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November 2, 2008 - Per Peterson
The political ad season started a long time ago on the airwaves with an ad here, an ad there. Back then, we were thinking to ourselves, “oh oh, it’s started.” But that was nothing. Turn on the TV today (if you dare) and you’ll find a full-court press of advertising, ugly advertising, the mud-slinging kind aimed at making incumbents and challengers alike look as bad and smarmy as possible. And it’s not one here and one there, either like it used to be. At a little before 5 p.m. Sunday four of these ads aired back-to-back-to-back-to back. Boom, boom, boom, boom. By the time the last one had come on, I forgot whom the first one was even about. In the Senate race, Al Franken and incumbent Norm Coleman are going back and forth feverishly on TV and will continue to do so Monday and into Monday night, and Michelle Bachmann is doing the same to El Tinklenberg and how he “broke the law.” Bachmann has found herself in an unexpectedly tough battle with her Democratic counterpart after donations for him came pouring in after her controversial remarks about presidential candidate Barack Obama on national TV a few weeks ago. Long story short, the ugly campaigning has gotten uglier. But we all knew it was coming. These politicians have money to burn, and it looks like they’ve chosen to burn what's left on nasty TV ads that do nothing more than smear their opponent. Well, keep spending guys and gals, keep punching each other in the gut; I guess it’s what you do best. If you must watch TV during the next 24 hours, I suggest Comedy Central and The Colbert Report and The Daily Show, where not only do they talk about politics, they make fun of it, regardless of political affiliation. Besides, it’s always good to laugh once in awhile. Especially now.
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