LADYTHINGS  9:49 am September 7, 2012

GOP Puts Politics In Terms That Lady Voters Can Understand

by Kris E. Benson

This is the THING about lady voters you guys: they do not understand anything about politics or policy, it is too complex with them. If you want ladies to vote for your candidate, you must therefore explain things in terms they can understand, using metaphors about periods and boyfriends and shopping and whatnot. This is why the GOP has recently put out a fun new ad for lady voters wherein voting for Romney is compared to breaking up with a boyfriend because he cheats on them with Sarah Jessica Parker and plays too much golf.

In the ad, a woman (played by the GOP director of Messican outreach, so this is a twofer) complains to her boyfriend that he spends too much money and hangs out with celebrities and then sighs that he’s changed before the camera pans across the table to reveal a cardboard cut out of President Obama. First of all, everyone knows that Samantha was the slutty one in Sex and the City, so they should have referred to Kim Cattrall instead of SJP. And also, needs moar shopping.

[Washington Post]

 
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UnholyMoses September 7, 2012 at 9:50 am

The fuck?

Biel_ze_Bubba September 8, 2012 at 1:55 am

Hey, at least there was something in the chair.

AlterNewt September 7, 2012 at 9:52 am

There is nothing at all in there about making a sammich or putin' on that little frilly thing.

freakishlywrong September 7, 2012 at 10:09 am

"Excuse me while I go slip in to something more stabby".

AlterNewt September 7, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Hawt.

slithytoves September 7, 2012 at 9:52 am

You know you Republicans, if you're not going to take this election seriously then you're just wasting my time.

JohnnyQuick September 7, 2012 at 10:52 am

I know some people who make commercials for Republicans (and are Republicans themselves).

The depth of their contempt for their own group, how stupid they think the Republicans they are trying to reach out to are, is astounding. So this isn't that surprising.

HistoriCat September 7, 2012 at 11:23 am

how stupid they think the Republicans they are trying to reach out to are

And yet they may be underestimating the stupidity …

miss_grundy September 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm

The two women sitting at my table at bible study, who made ugly faces when the Dem convention was mentioned, probably have fallen in lorve with this ad. Of course to me they looked like overfed sows.

Biel_ze_Bubba September 8, 2012 at 1:58 am

Wait … the Republican party is making ads to reach out to Republicans?

Baconzgood September 7, 2012 at 9:52 am

Why isn't she making me a sandwich?

actor212 September 7, 2012 at 10:00 am

If by "sammich", you mean a slab of Actor212 between her and Kim Kardashian, YEA! WHY ISN'T SHE????

Preferred Customer September 7, 2012 at 10:03 am

I was thinking it but didn't want to say it, because, you know. Objectifying women and so forth.

Going to go back to watching that video of Jessica Alba being petted at the DNC.

actor212 September 7, 2012 at 10:13 am

At my age, I wish I could be objectified.

Gratuitous World September 7, 2012 at 9:52 am

Vote Romney: His Time of the Month is the first Tuesday in November.

James Michael Curley September 7, 2012 at 10:15 am

A ten year long menopause has got to be a world record.

Toomush_Infer September 7, 2012 at 9:53 am

I love how hopeful the GOPsers are that someone, anyone, will embrace their ludicrosities – please!!!….and they're trying to tell us hope is gone….

Baconzgood September 7, 2012 at 9:53 am

NEEDZ MOAR SHOEZ!!!!!!!!!

James Michael Curley September 7, 2012 at 10:16 am

And Nately's whore with Mitt as Arfy.

fartknocker September 7, 2012 at 9:54 am

Clint Eastwood talking to a chair was more informative than this commercial. I suspect Michael Steele quietly says "dumbass" when Reince Prebus is mentioned.

CleverSobriquet September 7, 2012 at 10:02 am

Anagram of Reince Prebus – Creepier Buns

Toomush_Infer September 7, 2012 at 10:26 am

Y'know, I used to think Michael Steele was creepy, but RNC Prebus is just, well, crawly might be a better word….does it just come and go with the job, or did they pick him out of some snakepit?….

BoatOfVelociraptors September 7, 2012 at 10:36 am

I couldn't peg Steele as creepy. He seemed like a guy that had to republican it up to get ahead in life.

Biel_ze_Bubba September 8, 2012 at 1:54 am

The word you want is "smarmy."

eggsacklywright September 7, 2012 at 10:15 am

Prince Rebus favors the trans-vaginal approach to TV ads.

hagajim September 7, 2012 at 11:14 am

I mean, really, what the fuck kind of name is Reince Prebus anyway?

Jimmyone September 7, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Foreign??

GhostBuggy September 7, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Did you ever think there would be a time when you thought the GOP was better off with Steele and his lesbian dom clubs?

Gratuitous World September 7, 2012 at 9:55 am

Paul Ryan claims to have given birth 3, maybe 4 times.

EatsBabyDingos September 7, 2012 at 10:10 am

And he was in labor only two hours and 50 minutes. Like his marathon.

actor212 September 7, 2012 at 10:23 am

Paul Ryan delivered the babby Jesus

LibertyLover September 7, 2012 at 10:33 am

As if he could pass a kidney stone without passing out much less push out a baby (from a "legitimate" rape perhaps?)

tessiee September 7, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Three for sure, and then maybe another tiny little baby sneaked out of his butt when he was sleeping.

