Elect the NORMAL people!

In general, I have disapproved of using children in campaign ads, from the “daisy bomb” ads of the 60′s to the “mommy, can I have another glass of arsenic” commercials of 2000. I abhorred “singing for Obama” ads from 2008.

But this, I can’t help but love. Not only does it succinctly sum up the driving issue of the election, these kids are just incredibly adorable, to boot.

I can’t help getting the impression, too, that Joel Demos and his wife do not talk about “little people” unless they mean their own children.

We need more normal people, and fewer abnormal professional pols like Andrew “I’m in politics; I’m in government” Cuomo, in charge.

H/T Ed Morrissey

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  • Piano Girl88

    That is a wonderful ad ~ hope he is successful. I’m actually encouraged with some of the people who are running this year. Many are retired military, some are just ordinary people fed up with the way things have been going and feel they need to do what they can. I think many of us were content to “live and let live” until this particular administration/congress just plain pushed us too far and we are ready to do a clean sweep with this motley crew.

  • http://www.catholicdadsonline.org Rob Kaiser

    That is awesome! I love eggs going in the bag followed by the pineapple.

  • Roz Smith

    Joel Demos has another imaginative video you might want to check out. His fund raising piece shows him as a modern Sisyphus, pulling one of those monster trucks along on a huge chain. It is an apt image as Joel’s running in one of the most reliably Democrat districts in the nation, MN-5, which is basically the city of Minneapolis.

  • Paul Pluth

    Actually, there was only one “daisy bomb ad” in the 1960′s, and it aired only once–because it was found too horrific.

    [yeah. that was the one I meant! ;-) -admin]

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  • saveliberty

    I loved this too! Thank you so much for posting it!

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  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    When the economy was expanding, the previous administration put in place large tax cuts during an expansion without the compensating cuts in spending, leading to a classic bubble economy. The current deficits are primarily due to this fiscal policy and the resulting implosion of the financial markets.

    Unfortunately, the bailouts and stimulus were necessary to prevent the complete meltdown of the economy. Long term, the U.S. will have to accept both cuts and tax increases. That doesn’t seem to be where the U.S. is heading. One party wants to cuts taxes for 97% of the people, while the other party wants to cut taxes for 100% of the people, while no one is proposing anywhere near enough in cuts to bring the budget into line.

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    Elizabeth Scalia: We need more normal people, and fewer abnormal professional pols like Andrew “I’m in politics; I’m in government” Cuomo, in charge.

    What the U.S. needs are people who can do basic arithmetic and who understand the fundamentals of economics.

  • BE

    And, Zachriel (whose astute comments I second), numerate politicians who can cobble together alliances which will work together for the good of the country, not the good of their party.

  • http://www.zazzle.com/shanasfo shana

    Zachriel, What we need is to stop spending money on things like $800,000. used to teach uncircumcised African men to wash their genitals after sex to prevent AIDS – which was in the ‘stimulus’. OK, sure it is a kind of ‘stimulus’ but not the one the bill was supposed to be about. Chump change to a Senator, no doubt, but the bill has all kinds of nonsense like this in it. It adds up, which you would of course know since you like math so well.

    See, it isn’t just those who can do math, but those who can READ and REASON.

  • jane

    Genius or, as the Brits would say, brilliant!

    If I was in this guy’s district (I’m a Canadian), I’d vote for him, for sure.

    I loved every scene, but especially the woman at the door telling the cutie in his baby seat, “I’m not interested.”

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    shana: What we need is to stop spending money on things like $800,000. used to teach uncircumcised African men to wash their genitals after sex to prevent AIDS

    Assuming, of course, that you think that preventing AIDS is not a worthy cause, or that employing U.S. scientists doesn’t count towards stimulus. (There are studies that link washing to a lower incidence of HIV transmission.)

    In any case, the stimulus is a short-term expenditure required to stabilize the economy. The real problem the U.S. faces is long-term.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    It’s a stimulus for those, who know how to apply for government money, and have the connections to get it; it’s not doing much for the rest of us. And there are a lot of worthy causes out there. Just because something’s “worthy” doesn’t mean the government should drop bazillions of cash on it. There are AIDS victims here, as well people suffering from Cancer, heart disease, the elderly, the handicapped, etc.

