right. That’s what I mean about the Dodson reference. It’s media bait.

Allahpundit on October 12, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Like rush stated today. The GOp needs to understand the election will be anti-democrate and therefore the GOp’s best path to victory is making this election about the dems, their policies and Obama.

unseen on October 12, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Well if Biden/Obama are going to tightening races in Connecticut and Illinois then why do we think Delaware is different? My guess is that the race is tightening and they are trying to shore up traditional Democratic strongholds.

sharrukin on October 12, 2010 at 4:33 PM

this is why I thought the “I’m you” ad sucked. It was made and written by someone that believed the media narrative about christine O’Donnell and sought to “change the narrative” Instead COD needs to make herself the lesser of two evils….

unseen on October 12, 2010 at 4:33 PM

The reason Obama and Biden are going to Delaware is because this race looks like a sure thing for the Dems. If they campaign for Coons and Coons (unsurprisingly) wins, then Obama can convince himself that he still has the touch.

YYZ on October 12, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Then it would be just that much sweeter to hand him his a$$ in Delaware, yes? :) Join the wave!

alwaysfiredup on October 12, 2010 at 4:36 PM

O’Donnell should shorten this to 30 seconds and run it on TV. Maybe alternate text and the approaching feet.

Steve Z on October 12, 2010 at 4:36 PM

I liked her first add. She looked vulnerable, and cute, and like anyone else would if they were called a witch. Unlike nancy who would not only look like a witch, but behaves like one.

Bambi on October 12, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Needless to say, tomorrow night’s debate is do or die. Which explains why tickets sold out in 10 minutes.

I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised by the comments made by (most of) the students. Even though most of them lean Democrat, it’s encouraging to see that they see through SNL, the meme that Sarah Palin is a ‘train wreck’, et cetera.

Buy Danish on October 12, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Right. That’s what I mean about the Dodson reference. It’s media bait.

Allahpundit on October 12, 2010 at 4:29 PM

And savvy at that.

alwaysfiredup on October 12, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Sharon Angle is on LIVE now on Hannity!!
==============================================

canopfor on October 12, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Yep, liked that one too.

Bambi on October 12, 2010 at 4:38 PM

who’s the Dodson fella?

ted c on October 12, 2010 at 4:38 PM

WOW! I like the ad! Taxman Coons is coming for your money. Supporters of Taxman Coons should submit their wallets/checkbooks at the ballot box; you want him? Then YOU pay the tax hikes…

TN Mom on October 12, 2010 at 4:39 PM

canopfor on October 12, 2010 at 4:38 PM

thanks! I had my mute button on.

ted c on October 12, 2010 at 4:39 PM

who’s the Dodson fella?

ted c on October 12, 2010 at 4:38 PM

I didn’t want to ask first.

lorien1973 on October 12, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Right. That’s what I mean about the Dodson reference. It’s media bait.

Allahpundit on October 12, 2010 at 4:29 PM

i’m slow on the uptake…is dodson a media guy?

ted c on October 12, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Sharon Angle is on LIVE now on Hannity!!

Slumber party!!

YYZ on October 12, 2010 at 4:43 PM

It is OK, but it is obviously an internet ad, so that makes it kind of pointless.

WoosterOh

Rush played the audio on his show today, millions of listeners, he also said he was posting it on his website and facebook, and here it is on HotAir. The ad has already been seen and heard by a large number of people and it didn’t cost any of us anything but the time.

fourdeucer on October 12, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Chris Coons will beat COD by 30 points 65 to 35%.

This is a done deal. COD is absolutely the worst candidate ever offered up by the GOP in the history of the Republic.

In contrast the Bearded Marxist, Chris Coons is God’s gift to women and the best Senate candidate put forward by the Dems in a generation. He is the Peyton Manning of Senate candidates. All the female Bearded Marxists in Delaware love CC. Christine O’Donnell is not in Coon’s league is the Anti-Christ

People of Delaware unlike the rest of America realize who the “real” Messiah is and are now prepared now to bow to him by voting for Coons. And they want CC to be his right-hand man. We love you Chris.

technopeasant on October 12, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Brilliant ad.

Norwegian on October 12, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Ruth McClung, a real Rocket Scientist, is on Hannity right now and is kicking her opponent in the teeth.

ted c on October 12, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Needless to say, tomorrow night’s debate is do or die.

She should wear a pointed hat and offer Coons an apple. Then say, “I’ll kill the deficit”

BacaDog on October 12, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Web ads often get free play on the news as political pundits analyze them. In other words, they end up being free TV ads.

hawksruleva on October 12, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Even if that happens with this ad, most people who see it will be people who like to watch political pundits analyze web ads. In other words, the groups I previously mentioned but not most swing voters.