Biel_ze_Bubba September 8, 2012 at 1:55 am

Is that his excuse for the brown one?

UnholyMoses September 7, 2012 at 9:55 am

These clowns have never talked to a real woman who wasn't enamored with their wealth/enraptured to Teh Jeezus/clinically fucking insane, have they?

Dear GOP:

TALK TO PEOPLE WITH VAGINAS!

Preferably, ones who don't think that their only job is to make sammiches and babies. You just might learn a thing or two.

Sincerely,

Reality

just_a_head September 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Of course not! Why would they consort with lesbians?!?

Clearly any woman who doesn't fully embrace her god-given role as submissive helpmeet and mother isn't a Real Woman; therefore, she must be (whispers) lebanese.

Preferred Customer September 7, 2012 at 9:55 am

Mitt Romney doesn't play golf, but he does have a lot of friends that own golf courses.

TribecaMike September 7, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Including Clint Eastwood.

ChillBill September 7, 2012 at 9:55 am

"It's not me, it's you."

Who the fuck writes this shit? Newt?

Baconzgood September 7, 2012 at 10:01 am

If Newt wrote it it she would have shoved divorce papers in the cutout's face while it was on a hospital bed.

blueflowers September 7, 2012 at 11:29 am

Bizarro George Costanza

DerrickWildcat September 7, 2012 at 9:57 am

Maybe if she would have been more like Michelle he would have stayed with her.
Hmmmpphhh.

Preferred Customer September 7, 2012 at 9:58 am

Also, this seems to be a great and nearly overlooked warblogging opportunity. Why is Jack Timoff breaking up with Obama? The GOP would like to know.

no_gravity September 7, 2012 at 9:58 am

She's just looking to be sister wife 27.

BigSkullF*ckingDog September 7, 2012 at 9:59 am

What
The
Fuck

Nostrildamus September 7, 2012 at 2:01 pm

The initial letters spell WTF!
LOL

iamrrm September 7, 2012 at 9:59 am

I'm starting a treatment center for those who talk to cardboard and empty chairs. First class accommodations in my crawlspace. I'm calling it Passages.

actor212 September 7, 2012 at 9:59 am

Lemme see, the best way to soothe women's hurt feelings about, say, "legitimate" rape or transvaginal raping and rolling back rape, sexual harassment and abuse statutes, is to insult them by having them talk to a fake boyfriend.

Well, that makes sense. It's about him

valgal2342 September 7, 2012 at 10:00 am

Hollywood types? Like Clint Eastwood and his talking chair? And who gave Snookie a makeover?

James Michael Curley September 7, 2012 at 10:20 am

Redi-Mix I see their trucks all the time in NJ

actor212 September 7, 2012 at 10:46 am

They doing her shoes, next?

*crossing fingers*

James Michael Curley September 7, 2012 at 11:00 am

just a droopin on down

tessiee September 7, 2012 at 3:39 pm

*sings*
Oh the line forms…
To the right, babes…

cheetojeebus September 7, 2012 at 10:00 am

So, when cardboard Obama beats the hell out of Romney in November. She'll want him back. Fukkin bitches.

WhatTheHolyHeck September 7, 2012 at 10:10 am

I hope she doesn't go back; those paper cuts in the hoo-ha must be brutal.

ChillBill September 7, 2012 at 10:02 am

I'd take SJP over Rafalca any day.

AncienReggie September 7, 2012 at 10:03 am

Although, frankly …

FlownOver September 7, 2012 at 10:07 am

ISWYDT

CrunchyKnee September 7, 2012 at 10:05 am

I thought that they were related?

Chichikovovich September 7, 2012 at 10:06 am

Though I think Rafalca is a better dancer.

eggsacklywright September 7, 2012 at 10:10 am

I may be in the minority here, but I find SJP very attractive. I like a face with some character, not some bland, white-bread standard "pretty" one.

actor212 September 7, 2012 at 10:12 am

I worked one episode of Sex &…it's de riguer for a NYC actor. I also played a corpse on L&O, again, de riguer…she's tiny. I mean, like 4 foot nothing tiny. But she has boobs that could clear a table.

eggsacklywright September 7, 2012 at 10:23 am

Corpse – de rigor, heh. Good one. And yes, her petiteness is also very appealing. I guess I have a fetish for scrawny girls. And a prominent proboscis is also a plus.

finallyhappy September 7, 2012 at 10:32 am

I just met a guy who is an Atlanta actor/extra. Gave me the secret word for the Hunger Games production but I don't live in Atlanta and don't have the stamina(or bladder) to be an extra

actor212 September 7, 2012 at 10:43 am

I'll do it from time to time to keep my name in front of a casting director, usually as a favor because they know I'm reliable and usually available on short notice. One good thing about focusing on stage work, I suppose.

But damn! And I'm union. I vaguely remember what non-union extra work was like, pulling all-nighters and standing around for hours with cookies and water for "craft services".

BigSkullF*ckingDog September 7, 2012 at 10:32 am

OMG! Did my girlfriend, Detective Olivia Benson solve your murder?

actor212 September 7, 2012 at 10:41 am

I did my stint during the Orbach/Martin run.

I would have killed to have been in a scene with Jill Hennesy. I truly would have.

tessiee September 7, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Props to SJP for keeping the nose a vengeful God gave her.
Seriously, you see so much plastic surgery, and so much of it is bad, among actresses *cough*Melanie Griffith*cough*, that you have to give some points for resisting the urge to be carved up to fit the image.

