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The Other Smoker Chosen For Cain Ad: Small Animal Near Stacy Hardest Hit

Posted on | October 24, 2011 | 30 Comments

by Smitty

Great ad, but the smoking at the end makes little sense, except to floutaunt the rules. And if you’re going to do that, why not play the Ladd Ehlinger card?

via HotAir.

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  • Joe

    The drag was a drag. 

    Not that I have  a problem with smoking, it just doesn’t make any sense in context of that ad. 

  • Blaster

    Navy teaches English? Flout. Not flaunt.

  • http://theothermccain.com smitty

    Thanks. First day, new eyes. I think I’ve heard that word used incorrectly enough times that I wasn’t aware of the problem. Whoops.

  • http://twitter.com/richard_mcenroe richard mcenroe

    The whole flout/flaunt misuse thing is fraught. *g*

  • Anonymous

    Uuuummmmmmmmmmmm.

    Guess Herman’s a marketing genius and all, and that is targeted at who? South Carolina?

    He’s definitely a free-baller…..

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

    I guess they cut out the part where Block opens a beer bottle with his teeth.

    But what’s with the techno-disco-pop soundtrack?  Angling for the GLBT vote?

  • http://twitter.com/walt_gilbert Walt Gilbert

    I think it would’ve been more effective if he’d said, “fuhgettaboutit!”

  • Anonymous

    Cain may be on to something. Smokers don’t make a lot of noise but we’re still out there and some of us don’t forget. One of my biggest problems with Perry is his tobacco taxes.  And one of my biggest problems with the Republican Party in general is that they’ve abandoned smokers.

  • Anonymous

    Judging by all the stir, I’d say the ad was effective at keeping the Cain discussion going.

    It’s interesting how the “worship patrol” over at FR has settled on Cain as the one currently being “worshipped.”  Apparently by mindless fools who just can’t be reasoned with.  Or something.

    So Palin drops out, and they have to find somebody else to paint the “worship” target on.  Reminds me of those vulture-like “church ladies” (the kind Dana Carvey makes fun of) who were convinced all the boys in church were going straight to hell.

    I guess the idea is, elect the candidate that is worshiped the least!  Be sure to disparage ALL the voters to get maximum effect.

  • Anonymous

    Politicians can’t please everyone.

    I have no idea what fraction of America, the general electorate, nor the primary electorate smokers comprise, but what might please smokers in particular, is likely not to please non-smokers in particular.

  • Joe

    I don’t mind a smoker friendly ad…I just did not get this ad. 

  • TR

    What no dead puppies?  Come on Herman, what kind of iconoclast are you?  

  • Anonymous

    What we need is a Smoker’s Union. Then we could say “To Hell” with everybody else.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

    Not sure it’s what they are talking about at FR, but some candidates seem to draw supporters with a certain percentage of fanatics – which shows enthusiastic loyalty, but gets in the way of discussion.  Any criticism of their fave is considered an attack, anyone with less than their own degree of fervor for their candidate is an enemy, not only of them, but of everything that is good and decent in the world.

    Know the type?  If you don’t, you may be one of them.

  • Anonymous

    Hey, you don’t have to be gay to enjoy techno.
    NTTAWWT.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    They’ve secured the British naturalized gay citizen vote with this ad in a very subtle way [in GB they call cigs ‘fags’].

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    No Marlboros, No Peace!

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    They should have filmed The Smoking Man sitting at a table, doing shots of bourbon, and sprinkling salt on a big ol’ t-bone steak.

  • Brett

    The outsider candidate appeals to those forced outside (and now prohibited there!).  This is not hard.

  • http://thepagantemple.blogspot.com/ ThePaganTemple

    Actually, the drag at the end makes the ad. Without it its just a guy talking up his candidate, nothing particularly memorable. Then along comes the drag, and it’s like an exclamation point. Take Back America. Brilliant. I also like the way Cain ends his ads, with the shot of him turning from profile to looking at the camera and then smiling broadly.

    Now if he’ll just get his ass to Iowa and start to work he might actually exceed expectations. If he really wants to win, that’s what he has to do. There’s Iowa farmers with cows that need milking.

  • http://twitter.com/ThatChristyChic Christy Waters

    I find it fascinating that with so many serious issues we face, some people (not necessarily on this site) are all hot and bothered about Mark Block smoking a cig at the end of a campaign ad. I don’t give a rat’s ass if someone wants to smoke, drink, use too much salt, eat french fries, if their kids happy meal has a toy in it, or whether they like to do it doggie-style. Maybe Herman Cain, through absurdity, should illustrate how absurd it is for people to be focused on such petty crap, when our own SCOAMF has recently stated the following:

    “I’ve told my administration to keep looking every single day for actions we can take without Congress…”

    Now THAT’S something to be concerned about.

    http://weaselzippers.us/2011/10/25/obama-says-he’ll-be-taking-executive-actions-without-congress-on-a-regular-basis/

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  • Anonymous

    Every forum has novice members and those who do not argue well. They are the ones that make logically weak arguments, and usually resort to posts lauding one person, and insulting another. The regulars and long-timers can usually sniff those out and ignore them when they become obnoxious, or help them out, as they see fit.

    But the cynical, “operative” types use them (the ones who have trouble with debate) to discredit all of the folks who make good arguments. They lump everyone into the stupid “worship” barrel, and claim the candidate is somehow tarred with “a bunch of blind, fanatic worshipers.”

    It’s a very low-minded, John Edwards style form of attack, and only sways those with similar logic-impairment.

    EVERY candidate draws folks that have trouble expressing themselves. Only a weasel argues as though some (ie, the one they support) do not.

    One of the reasons I caucus with Conservatives is because they usually favor rational thinking and robust debate. The worship-accusers are simply non-rational, and damage the brand.

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  • Anonymous

    Well done!

  • Mfmaccloud

    The reason you reply is bcausee the ad was fluent and touched the the souls of true patriots, it made me wanna hug them both’ and all you bedwetters achieved was getting Herman more noticed so i thank  ya
    Herman Cain 2012 

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