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Karl Rove-Funded Ad Says Elizabeth Warren Is In Bed With Wall Street

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics

Seems like only a month ago that Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS was running ads against Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, darkly warning of her ties to the Occupy Wall Street movement. The ads pointed out that she had taken credit for providing the "intellectual foundation" for the movement and is generally supportive of the demonstrators, who Crossroads characterized as "extreme left protesters." Something must have gone wrong with that message, however, because this week, Crossroads returns with a new Warren attack ad that paints her as a champion of the bailed-out Wall Street banks.

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Romney Ad Exposes Media's Chronic Inability To Use The Word 'Lie'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.22.2012 | Media

GOP 2012 contender Mitt Romney's recent ad has gotten a ton of attention from the press because it contains a brief clip of President Barack Obama saying these words, consecutively, in order: "If we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose." BOOM! What a clip, right? Why did Barack Obama say such a thing in public? Oh, that's right, he said those words consecutively and in order because back in 2008, an aide to John McCain said those words consecutively and in order, and Obama quoted that aide to use the words against McCain. As everyone points out, Romney's use of the words out of context is misleading. But it seems that what very few people are willing to say, as Too Much Joy once sang, is: "That's a lie. You're a liar."

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Herman Cain Offers Up Detroit Ruin Porn

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

This week, the GOP candidates flocked to Michigan -- The Great Lakes State! -- for the CNBC debate at Oakland University in Oakland County, Mich. But ...

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Rick Perry Launches Iowa Ad: New Plans, Old Footage

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics

If Rick Perry has any hope of getting back in the 2012 race, he'll need to press the one advantage he has over the rest of the field of nibblers -- hi...

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Stephen Colbert Offers Cain Suggestions For Further Commercials, Issues Challenge

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.26.2011 | Comedy

That new Herman Cain spot where his chief of staff is caught during his smoke break behind the loading dock talking about how amazing it is to be a pa...

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Hey, Could The Herman Cain Campaign Bum A Smoke?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.25.2011 | Politics

Herman Cain's most recent ad spot features what is easily the most questionable directorial decision made in an ad this season.

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New Ron Paul Ad Targets Rick Perry, Al Gore

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics

If I were advising Ron Paul on how to best attack Rick Perry in, say, a one minute advertisement, I might go with something like: "Hello, I'm Ron Paul...

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Jon Huntsman Ad Touts His Jobs Record As Superior To Romney's

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics

Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman's campaign is out with a new ad today, using the numbers "1" and "47" to set up a comparison between Huntsman and fo...

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Late Returns: Taibbi Says Bachmann Is No Laughing Matter

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.22.2011 | Politics

You know you've really arrived as a force in American life when reporter Matt Taibbi has drawn down on you, and today, Bachmann gets her turn over at Rolling Stone.

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Debt-Ridden Newt Gingrich Wants To Know 'Who Got The Money?'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.22.2011 | Politics

When I heard yesterday that Newt Gingrich had suffered yet another round of his campaign staff quitting en masse, I naturally wondered, "My word! How ...

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Forecasters Predict Spending On Campaign Ads Will Reach Nightmarish Levels In 2012

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.22.2011 | Media

Here's some good news for people who work in broadcast television: the 2012 campaign season is ramping up, and it seems that your sector of the economy is about to be stimulated. By billions of terrible political ads!

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Nevada Congressional Candidate Warns Debt Ceiling Will Lead To Chinese Invasion

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics

Special election candidate Mark Amodei is betting that voters can be convinced that this time, if the debt ceiling is raised, we will be overrun by the Chinese Menace, who will turn America into the Hunan Centipede!

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Jon Huntsman's Mystery Motorcyclist Returns

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics

Here's your latest update on the multimedia performance art piece known as "The Jon Huntsman Campaign." When we last left off, they had created a new,...

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Someone On A Motorcycle Is Going To Do Something In Six Days For Jon Huntsman

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.15.2011 | Politics

Jon Huntsman has launched a new site -- apparently for the campaign he's set to embark upon next week -- and with it comes a bizarre video.2011-06-15-link.png

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New Pawlenty Campaign Advertisement Reminds Everyone That There Is A Pawlenty Campaign

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics

Tim Pawlenty: you guys do know that he's running for President, right? Made an announcement last week and everything. Shot the breeze with Matt Lauer....

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Late Returns: Will Ames Be Pawlenty's Waterloo?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics

We're now 90 days away from the Ames Straw Poll, and if you're like me, you haven't even figured out what you're going to wear. This year, the Straw P...

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Dan Adler, Candidate In CA-36 Special Election, Thinks These Ads Are Hilarious (He Is Wrong)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics

I hadn't been giving much thought to the special congressional election in California's 36th District, where voters will gather on May 17th to winnow ...

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Late Returns: Fred Karger Will Play Frisbee With New Hampshire

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics

The Speculatron's favorite longshot candidate, Fred Karger, has released a new web video in support of his ongoing efforts in New Hampshire. Titled "D...

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WATCH: 'King Of The Birthers' Launches 2012 Campaign Ad

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

We're still about a year away from the first caucuses and primaries of the upcoming presidential campaign season, but in New Hampshire, begun these 20...

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Fred Karger, Openly Gay GOP Activist, Gets Out An Early 2012 Campaign Ad

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Is it too early to start watching 2012 presidential campaign ads? Sweet fancy Moses, yes. Yes it is. But what the heck! Here's Fred Karger, self-s...

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The Year In Campaign Ads: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly... And Even Worse (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Well, the end of the 2010 campaign season is nigh. And we have so many memories to cherish. Also: so many strange images, that will haunt our dreams...

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Melancon Closes With Another Reminder Of Vitter's Prostitute-Littered Past (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Louisiana Representative Charlie Melancon remains stuck behind incumbent Senator David Vitter (R-Louis.) in the polls, but he's closing his Senate cam...

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Crist Warns Voters Of Sarah Palin, For Some Reason (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Ah, poor Charlie Crist. Circa 2008, the Florida governor was a pretty big deal with legit aspirations to higher office. So, he sent his best crony, Ge...

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'Sweet Home Arizona': Rodney Glassman's Lynyrd Skynyrd Parody Is Hail Mary In Arizona Senate Race

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rodney Glassman ia about 30 points behind McCain in the polls for the Arizona Senate race. This situation absolutely requires a really stupid and futile gesture. So here's Glassman, shooting the moon with a torturous four-minute video.

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Ben Quayle And His Wife Will Speak Methodically At Teevee Cameras, For Freedom (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Ben Quayle captured the GOP nomination for Arizona's Third District House seat on the strength of his promise to "knock around" the "worst President i...