Vagabond_Pants September 7, 2012 at 10:02 am

If the GOP understood anything about shallow lady voters, they would realize that nothing tops the President not only singing Al Green, but doing it well. Who's gonna break up with that?

RRoccoco September 7, 2012 at 10:02 am

Presidential vacation time for first 31 months in office:

George W. Bush 180 days
Ronald Reagan 112 days
Barack Obama 61 days
Bill Clinton 28 days

Hmmmm. Which party talks incessantly about hard work and individual responsibility? Obama can probably get more done on a round of golf than Bush if he were locked in the Oval Office and beaten every time he dozed off.

But that Clinton is just a workaholic. Work it, Bill, work it!

MacRaith September 7, 2012 at 10:05 am

There you go again, trying to confuse the GOP with facts! That's not fair!

Chichikovovich September 7, 2012 at 10:07 am

Well, if I got more poontang than Frank Sinatra without leaving my office I wouldn't do much vacationing either.

Baconzgood September 7, 2012 at 10:14 am

"Now watch this drive"

-Dubya-

actor212 September 7, 2012 at 10:24 am

The Blah took off TWO MONTHS in less than three years????

What is he, some YURPEEN SOSHULEST?!?!?!?!?!

CindynEncinitas September 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm

There I am in your base, choking on pretzels and falling off bikes…

decay500 September 7, 2012 at 10:03 am

I just…. I can't understa… confused…. How do they think this stuff up? What part of the creative impulse thinks of something like this and gets all juiced and creativey? Rnc Prbs must be a virus that works like that one that gets into ants and makes them crawl to the top of grass blades – the ants suddenly think that that's a good idea. I hope the outcome is the same for the rnc virus victims as for the ants, with votes.

cheaphits September 7, 2012 at 10:03 am

It hurts when they leave you for Muff….or is that Mitt?

ManchuCandidate September 7, 2012 at 10:03 am

Who was the main consultant? Newt Gingrich? All this ad is missing is the cancer.

Oh right, that's represented by the policies the GOPers push.

Joshua Norton September 7, 2012 at 10:04 am

Cardboard Obama? They must have run out of straw.

AncienReggie September 7, 2012 at 10:43 am

FTW!

(They were going to go with the empty chair, but the set-up took too much additional narrative.)

KeepFnThatChicken September 7, 2012 at 10:04 am

Her acting is as good as <insert favorite porn star here>

actor212 September 7, 2012 at 10:09 am

I'd rather insert it INTO my favorite porn star (Raquel Darrian, you still haven't called!)

UnholyMoses September 7, 2012 at 10:32 am

I find that comment easy to reminisce about masturbating to.

zumpie September 7, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Well Jenna Jamison IS a Howell/Munster 2012 supporter—why didn't they get her for the role??

eggsacklywright September 7, 2012 at 10:11 am

Nah, Merle Michaels was a better actress. Yes, I am very old.

actor212 September 7, 2012 at 10:31 am

Oh, well, Golden Age, I'd have to go with Jessie St James or maybe Lisa DeLeeuw

Chichikovovich September 7, 2012 at 10:33 am

And her vocal inflections are every bit as compelling as Mary Pickford's or Gloria Swanson's.

tessiee September 7, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Jenna Jameson is a Romney supporter, and they probably could have gotten her for less than whatever they paid this gal.
Worse actress, though.

Katydid September 7, 2012 at 10:05 am

I think I just got my period watching this. This ad works, obvs.

viennawoods13 September 7, 2012 at 5:39 pm

I don't know. I find it difficult to menstruate to.

smitallica September 7, 2012 at 10:06 am

Say, what's Spanish for "Desperate attempt to appeal to Latino voters who wouldn't vote for you in a million fucking years because they hate your privileged, entitled ass"?

Fare la Volpe September 7, 2012 at 10:21 am

Sigue chingando la gallina.*

*keep fucking that chicken

miss_grundy September 7, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Sigue comiendo de la mas cara, comemierda….

kittensdontlie September 7, 2012 at 10:37 am

"Hasta la vista, Mittens…"(click).

BoroPrimorac September 7, 2012 at 11:08 am

Sinvergüenza.

RadioX September 7, 2012 at 10:06 am

And the teleprompterz, don't even get me started on the teleprompterz!

BigSkullF*ckingDog September 7, 2012 at 10:07 am

What was that at the end? You want me to go to "breakupwithobama.com" and tell you why I am breaking up with obama? Ooookay! Here's my addition to the website.

"I am breaking up with Obama because he totes gave me herpes. I heard he got it from one of those celebrities he's been hanging out with. Also, did you guys know that he's a muslin?"

AncienReggie September 7, 2012 at 10:48 am

I went with "I'm breaking up with our Kenyan overlord because he wanted me to do a menage a quatre with Fact and Sanity."

tessiee September 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm

WTF?
He wanted ME to do a menage a quatre with Biden and Rahm Emmanuel.
`
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So I did.
$>: – ]

kittensdontlie September 7, 2012 at 11:01 am

I have had it with those two. He and ol' Joe both got me impregnanted last night illegitimately…oh, but I wonder if I will hear from them today?

Jus_Wonderin September 7, 2012 at 11:20 am

Can I simply break up with Obama because he is a negro?

