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Oily the Splot gets a green card!


 

Just guess where this Obama ad is playing. No, guess. Go ahead and guess!!

Okay, I’ll tell you.

It’s running on wee TV screens on gas pumps throughout Florida. No wherever could they have got that idea from? And does all the commentary about how the Harper Conservatives were reaching new lows in the dumbing-down of politics still apply to Barack Obama? (Perhaps not. There is actually no appearance in Obama’s ad by an animated stain shouting “Yoo-Hoo!” Although he hasn’t named his running mate yet, so there’s still hope…)


 

Oily the Splot gets a green card!

  1. In fairness, at least Obama’s campaign appears to have made sure that the ads will actually *run* on the gas pumps, judging from the fact that The Sparrow’s democratic counterpart doesn’t appear to be scampering down the Washington Mall, waving a copy of a signed contract to every reporter he meets.

  2. Capital “D”, shurely?

  3. It is a capital D, and don’t call her Shirley. :P

  4. Eek. Yes. I won’t fix it, though. I will sit here and feel shame, and await the accusations of bias against the really-very-democratic-I’m-sure-other-than-when-it-comes-to-his-mailing-list Ryan Sparrow.

  5. You’re comparing Oily to the Obama ad?!? Man, you guys must really be bored …

  6. Yes, Anon, since they were both designed for viewing at gas pumps. Duh.

    I noticed, however, that Obama’s ad did not include his claim that offshore drilling wouldn’t be necessary if everyone simply….inflated their tires instead!

  7. Mabye Obama’s ad team should of used a talking Buffalo Chip in this ad. It might of been more effective.

  8. Thanks, pw. That piece essentially confirms my point:

    “Obama may have exaggerated when he said simply inflating tires and getting regular tuneups would save just as much oil as the offshore drilling McCain is proposing.”

    In fact, my understanding is that his claim is absurd.

    But why take Obama to task for facts? He’s only running for president.

  9. “Obama may have exaggerated when he said simply inflating tires and getting regular tuneups would save just as much oil as the offshore drilling McCain is proposing.”

    In fact, my understanding is that his claim is absurd.

    But why take Obama to task for facts? He’s only running for president.

    ….your understanding is wrong…all the TV media have had fact checks on this and it has shown it does work…Obama said 3% – the fact checks said 2% saving of oil.

    How about McCain misleading Americans that drilling will solve their problems…he left out the fact that oil would only go down about 2 cents and wouldn’t be for another 7 to 10 years.

    Oh shudder…Obama has an “adult” ad going? For shame.

  10. Kad’y, fess up, George wants to know how much they pay YOU to comment at Inkless Wells?

  11. The tire gauge ridicule is reminiscent of the reaction to Jimmy Carter’s earnest 1970’s era suggestion that to conserve scarce water resources, one should put a brick in one’s toilet tank-thereby reducing the volume of water per flush.

    A trip down the plumbing fixtures aisle at Home Depot would reveal many of today’s toilets are of the low flow variety.

    Btw – I can see gas stations embracing Obama’s suggestion. More opportunity to charge you that annoying $0.50 or $0.75 to fill your tires.

  12. I’m still working off my debt to Inkless; every time I comment, he takes a dollar off the total, although with interest, I’m really just holding steady at this point. And when I accidentally suggest that a certain Conservative spokesongbird is undemocratic, he fines me $5.

  13. Don’t worry, Dennis – it’s not you, it’s the spam filter. Any post that contains an URL is automatically held for approval — and I’ve just approved yours, so all is well.

  14. Dennis (Second Hand Thots), getting to the bottom of TireGauge-Gate.

    Speaking of Florida, I recently read somewhere that Obama has spent more than $5 million in advertising in Florida, while McCains campaign has spent $0.

  15. it is nice to see that somebody can make a barely relevant comment and staff will go out of their way to provide context not once but twice! Try and get that level of customer service over at the National Post comment section!

    Now if Andrew Coyne could just make me a sandwich…

  16. careful what you wish for – rumour is Andrew Coyne is fairly conservative with the mayo.

  17. But Liberal with the Charter of Rights. Put them together and they spell yummy!

  18. Or “cholesterol.”

    I think.

  19. But wasn’t the element of the CONs ‘Oily’ the instant free advertising that they culled from media types? Even if only 25% gave it a free run through, and accompanied by the occasional ‘You jest?’ commentary, isn’t that viewed as a success in the Rovian handbook?

    And by the way, tying Obama’s idea to Carter’s brick seems to be time travelling without a license, Dop. The low-flow toilets came into popular use well after Carter’s day. And as for using less water, the brick worked. I’m sure it also works against dumb CON trolling, too.

