VIDEO: The Painful Beauty of Omnipresent Wisconsin Campaign Ads

The Painful Beauty of Omnipresent Wisconsin Campaign Ads

The Painful Beauty of Omnipresent Wisconsin Campaign Ads

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Oct. 15 2012 9:26 AM

The Painful Beauty of Omnipresent Wisconsin Campaign Ads

WAUKESHA, Wis. -- We D.C. political hacks have gotten used to seeing swing state ads. For the second consecutive election cycle, Virginia is a swing state. We see the latest soft-focus Romney ads; we see the negative Obama ads. We see the Chamber of Commerce ads bashing Tim Kaine. "I have a rule that keeps me sane during elections," said Rep. Tammy Baldwin when I caught up with her yesterday afternoon. "I don't watch TV commercials. Now, if I'm in Washington, I'll keep the TV on and see those ads beating up Tim Kaine. But I turn it off in Wisconsin!"

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I could see why. To the shock of Republicans, Baldwin has built a small but sturdy lead in the state's U.S. Senate race, over once-and-future hero Tommy Thompson. The response: Hella TV ads. These are just the ads I saw during one commercial break during a Packers game.

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The "damn right!" is actually pretty fairly taken from context.

Wisconsin is ground zero for Medicare bamboozlement -- supporting the public option now = terrifying socialism that would grind old peoples' bones into dust.

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The Emergency Committee for Israel has made its biggest-ever buy in this state, more than $400,000 against Baldwin.

And for balance, I saw this:

You almost have to admire how the lack of citations is made up for by GIGANTIC METAL LETTERS LOOK OUT BELOW.

David Weigel is a reporter for the Washington Post.