VP Debate Fallout #1: Fast Work from the RNC

UPDATE:  Sorry, Diane!  I saw that you posted this video too, below the little “more” thingy.  Apologies for double posting.

I’m starting to think the RNC has its act together.  This appeared only an hour or so after the debate:

Not perfect — I’d prefer a quick rundown of unemployment, food stamps, and economic growth numbers, and maybe, just to be sharp and dirty, a photograph of the American embassy in Libya under attack — but still: fast wo…

  1. Melanie Graham
    C

    Jim Downey will be up all night. 

  2. john marzan

    how will the late night talk show and SNL treat this debate?

  3. john marzan

    post debate reaction is just as important as the debate itself.

  4. Cutlass

    I like the “Joe is laughing, are you…” tag. A quick ad like this just serves to drive the narrative and could be an effective reminder/reinforcement for people who watched the debate themselves. I’m sure they’re working on something else for broadcast.

    Not entirely on topic, but has anyone put together a slick ad showing Washington as a boomtown yet? 

    john marzan: how will the late night talk show and SNL treat this debate? · 4 minutes ago

    Unfortunately for Biden, he’ll be portrayed as wacky Uncle Joe. That caricature is so well established AND he played to it so perfectly that even liberal comics won’t be able to resist. And frankly, Biden is the only easy target on either ticket.

    Has Ryan been portrayed on SNL yet? My guess is they go with teacher’s pet/know it all. If instead they allow partisanship to trump humor (as they did with Romney last week) they’ll just try to frame Ryan as a mean liar and everyone but the Kos Kids will go to bed early.

  5. John Hanson

    In two days, no one will remember anything either of them said.  A rundown/summary of facts will just bore most voters.  What people will remember was Biden’s boorish behavior, strange smirking, contrasted with Ryan’s calm serious demeanor.   This will work to Ryan’s advantage, and this ad captures the essence of that.   A very good ad

  6. ctruppi

    I’m wondering if the DNC didn’t tell Joe to just go all out  and do anything he wanted.  This way they have a litmus test for Obama for the next debate on what level of aggression and “impoliteness” the public will tolerate.  Remember, that Obama said the other day that the reason he lost the 1st debate was that he was just too polite.

  7. john marzan
    ctruppi: I’m wondering if the DNC didn’t tell Joe to just go all out  and do anything he wanted.  This way they have a litmus test for Obama for the next debate on what level of aggression and “impoliteness” the public will tolerate.  Remember, that Obama said the other day that the reason he lost the 1st debate was that he was just too polite. · 38 minutes ago

    I don’t think Obama will do “a Biden”, especially in a townhall format where most of the audience are potential swing voters. That’s just not his style. He’s the cool guy, not the “angry black man”.

    Besides, he doesnt need to go nasty. He has enough money to carpet bomb Romney with negative ads in swing states.

  8. Barkha Herman

    RNC is learning.

  9. Cornelius Julius Sebastian

    It is a good use of the footage.  They need to capitalize on the “I always say what I mean” line by Bidean at the end and intersperse all the idiotic gaffes he has made over the years too.

  10. Trace
    10 cents: I thought this video was good.

    Sadly, things like this and the New Yorker Cover is what some voters base their decisions on. Often the presidential race is a popularity contest. The one with the best image wins. Image matters and they are losing the image war and I don’t know if they have time to recover. They have no substance so image is everything.  I wonder what SNL will do. · 6 hours ago

    Interesting perhaps to note that the New Yorker actually arrived in mailboxes only yesterday — so that picture is now sitting on coffee tables this morning.

  11. American Kestrel

    Remember the Al Gore sighs? He was poorly mic’d and the listeners caught every one of them. … And found them arrogant.

    Good ad.

  12. Freesmith

    Watching the gleeful reaction of the Northeastern liberals in the media to Joe Biden’s performance and listening to how they brush aside any objection that the Veep’s obnoxious act will not play well in the country reminded me of that great line in the movie Terms of Endearment (delivered by John Lithgow):

    “If you don’t think that was rude you must be from New York!” 

  13. Sweezle

    I think the backlash on Biden will be brutal. It has to make a lot of folks uncomfortable – even the loopy left at some point. When the immediate reaction from Gloria Borger (Chief Political Analyst, CNN) and David Gregory (NBC)  found Biden “Condescending” what will the rest of America say by the end of the week?

  14. Peter Robinson
    C
    Cutlass: I like the “Joe is laughing, are you…” tag. 

     · 8 hours ago

    Me, too.  That tag line is brilliant.

  15. Dave Roy

    I’m glad that this year, the campaign (both Romney himself as well as the RNC) has been much quicker on the uptake than in 2008. It could hardly be any worse, of course.

    This ad, Romney bringing up Biden’s Benghazi “we didn’t know statement” on the stump today, all of that tells me that they get it.

    Some may quibble with whether or not they’ve been forceful enough at times, but overall, I’m a fan of how they’re doing it.

  16. Israel P.

    It would work better if it were clear that those laughs came with Ryan’s words. It looks fake.

    I’d like to see a simple, factual comparison between what he said about Libya and Syria and the facts. Biden – Syria is five times the size of Libya with one-fifth the population. Fact – Libya is 9.5 times the size of Syria with less than one-third the population. The punch line is something like “If he makes up stuff when it’s so easily disproven, what else is he making up.”

  17. 10 cents

    I thought this video was good.

    Sadly, things like this and the New Yorker Cover is what some voters base their decisions on. Often the presidential race is a popularity contest. The one with the best image wins. Image matters and they are losing the image war and I don’t know if they have time to recover. They have no substance so image is everything.  I wonder what SNL will do.

  18. Bruce in Marin
    John Hanson: In two days, no one will remember anything either of them said.   · 8 hours ago

    I don’t think that’s true in this case, only because one of Biden’s many questionable statements concerned what the WH knew about the situation in Libya, and that’s newsworthy and will not go away.

  19. The New Clear Option

    Ads like this definitely make me less tightfisted when the RNC or Romney campaign call me at dinnertime for a donation. If they’re gonna beg me for money, it’s nice to see it put to some use other than just generally greasing palms somewhere behind the scene.

    That said, I couldn’t agree more with the sentiments expressed above. Somebody needs to mash up Biden last night saying he never says what he doesn’t mean with the “Stand up for Chuck!” video.

    God love ya…What am I talkin’ about?

    “Y’can tell I’m new here.” (yuk yuk!)

    Is this not Unca Choo Choo’s GREATEST hit?

  20. Mike Rapkoch

    Bam! It’s like watching Batman and Robin kick the stuffing out of the Joker. Can’t wait for the next episode, when Romney whacks the Riddler around.

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