    (So far, the stimulus doesn’t seem to be stabilizing much of anything.)

  • JAL

    Love her or hate her, the first thing that crossed my mind when I heard Sarah Palin was selected to be McCain’s VP candidate was “She’s normal!”

    Now you may quibble over the “normal” part … but many of us deal with juggling jobs, kids, unexpected pregnancies, in-laws, outlaws, and balancing the family budget using hard work (handle fish much anyone?) and planning.

    It’s time that we send people to Washington to *be* Congress, not *to* Congress. They are not our representatives *to* the Government they are us *as* Government.

    Maybe the professional politicians will discover that Americans can remember that We The People decided to form a more perfect union, not them.

    And Zach, George Bush’s administration did more for Africa that the Dems could imagine. Teaching African men to wash their genitals in a bill to stimulate the United States economy and encourage American entrepreneurship and thus jobs (oops … that last wasn’t in there…) is ridiculous.

    You want to do that? Fine. Identify your goal and make it clear in a bill specifically for health aid and education for developing countries. Don’t lie and call it part of the US economic “recovery.”

  • Tracy

    “We need more normal people…”

    How charming to imply that Keith Ellison isn’t normal enough for Congress.

    [I suppose one could take offense at the word "normal" if one suspects I meant anything by it beyond "ordinary working folk" rather than the professional politicians. But I think I actually made it pretty clear that I was differentiating "normal" from political pros. By all means, though, you should assume I meant the absolute worst, if that's what you want to do. I'm easy. -admin]

  • salvage

    It’s weird how the national debt isn’t an issue when it’s a GOP government spending the money on an illegal war and such.

    And by weird I mean of course nakedly partisan and cynically self-serving but that’s what Sister Anchy and her buddies are all about.

    [Well, the war wasn't illegal, but beyond that, if you were a regular reader, you'd know that this blog--and lots of other center-right blogs--did, in fact, express dissatisfaction with about spending during the Bush years. If you did too, congrats. This administration, in 2 years, has spent more than everyone whose ever come before it, and much of that spending has been of questionable value or has produced no jobs. Why isn't all the spending bothering you now? As to being "nakedly partisan and cynically self-serving..." I try not to be a cynic. I expect you found your way over here, though, from a "nakedly partisan" site, in which case, why do you mind partisanship? -admin]

  • Chuck Carlson

    As a resident of MN05, I am proud to be represented by a member of congress who also happens to be muslim. He seems pretty normal to me.

    By “normal” people, I assume you mean, white, overweight, and appealing to base instincts?

    [Not sure why you have to "assume" what I meant, when it was pretty clear that I meant "ordinary working people" as opposed to professional pols, but as I said to the other kind commenter, by all means, assume I meant the worst. -admin]

  • sam

    Let me quote Roy:

    SHORTER THE ANCHORESS: I always disapprove of using kids in political ads, except when it’s right-wing and aimed at unseating a Muslim.

    [Yeah, Roy does that. -admin]

  • gocart mozart


    Billions in war profiteering fraud (ho hum)
    $800,000 for a research grant to UCLA to find ways to combat Aids in Africa = OUTRAGE

    Ah, conservative ‘values’

    [How funny. Bush spent more to combat AIDS in Africa than any other president, before or since. And this blog supported that vociferously. When you put unembedded links in your comments they either go into moderation or (if there is more than one) into the spam filter, which I only check when I'm in the mood to. Here is how to make a link. admin]

  • gocart mozart

    “How funny. Bush spent more to combat AIDS in Africa than any other president, before or since. And this blog supported that vociferously”. I did also. It was one of the few if only things Bush did right. My comment was directed at JAL and Shana.

    As to budget deficits,
    this and

  • gocart mozart

    O.K., link fail. Google “presidential budget deficits” at wikipedia and “Obama inherited deficits from Bush administration” at politifact.com