August 20, 2010

The DNC uses George "can't get fooled again" Bush in its first 2010 TV ad.

Check it out.



How did you react to seeing George Bush in that ad?
It gave real bite to the message that we must not go back to the past.
If only Bush could pull us back to that past, which might have been bad, but not this bad.
It distracted me from my dislike of Obama, because, man, do I hate Bush.
Ah! George Bush! I really miss that guy.
I pick up my guitar and play, just like yesterday.

  
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UPDATE: The DNC pulled its ad, so the embedded video above no longer works. But things don't die so easily on the web. Watch it here:

73 comments:

Sofa King said...

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

The Drill SGT said...

desperate :)

Patrick said...

I suppose they have to say something, and "We're still not GWB" is about all they've got.

David said...

That stupid ad is Bush's fault.

El Pollo Real said...

I'm gonna need Alpha to explain the resonance.

AllenS said...

Possible GOP ads:

"The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system."

"No, no. I have been practicing...I bowled a 129. It's like -- it was like Special Olympics, or something."

"On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes -- and I see many of them in the audience here today -- our sense of patriotism is particularly strong."

"I've now been in 57 states -- I think one left to go."

"In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died -- an entire town destroyed."

rick said...

Pretty weak ad from my perspective.

Quoting an earlier post "The last 10 ten years of the Bush administration........."

Dead Julius said...

I think those windmills are in Denmark, not America!!!

There is an iconic stretch of Vestas windmills that edge out into the sea outside Copenhagen. There are more than four in real life, but I think the video editors just chose the shot of the four because they thought nobody would notice.

A.W. said...

can i ask a dumb question...

um, wasn't it BETTER under bush? i mean we had two building get knocked down in our financial center, we took on two different wars, and bush kept the deficit and unemployment lower.

i'm not saying there is nothing to criticize about the bush years, but obama and the dems have been arguing for years that bush was so awful that nothing could possibly be worse. and darn it if they haven't proven themselves wrong.

Emil said...

"Hey! Look over there!" isn't going to cut it with the economic conditions as they are now and will be in November. What Obama has done, Democrats in Congress will pay for. End of story.

Skyler said...

As a manufacturing engineer I find it absolutely hilarious that the democrats think that they have done anything to improve US manufacturing.

AJ Lynch said...

With so many govt-related things in a freefall, I don't think it is wise to begin an ad with the words "This Fall".

lewsar said...

obama and the dems have been arguing for years that bush was so awful that nothing could possibly be worse. and darn it if they haven't proven themselves wrong.

jumpin' jeebus, THIS, lol

Kirstin said...

Note that Barack Hussein Obama is not in the ad.

How lame to keep running against Bush.

Dead Julius said...

As for the rest of the ad:

Are you happy with the direction of the country and with our political establishment?

That's the question that it provoked for me.

I'm not happy. And I think that less than 20% of the general public is.

Seeing that ad makes me as angry as I was during the end days of the last Republican majority, when those fuckwads were spewing doublespeak out all over the place.

I voted Democrat because I was angry at the Republicans, and because the Democrats said they would act differently.

But they didn't. The new Democrat boss is the same as the old Republican boss: corrupt, lying, conniving, short-sighted, and totally lacking in virtue.

I won't be fooled again.

The Drill SGT said...

I find it absolutely hilarious that the democrats think that they have done anything to improve US manufacturing.

What?

- Obamacare isn't lowering costs for businesses across the country?

- isn't the EPA helping you by simplifying those Clean Water rules? I know that regulating those carbon pollutants will stimulate lots of green jobs

- The upcoming hike in capital gains should have caused lots of capital gains taking now, which freed up capital that should be invested in innovation, right? mattreses instead? fleeing overseas?

- The GM takeover has made it much easier for any industry with heavy union usage to get capital right? after all, the Feds won't dare do again to bond holders what they did to those in the auto industry?

etc

etc

Deb said...

They never answer the questions they ask. And ending that on "you can't get fooled again" is not good. You're so right, DNC. You WON'T fool us again, because we won't be voting for you. They say the choice is clear. What choice? Bad, bad, ad.

