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This is what playing to win looks like. The bare transcript doesn't do justice to the effectiveness of the voice, pacing, music and images in this ad. The little wobble as the yellow text images finally settle into place is smart and eye-catching.
Note especially the image of the woman sitting on the bed. That image comes up before the text explaining it; the mind is really engaged in possible explanations. A wife? A daughter? And after the explanation ? "broken ribs and back" devastates the "only a misdemeanor" defense.
Very nicely done (h/t Chris Bowers).
For background, click here. David VanderLeest is the Republican challenger to Democratic state senator Dave Hansen. If you recall, the Republicans tried to get John Nygren into a primary with VanderLeest, most likely because of just these liabilities. Didn't work.
Hansen and VanderLeest square off on July 19, since there will be no primary. As Chris Bowers says:
Hansen is expected to win this campaign by a solid margin, and this ad will go a long way toward making sure that he does.Playing to win. From Chris, other Wisconsin dates to keep in mind:
The six general elections against Republicans will be on August 9, while the general elections against the other two Democrats will be on August 16. There will also be primaries on July 12 and July 19, which both sides will use to test out their field operations for the August general elections.Our help-out-Wisconsin link is below.
"Archbishop [of New York] Timothy Dolan, he of the wide smile, ready handshake and outsized laugh, was to be the church?s antidote to the cool and distant manner of his predecessor, Cardinal Edward Egan, who was a public relations nightmare from the start. But a love for beer and a hot dog from the cart outside the cathedral will only get you so far."
"The vote in New York sends a strong message to Catholic leadership. The danger is not in the vote itself. The danger they face is far deeper -- a crisis of leadership and authority for which they have only themselves to blame."
-- an editorial in the July 5 National Catholic Reporter
The national discussion is being swamped by so much craziness that I take perhaps excessive pleasure in examples of public non-craziness, which apparently hasn't been outlawed after all. So even though I'm not making any great claims for the significance in the grand scheme of things of this editorial in the National Catholic Reporter, I still may be making too much of it.
Or it may be that the NCR has a better feel for the pulse of at least American Catholics than the whacked-out Church hierarchy.
Okay, the National Catholic Reporter doesn't attempt to present itself as an organ of Vatican-blessed doctrinal purity. In its "Mission and Values" statement, it describes itself as "the only significant alternative Catholic voice that provides avenues for expression of diverse perspectives, promoting tolerance and respect for differing ideas" for the 23 percent of the U.S. population that identifies itself as Catholic. The Catholic crazies speak with such inescapably loud, obstreperous voices that we may easily be fooled by their loudness and obstreperousness that they speak for American Catholics. Maybe so, maybe not.
In the July 5 issue, NCR has an editorial entitled which takes off from the Church's disastrous positioning in the recent New York State marriage-equality battle but really isn't about that. I think the opening establishes its concerns well:
Gay marriage, bishops and the crisis of leadership
July 5, 2011
An NCR editorial
The vote approving same-sex marriage in New York is the latest and most glaring confirmation of some gloomy news for the Catholic church in the United States, and it?s not that gays have achieved the right to marry.
Rather, affirmed in the recent vote is the disturbing reality that the Catholic hierarchy has lost most of its credibility with the wider culture on matters of sexuality and personal morality, just as it has lost its authority within the Catholic community on the same issues. There are reasons -- and they have little to do with secularism, relativism or lingering influences of the wild 1960s -- why people are no longer listening to the bishops.
While we don?t want to minimize the seriousness of the concern of some over a societal redefinition of marriage, there are reasons we think the bishops? hyperbolic reaction to laws such as that enacted in New York are not only wrong-headed but counterproductive. . . .
According to Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, ?On gay marriage, many of the people in the pews split with their bishops.?
That attitude does not spring so much from a stance of defiance, as some bishops would assert, but more from the experience of gays and lesbians themselves and their parents and siblings, extended family and friends who increasingly understand gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons as far more than the sum of their sexual orientation while also understanding that sexuality is at the core of a person?s identity.
