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    A Tale of Two Ads

    The Fix, as regular readers know, is a lover of campaign commercials. So, as we pondered the absolutely stunning arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich yesterday on charges that he was seeking to sell the Senate seat vacated by President-elect...

    By Chris Cillizza | December 10, 2008; 01:35 PM ET | Comments (13)

    Obama's Ad Dominance Reaffirmed

    As the presidential election entered its final months, it became increasingly clear that Barack Obama was vastly outspending John McCain on television -- a massive gap that allowed the Illinois senator to expand the playing field and led to victories...

    By Chris Cillizza | November 25, 2008; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (18)

    The Fix Ad Contest: The Best Presidential Ads

    Over the next week (or so), we'll be rolling out the awards for the best and the worst ads of the 2008 election. To ensure we were comparing apples to apples, we have broken the competition into three categories: presidential,...

    By Chris Cillizza | November 3, 2008; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (154)

    The Dole Ad: Over the Line?

    UPDATE, 8:35 pm: Unbowed by the criticism over her first ad attacking state Sen. Kay Hagan (D) for her connections to the Godless Americans PAC, North Carolina Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R) is up with a new commercial tonight that doubles...

    By Chris Cillizza | October 31, 2008; 05:55 PM ET | Comments (102)

    Bach-pology! (Sort of)

    Minnesota Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann, just one week after she alleged that Barack Obama held anti-American views during an appearance on "Hardball," launched a mea culpa ad yesterday aimed at explaining her comments. Here it is: What's odd about this...

    By Chris Cillizza | October 25, 2008; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (96)

    Ad Wars: Obama Works For a Major Majority

    Seeking to ensure a significant Democratic majority in the Senate come 2009, Barack Obama took time to cut an ad endorsing Oregon state House Speaker Jeff Merkley (D) in his challenge to Sen. Gordon Smith (R). Here's the ad, which...

    By Chris Cillizza | October 24, 2008; 05:24 PM ET | Comments (42)

    McCain Pushes "Obama as Risky" Message

    Down in both national and battleground state polling, John McCain is up with a new ad that uses the words of Delaware Sen. Joe Biden to stoke voter fears about Barack Obama's readiness to assume the presidency next January. Here's...

    By Chris Cillizza | October 24, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (121)

    Feeney Plays the 9/11 Card

    Florida Republican Rep. Tom Feeney, already in deep electoral trouble this fall, has a new ad up in which he seeks to tie his Democratic opponent to the ringleader of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks -- a huge gamble...

    By Chris Cillizza | October 20, 2008; 08:16 PM ET | Comments (24)

    Ad Wars: Yellow Kansas?

    A new ad for former Rep. Jim Slattery, who is taking on Sen. Pat Roberts(R) in Kansas, is sure to get attention but maybe for all the wrong reasons. It speaks for itself so let's take a look: Betcha didn't...

    By Chris Cillizza | October 10, 2008; 03:52 PM ET | Comments (15)

    Ad Wars: Feeney's Mea Culpa

    It's never a good sign when, just six weeks before election day, an incumbent puts up an ad in which he apologizes to his constituents for bad judgment. But, that's exactly what happened today in Florida's 24th district where embattled...

    By Chris Cillizza | September 23, 2008; 02:30 PM ET | Comments (37)

    Democrats Slam Coleman On Iraq

    For the last month -- at least -- the Minnesota Senate race has featured some of the hardest hitting television ads in any contest (the presidential included) in the country. After Sen. Norm Coleman's campaign released an ad late last...

    By Chris Cillizza | September 16, 2008; 04:43 PM ET | Comments (41)

    Ad Wars: Coleman Throws a Howitzer

    Earlier this week, we wrote about a terrific ad being sponsored by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee against Sen. Norm Coleman (R) in Minnesota. Today, Coleman struck back -- hard. Really hard, in fact, questioning whether Democratic nominee Al Franken...

    By Chris Cillizza | September 12, 2008; 04:30 PM ET | Comments (434)

    Ad Wars: Norm Coleman Running Out of Time?

    Now that just eight weeks (!) separate us from the fall election, the television ads are flying fast and furious. With so much out there, it's hard to separate the good from the mediocre and the just plain bad. But,...