Paul said...

It reminded me that most of the policies that I hated under Bush have been continued under Obama--no serious border enforcement, out-of-control spending, federal government micromanaging of local education, pressure on banks to make loans to minorities with poor credit, and endless, futile wars in the Middle East. Only Obama has added a bunch of REALLY BAD ideas of his own.

Yes, Bush was bad, and yes, Obama is an absolute disaster. When do the grownups take charge?

Chase said...

and the dems have been arguing for years that bush was so awful that nothing could possibly be worse. and darn it if they haven't proven themselves wrong.

So right, so right.

Put this one with the other left-wing anti Palin ad from Emily's List - here's a left wing feminist who thinks Palin is winning the ad wars, damn it - and I'll confidently predict an even larger Republican pick-up in the Congress than without the ads.

Democrat Fall 2010 Message: We are here and you are are stupid, you unappreciative swine.

Leland said...

DNC ad: Althouse embeds and encourages us to watch.

Not really GOP ad, but she'll claim it is anyway: Althouse links to a secondary link and tells us it is ugly.

tag: cruelly neutral

Trooper York said...

That's exactly what Jerry Manuel said when they asked him why the Mets suck so bad.

"Hey I know I am making a lot of mistakes but at least I ain't Willie Randolph."

"Oh yeah, I ain't a Muslim either!"

El Pollo Real said...

Democrat Fall 2010 Message: We are here and you are are stupid, you unappreciative swine.

I get that vibe a lot around here.

Lance said...

The Bush snippet didn't help the ad. In fact it was rather jarring. In fact, it gets even more jarring the more you think about it. Is the ad saying we shouldn't go back to the Bush era, or is it saying we should put an end to the current Democratic era? Bush was elected twice, whereas Obama's only been elected once. But then, Obama's not up for election this year, so...who's the ad really talking about? Maybe all those freshmen Democratic Representatives who rode Obama's coattails in '08?

traditionalguy said...

The last 4 years have been a Democrat Congress, and the 6 years before that were a competition between the Dems And the Repubies to steal the most money under cover that they could before the Crash came that they all saw coming, but carefully agreed to mask with a Construction Bubble. Don't re-elect anything except Momma Grizzlies this time. Not W, not brother Jeb, not sock puppet Mitch and not Crazy McCain. They can all just go get real jobs and leave the USA to a real leadership that attacks our real problems instead of feasting off political slush money to build their life boats while the ship we are on is sinking.

Trooper York said...

George W Bush like his father before him is proving to be the model of what an ex-president should be.

He is dignified and silent on the controversies of the current day. He does not defend his actions or his legacy in the media. He is secure that history will be kind to him and acknowledge that while he might have been wrong he did not do anything out of malice and evil intent. Rather that his opponents lied and manipulated every possible controversy for political advantage, and then when they were in charge continued his most controversial polices root and branch.

George W Bush is confident in his legacy of service and devotion to his country.

I wish him well in his retirement.

Rialby said...

All the small town imagery and American flags telegraphs their approach - we're good for you rubes too!

Trooper York said...

See I know how to do pompous too!

Now back to the fart jokes.

David said...

Rialby said...
"All the small town imagery and American flags telegraphs their approach - we're good for you rubes too!"

And a shot of Milwaukee too (near the end.)

SMGalbraith said...

Average American viewer: "Yeah, we didn't like Bush either. Is he running again? No? Then what's the point and gimme back my program."

Paul said...

Trooper York said... George W Bush. . . dignified and silent on the controversies of the current day. He does not defend his actions or his legacy in the media.

George W. Bush has a book timed to come out right before the November election. We'll probably be seeing a lot of him then.

ricpic said...

Dems jess luv dem red staters, ayuk ayuk ayuk,

El Pollo Real said...

@Chase

Jessica Grose: Notworthy

madawaskan said...

