| Jul 11, 2012
Today's topic: the billions (yes, with a "b") that will be spent on advertising in this year's presidential and congressional campaigns, and what kind of messages that money is sending.
Like jazz, blues and musical comedy, the political ad is a...
| Jun 28, 2012
On paper, June looked like a bad month for President Obama. It began with a gaffe, his lighthearted comment that "the private sector is doing fine." Then the Federal Reserve revised its growth forecast downward, making it clear that 8% unemployment is...
| May 22, 2012
The current debate over Mitt Romney's tenure at Bain Capital is shaping up to be a centerpiece of the presidential campaign.
The Romney campaign should have seen this coming. If Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry were willing to rip Romney for being too...
| May 13, 2012
The television commercial is designed to spark outrage. "Billions of taxpayer dollars spent on green energy went to jobs in foreign countries," it intones. "The Obama administration admitted the truth — that $2.3 billion of tax credits went...
| Sep 12, 2012
Do you know how you'll vote in November's presidential election?
I thought so. For all we're hearing about the importance of undecided voters, there aren't many of them left.
In an ABC News/Washington Post poll released this week, for example, only 2%...
| Apr 10, 2012
In his Wisconsin victory speech last Tuesday, Mitt Romney said, "Washington has to become an ally of business, not the opposition of business."
This to me is a more worrisome statement than his communications advisor's gaffe about Etch-A-Sketches or...
| Jul 29, 2012
When the Olympic Games began almost 30 centuries ago in ancient Greece, rulers of city-states proclaimed an "Olympic truce," a ban on warfare to allow athletes, poets and spectators to attend without getting speared.
It would be nice to think that this...
| Mar 22, 2012
| 4:36 PM
Much criticism has been heaped on a top campaign aide to Mitt Romney for saying that the campaign could "hit a reset button" for the general election, shaking up and restarting "like an Etch-A-Sketch." Eric Fehrnstrom's comments on CNN let......
| May 15, 2012
| 4:22 PM
Good Tuesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Remember how your parents always told you to read the fine print on any agreement? Everything these days -- from the years-long contract you signed with Comcast to the privacy agreement that actually gives Google........
| May 15, 2012
| 4:51 AM
Pennsylvania voters are receiving a double dose of grim anti-Mitt Romney commercials this week.
The super PAC supporting Barack Obama is piggy backing on the Obama campaign's efforts to paint Romney as a Mr. Burns type character concerned only about...
| May 17, 2012
| 12:33 PM
The job of a campaign is to market the candidate in such a way that he gets elected. This may or may not have anything to do with presenting real answers for solving the country’s problems. Usually, it doesn’t.
To attract votes, you go...