Well folks the latest Congressional television advertisement has begun airing in the 1st District.
Bruce Braley sent out this press release this morning drawing attention to his ad.
Like Kennedy's and Dix's, this ad is a bit odd in it's own way too. The ad, titled "Bringing us to Congress" features Bruce Braley driving a giant van around town leaving his family on their doorstep, but picking up his mother, some factory workers, a group of seniors, and a gaggle of children on his way to Congress. It is clever, but the fast-motion between stops irritates me.
Also, his "hey guys" line sounds a bit "feminine".
The ad can be viewed HERE.
The really interesting part of the ad, however, is at the end. As Bruce is leaving Iowa behind to head off to Congress in his sweet van, he passes a man in a suit with a soft-sided briefcase standing on the side of the road, presumably thumbing a ride. As Braley leaves this man in the dust, he can be heard shouting out the window, "Sorry fella, no room for lobbyists". This must have been a late addition to the commercial, as it failed even to make the official transcript of the ad which was included with the release.
So, the question is, what prompted the Braley campaign to throw the lobbyist part in at the end of the ad? It plays no part in the theme of the commercial, as the ad is not about Congressional reform or scandals in Washington.
It is apparent that Democrat Bruce Braley is taking a shot across party lines at Republican Brian Kennedy.
The question is "Why?" Well, there are two options as far as I can tell.
1) Braley does not want to/is afraid to face Kennedy in the general, and so is spreading implied negativity through this ad to keep Kennedy down in hopes that Dix and/or Whalen will keep it up now that Braley has taken a stand and put it out there.
2) Braley foresees Kennedy as the likely victor and (as he is widely considered the likely victor for the Dems) is taking it upon himself to start the heat that will become the General Election.
Both those options seem a bit farfetched to me, but it's Braley's strategy, not mine. On the other hand, I guess it wouldn't make sense for him to say "Sorry fella, no room for pumpkin farmers."
Furthermore, the part where he talks about "his record of fighting for working people" seems to open the door for criticisms of his career as a trial lawyer. I suppose he figures those are going to come anyway so he might as well try to get some positive spin on the airwaves before too much negative spin gets out there.
We'll see how effective his ad will be.
At least we can find it on his website. Mike Whalen, who has been called on by myself and Krusty Konservative to post his ad on his website now has this to offer instead. They have been dubbed "home movies" by another blogger. Visit THIS PAGE to see Whalen recording himself on a slow afternoon at the Machine Shed.