In recent years, the US has added substantial amounts of wind power generation capacity, growing from just over 6 GW at the end of 2004 to over 35 GW at the end of 2009.[3] The U.S. is currently the world's leader in wind power generation capacity. The country as a whole generates just 2.4% of its electrical power from wind, but several states generate substantial amounts of wind power.[3] Texas is the state with the largest amount of generation capacity with 9,410 MW installed.[3] This would have ranked it sixth in the world if Texas was a separate country.[wndpower:wiki]

I blame Bush.

Trooper York said...

"George W. Bush has a book timed to come out right before the November election. We'll probably be seeing a lot of him then."

Maybe so. But I heard it was about his dog.

Trooper York said...

Now Obama only got a dog to prove that he wasn't Muslim.

And he didn't eat it to prove that he wasn't Korean.

Trooper York said...

If Kim Jong-il was awake he would say that was racist.

garage mahal said...

I never thought Obama would the beach-clearing leader I prefer, but I never thought he would be this weak either. So fucking depressing.

Trooper York said...

Look on the bright side.

Maybe Charley Rangel can clean out the beach when they give him one of those orange jumpsuits and the stick with the nail on the end.

margaret said...

" I find it absolutely hilarious that the democrats think that they have done anything to improve US manufacturing."

Ditto.

I am in manufacturing and laid off 10 more people today. It is astonishing how bad things are out here for manufacturing.

Trooper York said...

"I find it absolutely hilarious that the democrats think that they have done anything to improve US manufacturing."

That is just not true. There has been a 100% increase in the manufacturing of excuses.

That has to count for something.

edutcher said...

If you blinked, you missed Dubya in that ad, but maybe that was the idea.

If he was on for too much time, people would remember that "Miss Me?" poster and start agreeing.

veni vidi vici said...

I love when the Dems try to play the "heartland" card. I watched without the sound on, and even then I could smell the desperation.

Kirby Olson said...

It would be better if the signs above the stores were in Spanish.

Deborah said...

George W Bush is confident in his legacy of service and devotion to his country.

Trooper, I was going to say "amen" but fortunately, read the comment you posted right after that...

wv: nonabl.

Scott said...

If that's the Democrat message, then they have no message.

If I were a GOP'er running for Congress, I would be delighted to have George W. Bush on the dais with me at rallies. Obama rehabilitated him single handedly.

Imagine: Bush being asked to stump for candidates, and Obama being told by candidates to stay away. THAT would cause the Demotards to shit bricks!

SMGalbraith said...

George W. Bush has a book timed to come out right before the November election. We'll probably be seeing a lot of him then."

They announced a delay of the release and it won't come out until after the election.

Of course, parts may leak before then but I doubt it.

Let's face it (okay I will): he was a godawful president. Just completely in over his head.

No he wasn't evil and he wasn't an idiot (sorry liberals); but he made terrible decisions and surrounded himself with the wrong people.

Sound familiar?

Pogo said...

I strongly encourage the Democrats to put out many more ads exactly like this one.

Please.

BJM said...

@Mad

I blame Gov Moonbeam.

CA wind power began to gin up in 1980-81 heavily subsidized by state and Fed tax credits/subsidies. Construction quickly peaked and began a serious decline by '86.

This is what the three best wind power locations in the world look like today. I drive through the Altamont Pass often and it makes me angry. As an Audubon member and participant in the annual Christmas Day bird count (great fun btw). I don't understand how alleged greenies can rationalize this to generate 1.2% of demand:

Altamont's turbines have since 2008 been tethered four months of every year in an effort to protect migrating birds after environmentalists filed suit. According to the Golden Gate Audubon Society, 75 to 110 Golden Eagles, 380 Burrowing Owls, 300 Red-tailed Hawks, and 333 American Kestrels (falcons) are killed by Altamont turbines annually. A July, 2008 study by the Alameda County Community Development Agency points to 10,000 annual bird deaths from Altamont Pass wind turbines. Audubon calls Altamont, "probably the worst site ever chosen for a wind energy project." In 2004 the group unsuccessfully challenged renewal applications for 18 of 20 Altamont wind farms.


