Obama Campaign’s Response Ad to an Attack Full of Lies

This commercial is going crazy on the Internet. It’s being shared far and wide by people who say that it’s the perfect response to an an attack ad that, according to Stephanie Cutter, the Deputy Campaign Manager at Obama For America, “is so false, the Washington Post said they have no shame.”

What do you think of this ad?

Is this the way campaigning should be done, point-by-point?

Or is this just a clever way to make Obama appear to be the more moral candidate?

What do you think of Cutter’s Tumblr joke at the end?

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  1. It’s a good response ad. I hope that Romney is as effective with fact based response ads also.

  2. John Anderson says:

    Don’t know. I checked out the video because she looks hot.

  3. Anthony Zarat says:

    Sadly, facts are not an effective campaign strategy.

    If truth had any real value, Republicans would attack Obama on issues like structural discrimination in Obamacare, educational discrimination against boys in K-12, discrimination against young men in college, and discrimination against fathers in family court.

    Unfortunately, denying equal protection to men and boys, to free resources for even more privileges and pampering for women, is a mainstream and sacred cornerstone of the American identity.

    Like I said, facts and truth just don’t mix with politics. More false attack ads and cheap shots are clearly in order.

  4. I fail to see how this article relates to the mission statement of the Good Men Project, but could well serve as the beginning of the alienation of a good portion of its target audience. Discussion of progressive social issues I think is good and valuable, even articles on specific candidates values and actions fit in well with the stated purpose here. Articles in direct support of a specific candidate begins to enter an area that could ultimately cause division among 45ish percent of the target group regardless of which side of the political spectrum you choose to support.

    • It is a bit of a tightrope, I think. Though, they did have an article in support of Romney, and they’ve also had article criticizing Republican candidates. So, I think so long as they provide articles that support both candidates, it’s not such a problem. So long as people can understand that the specific political opinions of individual writers don’t necessarily reflect the political opinions of the site or it’s editors.

    • Joanna Schroeder says:

      Let me ask you a question, Rick. While we definitely do publish partisan pieces, can you tell me what in the body of this post is actually supporting Obama? The post is simply asking about the ad’s tactics, not saying, “Hey, isn’t Obama great?!”

      If a Romney campaign ad goes viral, I’d love to see it to post it here as well. I’d like to make you the point man, in fact, Rick. Shoot me an email with intriguing campaign strategies from the Republicans. My email is joanna @ goodmenproject.com

      These are just questions, and if you disagree with Obama’s policies or the response ad itself, we’d love to hear it. Even today, if you read Ron Cowie’s response to Stephen King’s letter requesting more taxes for the rich, or yesterday’s post by Lauren Hale, you’ll see very traditional conservative politics being voiced.

      Also, if you’d like to contribute to The Good Feed Blog and offer some differing views, we’d love to consider them for publication.

  5. Joanna

    Had a huge, super intelligent response all set and lost it. Just let me say,good catch, my bad,when taken from a “is this a good response to a factually inaccurate add angle”‘ I can see it fitting.

    I get great value here, I just feared things getting too polarized. You all make me think and look at issues from different perspectives. I don’t always agree but I do always learn something.

    I have nothing but the greatest respect and admiration for what all the editorial staff here does, you have to navigate through the reef during a hurricane every day.

    • Geeky Gentleman says:

      I think that this issue has bearing on the Good Men project, in that as men we set examples for our sons nephews in what is considered good behavior and values.

      Part of that should be in instilling a sense of civic duty to encourage frank, open, and “Honest” public debate of current social and political issues no matter what your personal political leanings are.

      Now I am not saying that politicians should always be honest, that would be like asking an ocean not to be wet. But there is a difference between fudging the information to put your side in a favorable light, and blatant misrepresentation of the facts.
      Here is the original ad:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=lUQdP6y0ArM

      And here is the politi-fact analysis regarding the truthfulness (or lack there of) of the AFP ad:
      http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2012/may/04/line-line-sleight-hand-afp/

      While a bit overly melodramatic in this situation, the saying ” all it takes for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing” springs to mind when I see this kind of stuff coming from political discourse.

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