To parents of a gay child, the idea that a group of men can claim to know the mind of God so perfectly that they can proclaim with unyielding certainty that God deems a significant portion of creation ?disordered? is absurd. The label is not only demeaning but to contemporary Christians has no resonance with the heart of the Gospel.
even if the bishops had a persuasive case to make and the legislative tools at their disposal, their public conduct in recent years -- wholesale excommunications, railing at politicians, denial of honorary degrees and speaking platforms at Catholic institutions, using the Eucharist as a political bludgeon, refusing to entertain any questions or dissenting opinions, and engaging in open warfare with the community?s thinkers as well as those, especially women, who have loyally served the church -- has resulted in a kind of episcopal caricature, the common scolds of the religion world, the caustic party of ?no.?
As if on cue, after the vote Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio declared by fiat that his diocese is ?not to bestow or accept honors, nor to extend a platform of any kind to any state elected official, in all our parishes and churches for the foreseeable future.?
In their reaction to the vote, the Catholic bishops of New York wrote: ?While our culture seems to have lost a basic understanding of marriage, we Catholics must not. We must be models of what is good, holy and sacred about authentic sacramental marriage.?
The statement might raise legitimate alarms if, indeed, the state law signaled that the Catholic ideals and sacramental life were actually under attack. They aren?t.
Jesus in the Gospels . . . besides telling us not to act on our fears, also told us to render to Caesar what is Caesar?s and to God what is God?s. Civil marriage is Caesar?s. If Caesar wants to say that you can only get married on Tuesdays, wearing a blue suit and a red tie, that is Caesar?s call. The sacrament of matrimony is God?s. It is valid only when invoked between a baptized man and a baptized woman, in the presence of two witnesses and the spouses? proper ordinary or pastor or his delegate. Caesar has no say in this.
The larger problem for the hierarchy, of course, is not persuading the secular culture of its point of view on sacramental marriage, but persuading its own adherents, and particularly young Catholics who now tend to drift off in scores before adulthood, that staying attached to the church is a compelling good, that the church is in fact relevant and will draw them closer to Christ and thus the freedom and fullness of a life of faith.#
The bishops have little credibility in the wider culture and diminished authority within the church because in the case of sexual violence against young people by members of their clerical culture, they responded in ways that any reasonable and healthy segment of society would have considered disdainful.
Archbishop Timothy Dolan, he of the wide smile, ready handshake and outsized laugh, was to be the church?s antidote to the cool and distant manner of his predecessor, Cardinal Edward Egan, who was a public relations nightmare from the start. But a love for beer and a hot dog from the cart outside the cathedral will only get you so far.
Dolan?s rising star presumably carries with it a stamp of papal favor. The show ?60 Minutes,? in its own hyperbolic burst, dubbed him the ?American pope.? And senior NCR correspondent John Allen, who has conducted a book-length interview with Dolan, has written that in other circumstances the archbishop of New York ?could easily have been a U.S. senator or a corporate CEO.?
That may or may not be the case, but as senator or CEO, Dolan would be held to standards of accountability that no bishop will ever face. Politicians, we know, can be run out of office and business leaders are held, however imperfectly, to standards of performance and ethics. Some of them land in jail.
In reaction to the marriage vote, Dolan stretched to call up the specter of what remains of the Red menace. On his blog he wrote that in China and North Korea ?government presumes daily to ?redefine? rights, relationships, values and natural law.? In those countries, he says, government dictates the size of families, who can live and die, and what defines marriage. ?Please, not here!? he begs. The comparison, of course, is absurd on its face, a kind of hysteria that demands that someone listen when so few are.
The vote in New York sends a strong message to Catholic leadership. The danger is not in the vote itself. The danger they face is far deeper -- a crisis of leadership and authority for which they have only themselves to blame.
Last week we examined the original vinyl record of Live at Leeds. Due to the technological limitations of vinyl, it was only about 45 minutes, give or take a couple, long. The album was rereleased in 1995 on CD, and because that medium is[...]
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Coming as a shock, and amidst an ever-rising tidal wave of anger and disgust, News Of The World decided to shut it's doors and publish its last edition this coming Sunday. After 168 years, it comes down to this.
The ever-deepening scandal currently overtaking Newscorp and News International is now taking on the appearance of shell game. Attempt to find the elusive pea while fighting distractions from hands.
As it was reported on this edition of PM from BBC Radio 4, news was swift and abrupt. A short, terse statement from James Murdoch, son and heir-apparent expressed remorse and regret, while former Editor and now Chief Executive of News International Rebekah Brooks took the life preservers and split out the back, leaving colleagues and staff abruptly unemployed and drowning. As PM Anchor Eddie Mair asked "Are you rejoicing?" the answer came back ultimately no. Or as Michael Wolff pointed out "Rupert Murdoch is now naked and scared".