Today CA wind power will generate 713.85 MW. Cal Iso's demand thus far today = 39280 MW with a peak forecast of 40227 MW.

Big whoop-di fucking-do.

Pogo said...

Local contests will have Democratic commercials proclaiming:
"No Obama here! I'm independent!

somefeller said...

I'm not going to watch the ad, because the premise is a lame one. While the legacy of Bush isn't a good one for any President to have to clean up after, sooner or later you have to move on and set the tone yourself.

Nothing has happened over the past 18 months or so to make me regret voting for Obama over McCain, but also nothing has happened to make me regret supporting Clinton over Obama in the primaries.

GMay said...

When they announced several months ago that they were going to run against Bush again I thought for sure that smarter heads would prevail and torpedo that strategery. So the alternative was The Race Card™ which has only pissed everyone off. So now they're back to Bush.

Is this really the only ideas the party of the elites can come up with? The media and pop culture bombards us constantly about how Republicans are uneducated rubes and rednecks who are affected by a mental disorder, yet all that massive edumacation and atom-splitting mindpower can come up with is this???

If it weren't so pathetic it would be funny.

somefeller said...

Ah, hell, I watched the ad and it was as lame as I'd feared. It would have been better if it wasn't all over the map with the things "going forward" and if it talked about going backwards without showing a Bush verbal flub. Better admen, please.

AllenS said...

somefeller,

Would better admen guarantee the re-election of Obama, and/or Democrats be a good thing for this country?

Trooper York said...

"Let's face it (okay I will): he was a godawful president. Just completely in over his head."

If that's the case then the Big O is in over his entire body.

edutcher said...

SMGalbraith said...

George W. Bush has a book timed to come out right before the November election. We'll probably be seeing a lot of him then."

They announced a delay of the release and it won't come out until after the election.

Of course, parts may leak before then but I doubt it.

Let's face it (okay I will): he was a godawful president. Just completely in over his head.

No he wasn't evil and he wasn't an idiot (sorry liberals); but he made terrible decisions and surrounded himself with the wrong people.


Not even close. He made some bad decisions, granted, but he was better than his father in many ways and certainly better than Willie.

As for the people surrounding him, Colin Powell was a big mistake, but Rumsfeld, in the first term, did a good job. In his second term, he made Reagan's mistake of letting his people pick their own jobs and it cost him the same way it cost Reagan.

9/11 made what would have been a mediocre Presidency a good (not great) one. Few CinCs have had to deal with what was thrown at him. He rose to the challenge.

Call him at the lower cohort of the good ones (and, yes, I'm the first to say he muffed the second term).

Trooper York said...
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Trooper York said...

"While the legacy of Bush isn't a good one for any President to have to clean up after,"

That would be good point if the current administration did actually try to change anything. In fact they have continued most of the Bush administrations policies in almost every jot and tittle. (Except of course for those policies that will destroy business and increase our taxes).

Which just goes to show you that the principled opposition is as usual from youse guys just a great big bag of bullshit.

madawaskan said...

BJM-

Ya it's ridiculous. It's just the irony of them trying to claim credit for something they haven't even accomplished yet.
The first US offshore wind farm was just approved in April and hasn't been built yet.

But somehow they have "video" of it.

You'll also find this interesting-it was just published today:

Power company Duke Energy has called off its efforts to develop a small offshore wind facility in a North Carolina lagoon.


The company said almost a year ago it would build three wind turbines in Pamlico Sound to demonstrate offshore wind technology.

However, it said yesterday that analysis of the proposals has suggested permitting, design and construction are “no longer economically viable”.

As Rhode Island has found with its eight-turbine Block Island demonstration project, small offshore wind projects can be expensive for the capacity they provide, although in Rhode Island’s case other benefits were taken into account in last week’s PPA approval (see this BrighterEnergy.org story)*.

Duke Energy said to make a project worthwhile, offshore wind farms must be much larger in extent.

