To be honest, I find the Clinton clip a bit disheartening and contrary to the spirit of Obama and his message. The clip just reeks of ‘slash-and-burn’ politics and merely aims to score cheap political points. I don’t think that it advances the conversation productively or positively.
Obama’s campaign represents a new way to engage the political discourse and unite all Americans in order to build a more perfect union. This clip does not dignify our politics; it inhibits them. As supporters of Obama, we need to consciously act to reject stunts such as this Clinton clip, not promote them.
I disagree. I see the general point of the ad as: Hilary Clinton represents the status quo (which she does), Hilary Clinton represents top-down leadership (which she does), and Hillary Clinton represents going backwards not forwards (which is true).
If the ad made any specific, explicit attacks on her family, etc. it would be a different story. I guess some could argue that it implies she is fascist, but I don’t think that’s the point, just like I don’t think the original Mac commercial was saying such a thing about its competition.
I just think the ad is very artistic and powerful and shows a distinction between candidates. Of course it’s not something that is officially endorsed or produced by the Obama campaign, but I still think the overall effect is positive. I really don’t see it as malicious; I see it as Hilary represents the old way, Obama represents the new way.
I agree that slash and burn politics, lying (or even twisting the truth), obsessive intrusion into candidates’ personal lives, and/or ad hominem attacks should be eliminated. But I think there is a place for ads like this, just as I think it’s fair for people to post Romney’s debates with Ted Kennedy 10 years ago (where he says he is pro-choice). In both cases I think they get people thinking about substantive distinctions between candidates, which is ultimately necessary in a campaign.
I agree with Joe. The message is powerful because it doesn’t attack Hillary at all – merely let’s her speak in her own words. If she truly was dynamic and saying something inspiring or interesting, the whole ad would flop.
It’s effective because Hillary’s words and the type of politics she represents is damning in and of itself. There is no attack, you merely perceive the reality of the Hillary candidacy.