Web ads on TV is good for raising money and national attention, but O’Donnell doesn’t need money or attention. She needs support. She needs to reach critical swing voters.

amerpundit on October 12, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Google “antoine dodson” and watch the videos. Now you are one step closer to technological hipness.

alwaysfiredup on October 12, 2010 at 4:50 PM

For everyone asking, Dodson is this guy.

amerpundit on October 12, 2010 at 4:50 PM

amerpundit on October 12, 2010 at 4:49 PM

She’s getting a lot of free editing advice as well. This could be modded to a 30-second spot.

alwaysfiredup on October 12, 2010 at 4:51 PM

This could be modded to a 30-second spot.

alwaysfiredup on October 12, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Which is what needs to happen.

amerpundit on October 12, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Google “antoine dodson” and watch the videos. Now you are one step closer to technological hipness.

alwaysfiredup on October 12, 2010 at 4:50 PM

thanks dude. *cone of shame*

ted c on October 12, 2010 at 4:54 PM

I really like it. I hope she puts it on television!

SgtRed on October 12, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Chris Coons will beat COD by 30 points 65 to 35%.

technopeasant

Then why bother posting it every 5 minutes. Sit back and relax. Enjoy the knowing for sure that Coons will win. As long as Castle is gone. It doesn’t matter if she wins or looses. That was the whole point of the vote in the first place.

Egfrow on October 12, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Antoine Dodson, for those who don’t know, is a guy interviewed on TV after an attempted rape of his sister in Alabama talking about how you need to “hide your kids, hide your wife, and maybe hide your husband, too, ’cause they’re rapin’ everybody ’round here.”

link

An autotune version of his bizarre rant became a best-selling track soon afterward.

link

teke184 on October 12, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Ok, who bought the tickets?

Going to be interesting who stacked the audience. This sounds like an experienced pro knew what they were doing. Either she is getting some expert help or it was the Dem’s.

barnone on October 12, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Chris Coons will beat COD by 30 points 65 to 35%.

technopeasant

Then why bother posting it every 5 minutes. Sit back and relax. Enjoy the knowing for sure that Coons will win. As long as Castle is gone. It doesn’t matter if she wins or looses. That was the whole point of the vote in the first place.

Egfrow on October 12, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Actually I think he is being sarcastic but given the hysteria and low quality of the trolls/Castle supporters its hard to tell for certain.

sharrukin on October 12, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Did they actually work an Antoine Dodson reference into this ad?

Yes! Love it!
My exit question:

Who will Double-Rainbow Man endorse?

itsnotaboutme on October 12, 2010 at 4:58 PM

the reason COD didn’t ‘approve of this message’ is because it was funded by ‘the friends of Christine O’Donnell’ and is not an official campaign add…

phreshone on October 12, 2010 at 4:59 PM

There’s blood in the water thank to the voters of Delaware. Delaware is extremely liberal. I live there until last year. i know. It’s the reason I left,beside the passing of all the Nanny state laws and higher Income taxes, property taxes, and just shear misery levels. Delaware has about chased out all manufacturing. Only thing left besides working in a Bank Call center is Dupont Paint and Perdue Chicken plants. There are actually on 5 conservatives left in the state. The rest of the voters are just disillusioned former liberals or unemployed former centrists.

Egfrow on October 12, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Wait a minute. I thought O’Donnell was supposed to be the moron

…Announcing the fundraiser, Coons praised the accomplishments of the Obama administration. “Our nation has seen great progress these last two years,” he said. “Unemployment benefits have been extended for families in need. More Americans have or will soon have access to more affordable, higher quality health care. Protections are in place for those struggling with credit card debt, and Wall Street reforms offer the promise of increased transparency and protection for investors.”

WHAT?!?!?! THAT’S “GREAT PROGRESS”??!?!? In a state where the Great Progressian himself has an underwater 46% negative rating? Remind me not to let Chris Coons introduce ME somewhere I’m not as popular as I could be.

Someone needs to chop that up into lovely little commercials.

tree hugging sister on October 12, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Run and tell that, homeboy!

Christien on October 12, 2010 at 5:10 PM

“Possible soundtrack for the next ad: “Chocolate Rain”?”

Krykee doodle. Only if O’Donnell wants her base of support to self-destruct and put Antoine Dodson’s name on a write-in ballot.

locomotivebreath1901 on October 12, 2010 at 5:14 PM

The One’s always willing to go full jackass. The One cannot not be what he is.

JustTruth101 on October 12, 2010 at 5:25 PM

The DOTUS is going in for victory lap to have a trophy on election night.

PLUS, it’s a chance to go toe-to-toe with PALIN…..and show he can whoop her proxy.

Palin is still going in right?

Dick Morris pretty much has written this off.

PappyD61 on October 12, 2010 at 5:32 PM

How sweet would it have been if the ad did in fact break out into the Beatles’ tune, as AP referenced?

John the Libertarian on October 12, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Coons, you are so dumb. For real.

Mr. Wednesday Night on October 12, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Good ad. The music, voice and footsteps walking toward me really were scaring me. When I saw Coons I screamed like a little girl.

mommy…

shick on October 12, 2010 at 5:46 PM

a minute long? this is a web ad. a useless web ad.

lorien1973 on October 12, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Rush played it on his show today. You don’t think it’s going to go viral?

fossten on October 12, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Speaking of Rush, his ideas on JOTUS going to Delaware is that the democratics want to disparage COD as representative of Republican candidates. In effect say ‘look how nutty these Republicans are’. Rush said she should challenge Bammie to a debate. I don’t think he would be stupid enough to accept or even acknowledge.

