Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Smart advertising

McCain is getting absolutely spanked by Obama when it comes to Internet advertising, which may well be the deciding factor in this election.

Obama has raised more money than McCain so he can spend more on such advertising, still, it's hard to understand why McCain hasn't countered more demonstratively. Most effective are the non stop "Register to Vote" advertisements with Obama's face attached (like the image above). It doesn't matter what News website you look at, you'll find the advertisement for Obama-even Fox news has these advertisements. Heck, my Facebook page constantly has a picture of Obama in the corner telling residents of Missouri to register to vote for Obama.

The 2004 election saw an unrpecedented amount of 18-25 year-old voters, much of this was drummed up by internet advertising. This election will crush the 2004 numbers and Obama is doing a masterful job capitalizing. In my opinion most people over 30 have their mind made up. I think most of the "undecided" voters are among younger adults who spend allot of time on the internet and could care less about Rush Limbaugh. With the Hollywood elite pushing Obama at every opportunity (for free), the media propping him up as Messiah, the various "gotcha" interviews with Palin, the current financial crisis (where Republicans look as fiscally liberal as Democrats) and the current, massive Internet campaign by Obama, I'm starting to have my doubts about McCain's ability to stay in the thick of this race. Maybe he doesn't know how to use a computer?

Newt Gingrich recently acknowledged McCain is lagging in the polls, however he was careful to point out how quickly elections can swing in this age of TV and Internet. I agree, however, McCain simply isn't using the Internet as well as Obama. If he's counting on like-minded Christians sending each other creepy Youtube videos of Obama supposedly promoting the socialistic brainwashing of children, he's way in trouble.

I wonder what the McCain camp is thinking? They seem a step behind, or two.


Frontier Forest said...

And seems to be stepping in it too! I believe Thursday night will be the most crucial event of the election. If Palin does well, the election goes on. If she does just “okay”, in my opinion, it’s over for McCain! I sure hope she gets it kicked into high, over-drive, smart gear.

Rick Calohan said...

I would concur that the McCain/Palin camp seem to be in a bit of the doldrums, and I think we know that McCain is not internet savvy due to war injuries he sustain that make it difficult for him to type on a keyboard, besides he has a staff to do that for him.

Like Woodster, I would say that if Palin does well perhaps that can rekindle the fire in this campaign then perhaps the group of useful idiots in the soundproof room that watched the debate you know the undecided voters might cast an intelligent vote.

Of course the VP debate being moderated by the Gwen “I’m not biased because I wrote a book on the Obama due to be released on January 20, 2009” Iffill should not cast any shadows on the drive by mainstream should be wearing their Obama 08 attire when they broadcast any debate or political event media.

The one factor to consider is that the yutes do not vote. Oh they talk a good game but come election evening when they are at the rallies they will realize, “Dude, the polls closed, you mean today was Election Day?”

Are we going to allow 13,262 Registered Voters/Likely Voters from ten different polls determine the outcome on November 4, 2008? To wit, how many calls do you answer at home when you are at work? How many times have you been polled over the phone? Look how popular Ron Paul was on the internets, is Ron Paul the GOP nominee?

I have faith in God, and that His Chosen people will determine the outcome of the election. We can be cynical and think the deck is stacked against us, that the media is against us, but like Dr. Bryan Chapell's sermon just two weeks ago, Grapes or Giants, are we going to follow God into the promise land or cast doubt and confusion among the people that there are Giants out there and we are no match.

If Obama wins, it is because we failed to follow our Lord, perhaps had the McCain/Palin campaign slogan had been God First instead of Country First then perhaps that would have been the Real Change we as a nation need.

Zach said...

I couldn't agree more, and even in the debates, I've been constantly annoyed at both McCain and Palin for failing to slam Obama/Biden as they deserve to be slammed.

This financial mess is a taylor-made homerun for us, but McPalin refuses to blame the Dems. Last night, Palin's total answer was focused on castigating "Wall Street greed". She obliquely referred to Congress's past resistance to McCain's efforts at reform, but wouldn't name names.

Biden, of course, went right for the throat and blamed the mess on the Bush/McCain policies.

Our guys need to stop pussy-footing around and man up!

Frontier Forest said...

I hope all the Reepicheep bloggers watched OReilly rip Barney Frank wide open last night! Talking about a 'bafoon', Frank should be in prison for his lieing about Aunt Fannie! If you didn't see this very heated exchange, check this out! YouTube - O'Reilly Blasts Barney Frank On Fannie Mae Mess!

Reepicheep said...

Frank absolutely should be removed. He's a disgrace.

jeff said...

Ok, I have to give my 2 cents even though it's a little late, and probably nobody will see this, but anyway...

rick - I think it's a very dangerous thing to say that if Obama wins, it's because we didn't follow God. Whoever wins this election will win because it is God's divine will for our country, whether it's McCain (hopefully) or Obama. Maybe I'm reading too much into your comment, but I don't think that God puts Democrats into the White House as a punishment to us.

As far as Barney Frank is concerned, I actually saw a clip of Alec Baldwin, of all people, blaming Barney Frank, Bill Clinton, and the Democrats in Congress in response to someone bashing Bush for our economic situation on a panel discussion. I couldn't believe that I was actually finding myself agreeing with Baldwin for the first time in my life. Finally, a liberal who realizes that the responsibility for this situation does not solely rest on GWB. Barney Frank is one of the most despicable people on capitol hill.

tony - any good hunting yet?