BigSkullF*ckingDog September 7, 2012 at 11:29 am

I would point out how racist that is but that would make me a racist.

eggsacklywright September 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm

There used to be a hamburger chain in Seattle called Herfy's. I wonder why they went out of business?

PinkoPopulist September 7, 2012 at 12:40 pm

The people seriously visiting that site will be to dumb to realize that you just be trolling…they'll probably think you are one of Obama's long-lost college girlfriends from the enigmatic Columbia years and that he actually gave you herpes and forced you to attend his mosque.

miss_grundy September 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm

You should have said: I'm breaking up with Obama so we can get together again, because I hear the break-up and back together sex is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

lizunyan September 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm

His p-e-n-i-s was just entirely too big it absolutely decimated my cooter, ill be sticking with tiny peckers like rep paul ryans from now on THANKS OBAMA

brabara September 7, 2012 at 10:07 am

"The Breakup" ???? If you want us to vote for your guy – I would suggest at least using PROPER FUCKING ENGLISH! It's Break Up you fuckwits!

actor212 September 7, 2012 at 10:08 am

Girlfriend, he's just not into you, mK?

Baconzgood September 7, 2012 at 10:09 am

She dumps him and then leaves him with the check? That's fucking cold hearted yo!

UnholyMoses September 7, 2012 at 10:32 am

Republicans did that to our economy, yo!

Stevola September 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm

So he can sign the back, of course

James Michael Curley September 7, 2012 at 10:12 am

Over the years especially in my post Army years in Pittsburgh, one of the most astute, effective and admittedly crafty politicians I was honored to meet (and work for) was Sophie Masloff in PGH's east side. I saw her step between a stand off between FASH and the Teamsters and fifteen minutes later they were shaking hands, slappin back and popin Irons like long lost brothers. She also stood down Kelly Mannarino and told him to get his people out of the Pitssburgh Mayor's race when a half an hour earlier every one was entering the room and kissing his ring.
She is still alive at about 95 and, if sentient, I'm sure she is still a go to if you want to enter Western PA politics as a DEM

Chichikovovich September 7, 2012 at 10:30 am

I'm quite impressed to hear this. I lived in PGH on and off during the years Masloff was the mayor, and (I'm embarrassed to say) I thought she was kind of a ditz who had ended up in the mayor's office by accident, due to Richard Caliguiri's unexpected death, and then just stayed there through the inertia of incumbency.

I should have paid closer attention, and not been fooled so much by superficial aspects of her manner and speaking style.

James Michael Curley September 7, 2012 at 11:41 am

She was, before she became a City Council member in 1975/6 a potent ward leader. She was legendary for getting it done for you. The 75/76 election was a gas as a former roommate ran as the Communist Party candidate. He did nothing for his campaign but still got about 4,600 votes. I was not really interested in getting involved in his campaign but when asked went to a meeting which consisted of sitting around, popping Irons and smoking weed and when anyone would ask the candidate about his 'communist' policies he would start giggling.

By both being involved in DEM politics for the Oakland district and being an employee of the small law firm which was the DEM politico law firm for election issues, I know more dirt than I can possibly remember – like knowing who Tom Forester was sleeping with and why it killed his chance to become mayor.

When I moved from Pittsburgh I had a party and one of the guests was Thomas Murphy who brought his guitar (I think it was him.). Lousy barely on beat versions of 'Leaving on a Jet Plane' which almost prompted me to introduce his posterior exhaust port to the guitar. That it was a classic, aged Martin was the only thing that saved him.

James Michael Curley September 7, 2012 at 12:29 pm

On second thought I did not stay in Pittsburgh much longer after her first election so I don’t have much of a view of her public persona as filtered through the press. Yet on the personal level it was like she was the somewhat hip, mysteriously well off aunt you didn’t have. Also Pete Flaherty and Richard Caliguiri were tough acts to follow. I just Wikipeed all these people and they are dead.

Mittens Howell, III September 7, 2012 at 10:12 am

Wow, that GOP staffer really broke up with him, didn't she. I wonder what he could have done to disappoint her.

EatsBabyDingos September 7, 2012 at 10:13 am

I bet the GOP is just akin to win.

Chichikovovich September 7, 2012 at 10:24 am

That's a legitimate observation.

bearperney September 7, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Guess what, Akin is a point away from the lead as of this morning. Being a lifelong Missourian, this is no surprise to me.

sudsmckenzie September 7, 2012 at 10:14 am

Typical Republican, she leaves him with the bill.

Mittens Howell, III September 7, 2012 at 10:15 am

"It's not me, it's you."

Actually it WAS her. The whole time she was with cardboard Obama, she was two-timing him with faded, peeling, poster Obama.

PinkoPopulist September 7, 2012 at 10:16 am

Silly womanz, they want a nice, caring guy who will take care of them, and when it finally comes time to put up (or out) they're all "oh this isn't working, it's definitely you not me." Fucking broads.

BigSkullF*ckingDog September 7, 2012 at 10:16 am

Needs more empty chair.

PinkoPopulist September 7, 2012 at 10:19 am

"Needs MOAR empty chair."

There I fixed it for you.

eggsacklywright September 7, 2012 at 10:28 am

Prince Rebus IS an empty chair.

MacRaith September 7, 2012 at 10:17 am

It might help the GOP if they let somebody who understands women write their ads directed at women. Like, maybe, a woman.

Nah, they'd never do that. What was I thinking?

Terry September 7, 2012 at 10:17 am

Most women in the Republican party must be dumber than a box of rocks if this is what the GOP thinks appeals to women.

