Pols go wee, wee, wee all the way home
Blow up your TV, throw away your paper
Go to the country, build you a home
Plant a little garden, eat a lot of peaches
Try and find Jesus on your own
– John Prine
Is anybody out there still paying attention to the deluge of political ads running hot and heavy on the TV news?
I usually start the news 10 minute late so I can TiVo through the ads, and I go through stretches blissfully free of the political noise. The ones I need to know about for news purposes, like the Karl Rove spot I wrote about the other day, always find their way to my e-mail inbox.
But sometimes like last night, I feel a need to experience the full gamut and let the news run with my finger off the fast-forward button.
The negativity isn’t as bad as I’ve seen in other states, but the endless petty carping by candidates and their third-party supporters casts a pissy tone on the campaign, leaving an unpleasant taste with viewers who see the attackers looking as bad as the attackees.
It breeds disrespect for both the candidates and the system, and I’m beginning to understand why so many see it all as pointless and just tune it out and don’t vote.
The rat-a-tat repitition of the same spots for weeks tends to grate on the viewer, as does the proliferation of similar ads from different sources.
A Charles Djou ad attacking Colleen Hanabusa for supporting the 36-percent legislative pay raise loses impact when it’s immediately followed by a Republican Congressional Campaign Committee spot making the same point.
President Barack Obama’s ad saying he needs Hanabusa in his corner doesn’t look so special when it’s followed a minute later by an almost identical spot saying he needs Neil Abercrombie.
I voted absentee the day the ballots came out and don’t feel I missed a shred of useful information by sparing myself the final two weeks of this noise.
It gives me time to ponder the sobering thought that the special interests who put up the dough for the grossly expensive onslaught will expect to be paid off by the winning candidates with public favors.
OK, if I’m going to grumble about ads I don’t like, I should point out one I do. This spot — entitled “On my knees!” — was sent in an e-mail to supporters by OHA candidate Peter Apo, musician, community activist, former legislator and all-around good guy. Brilliant combination of social media and sign-waving.
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