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Obama reminds Republicans they need to vote for their guy

posted at 12:38 pm on October 25, 2012 by

Is this ad a) an act of desperation, b) good campaign strategy, or c) a public service announcement about the need to vote?



Narrator: 537,  the number of votes that changed the course of American history.

News announcer: Florida  is too close to call…

Narrator: The difference between what was and what could have been. So this year if you’re thinking that your vote doesn’t count, that it won’t matter…well, back then there were probably at least 537 people who felt the same way. Make your voice heard. Vote.

The president: I’m Barack Obama and I approved this message.


The Huffington Post reports that the president’s team is running this ad in swing states. The campaign, according to the article, is not worried about voter enthusiasm but decided to run the ad because…. Well, maybe because they’re  really what the president thinks Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is.

Coming on the heels of the “I finally have an agenda” move,  this latest message seems like one more desperate attempt to nudge tepid Dem voters, perhaps turned off by the president’s negative campaigning but leaning his way, to go ahead and hold their noses but still vote for Obama.

However, this ad is a double-edged sword. Just as it reminds Democrats of the 2000 vote-counting debacle in Florida, it also probably sends a shiver down Republican spines, too, prompting them to get out and cast their votes before ballot-counting nightmares recommence.

So my answer to the question posed at the outset of this piece: This ad is — a) an act of desperation and c) a public service announcement that will surely jazz up GOP sentiments, as well.


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Looks like they’re setting the table for a repeat of their 2000 election games.

CurtZHP on October 25, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Looks like they’re setting the table for a repeat of their 2000 election games.

CurtZHP on October 25, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Well, since everyone went to voting machines, we won’t have “hanging chads” to hear about.

Bitter Clinger on October 25, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Holy crap! I’m laughing my butt off right now! Note to Obama… stop encouraging us! Please! It’s embarrassing!

dominigan on October 25, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Trust me barry, the only thing that can keep me from the polls is an untimely death.

SteveThomas on October 25, 2012 at 1:29 PM

HEY, MSM, remember that Florida sits in 2 time zones, Eastern and Central. Don’t go calling it (for Dear Liar) when polls close in the Eastern zone to depress the Republican pan handle.

rbj on October 25, 2012 at 1:40 PM

What could have been? Well, they tried to have a do-over in Wisconsin, and the Governor won by a bigger margin than the first time.

What could have been? George W. Bush’s War on Terror would have been replaced by Al Gore’s War on Coal and CO2. Ground Zero would still be a shambles, with no electricity to rebuild it.

Steve Z on October 25, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Trust me barry, the only thing that can keep me from the polls is an untimely death.

SteveThomas on October 25, 2012 at 1:29 PM

I hope you’re ok, but maybe you should vote early just in case?

JoAnn1965 on October 25, 2012 at 2:45 PM

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