DahBoner September 7, 2012 at 10:27 am

But they wear red dresses!!!

TootsStansbury September 7, 2012 at 10:56 am

Republicans are ALL dumb as rocks.

Boojum September 7, 2012 at 10:17 am

Oh God, they really believe this shit. Wimmins is fer sex and sammiches and shuttin' up.

mrblifil September 7, 2012 at 10:29 am

Nuh-UH! Gyrls have all the powyr because they will simply fold up their napkins in a huff and go back to the apartment Daddy bought for them, while they are plying themselves in the science of trapping a man.

soeoho September 7, 2012 at 10:18 am

Cardboard cutouts set it in empty chairs….? I want a recount on RNC attendance figures!

sullivanst September 7, 2012 at 10:18 am

Yeah, sure, condescension will help close the gender gap. Brilliant!

Mittens Howell, III September 7, 2012 at 10:18 am

Paul Ryan: "I wrote that ad all by himself."

Paul Ryan, next day: "I apologize, I seem to have misspoken. I walked past the writer's room , once. Probably while they were working on the ad."

Toomush_Infer September 7, 2012 at 10:37 am

And Paul Ryan, next day: "Actually, I've never seen that ad"…
And Paul Ryan, next day: "Obama wrote that ad, which I've never seen, and it's outrageous"…

alzronnie September 7, 2012 at 10:18 am

Needs more hate.

Goonemeritus September 7, 2012 at 10:18 am

Yeah right like any hot white chick would dump Barry.

actor212 September 7, 2012 at 10:22 am

But Tiger Woods!

zumpie September 7, 2012 at 10:46 am

We all know Palin's experience with Glenn Rice is why she STILL has a hate crush on Obama!

Chichikovovich September 7, 2012 at 10:19 am

Two tips for the Republicans:

a) Just because the "Obama golfing" thing gets a laugh at the Petausky Chamber of Commerce meeting every time, doesn't mean that anyone outside the echo chamber is fooled. Same thing with "teleprompters!!!!" We were around for "watch this drive" and the interminable "brush clearing" retreats to the ranch in Texas. We *know* which Presidents take vacations sparingly and which ones are away 1/3 of the time. We have watched the presidential debates, and we know which candidates have performed well and which have disappointed. That is, we know who can speak well unprompted. And we know that Obama is an exceptional speaker. [And you will reinforce this as the presidential debates approach, as you start madly pre-spinning to adjust expectations lower for Romney. "Well, Obama is a great debater, but the American people don't care about smooth arguing, they care about blah, blah..."]

So you can repeat "golfing!", "teleprompters!" etc. to yourself over and over, and fool yourselves. But outside your self-deceived circle, people recognize what you are doing, and they find it insulting.

b) That is an attractive woman, no lie, but there is a reason why people choose professional actors/actresses for even small roles like this. She can't even make a simple line reading sound convincing. It makes you look like a bunch of amateurs, and after your catastrophe of a convention, that isn't an impression you want to reinforce.

Just trying to help out here – no charge.

Toomush_Infer September 7, 2012 at 10:40 am

Actually, I think the golfing thing is just to remind golfers that, Tiger aside (the freak!), blahs and jews should never be allowed on the course….

StarsUponThars September 7, 2012 at 10:46 am

Republicans conveniently forget that while Hurricane Katrina was drowning a thousand people and devastating a major American shipping port, Dubja was eating birthday cake with John McCain. At a golf course.

fuflans September 7, 2012 at 12:31 pm

hey thanks man (for b)! i said the same thing somewhere on this thread (painful watching / listening to that).

and as you say – disaster of a convention.

Chichikovovich September 7, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Glad you liked it. The ad reminded me of a conversation from some years back, when a friend of mine was nominated for a Genie (Canadian Oscar) for sound editing. We all went to see the movie, and he had a minuscule non-speaking bit appearance as a spectator in a silent movie theatre the main character walks into. But looking at him, you could tell he was giving it his all – he was slouching back, arm holding a cigarette draped over the back of the chair next to him, had a "spectator"-y look on his face, was letting a thin line of smoke slowly drift out of his lips….

After the movie, I had to rib him: "Hey xx, your appearance made the movie for me. Like they say, no small parts, only small actors." He was very pleased, in spite of the semi-snark.

Native_of_SL_UT September 7, 2012 at 1:48 pm

According to Zeke Miller at Buzzfeed:
But the woman in the video expressing frustration with the president is none other than RNC Director of Hispanic Outreach Bettina Inclan.
So this women was never with Obama and therefore could never have broke up him.
Now you'll have to excuse me, i need to go record my breakup video with Cameron Diaz.

PinkoPopulist September 7, 2012 at 10:19 am

The next GOP ad will feature SJP comparing Obama to Steve Madden shoes and Romney to Manolo Blahniks or something.

DahBoner September 7, 2012 at 10:24 am

Voting for Mitt is like having sex when you're on The Rag.

It's a bloody mess afterwards and you can never really get the stains out…

KeepFnThatChicken September 7, 2012 at 10:39 am

Wow, that is one ugly metaphor.

eggsacklywright September 7, 2012 at 10:49 am

Republicans like blood, as long as it's somebody else's.