  20. “The low-flow toilets came into popular use well after Carter’s day. ”

    and that’s my point, dan, his idea was well ahead of his time. duh.

  21. While Obama has tried to paint a McCain presidency as Bush’s third term, McCain has tried to paint an Obama presidency as Carter’s second term.

    So I’m sure McCain would appreciate Dot’s efforts in this thread.

  22. I personally think that this thread should end with Carter’s idea of putting a brick in one’s toilet tank being ahead of it’s time. Not saying I added much to this conversation either but…

  23. Dennis, painting would seem to be a well founded “trade” you should not abandon.

  24. I think Pump ads are brilliant. People can make fun of Oil spot all they want but it just shows how far ahead in creative advertising the CPC is to the other parties, in getting out there message out.

    Evertime I go to the ESSO by my house and look up to watch the tv while I pump gas I just smile and think what could have been.

    Alot of people say the oil spot ads where bad, but if yo go to these gas stations and watch the ads on them they would mesh nice.

    Obama is smart to use this. You have nothing else to do while pumping your gas, you always look up at the screen.

    PS:Paul, seems Obama likes Harper’s media strategy too.

    http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/posted/archive/2008/07/25/what-barack-obama-learned-from-the-harper-press-playbook.aspx

  25. Yep, i’d agree with Jk that ‘Oily’ was a shrewd attempt; in the same way putting things that create warm feelings among children in cigarette ads, as was done in the 50s and 60s.
    Maybe Harper can strike legislation to allow unlimited campaign spending at the pump like he’s trying to render for CWB.
    However, this whole ‘negative screeching, 24-7’ approach by Harper hasn’t appeared to work. That it may end up giving us more harper is another reason why we need to reduce our use of fuel;^)

  26. That Time article is idiotic.

    “We use about 20 million bbl. per day, so that would meet about 1% of our demand two decades from now. Meanwhile, efficiency experts say that keeping tires inflated can improve gas mileage 3%, and regular maintenance can add another 4%. Many drivers already follow their advice, but if everyone did, we could immediately reduce demand several percentage points. In other words: Obama is right.”

    Hey, let’s throw out apples and oranges and call them equal by confusing people with numbers.

    First, let’s assume that all of America’s oil goes into cars (no homes, planes or trains). Then, let’s forget that there is ethanol in gas, improved mileage in cars, more small cars purchased today than there used to be, and hybrid cars on the road. Then, let’s assume that large numbers of people keep their tires uninflated and their cars unmaintenanced, because, hey, people love throwing money away. Now, let’s assume that if people saved money on gas, none of that money would be spent on anything that requires oil to produce. And finally, let’s assume that known offshore oil reserves is equal to existing offshore oil reserves, even though exploration haas been hindered by the offshore oil drilling ban.

    Wow, Obama was right!

  27. “In fairness, at least Obama’s campaign appears to have made sure that the ads will actually *run* on the gas pumps, judging from the fact that The Sparrow’s democratic counterpart doesn’t appear to be scampering down the Washington Mall, waving a copy of a signed contract to every reporter he meets.”

    Kady, you wrote to early I am afraid. It seems like Obama campaign really was taking lessons from Conservatives.

    From Jake Tapper’s Political Punch:

    “This morning, officials from Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign proudly announced its cool new way to wage the political energy war — it would run TV advertisements on the subject, starting today, on Gas Station TV, a network of televisions in gas pumps in Florida.

    How cool, how cutting edge, how innovative and unique. Except for the fact that the ads never ran.

    Why that happened — or didn’t happen — is a matter of dispute.

    The Obama campaign claims that “Gas Station TV informed the campaign this afternoon (that) the company will not run ads that are damaging to oil companies.”

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/08/obamas-plan-for.html

  28. HAH! That’s hilarious, jwl — I guess they really couldn’t have stolen the idea from the Tories, since presumably, they would’ve double-checked their pump network of choice to make sure they didn’t end up in exactly the same situation. It does make you wonder why, though, anyone would assume that a network exclusively targeted to gas companies would consider running ads that rely on outrage at, well, gas stations to work. Honestly, people. Think!

  29. Kady I thought it was funny too and I agree with “anyone would assume that a network exclusively targeted to gas companies would consider running ads that rely on outrage at, well, gas stations to work.”

    The only thing I can think of is that gas station owners don’t make tons of money, only the large oil companies do. So maybe they were thinking it would be a good way to get owners and costumers to unite against ‘Big Oil’.

    There is something I am confused about. Haven’t both camps claimed to have a contract to run the ads? Either there is no contract or the gas companies somehow break their contracts with ease.

  30. My guess is that in both cases, those contracts did include an emergency opt-out clause that would allow the network to back out of airing any ads that it finds objectionable, provided that it promptly refunds any money paid to the firm to that point.

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