Thursday, September 6, 2012
From an Empty Chair to a Cardboard Cut-out
There's more than a few "something creepy"'s about this ad purporting to show a disillusioned Obama supporter (the actress here is actually a GOP staffer). For one thing, Republicans are again displaying a Fauxbama--they basically erase his actual record and accomplishments and put up a mock figure they are more comfortable (I guess) dealing with. But what they're also doing is creating a fake Obama supporter, and I'm not sure how well that will sit with people who did support President Obama in 2008.
The resemblance of this ad to the break-up of a romantic relationship implies that people did support Obama in 2008 because they "fell in love with him", not because they simply thought his ideas were better or that the Republicans couldn't be trusted to clean up the messes they made. There may have been a certain starry-eyed quality about the support Obama got in 2008--but implying that Obama supporters made the choice based on feeling alone is kind of off-putting. I think voters can figure out that the president is not our boyfriend.
Also, there's a lot of people out there who had "that talk" with a partner and are probably getting flashbacks right now. And they might be hearing it the way I did--
"Sorry, Barack. I'm leaving you for a rich guy."
I guess what I'm saying is--tone deaf, much?
(X-posted at Rumproast.)