C_R_Eature September 7, 2012 at 10:26 am

"Victoria Jackson" wrote:

IM BREKING UP WITH OBUMMER BECUASE HES A SEKRIT MUSLIN AND THE DEMOCRITS BOOED GOD AND HES GETTNIG THE GOVERNMENT INTO MY MEDICARE AND IM OUTOF THOSE CAKES WE LIKE

kittensdontlie September 7, 2012 at 10:42 am

AND TWO, WEN HE WAS ON SNL HE DID RACIST SKETCHES AS BUKWEAT.

mrblifil September 7, 2012 at 10:27 am

Still another treatment of the "belittle and upbraid passive imaginary Obama" concept. As Atrios says "conservatives is weird."

One technical note… this was amazingly poorly shot and poorly lit, and nobody on the post-production side had any chops either. There are ways to parody the "romantic dinner" and this one misses on every count.

IOW this ad was not conceived, produced, shot, acted, or edited/finished by a professional at any level. Yet supposedly Mitt Romney has a personal fortune of millions to "get his message out" or whatever the fuck. So who is the money going to, and for what? This is a very interesting question from where I sit. This ad has nothing to do with wanting to win the Presidency. It seems to have more to do with giving people along the patronage line something to do. I guess everybody needs a project in life.

eggsacklywright September 7, 2012 at 10:31 am

Right. The only ones who benefit from all these ads are the networks and stations that rake in the cash for showing them.

montreal_bruin September 7, 2012 at 11:16 am

Wait, that would mean it's in the networks' financial interest to keep this race competitive! I'm absolutely shocked.

4TheTurnstiles September 7, 2012 at 10:36 am

It looks like it was made by someone's brother-in-law.

rickmaci September 7, 2012 at 11:24 am

These clowns have so much money they don't know how to spend it all, which is why you see this kind of amateurish garbage getting produced, lots of people with carte blanche to spend it any way they can. I bet if you had a group of Rethug guys who decided they wanted to sneak into the DNC headquarters late at night to bug the phones there, nobody at the RNC would say no to them and they would have the money in hand by the end of the day. It would be simply, "whatever" and "just use up the money."

Chet Kincaid_ September 7, 2012 at 11:38 am

You think they're dumb enough to redo Watergate?

rickmaci September 7, 2012 at 11:43 am

I would answer that with two words. James O'Keefe.

Chet Kincaid_ September 7, 2012 at 11:57 am

4th party bumbling idiocy at a congressperson's office is different than the President hiring Cubans to burgle the DNC.

HistoriCat September 7, 2012 at 11:40 am

The Producers 2 : Bialystock and Bloom go to Washington

James Michael Curley September 7, 2012 at 11:55 am

With the money the Repubs are pumping into this election there are going to be a lot of jobs for things like this. Yet, I don't regret that I never agreed to do concept work and writing for Republicans.

tessiee September 7, 2012 at 3:50 pm

"So who is the money going to, and for what?"

Diebold and that cross-eyed guy, for vote tampering and voter suppression.

DailyGrumbles September 7, 2012 at 10:30 am

I'm assuming she left to do the dishes or go mop something…

Barrelhse September 7, 2012 at 10:30 am

Dinner and a movie?

LibertyLover September 7, 2012 at 10:30 am

Needz moar shoes…. womenz luv shoes….

sudsmckenzie September 7, 2012 at 10:34 am

I think all this add does is make 100 million American women fantasize about a "single" Obama.

MistaEko September 7, 2012 at 10:35 am

How did invisible/cardboard Obama drink his water?

eggsacklywright September 7, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Obamasmosis.

TribecaMike September 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Transobamafication

tessiee September 7, 2012 at 3:51 pm

He's got one of those back and forth dealies, like the toy bird that drinks the water.

zumpie September 7, 2012 at 10:36 am

I don't undrstand , how is this woman a "wife, mother, grandmother, big sister, little sister or daughter"? Because Ann Romnette says that I "know it's true, don't I?" Or since this VERY unfortunate young woman associates with Dems, does she not get to be defined by her family relationships?

4TheTurnstiles September 7, 2012 at 10:37 am

This is the best they have. This is the contemporary GOP at its best.

duh_du September 7, 2012 at 10:38 am

A cardboard cutout of Obama looks more appealing and animated than the "real" Romney.

anniegetyerfun September 7, 2012 at 10:40 am

This is a very creative ad! Or would have been, if it had aired in 1963.

zumpie September 7, 2012 at 10:50 am

Heh. Even Peggy, with all her simply dreadful ideas on Mad Men would've come up with something better than this shit.

James Michael Curley September 7, 2012 at 11:58 am

How accurate is that show (my service doesn't have the channel)? It is from the TV advertising age of dancing cigarette packs.

zumpie September 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Truth be told, not especially—I do follow it because the occassional shock value is fun, it's soapy (you know us dum gurlz and our storees!) and visually stunning (though not copletely authentic even in that capacity).

eggsacklywright September 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Although it does sometimes deliver a memory-shock, like remembering there really was a soft drink called Patio. I think the show is wonderful. I associate the dancing cigs from the late '50's. Mad Men starts in '62, I believe.