The company based in Charlotte, NC, said the high costs were demonstrated by estimates suggesting it would cost $88 million to get the first wind turbine operating in Pamlico Sound, with the cost falling to $14 million for the second turbine.

The Pamlico Sound location also meant for difficult construction techniques and a greater than expected potential for environmental impacts, it said.

Peter V. Bella said...

Democrats never, ever take responsibility for the great harm the do. The just keep doing it and blaming someone else. But no9w they are more insidious. The pass reform bills that do not reform anything and create massive debt for no reason, other than they can.

Obama and his Democrats have nothing to show for all their bluster about history. They have failed miserably. So what do they do? Like the little children they are, they blame the other guy. Criminals, prosecutors, and cops call it SODDI.

c3 said...

It would be a breath of fresh air if Barack Obama could respond like this to a tough question

Big Mike said...

When I finished watching this miserable 30 second spot the first thing I realized was that George W. Bush was the only politician in it. Where's Obama? Pelosi? Reid? Hillary? Don't they have anyone who polls in positive numbers?

During the spot they featured wind turbines situated out over the ocean, and that reminded me of the implacable opposition that the Kennedy clan had towards the Cape Cod wind farm -- it might have spoiled their view, after all, and sacrifice is only for the little guy.

El Pollo Real said...

@Trooper York

I thought this was a family blog?

Jots and tittles are more suitable for "Trooper After Dark".

Revenant said...

I'm always kind of amused when a politician uses "Won't Get Fooled Again". The whole point of the song is that both sides are the same, and the people promising change are just as bad as the current lot.

Whether you're in power or in opposition, it doesn't paint you in a good light.

Kansas City said...

I don't understand these internet ads. Do enough people see them for the ads to have any significance?

As to content, I thought it was typical until the jarring insert of Bush at the end. I did not think it fit. It was a gratuitous shot. But then, I like Bush.

Also, I was astonished at the poll results. About 98% of the substantive responses (not the guitar stuff) were pro-Bush. Is Ann's readership that conservative? I always assumed there was a mix here.

jr565 said...

Bush had class, and democrats don't. Democrats couldn't own up to their own role in the housing crisis, the deregulation of banks, or their role in holding Iraq to account. So they are cowards.
But for the love of god, enough with the anti Bush sentiment already. They control govt from the presidency to congress. The buck stops with them.

WHat's even more tired and outdated than the race card, frankly is the Blame Bush card. And that's all the democrats, and Obama have anymore.

jr565 said...

c3 wrote:
It would be a breath of fresh air if Barack Obama could respond like this to a tough question


Is that guy Garage Mahal or Alpha Liberal?
Typical liberal. Again, who is the person without class here. The guy saying BUsh should be ashamed of himself for tapping this guys phones (as if) and saying to the president of the United States that he should be ashamed, or the guy who lets him finish his speech and not even cutting him off to tell him what a smug douchebag he is.

chr1 said...

"The New DNC party seeks to vaguely become like Europe, and we need your help. We'll start by bending the economy toward zero carbon output with massive expansion of government, even if it means flying in the face of a strong individualistic political tradition, a realistic foreign policy, and lack of available technology.

Get on the f**king monorail people...and enjoy the ride!

To accomplish this bright future, we'll also bury your kids under such a huge mountain of debt and unfunded liabilities, you won't even be able to find them!

Mary Beth said...

The video has been changed to private.

Chase said...

The DNC did pull the ad - they obviously monitor "Althouse".

But - it's the internet, remember! - and the original can still be found:

at Legal Insurrection

Eric said...

George W. Bush has a book timed to come out right before the November election. We'll probably be seeing a lot of him then.

Not before the election. His publisher wanted to release the book before the election, but he refused to allow it's release until after.

Say what you want about his policies. The man has class. Always has.

Eric said...

... to allow its release until after.

This internet thing be bad for my grammar.

Clyde said...

If you want to see what an effective political ad looks like, watch this one:

Extreme

Shanna said...

This just makes me miss Bush. That's probably not what they were going for. Also, the "fool me once/fool me twice" thing could just as easily be applied to Obama/Democrats.