The Worst Political Ad of the Cycle?
The Right Scoop summarizes a mind-bogglingly bad get-out-the-vote video from the Barack Obama campaign:
Talk about desperation. They’ve finally sunken to a new low trying to get the youth vote by comparing voting for the first time to having sex for the first time. “Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody. You wanna do it with a great guy . . .”
Amanda Carpenter: “This ad, suggesting women should want to sleep with Obama, is disgusting.”
Dana Perino: “Who approved that new Obama campaign message? AND who pushed the video?”
Michelle Ray: “Between Julia and this new freaking ad, @BarackObama portrays women as giddy, helpless, impressionable morons.”
Biased Girl: “Is that what this administration thinks Real women are like?”
Kathryn Lopez: “It’s as if every day the Obama campaign gives me another reason to see how clearly we a new president — for the sake of our politics and our culture.”
Adrian Gray: “That Lena Dunham ad was a very risky move for any campaign. And even more surprising it was approved by the father of two girls.”
Liz Mair: “So voting for Obama is like losing your virginity? A dude cooked that one up, right? Because for us girls, that means you’re saying it’s painful.”
Stacy Washington: “The #MyFirstTime ad is the height of vulgarity. Tell me #Democrat Moms: Is this how you want the president talking to your daughters?”
Andrea Chapman: “You don’t want your first time to be with #Obama because his stimulus package didn’t deliver as promised.”
Kat McKinley: “Does one get the feeling Hugh Hefner is running the Obama campaign?”
Kristina Ribali: “Be careful ladies. . . . You don’t want to be punished with an Obama.”
Kevin Eder: “I’ve now watched it four times. I refuse to believe that it’s a real, actual thing.” He adds, “Dear college kids: trust me on this, having a job when you graduate is WAY more ‘cool’ than voting for Barack Obama. I PROMISE.”
Moe Lane: “I know I’m supposed to be shocked by Obama’s new NSFW ad, but instead I’m embarrassed. It’s like walking in on my parents having sex. I mean, you know that your parents — or your President — is aware of sex. You just don’t need to VISUALIZE it.”
NY Dem49: “Word of advice for Obama, don’t create an ad you wouldn’t be comfortable with your daughter reciting.”
Ace from Ace of Spades:
It’s not funny, it’s not cute, and it’s not persuasive, unless you think the important issues in this campaign are Binders Full of Birth Control.
It underlines the essential triviality of Obama and his Government Client & Upper Upper Class White Voter agenda. There is nothing to his campaign except very small social-progressive appeals to people who are simply not affected by the economy, whether they are too poor to notice a bad economy, immunized from the economy by being a government worker, or so rich they have nothing at all to fear from a bad economy.
It continues to be weird that Democrats want so bad to have sex with their cult leader. But I guess that’s a central part of the cult thing.
Tim Carney: “’Voting is like sex,’ Romney’s a ‘bull*****er,’ ‘Romnesia,’ ‘Big Bird’” I thought you had to be older than 15 to be President.”
Cameron Gray: “Shorter Lena Dunham in her Barack Obama campaign ad: ‘Labia, not Libya.’”
John Podhoretz: “BREAKING: ROMNEY TO AIR LENA DUNHAM AD NATIONWIDE 200 TIMES A DAY UNTIL ELECTION DAY”
He later adds, “”I’m Barack Obama and I appro . . . wait, what the hell IS this? Are you CRAZY????””
Jimmie Bise: “Unintended consequence of the new Obama campaign ad? Guys everywhere now hesitant to vote early.”
Josh Trevino: “Give the Obama campaign credit for reaching across demographic, geographic divides, from Red Hook to Fort Greene and even to Park Slope.”
Dave Weigel: “The Lena Dunham endorsement video will sway those few people unconvinced by the New Yorker’s Obama endorsement.”
“If you’ll excuse me, I have to go bleach my eyes,” apologizes Rusty Weiss at the Mental Recession. “Word of advice libs – if voting for Obama is like having sex . . . you’re doing it wrong!“
So what lunatic came up with this idea? Oh, Foreign Policy magazine is here to help out with that one:
I see the Obama campaign has a new YouTube ad featuring Girls star (and fellow Oberlin alum!) Lena Dunham:
“Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody. You want to do it with a great guy,” she says, referring to casting your first ballot for Obama. (What were you thinking?)
It’s a clever conceit, but feels a bit familiar. Perhaps because the same joke was used in an ad for Vladimir Putin’s presidential campaign earlier this year:
A suggestive ad rallying support for Putin’s presidential campaign shows a young woman seeking a fortune-teller’s advice. “Let’s find out, cutie, who is intended to you by destiny,” the mystic says. The girl replies, “You know. I wish it to be for love — It is my first time.”
And you thought this couldn’t get any creepier!
Oh, wait . . . last week Lena Dunham was in trouble for making rape and murder jokes on Twitter.