Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Lamont is on the Air...

Now it's a race!

Today, the Lamont campaign announced that they would have two ads on the air starting this afternoon. The ads can be found here. They are both created by Bill Hillsman and are pretty cool.

Kos of dailykos.com is featured in "Right Now", but he is in it more as a wink to bloggers than as an endorsemont of the Lamont campaign. If you don't already know who Kos is, you won't know after watching this ad.

The other ad, "Underdog", is a cute commercial that follws the theme of Ned as an underdog.

Check out the ads and if you like what you see, contribute; if you don't, don't.

Hat tips: Atrios, My Left Nutmeg, and ConnecticutBLOG.

Check out ConnecticutBLOG for links to a behind the scenes look at the shoot and a view of the new Lamont Campaign Blog.

Finally, to round out the Lamont recap - the not so unexpected Weicker endorsement.

23 comments:

Genghis Conn said...

The symbolism of Kos "discovering" Lamont and bringing everyone in is unavoidable.

Seriously, though, that first one is a different kind of ad. I like it.

ctkeith said...

I loved the way Kos was used.

I had my wife watch it because she had no idea who Markos is or was and she loved the ad.

Those of us who did got an extra feeling of being "in the Know" but if you didn't it had absolutely no effect on the message.

Brilliant!!

MikeCT said...

Lamont raised only $62,000 from other donors in April. Not a great showing. He has also given his campaign an additional $120,000. I hope they don't maintain their consultant spending habits from earlier in the year - they can't afford it.

In better news, Doc Gunther is retiring!

mod.dem.like.jfk said...

GC- I'm suprised you let Gabe put up a link to contribute. I didn't think that was the policy on this blog, or at least I've never seen it before.

That said, as I said before I thought the first commercial was ineffective. It would be good if he was running for student council. I sort of took from it that it didn't matter what Lamont had to say, all that matter is that he was popular.

The underdog ad was more "super bowl like" as was the promise from this company. Obviously its an attack ad on Lieberman but its also brilliant to put a puppy in an attack ad, hard to reconcile emotions when visually it makes you smile even when you don't agree with the message. That said, its way too early to go negative on T.V.

Most importantly, these commercials say nothing about what Ned will propose. Its nice to talk about the cost of the war, but there is nothing Ned could do about it were he to get elected. All I know about this guy is that he wouldn't have voted for the energy bill, would have fillabustered Alito, and is against the war. I'm ok with all of those things, I just expect some real proposals and ideas from a U.S. Senator.

In short, these ads are indicative of the whole campaign, all style- no substance.

As to MikeCT's point- I hope they keep burning cash like this, they'll be insolvent by July 1!

Chris MC said...

Nice to recognize two local people in that commercial who are perhaps the most ubiquitous grass roots activists in the Fifth Congressional District, Bill and Marylin Tyska (hope I spelled that right). Was that Swan in the construction helmet next to them, behind Kos?

Chris MC said...

Ned comes off pretty well in the second commercial. But portraying him as an annoyingly yappy mutt? I dunno.

MikeCT said...

mod dem,
The goal of the ads is to communicate that this is a grassroots campaign of Democrats opposed to Bush and Lieberman - it's not about being "popular." There is time to communicate "positive" and critical messages.

I think they're better than most ads and modestly clever, though not as brilliant as Hillsman's Fast-Paced Paul and Looking for Rudy ads for Paul Wellstone. But you can't create a masterpiece every year.

cgg said...

I liked the first ad, especially how Ned comes right out and says he's a Democrat. It had a corny charm that you want to see from a challenger candidate. KOS I could take or leave. His presense was unecessary, but not annoyingly so.

The Lamonster said...

Just when you thought Joementum has the worse ads on television, here comes The Lamonster!

1. The sixty-five year old lady who voted in every Democratic primary for the last forty-two years is really going to find him appealing.

2. What a bad way to introduce yourself to the public.

3. If you're designing your ad to be a wink at bloggers, your campaign is over.

4. This is the only way you're going to portray yourself on television before the convention?

5. I hope enough signatures were collected...

Gabe said...

Mod Dem - The links is down. It was up because I was unaware of the policy. Safe to say, if anyone wants to contribute, they can find the link on their own...

TrueBlueCT said...

Gabe--
As the commentator from the Left, you are supposed to take sides. Remember, Joe scores best with Republicans, --those who understand the damage he does to the Democratic Party.

And to the nay-sayers about the ads, I'm going to point to Hillsman' history of success. I'm sure everything is being test-marketed, and will have its desired effect.

What kind of bounce did Lieberman get from his commercials? Do you think anyone will fall for his "I stood up to Bush" mailers?

The SurveyUsa 50 state poll will be out next week.

TrueBlueCT said...

Woo-Hoo! I just saw Lamont's 3rd commercial, and it is a doozy!

Joe and his minions will not be happy about it. An anonymous friend put it best, "I've never seen a happier attack ad".

Genghis Conn said...

The ads are different and memorable, I'll give them that. The ads Lieberman is running are very sort of run-of-the-mill.

bluecoat said...

From Today's NYT metro on the cable guy and his campaign financing briefingThe Federal Elections Commission said yesterday that the United States Senate campaign of Ned Lamont had failed to meet the deadline for filing a fund-raising report before the state Democratic nominating convention, which opens on Friday. The commission said it notified the campaign in April and again this month that the deadline for reporting April fund-raising was May 8. Mr. Lamont is seeking to force a primary election against Senator Joseph I. Lieberman. Tom Swan, Mr. Lamont's campaign manager, said the campaign had misunderstood federal rules. The commission said the campaign could be fined as much as $16,000.

No comment needed

TrueBlueCT said...

Third and best ad now online at Lamont's official blog. (It runs better with Windows Media player.)

Gotta love the Democrat scraping the Lieberman sticker off his car... That, plus the diner owner taking the Lieberman sign out of his window and replacing it with a Lamont one!

TrueBlueCT said...

Bluecoat--
What are you suggesting? A simple mistake, incompetence, or a disregard for campaign finance law?

My understanding is that the Lieberman campaign was also confused about what was required.

disgruntled_republican said...

Well then...

Misunderstanding the rules once..I'll buy it. But they called them not oncwe but twice...

bluecoat said...

Tom Swan is supposed to be a expert on CFR. Right?

disgruntled_republican said...

Truebluect-

The Lieberman camp may have had trouble understanding it too but they got their reporting in on time.

cgg said...

The third ad is more along the lines of what I was expecting to see. I agree with Genghis. Lamont's ads aren't genious, but they're far better than what Joe came up with.

bluecoat said...

Doing what he is good at Joe joins in sayingUse Of Unfit Troops Blasted
Senators Criticize Military Practices
in the Courant

bluecoat said...

From the JI a little more on CF for the US Senate RaceOut-of-staters boost Lieberman warchest in April; Lamont late to file

Patricia Rice said...

Weicker, the father of the income tax likes LaMont? Guess the sleeping bear still can't get over Lieberman taking his job away from him. Don't worry Democrats, Joe is here to stay!