Re the easy mark theory, yeah I can see the Bamster giving a victory speech election night saying ‘hey we beat O’Donnell, I still gots the magic’.

slickwillie2001 on October 12, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Dick Morris pretty much has written this off.

PappyD61 on October 12, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Actually, he hasn’t. Just said it would be tough.

This is a great ad.

Christin will win this by 5-7 points. About the same margin she beat Castle.

Don’t fall for Allah’s “the war is lost” personality.

gary4205 on October 12, 2010 at 7:03 PM

The Antoine Dodson reference cannot be a coincidence. I recognized it as soon as it played. Very funny. Everyone who’s seen the AD remixes (and who hasn’t?) will get that one.

“They rapin’ everybody out here!”

KeepOhioRed on October 12, 2010 at 7:06 PM

The music, voice and footsteps walking toward me really were scaring me. When I saw Coons I screamed like a little girl.

mommy…

shick on October 12, 2010 at 5:46 PM

I wasn’t going to comment on this thread…but that was funny. lol !

jerrytbg on October 12, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Are Tokyo Rove and Chuckles still speakin truth to power, or have they just hunkered down in their own RINO stink and shame?

Ogabe on October 12, 2010 at 7:38 PM

I assume Coons feels he is far enough ahead that he can withstand the hit from a supportive visit by Obama. If the race were closer he would have Obama come to a closed fund raiser that Coons’ schedule would not allow him to be at.

KW64 on October 12, 2010 at 8:21 PM

Oh, that was a great ad,, loved it! Go girl!

tinkerthinker on October 12, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Yeah. It’s great ad, and I hope that O’Donnell beats the SoB. Meanwhile I was listening to Robert Ringer on Miller’s show tonight. Ringer believes that there is going to be a showdown in the Republican Party between Tea Partiers and moderates/rinos after the Nov. elections. I agree, and the “real” conservative/libertarians aren’t likely to forget how the Party has treated O’Donnell, among others. The modern American revolution for a return to Constitutional government is about to leap forward on November 3rd with a takeover of the Republican Party and the inevitable purge the progressive/establishment wing.
Randy

williars on October 12, 2010 at 10:48 PM

williars on October 12, 2010 at 10:48 PM

It’s going to take the form of an epic battle for the 2012 nomination, I’m afraid. I don’t know who is going to be in the Establishment corner yet but if really looks like Palin is going to be in the other. It has the potential to be as destructive as the battle between Clinton and Obama.

Um, yay?

alwaysfiredup on October 13, 2010 at 1:52 AM

How sweet would it have been if the ad did in fact break out into the Beatles’ tune, as AP referenced?

John the Libertarian on October 12, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Didn’t Paul get the rights to the music back or are they still part of Michael Jackson’s estate? Regardless, there’s no way in hell either party would grant rights to the GOP to use the music and I pray the GOP learned it’s lesson from the bad publicity they got in ’08. No rights, no play.

Renwaa on October 13, 2010 at 5:45 AM

Oh, but GREAT ad. Pointless w/o tv time, but it definitely is one of the better web ads I’ve seen. Scary!

Renwaa on October 13, 2010 at 5:47 AM

Could someone please explain to me what Coons jdid to go from being the hopeless stiff who was gonna get his clock cleaned by Mike Castle to this unbeatable legend of November? Speaking of Castle, when is he gonna show some class and get behind O’Donnell? If we have gridlock in the Senate for the next several years, he could set himself up for a successful run for Delaware’s other Senate seat by showing some grace and dignity now.

olesparkie on October 13, 2010 at 7:23 AM

alwaysfiredup on October 13, 2010 at 1:52 AM

Veto proof Republican majorities in both houses will be a big step toward returning the country to her Constitutional center.
But those Republican majorities need to be, themselves, free from the intrigues of liberalism. And there is no way to get to there from here without a fight worth fighting. For our part conservative/libertarians will be friendly, fair, and firm in our determination to be rid of Republican statists who have enabled the radical progressives, mostly in the Democratic Party. Most of the sound and fury in this fight will be from the “moderate” Republicans and their media supporters being defeated in the primaries, or backbenched without a change of heart. No one’s gonna die, although it may feel that way to those whose self-esteem comes from wielding political power. The fear of “destruction” is just that: an unfocused, free-floating fear, like a toddler banging his sippy cup. Let the wailing begin.

Randy

williars on October 13, 2010 at 8:31 AM

wow another internet ad
that is so awesome
93000 hits
92900 of them from witchypoo’s supporters sharing it with each other

And only a dumb f*ck would be alarmed at a 911 service tax.
Look at your f*king phone bill, morons.

Dave Rywall on October 13, 2010 at 10:34 AM