Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Political/pop culture irony

So, last night when I was watching the teevee, a bunch of political ads came on. Among them was this one, which, if I get the gist of it, says "Don't vote for Steve Novick, because he insults everybody. Vote for Jeff Merkley instead."

Of course, the ad itself is ironic/hypocritical because it's a negative ad saying that negativity is bad, and it tears a candidate down to say that tearing people down is bad.

But I think the funniest thing was that the Merkley campaign ran this ad saying, "Don't vote for Steve Novick, because he insults everybody," during House, which is a show whose hero insults everybody. That's one of the things that's cool about House -- he insults people left and right, deserving or not, and gets away with it. So maybe all the people who saw that ad said to themselves, "Hey! That Novick guy reminds me of House! I think I'll vote for him!" One can only hope.

Edit: "One can only hope" means "One can only hope that stupid/hypocritical negative ads will backfire, although unfortunately one can't count on it," not "One can only hope that everyone will vote for Novick in the primary." I haven't decided who I'll vote for in the Democratic Senate primary, although I suppose it'll be one of those two guys.

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