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LBJ’s Mad Men and the Ad that Changed American Politics

By Robert Mann Fifty years ago – on the night of Monday, Sept. 7, 1964 – an innocent little girl plucking flower petals in a sun-splashed field helped usher in a revolution in American political advertising. The 60-second television spot … Continue reading

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Recruiting black conservatives: ‘Runaway Slave’ vs ‘Django Unchained’

By Tom Swain By now, it’s likely too late to register for the second day of @large, billed as “a conference for a new majority.” You could go to http://www.atlargeconference.com and find out about it. Tickets, if you can still … Continue reading

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He said what??!! Obama’s spots and why they’re missing Gingrich and Santorum

In his losing bid for the 1980 Democratic presidential nomination, Edward Kennedy didn’t mince words about his opponent, President Jimmy Carter. He blamed the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the Iranian hostage crisis on Carter’s weak leadership. In a January … Continue reading

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Romney’s “47 percent” remarks haven’t destroyed his campaign. But will they keep him from winning?

If, like Mitt Romney, you insult 47 percent of the American public by suggesting they are moochers, shouldn’t your poll numbers plummet? Why haven’t we seen significant damage to Romney numbers in the horserace polls? In fact, most Americans have … Continue reading

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Goldwater and Romney each had a “47 percent” moment

Mitt Romney‘s unfortunate comments about writing off the 47 percent of Americans he considers moochers reminds me of similar comments made by another hapless Republican presidential candidate, this one in 1964. That year, it was Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, the … Continue reading

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Daisy Girl: The TV spot that changed American politics

Forty-eight years ago tonight — September 7, 1964 — an innocent little girl transformed political advertising in a sixty-second television spot that exploded, literally and figuratively, the way that American politicians sold themselves to the public. Sept. 7 was the … Continue reading

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Bombs Away: What’s so bad about those negative ads?

You’ve probably already witnessed some the verbal hand-wringing in the news media about the toxicity of the political attack ads invading America’s living rooms. Never mind that these journalists and talk show hosts, especially cable news, are among the worst … Continue reading

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