Tenth Congressional District Dem nominee Dan Seals likes to talk about change, but he hasn't changed his message from the primary election cycle, where he did his darndest to tell people he thinks he looks like Barack Obama. Tonight, Dan unveiled his first TV ad of the general election cycle, and guess what... it's basically about Barack! See the video here.
Needless to say, there's nothing new or original here. And, except for basically saying he'd be a "me too" to whatever Obama would tell him to do in Congress (should, horrors, they both be elected), not sure exactly what this was supposed to convey. To be fair, he does say that we can't send the same people back to Washington and not expect nothing to change... of course, that must not include Dem Veep candidate Joe Biden, who's been in the Senate for 36 years. And, why is Dan Seals still broadcasting these "get to know you" videos? For someone who touts how close he came in the 2006 election to beating Mark Kirk, why isn't he secure enough in his name recognition that he can get past the rookie stuff and concentrate on his supposed agenda, rather than waste time and money still trying to make the basic introduction?
Maybe it's just me, but doesn't Dan actually have THREE daughters??? What happened to the little one in the video???
It is that Barack only has TWO daughters, and we can't highlight anything that would make Seals look any different from Barack?
I didn't catch any actual footage of the Seals commercial on TV (I assume it ran more than once, and I just missed it every time), but I did see Mark Kirk's ad on his Apollo Energy program on NBC-5 just after the convention. I noticed that Kirk's ad talks all about what he's accomplished, not about who he supports/looks like/panders to.
UPDATED 08.29.08 9:20 a.m. MISSING DAUGHTER FOUND!!!: Thanks to an alert TA reader (see comments), missing daughter #3 has been sighted--if you look VERY carefully at the video, there appears to be an infant on Mrs. Seals' lap, although the kid appears to be sleeping through the whole thing (no shocker). The baby is pretty much hidden by the campaign logo. Whew! I didn't really have any concerns that Seals might have given the kid up for adoption just to further emulate Barack, but the thought was funny, at least to me. As usual, the Dems will have no sense of humor.
WHO WATCHED THE OBAMA SPEECH? Well, I did, but the only thing that kept me from breaking the TV was the fact that I kept one eye on the liveblog at http://www.redstate.com/ Now THAT was funny!
I admit to a strong bias, but I really thought the speech was lame. After the initial bounce wears off, will anyone actually remember anything he said? Bring on McCain!!!