James Michael Curley September 7, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Even though I have the Olz, I did not see much TV when a kid because the set seemed to always be on the blink so I don’t remember much about ads. I remember shows and it is a quatrannual debate between Ms Curley and I about whether the I Like Ike flashing sign was in 1952 or 1956, I guess I responded to commercials as I do now. They almost totally get filtered out even without remote clicking and channel surfing. There was a neighbor and a relative who worked on Madison Ave. The relative was the first female account executive in the business. Since she died in 1981 I have difficulty remembering exactly what her clients were but she did nave a couple major book publishers and once remarked that she had five of the top ten NYTimes best sellers.

jodyleek September 7, 2012 at 10:41 am

Here is my answer to the Gee Oh Pee in terms I hope THEY can understand:

I WOULD RATHER GIVE MYSELF A HYSTERECTOMY WITH A RUSTY HACKSAW THAN VOTE FOR YOUR ROBBER BARRON/SMARMY FRAT BOY TICKET!

OneYieldRegular September 7, 2012 at 10:42 am

Petulant, petty, insipid, expressionless, and barely able to get out a comprehensible sentence. No wonder she spends her evenings alone performing fake romantic dramas in front of a cardboard cutout.

prommie September 7, 2012 at 10:43 am

What? They do the whole ad in one-syllable words?

SaintRond September 7, 2012 at 10:43 am

Just put on dat coppertone wig I got for ya' an' shut da' fuck up, I'm drinkin'.

elviouslyqueer September 7, 2012 at 10:44 am

Wow. This ad is so lame (HOW LAME WAS IT?) that if it were a horse, it would've been taken out to pasture and put out of its misery. Yesterday.

#notintendedtobeanattackonRafalca

MadBrahms September 7, 2012 at 10:52 am

Since Rafalca is "Ann's thing", Mittens has been forced all these years to hide his deep investment in glue factories. This ad belongs in one of them.

eggsacklywright September 7, 2012 at 10:52 am

Ha! My ex-wife used to refer to our part-time relationship as a "dead horse that still enjoys the occasional beating."

AncienReggie September 7, 2012 at 12:42 pm

I like your ex-wife already.

eggsacklywright September 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm

A lot of guys did, Dog bless her. And some girls, too.

MistaEko September 7, 2012 at 10:57 am

"Also, you're black and my parents couldn't stand it if we were serious."

C_R_Eature September 7, 2012 at 11:00 am

CSPAN's rerunning Biden's speech now. He's telling Romney and Ryan to Go Fuck Themselves eloquently and without having to cower in an Undisclosed Location like the previous Vice President.

Seriously. All these speeches hold up well the next day.

TribecaMike September 7, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I stayed up til 3 watching most of the speeches again on c-span. Just as good the second time around.

tessiee September 7, 2012 at 3:54 pm

"Biden's speech now. He's telling Romney and Ryan to Go Fuck Themselves eloquently"

So, Clint Eastwood was also talking to invizibibble Biden?

Chichikovovich September 7, 2012 at 11:02 am

It's not me, it's you

OK, I thought this ad was terrible, but I've changed my mind a bit. It really does capture the Republican party of today. Not just the incompetent production, and the empty reliance on echo-chamber inside false references ("golfing!!!!!") but really it goes to the heart of the matter.

Because the reason "It's not you, it's me" has become a cliché is that it is a common attempt to soften the blow. Of course, nobody really believes it, but when you are breaking up with someone, it is only decent to at least try to spare their feelings as much as you can. You're already delivering a harsh message, there is no need to be gratuitously cruel on top of it. And even if both sides realize that "It's not you, it's me" is empty, at least by making the effort to be as gentle as the message allows, you show that you acknowledge the hurt you are causing the other person, that you regret hurting them in this way, and you genuinely hope they go on to recover quickly and flourish.

The Republicans, on the other hand, believe you should twist the knife a few extra times for fun. This is the party of "I like to fire people".

C_R_Eature September 7, 2012 at 11:07 am

The downside is that the Republicans have really turned into the Party of Sociopaths. The upside is that it may well turn out to be advantageous to have all the country's Sociopaths gathered in the same place.

LibertyLover September 7, 2012 at 11:02 am

The thing about Republicans is that they tend to see women as a series of body parts ( long hair, pretty face, boobs, vaginas, legs) instead of a fully formed human being with the ability to think for themselves.

barto September 7, 2012 at 11:03 am

Why is he laughing? Plus his delivery is better than hers.

Chichikovovich September 7, 2012 at 11:08 am

The Obama cutout gave a less uni-dimensional performance.

Self-Uploader September 7, 2012 at 11:05 am

Empty chairs. Cardboard cut-outs? These people are delusional.
Then again when you spend so much money paying to construct an alternative reality, it's probably easy to get caught up in it.

MadBrahms September 7, 2012 at 11:06 am

And yet the cardboard cutout of Obama is still more lifelike than the real Romney.

Tundra Grifter September 7, 2012 at 11:21 am

I thought when a woman touched her hair like that it was a tell that she really likes you.

Don't fight it, Honey! It's bigger than both of you!

James Michael Curley September 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Kerry Washington did that several times while she was looking straight at me (through the LED screen).

mrblifil September 7, 2012 at 11:22 am

It should be pointed out that the heroine of the ad had been shown to be a low level Romney staffer, tasked with education outreach in the Latino community or some such shit ("Here, Manuel, allow me to demonstrate the best techniques for picking a grape…"). I doubt it would be too difficult for an enterprising individual to find out what the audition process was like and exactly which skills she demonstrated to put her over the top.

BoroPrimorac September 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm

She's the one who got into a twit-fight with Jim Messina a few months ago, no?

