The best campaign ad of them all

In a postmodern, objectively irrelevant, subjectivist, “I like this” kind of way:

HT: Anthony Sacramone.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • SKPeterson

    That was pretty funny, and Bob Kerrey was probably the last Democrat I ever even thought about supporting, except for the old Al Gore. No not Sr., but that Jr. guy who actually talked sensibly around 1984 or 1988 as a kinda-conservative, sorta-Southern Democrat that didn’t believe in having the government do everything, control everything, or go about mucking in people’s affairs. That was Tipper’s department and she wasn’t elected. Unfortunately, he died and he was brought back by some sort of voodoo ritual to haunt the modern world with tales of doom. Then Tipper left him.

    The problem with Bob Kerrey is that he is almost completely out of step with the modern Democrat Party unless he too died and has been revivified as a zombie of the left.

  • SKPeterson

    That was pretty funny, and Bob Kerrey was probably the last Democrat I ever even thought about supporting, except for the old Al Gore. No not Sr., but that Jr. guy who actually talked sensibly around 1984 or 1988 as a kinda-conservative, sorta-Southern Democrat that didn’t believe in having the government do everything, control everything, or go about mucking in people’s affairs. That was Tipper’s department and she wasn’t elected. Unfortunately, he died and he was brought back by some sort of voodoo ritual to haunt the modern world with tales of doom. Then Tipper left him.

    The problem with Bob Kerrey is that he is almost completely out of step with the modern Democrat Party unless he too died and has been revivified as a zombie of the left.

  • fjsteve

    SKP, I don’t follow Kerry that closely but are you saying the former head of The New School is not far enough Left for the Democrat Party?

  • fjsteve

    SKP, I don’t follow Kerry that closely but are you saying the former head of The New School is not far enough Left for the Democrat Party?

  • mikeb

    Typical Steve Martin; funny but better as an SNL skit.

    This ad is like Obama’s “Big Bird” ad: Not serious. And these are serious times that call for serious people with big ideas.

  • mikeb

    Typical Steve Martin; funny but better as an SNL skit.

    This ad is like Obama’s “Big Bird” ad: Not serious. And these are serious times that call for serious people with big ideas.

  • SKPeterson

    I forgot about the New Skool. I also remember that there was some concern that, yes, he was not sufficiently left when he took the position. I think they were trying to broaden the appeal to a more centrist position.

    I took a look at his New School history and it is rather interesting. He received a vote of “no confidence” from the faculty, which would indicate that he was insufficiently left to satisfy their peculiarities. Even though he gave them tenure, almost doubled their ranks while doubling the endowment. But, he did restructure the organization (probably disturbing some long-held zones of academic comfort) and increased enrollment substantially.

    If I was a Husker I’d probably still vote for his opponent, but I wouldn’t be crying in my beer if Kerrey won.

  • SKPeterson

    I forgot about the New Skool. I also remember that there was some concern that, yes, he was not sufficiently left when he took the position. I think they were trying to broaden the appeal to a more centrist position.

    I took a look at his New School history and it is rather interesting. He received a vote of “no confidence” from the faculty, which would indicate that he was insufficiently left to satisfy their peculiarities. Even though he gave them tenure, almost doubled their ranks while doubling the endowment. But, he did restructure the organization (probably disturbing some long-held zones of academic comfort) and increased enrollment substantially.

    If I was a Husker I’d probably still vote for his opponent, but I wouldn’t be crying in my beer if Kerrey won.

  • http://www.cyberbrethren.com Paul T. McCain

    Love it.

  • http://www.cyberbrethren.com Paul T. McCain

    Love it.

  • fjsteve

    SKP, I hear ya. After sitting under Brown and the California People’s Congress, Kerrey would be a welcomed relief.

  • fjsteve

    SKP, I hear ya. After sitting under Brown and the California People’s Congress, Kerrey would be a welcomed relief.

  • DonS

    Great bit :-)

  • DonS

    Great bit :-)

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    The empiricist within me is repulsed by this ad. Would you choose a mechanic or electrician so poorly? Content free discourse of buzz words. Repellent. A burlesque of democracy. This is how we appeal to voters in the era of universal suffrage. Infantile and irresponsible. Why doesn’t he just come out and say our government is a joke? We are just going through the motions.
    Bread and circus.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    The empiricist within me is repulsed by this ad. Would you choose a mechanic or electrician so poorly? Content free discourse of buzz words. Repellent. A burlesque of democracy. This is how we appeal to voters in the era of universal suffrage. Infantile and irresponsible. Why doesn’t he just come out and say our government is a joke? We are just going through the motions.
    Bread and circus.

  • helen

    Our “government” is a joke… on us.

    But thanks for amusing me with Steve Martin.
    I think it’s the first campaign ad I’ve watched.

    I came here to see what you people thought of the debate.
    No. I didn’t watch that either.

    And I’m “independent, undecided… or something”. ;)

  • helen

    Our “government” is a joke… on us.

    But thanks for amusing me with Steve Martin.
    I think it’s the first campaign ad I’ve watched.

    I came here to see what you people thought of the debate.
    No. I didn’t watch that either.

    And I’m “independent, undecided… or something”. ;)

  • Matt Jamison

    Bob Kerrey’s opponent Deb Fischer cares enough about Nebraska to actually live there. Bob Kerrey spent the last decade in New York City hanging out with cool people like Steve Martin.

  • Matt Jamison

    Bob Kerrey’s opponent Deb Fischer cares enough about Nebraska to actually live there. Bob Kerrey spent the last decade in New York City hanging out with cool people like Steve Martin.


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