Video: “All you need to know” in Nevada

posted at 3:15 pm on October 20, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Given the condition of the country this year, and especially the dire economic situation in Nevada, do voters really need dramatic sloganeering and background music that might have been too turgid even for Wagner? Instead of plumbing the usual ground in negative advertising, American Crossroads makes a deliberate effort to use a lighter touch — and scores its point about Harry Reid with more impact as a result (via Elizabeth Crum at Battle ’10):

It’s still a negative ad, of course, because it takes a critical look at Harry Reid’s record and the results of Democratic control of Washington. But instead of following a predictable style and over-the-top rhetoric, American Crossroads goes for simplicity and a more direct approach. That’s easy to do when the facts are on your side, and because of its simplicity, it has even greater impact. It makes for a great contrast to other ads in the home stretch, especially from Reid — which will struggle to answer for the outcome of Reid’s agenda.


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What’s with the old hippy with the ponytail?

SD on October 20, 2010 at 3:18 PM

It must be great. It blew up the blog.

Rocks on October 20, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Holy Huge Picture, Ed-Man!

upinak on October 20, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Ed, OT…but can we get a thread on the looming lack of ‘Pots-o-Gold’ for the leftist rallies coming to DC on Oct 30? You can’t make this sh!t up!

lukespapa on October 20, 2010 at 3:19 PM

NATIONALIZE ALL THE INCUMBENTS!

dhunter on October 20, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Nicely done.

John the Libertarian on October 20, 2010 at 3:21 PM

That old worn out philosophy of K.I.S.S. still packs a serious punch.

fourdeucer on October 20, 2010 at 3:24 PM

A string of man-caused disasters, brought to you by Harry Reid and the rest of the Democrat party. Yep, that pretty much sums it up!

UnderstandingisPower on October 20, 2010 at 3:24 PM

ReidMS Lusitania is going to be getting a spread of torpedoes from,U-Angle!!(snark).

canopfor on October 20, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Metallica – For Whom the Bell Tolls (music video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5VhHTzJatw

canopfor on October 20, 2010 at 3:27 PM

It’s still a negative ad, of course, because it takes a critical look at Harry Reid’s record and the results of Democratic control of Washington.

When people call the truth negative, what happens when people sugar coat the problems?

I think we all know that answer.

upinak on October 20, 2010 at 3:27 PM

I don’t much care about the “negative” aspect of ads as much as I care about making a good point succinctly and without hysteria. This ad hits the nail on the head in that regard.

Caiwyn on October 20, 2010 at 3:29 PM

That old worn out philosophy of K.I.S.S. still packs a serious punch.

fourdeucer on October 20, 2010 at 3:24 PM

fourdeucer: Yup,I expect to see a flare being sent up,
and,an,SOS Ship distress call,from the ReidMS
Lusitania!!(sarc):)

canopfor on October 20, 2010 at 3:30 PM

That voice over dude must be making some serious coin this time of year…

… Oh, yeah, and Harry Reid sucks.

/

Seven Percent Solution on October 20, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Needs footage of a train wreck as the final backdrop.

tomg51 on October 20, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Nice. I hope this runs on every tv in Nevada and the people of that state vote this bum out!

Cookies Mom on October 20, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Yeah but did you know that Angle once had an unpaid parking ticket? SHE IS EXTREME!!!

– Harry Reid response ad

angryed on October 20, 2010 at 3:31 PM

They could just change the name and state and run that ad everywhere there is a Dem incumbent.

All purpose ad.

BacaDog on October 20, 2010 at 3:36 PM

What’s with the old hippy with the ponytail?

SD on October 20, 2010 at 3:18 PM

“I said we needed hicky looking people, you idiot! Not, hippie.”

Caper29 on October 20, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Angle wants to eliminate Friday from the calendar.
–Harry Reid

SD on October 20, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Forget the Rove genius stuff…..look at what kooks Sharon the crazy wingnut Granny and witchy woman COD are.

Clear and present danger!

PappyD61 on October 20, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Simple… straightforward… I like it.

Of course, I’d like it just a little bit more if Mega-shark or Giant Octopus made a cameo…

JohnGalt23 on October 20, 2010 at 3:45 PM

I can’t stand that people as bafoonish like Reid and Boxer are even allowed to serve.

jawkneemusic on October 20, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Great ad! Dang, that guy sure does look and sound like George Carlin (RIP)…

sicoit on October 20, 2010 at 3:52 PM

I hope that Rove will run some of these types of ads in
Delaware.

scrubjay on October 20, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Hey isn’t that Uncle Jay?

Just A Grunt on October 20, 2010 at 4:03 PM

Clear and present danger!

PappyD61 on October 20, 2010 at 3:38 PM

PappyD61:)
==============

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SUM OF ALL FEARS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on October 20, 2010 at 4:12 PM

What’s with the old hippy with the ponytail?

SD on October 20, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Apparently even the drugged-out hippy refugees from the 60′s can figure it out: Harry Reid hurt the country!!!

landlines on October 20, 2010 at 4:14 PM

And he had a pony tail!!

barnone on October 20, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Simple. Even the kool aid drinkers should be able to understand it.

milwife88 on October 20, 2010 at 4:21 PM

… lack of ‘Pots-o-Gold’ for the leftist rallies coming to DC on Oct 30? You can’t make this sh!t up!
lukespapa on October 20, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Port-a-John shortage?

ya2daup on October 20, 2010 at 4:25 PM

How did this weasel-y little undertaker get elected to the World Greatest Deliberative Body?

james23 on October 20, 2010 at 4:25 PM

What’s with the old hippy with the ponytail?

SD on October 20, 2010 at 3:18 PM

SD, is there anything such thing as a young hippie?

mark on October 20, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Ed, OT…but can we get a thread on the looming lack of ‘Pots-o-Gold’ for the leftist rallies coming to DC on Oct 30? You can’t make this sh!t up!

lukespapa on October 20, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Yeah, and trying to blame the Marines for their own poor planning.

slickwillie2001 on October 20, 2010 at 4:44 PM

George Carlin with a pony-tail?

Tim Burton on October 20, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Harry has just got to go. If the idiots of this state reelect him we will find ourselves deeper and deeper in the hole. Like Detroit that has been destroyed under liberal Democrat leadership, the democrats in this state will cause its demise. Like Detroit, it will be a ghost town. People don’t understand. Harry’s “power and influence” has only worked against us.

Jvette on October 20, 2010 at 6:06 PM

“I said we needed hicky looking people, you idiot! Not, hippie.”

Caper29 on October 20, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Zing!

KS Rex on October 20, 2010 at 6:07 PM

An ad in Texas for a state rep goes like this.
“One more term and he gets full retirement benefits.
Do you want to pay his benefits the rest of his life”?

docflash on October 20, 2010 at 7:04 PM