C_R_Eature September 7, 2012 at 11:25 am

Cthulhu is breaking up with you.

rickmaci September 7, 2012 at 11:26 am

OK. I'll see your outreach person and raise you an Eva Longoria.

Chet Kincaid_ September 7, 2012 at 11:32 am

The "subtle" thing that they're doing here is that the woman in this video looks like Obama Girl from 2008…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKsoXHYICqU

…which is a good excuse for some nostalgic ogling!

randcoolcatdaddy September 7, 2012 at 11:34 am

They're only using the cardboard cutout since Republicans think average voters can't afford an Obama dildo.

Chet Kincaid_ September 7, 2012 at 11:36 am

Dear Ladies: We reckon you are dumb, shallow and uninformed. Let's keep it that way! Love, the GOP.

fuflans September 7, 2012 at 11:36 am

speaking as a female actor they need better fucking actors.

course, then again, maybe they can't GET better actors.

Toomush_Infer September 7, 2012 at 11:48 am

Hey, I don't blame her: he just never shows his feelings – it's like he's made of cardboard….

Monsieur_Grumpe September 7, 2012 at 11:53 am

She's talking to cardboard.

cassamandra September 7, 2012 at 11:58 am

so she's going from cardboard to plastic? not sure the lady should give out dating advice.

calliecallie September 7, 2012 at 12:06 pm

She's supposed to be the Original Obama Girl, I think. They look a bit alike, although this one seems more upscale. Which would maker her a Republican, I guess.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKsoXHYICqU

zumpie September 7, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Hee! Just posted my "break up" comment in which I said I was still totes in love with Barry, would never date a clueless misogynist like Mittens and ads like this showed exactly why ladies just aren't that into them.

Maybe I shouldn't have given away the "secret". But given how fucking stupid they are, they'll probably count this as my still promising to vote for Mittens, you know, cause…

PinkoPopulist September 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm

It's really the equivalent of an internal campaign poll, imo.

gogogodzilla September 7, 2012 at 12:11 pm

So… She's single now? I'd totally hit that.

But I believe in personal responsibility. She's responsible for her own orgasm.

veence69 September 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Boy do these fuckers have their fingers on the pulse of America..

mustangsavvy September 7, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Weemin be shoppin'!

mavenmaven September 7, 2012 at 12:42 pm

math is hard!

BarackMyWorld September 7, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Romney relates to women because he keeps changing his mind!

Amiright, fellas?

ElPinche September 7, 2012 at 12:49 pm

A cardboard cut out…just another fictional Obama.

mbobier September 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm

An empty chair, then a cardboard cutout. GOP, you are pathetic.

tessiee September 7, 2012 at 3:35 pm

More projection from the dumbasses: America does have an abusive boyfriend, but it's the Republican Party.

Schmegeg September 7, 2012 at 3:36 pm

A cardvoard cutout of Obama is more arousing than the live Romney.

tessiee September 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm

"Now let's all forget our troubles with a big bowl of strawberry ice cream!" — Malibu Stacy

grex1949 September 7, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Well, at least Barack didn't seem to take it so hard. He's still smiling when she leaves him.

unclejeems September 7, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Do these guys actually PREFER talking to empty chairs and cardboard cut-outs? Or is there some hidden significance there that I just don't see?

HELisforHEL September 7, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Late to the party today, but…oh for fuck's sake.

TribecaMike September 7, 2012 at 8:14 pm

OT, but some right wing group calling itself Vision America is trumpeting a series of conference calls with Rick Perry, Michelle Bachman and Rick Santorum to promote something they call "40 Days to Save America."

Because nothing excites American voters more than conference calls.

angelfoot September 7, 2012 at 9:06 pm

I left the following break-up message:

"I found out the "sweet nothings" he was romancing me with were being fed to him through a teleprompter. By Bill Ayers! Also, he never remembers to put the toilet seat down. "

This is fun!

ttommyunger September 7, 2012 at 11:14 pm

I know what you're thinking: is that the real President or a cardboard cut-out? Well, to tell you the truth, in all the excitement, I kind of lost count myself, so I guess the question is: do you feel motivated to vote for Mittens? Well, do you, punk? (sound of one hand fapping)

IndianaKevin September 8, 2012 at 10:06 am

I snuck into the site all undercover-reporter-like and found it's real popular. Numbers posted there as of about 9 a.m. Sept. 8 included:

29,133 subscribers
619 likes, 1,144 dislikes
344 people shared it on Facebook
58 people tweeted it
6 people g +1'd it, whatever that means
5 people e-mailed it

The numbers seem little to me.

James Michael Curley September 7, 2012 at 11:29 am

So you got to see/work with Jerry Orbach. One of the most underrated. Saw him in the premiers of Promises, Promises. Then at the Met watching the Raoul Julia version Three Penny Opera (best evah!) was totally shocked to see him and he actually talked to me during intermission.

Word that you never get underrated.

tessiee September 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm

My parents saw him in "The Fantasticks" on Broadway, because they used to be cool and do things like go to Broadway shows on dates.
*jealous*

tessiee September 7, 2012 at 3:52 pm

"debate between Ms Curley and I"

Now I haz a jellus because my name is not Miss Curly.

James Michael Curley September 7, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Me and the homeless guy who lives under the bridge on Highway 9 are the only NYC area people who have never seen “The Fantastics.” I think its because I subconsciously rebel against my English teacher who raved about it when it premiered and then blocked my attending the class trip for some totally forgotten infraction.

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