    By Chris Cillizza | September 9, 2008; 03:55 PM ET | Comments (66)

    The Duality of Celebrity

    Over the past two weeks, John McCain has found a soft spot in the previously impenetrable defenses of Barack Obama: attack the Illinois senator as a celebrity. Huh? In our celebrity-obsessed culture, it's hard to imagine how playing up Obama...

    By Chris Cillizza | August 12, 2008; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (86)

    Ad Wars: Is 'Celebrity' The New 'Flip-Flop'?

    By Ed O'Keefe It has become increasingly clear over the past week that "celebrity" is the label that Republicans think will stick to Barack Obama. The McCain campaign released a new ad called "Family" this morning to strenghten the connection:...

    By washingtonpost.com Editors | August 6, 2008; 02:50 PM ET | Comments (126)

    Obama Hits Back

    By Ed O'Keefe Your blogsitter normally monitors the Ad Wars for Channel '08 and The Trail, so the Obama campaign's continued response to the widely-seen "Celeb" ad is right up our alley. The Democrats hit back again Monday with two...

    By washingtonpost.com Editors | August 5, 2008; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (28)

    Ad Wars: Begich's 'Car Wash'

    Sometimes a television advertisement can say more than any speech. Take Barack Obama's "Moment" ad during the primary season or John McCain's "624787" ad. Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D), who is challenging Sen. Ted Stevens (R) this fall, is up...

    By Chris Cillizza | July 22, 2008; 02:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

    McCain Pummels Obama at the Pump

    Barack Obama may be abroad for the week but John McCain's campaign is making sure voters don't forget about the most pressing domestic issue of the day: rising gas prices. McCain's campaign launched an ad entitled "Pump" this morning in...

    By Chris Cillizza | July 21, 2008; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (67)

    Sunday Conversation: McCain's New Ad

    Barack Obama may be stealing most of the media coverage with his trip abroad but John McCain isn't sitting back and ceding ground to the Illinois senator. McCain is up with a new ad that blasts Obama for his lack...

    By Chris Cillizza | July 20, 2008; 09:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

    Wrestling for Control of Iraq

    Two new ads focused squarely on the war in Iraq albeit it with VERY different messages are hitting the television airwaves today. The ads are being sponsored by Vets for Freedom, a group touting the success of the surge in...

    By Chris Cillizza | July 16, 2008; 03:41 PM ET | Comments (29)

    Ad Wars: McCain and the Redefinition of Hope

    John McCain's latest ad in the presidential race never mentions Barack Obama but the Illinois senator is everywhere in the spot, which seeks to punch a hole in the idea of "hope" in politics. Let's take a look at the...

    By Chris Cillizza | July 8, 2008; 11:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

    Ad Wars: Gordon Smith Throws In With Obama

    An embattled incumbent tying himself to presidential nominee is nothing new in politics. But it's usually the case that the presidential nominee being latched onto is actually of the same political party. Not so in Sen. Gordon Smith's (R-Ore.) latest...

    By Chris Cillizza | June 25, 2008; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

    New Ad Shows MoveOn Is Not Afraid of Controversy

    MoveOn.org, one of the most influential progressive political groups, isn't known for subtlety in its advertising. A newspaper ad that ran on the eve of Gen. David Petraeus's testimony on Capitol Hill in September 2007 labeled the military man "General...

    By Chris Cillizza | June 17, 2008; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

    Ad Wars: Playing Transactional Politics

    With the unemployment rate soaring, gas above $4 a gallon, an unpopular war in Iraq and President Bush's approval numbers mired in the 30s, it's hard out there for Republican candidates. Given the challenges, how can a GOP incumbent hope...

    By Chris Cillizza | June 11, 2008; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

    Ad Wars: Bush Leaves Voters in the Dust

    Republicans are hoping that once Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) becomes their party's official presidential nominee this fall, voters' negative impression of President Bush in particular and his party more generally will begin to fade. Democrats don't seem likely to let...

    By Chris Cillizza | June 2, 2008; 05:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

    Ad Wars: Graves' "San Francisco" Ad

    As the fight for Congress heats up over the coming weeks and months, The Fix will, from time to time, pluck out an ad (or ads) worth watching. We define "worth watching" pretty broadly here at the Fix. Some ads...

    By Chris Cillizza | May 21, 2008; 04:42 PM ET | Comments (38)

     

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