Monday, March 19, 2007

2008 Campaign Goes Negative on YouTube

This is a very powerful negative Hillary ad that's been posted anonymously on YouTube:
So powerful, in fact, that ABC News is already picking up on the story:

2008 Campaign Goes Negative on YouTube

Unauthorized Anti-Clinton Ad Shows YouTube's Potential '08 Influence


March 19, 2007 — - A striking, new and unauthorized negative campaign ad for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., that attacks his presidential nomination rival Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., is the latest sensation on the popular video sharing site You Tube.

The 74-second ad is a creative take on director Ridley Scott's controversial 1984 Super Bowl commercial that launched Apple as a brash alternative to market leader IBM.

But this time, the blond female athlete running away from riot-gear clad police and carrying a sledgehammer is wearing an Obama tank top and listening to an iPod.

The ad's protagonist runs past zombie-like citizens watching a grainy, widescreen television image of Clinton talking about her presidential campaign.

Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, is likened to an Orwellian Big Brother, and the female athlete smashes her sledgehammer into the widescreen television and destroys it, shocking the citizens out of their complacency.

"On Jan. 14, the Democratic primary will begin," the ad's tagline reads, "and you'll see why 2008 won't be like 1984."

In the final scenes, the familiar Apple computer "O" symbol morphs into the Web site address

The Web site may be Obama's official campaign Web site, but the ad's creator is a mystery. The Obama campaign claims it had nothing to do with the video.


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