Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Chauffeur Bruce



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.

21 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are one of the stupidest people I have ever not met and have no idea what you are talking about.

Your blog is to analyzing politics what a blind man would be to explaining colors.

7:56 AM, May 03, 2006  
Blogger Scoop Iowa said...

Well then, my friend, read elsewhere.

I provide some humor, and my thoughts on some subjects. Rather than have you simply bash what's written, I'd prefer you to instead state your take on the issue at hand. Do you have one? I am no insider like we see over at Krusty Konservative, so I stick to what I see, not the insiders' story behind the story. Please feel free to grace us with your expert commentary regarding the candidates' advertisements to date, if you have one.

8:41 AM, May 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scoop, if you look at Rick Dickinson's reportings you'll see where he gladly accepts lobbyist contributions. Maybe THAT was Braley's message?!

9:39 AM, May 03, 2006  
Blogger Scoop Iowa said...

Could have been. Though I notice Braley's disclosure shows lots of money (over $58K) from PAC's, which is not much different than organized group-lobbying, so I assumed he wasn't wanting to throw stones in his glass house.

9:53 AM, May 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PACs equal lobbyists? Scoop. You KNOW the difference.

10:27 AM, May 03, 2006  
Blogger Scoop Iowa said...

Both are designed to promote ideas/agendas and influence campaigns/legislation. When I think of PAC Money, I think of special interest groups.

I'm still undecided if I think one is better than the other (lobbyists or PACs), or if either is really bad at all. We do need an efficient way of effective advocacy for ideas, but I do think that some reform is needed.

Anyway, are you telling us that this is Braley's attack on Dickinson? He is hitting him for taking lobbyist contributions?

What kind of response do you look for from the Dickinson campaign? I suppose the ol' "Braley's a trial lawyer" routine?

11:05 AM, May 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You both are stupid. What about the fact that lobbyists and their influence on policy in DC. This is especially true when you consider pharmaceutical lobbyists and Medicare Part D. And in no sane universe is Kennedy seen as the frontrunner. I guess you don't have to know anything about politics before you blog about politics.

12:13 PM, May 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 2:13:

Who is the frontrunner in your opinion in the 1st District race, both D and R.

1:34 PM, May 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Braley is a TRIAL LAWYER??? Oh MY GOD!! Now I'm voting for Denny Heath.

3:01 PM, May 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Angry Anon:

I'm still waiting for your answer about who is the frontrunner.

Why don't you stop smacking Scoop and give us your read, Smart Guy. I'm sure we'll all be just friggin blown away with your analysis.

Go ahead, tell us what you think.

5:18 PM, May 03, 2006  
Blogger Scoop Iowa said...

I bet Angry Anon falls into the same old trap of "Dix has the most money, so he's in the lead".

Truth be told, fool, I still stand by my claim that there is no clear frontrunner in the GOP primary. I was simply speculating as to Braley's motive for adding that interesting ending to his commercial.

7:26 PM, May 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Hi guys!"

Brailey is just trying to inoculate himself because of all the special interest money he's taken so far. More than any candidate D or R.

Bruce Braley is the special interest money king!

7:57 PM, May 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe Dix IS the frontrunner, not only because of his money (face it boys and girls, it does help to get his pretty face on tv), but because he has name id and it isn't a negative name id.

Oh, and his ED bill passed today, so you can stop bashing him about that too.

And this is not a response from Angry Anon

9:51 PM, May 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Dix has just as much baggage as any of the other candidates in the field. There is no perfect candidate in this race.

6:33 AM, May 04, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bruce Braley is the perfect candidate! He has the money, looks and original ideas. He is clearly the best suited to "Take Us to Congress"

He will squash any of the Rs in the general.

Bruce Bruce Bruce!

6:43 AM, May 04, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Braley is obviously ahead or the other three candidates wouldn't be whining about his being a trial lawyer or where he gets all his money from. They need to quit crying and get to work if they're even going to show up on June 6th. None of the other candidates can get any traction, they can't even get clear support from their home counties. Braley IS the man to take us to Congress.

As for the GOP, if you were smart you'd fund Kennedy. He's the only one smart enough to go toe-to-toe with Braley. Braley will eat Whalen's lunch and kick Dix in the pumpkin patch. the general is going to be a fun one to watch

9:45 AM, May 04, 2006  
Anonymous traveler said...

Ditto. I gotta tell ya, there's not a lot of Dickinson yard signs in Dubuque. I haven't been to Waterloo lately...is it coated with Braley signs? Gluba has a strong presence in Davenport, though no real chance of winning.

12:50 PM, May 04, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Braley's advertisement is great. I liked his "no room for lobbyists" shot at the end. I don't think it is aimed at Kennedy so much as it signals that the DC "culture of corruption" so affiliated with the GOP will have no room in his work. Even though this is an open seat, the GOP candidate is going to be hard pressed to shake the corruption baggage.

Given the D performance of the district and his fundraising Braley would have to be considered the overall front runner. He didn't attack Kennedy so much as he reminded voters about the GOP's on sordid history with lobbyists.

5:59 PM, May 06, 2006  
Blogger Scoop Iowa said...

I agree with Anon 7:59 to an extent, but I don't think all candidates carry the same baggage.

First, I think the "culture of corruption" bit can only go so far for the D's. Here's why...

By November plenty of time will have passed since the Abramoff scandal/Duke Cunningham scandal/Tom Delay scandal was big news. Unless something new like this happens, I think the D's can keep pushing it around, but it won't get much traction because people care about the real issues. Immigration, gas prices, etc. I think voters would rather trust someone to represent them regardless of party (we've seen this with the re-election time and again of Jim Nussle) who has ideas to accomplish something on these fronts rather than someone who simply wants to demagogue negativity on scandals that took place a year ago. For that reason, I think the D's won't make it their focus.

Second, I don't think Braley's message regarding lobbyists necessarily stacks up as well against someone like Dix or Whalen, because Dix portrays himself as a plainspoken farmboy, and Whalen as the opportunity-bringing Iowa entrepreneur. They of course have their own baggage, though Braley didn't highlight it in his commercial.

Lastly, I don't intend to suggest that he "attacked Kennedy" with this ad, as some bloggers (Krusty) manipulate my post into meaning. Rather, I am simply saying that it is no secret what Kennedy has lobbied, and I am speculating on how the race so far impacts Braley's message, and also how Braley's message impacts the race at hand.

6:58 PM, May 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Except...
Dix is a legislator with close ties to lobbyists himself (though not one like Kennedy). I think its debatable how much impact the culture of corruption line will have on the final outcome this fall. I don't think Cunningham is the last indictment we will see. If there are more in August, September, and so on then I think it becomes an issue. Even if it isn't in the news every day that doesn't mean its left voters' minds. There doesn't have to be corruption for the culture of corruption line to work.

8:30 AM, May 08, 2006  
Blogger Scoop Iowa said...

I do agree that if there are more GOP indictments this fall that it could play a bigger role that I'm predicting. Otherwise, I stand by my claim that those who actually show up to vote this November will vote for whichever side is looking to the future with solutions, not the past with pessimism.

7:57 AM, May 11, 2006  

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