Rick Calohan said...

Jeff with all due respect, based on your post I believe that you will vote for McCain, and I am sure the majority of us who read Tony’s blog will. However my statement is not to challenge God’s sovereignty, providence, or will. However,for me anyone who votes for a candidate who is Pro-Choice regardless of party affiliation, is not following our Lord. If Pro-Life Christians do not vote on November 4, 2008 for McCain/Palin then indeed we have turn this country over to the Reprobates. For those of you who read Tony’s blog and are considering voting for Obama because of the war, the economy, or you hate President Bush, or have been a life long Democrat please know what Obama/Biden represent.

Here is the 2008 Democratic Platform
The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.
The Democratic Party also strongly supports access to comprehensive affordable family planning services and age-appropriate sex education which empower people to make informed choices and live healthy lives. We also recognize that such health care and education help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and thereby also reduce the need for abortions.
The Democratic Party also strongly supports a woman's decision to have a child by ensuring access to and availability of programs for pre- and post-natal health care, parenting skills, income support, and caring adoption programs.
Supporting Stem Cell Research:
Barack Obama and Joe Biden believe that we owe it to the American public to explore the potential of stem cells to treat the millions of people suffering from debilitating and life-threatening diseases. Obama is a co-sponsor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007, which would allow research of human embryonic stem cells derived from embryos donated (with consent) from in vitro fertilization clinics. These embryos must be deemed in excess and created based solely for the purpose of fertility treatment.
Supports a Woman's Right to Choose:
Barack Obama understands that abortion is a divisive issue, and respects those who disagree with him. However, he has been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and will make preserving women's rights under Roe v. Wade a priority as President. He opposes any constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's decision in that case.

Here is the 2008 the Republican Party
Maintaining The Sanctity and Dignity of Human Life
Faithful to the first guarantee of the Declaration of Independence, we assert the inherent dignity and sanctity of all human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution, and we endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment's protections apply to unborn children. We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion and will not fund organizations which advocate it. We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity and dignity of innocent human life.
We have made progress. The Supreme Court has upheld prohibitions against the barbaric practice of partial-birth abortion. States are now permitted to extend health-care coverage to children before birth. And the Born Alive Infants Protection Act has become law; this law ensures that infants who are born alive during an abortion receive all treatment and care that is provided to all newborn infants and are not neglected and left to die. We must protect girls from exploitation and statutory rape through a parental notification requirement. We all have a moral obligation to assist, not to penalize, women struggling with the challenges of an unplanned pregnancy. At its core, abortion is a fundamental assault on the sanctity of innocent human life. Women deserve better than abortion. Every effort should be made to work with women considering abortion to enable and empower them to choose life. We salute those who provide them alternatives, including pregnancy care centers, and we take pride in the tremendous increase in adoptions that has followed Republican legislative initiatives.
Respect for life requires efforts to include persons with disabilities in education, employment, the justice system, and civic participation. In keeping with that commitment, we oppose the nonconsensual withholding of care or treatment from people with disabilities, as well as the elderly and infirm, just as we oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide, which endanger especially those on the margins of society. Because government should set a positive standard in hiring and contracting for the services of persons with disabilities, we need to update the statutory authority for the
Overturning Roe v. Wade

John McCain believes Roe v. Wade is a flawed decision that must be overturned, and as president he will nominate judges who understand that courts should not be in the business of legislating from the bench.

Constitutional balance would be restored by the reversal of Roe v. Wade, returning the abortion question to the individual states. The difficult issue of abortion should not be decided by judicial fiat.

However, the reversal of Roe v. Wade represents only one step in the long path toward ending abortion. Once the question is returned to the states, the fight for life will be one of courage and compassion - the courage of a pregnant mother to bring her child into the world and the compassion of civil society to meet her needs and those of her newborn baby. The pro-life movement has done tremendous work in building and reinforcing the infrastructure of civil society by strengthening faith-based, community, and neighborhood organizations that provide critical services to pregnant mothers in need. This work must continue and government must find new ways to empower and strengthen these armies of compassion. These important groups can help build the consensus necessary to end abortion at the state level. As John McCain has publicly noted, "At its core, abortion is a human tragedy. To effect meaningful change, we must engage the debate at a human level."

Addressing the Moral Concerns of Advanced Technology

Stem cell research offers tremendous hope for those suffering from a variety of deadly diseases - hope for both cures and life-extending treatments. However, the compassion to relieve suffering and to cure deadly disease cannot erode moral and ethical principles.

For this reason, John McCain opposes the intentional creation of human embryos for research purposes. To that end, Senator McCain voted to ban the practice of "fetal farming," making it a federal crime for researchers to use cells or fetal tissue from an embryo created for research purposes. Furthermore, he voted to ban attempts to use or obtain human cells gestated in animals. Finally, John McCain strongly opposes human cloning and voted to ban the practice, and any related experimentation, under federal law.

As president, John McCain will strongly support funding for promising research programs, including amniotic fluid and adult stem cell research and other types of scientific study that do not involve the use of human embryos.

Where federal funds are used for stem cell research, Senator McCain believes clear lines should be drawn that reflect a refusal to sacrifice moral values and ethical principles for the sake of scientific progress, and that any such research should be subject to strict federal guidelines.

“I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born.”
~Ronald Reagan, quoted in New York Times, 22 September 1980
"All those who hate me love death.” Mishlei (Proverb) 8:36