The question now is, what next? It would seem shutting News Of The World was a maladroit attempt at damage control - the out-of-sight/out-of-mind analogy, but I think it has gone way too far for that. The damage is still being revealed, the guilt is slowly making its way up the ladder. As was pointed out in the broadcast, Prime Minister David Cameron is now in a very precarious position because of his personal relationships with both Murdoch and Brooks, appointing disgraced (and now possibly jailed) Andy Coulson to Communications Director and facing the looming issue of the proposed buyout of BskyB by Newscorp.Questions are now coming to light as to just how much Cameron knew about Coulson and how much he chose not to know at the time of his appointment. But as was also pointed out, this scandal has repercussions all over Parliament because of the nature of Politics and the Press, not only the immense damage that has been done to Scotland Yard.
But this is what's currently going on in the UK only. That's all we're hearing about for now. The subject of just how widespread this system of hacking has been with any other publications, or news outlets currently owned by Newscorp throughout the world begs a much more alarming question. If this has been company policy, it's highly unlikely this scandal is confined to one newspaper in one area alone. Think cockroaches.
It's just speculation at this point and as I said yesterday, this story is far from over.
But for now, here is the July7th edition of PM, followed by another BBC Profile. This time it's the elusive Rebekah Brooks.
enlargeRebekah Brooks - beyond the facade, a player.
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The wonders won't be ceasing for a long-long time.
This is priceless. What a human interest story. How defining this all seems to me. The story comes from TPM, a must read: [...] The pomp and circumstance surrounding the waiter’s presentation, uncorking and decanting of the pricey Pinot Noir caught[...]
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Tomorrow in Michigan, volunteers all over the state are holding a massive recall petition signing event to remove Gov. Rick Snyder from office. If you live in Michigan, you can find a local event near you on Facebook or at FireRickSnyder.org.
Also, for the first time the volunteers working to recall Snyder are receiving official support from the Michigan Education Association. Yesterday, the MEA sent out an email to their members linking to an action page endorsing many of the ongoing recall campaigns in Michigan. This included the effort against Snyder directed by FireRickSnyder.org:
The following is a list of current MEA-supported recall petitions that have been approved for circulation. Also included is contact information for the organizers, where available (if contact information is not yet available, try connecting with the Snyder recall captain for your county -- they are often connected to these other efforts).
Please check back, as this list is subject to frequent changes:
Statewide ? Governor Rick Snyder ? www.firericksnyder.org (see list of county captains for local contacts)
Bam. Adding the MEA and their 155,000 members to the 4,000 volunteers on the ground is a game-changer. Now we can definitely put together the structure needed to pull this off.
Snyder keeps giving us more fuel to the fire, too. As Muskgeon Critic wrote today, a member of Snyder's staff illegally sent an email to local government officials encouraging them to attend a Republican Party fundraiser:
Local Snyder fundraiser email breaks law
TRAVERSE CITY ? Area Democrats want to know why Gov. Rick Snyder used his staff and local county governments to spread invitations to a Grand Traverse County Republican Party fundraiser.
Greg Andrews, the governor's Marquette-based northern Michigan representative, sent an email to local governments that encouraged officials to attend the Governor's Breakfast on Saturday during the National Cherry Festival.
Given the legislation Snyder has passed so far in office, it appears he thinks that public funds should not be used on schools or retirees or the unemployed, but instead on Republican Party fundraisers.
Just like Wisconsin, the leadership in this campaign is coming from individuals on the ground who, despite receiving no official organizational backing at first, were willing to stand up and fight back on their own. Their courage and determination is winning them followers, and starting to make possible what once seemed impossible.
Via The Army Times: The Pentagon has ordered a halt to all separations of gay troops under ?don?t ask, don?t tell? and will begin accepting applications from prospective recruits who identify themselves as homosexuals. The moratorium issued Friday came[...]
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If Obama cannot be swayed, House Democrats will have the choice: do they want to remain in the minority for the foreseeable future? Or did they run for office for some reason other than personal enrichment in their post-Congress lobbying careers?[...]
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The latest The Week In Blog is up at Bloggingheads.tv featuring Matt Lewis and I as we discuss David Brooks and the debt limit talks, Michele Bachmann's alleged "sex appeal," and the President's Twitter town hall. Watch it below.