Friday, September 22, 2006

Paul Hodes TV Ad on YouTube

It's on Iraq. I think it looks good. They've got Charlie dead to rights, tied firmly to Iraq and to Bush, and Paul is firm, clear, and direct, emphasizing the Bass-Bush link and the need for a new direction.

If you want to help them air it, you can contribute to the Hodes campaign.


Blogger kentdecide said...

And what is that "new direction" ? Maybe Paul should tell us? I realize it's only a 30 second spot but the impression is he does not know.

Otherwise impressive for his first TV spot. Start spending that money, the home stretch is here!

1:37 PM  
Blogger MissLaura said...

Well, from Paul's website (, a somewhat more detailed discussion of Iraq (and I've heard him talk about it in more detail in speeches):

As a member of Congress, I will hold the administration accountable and enforce, through the appropriations process, a responsible and comprehensive exit strategy. Our troops are caught in sectarian violence. It is time for Iraqis to take over Iraq. In the interest of our national security I support the following:

First, we need to make clear that we will not stay in Iraq as an occupying force permanently and immediately begin to turn Iraq over to the Iraqis.

Second, as we withdraw, our permanent military bases in Iraq should be dismantled.

Third, we must follow a responsible exit strategy to redeploy our forces. We should begin by bringing home the National Guard and Reserves and redeploy our troops to Afghanistan, Kurdistan and Kuwait, completing our exit expeditiously.

Finally, in light of the situation in the Middle East, we must convene a multi-lateral delegation to the region to convene a coordinated peace effort modeled on the Dayton Accords, including addressing the conflicts between Israel and its neighbors.

1:51 PM  
Blogger kentdecide said...

I know,I know. AND I agree. But the large majority of the couch potatoes will never see that, only the sound bites. It's them he's gotta get out of their chairs on election day.

I don't want to get off topic here with any type of get out the vote discussion. I know there are people working hard on that.

But what I said in my first post I feel is a valid critique of the ad.

3:56 PM  
Blogger MissLaura said...

Fair enough. Hopefully people seeing the ad who wonder what his ideas are would go to his website or otherwise try to find out.

I sort of figured you'd know the deal, but given that you posed the problem, I wanted to be sure that it was accompanied by at least a partial answer, for anyone else reading.

4:01 PM  
Blogger Niobium said...

I agree with kentdecide. The spot is "what I'm not" instead of "what I am."

I met Hoades a couple weeks ago at a candidate forum and I so wasn't impressed. I know what he doesn't stand for, what he doesn't want, but I'm sure what he does stand for and what he wants. Well, besides my vote which he isn't likely to get unless he changes from a wishy-washy Centrist to an actual Lefty-Progressive Non-Democrat guy with a set.

9:39 PM  
Blogger MissLaura said...


I've obviously been more impressed with Hodes than you have, and a good part of why I have been impressed is that he's struck me as being more left than most Congressional candidates who have any kind of chance of winning. In addition to his stand on Iraq, his discussions of environmental and energy issues really impress me, and I like that he's willing to say "universal healthcare" straight out.

So I'm definitely coming from a different place than you on this, but I guess my question after reading your comment is, who are you going to vote for if Hodes isn't progressive enough for you? There are only so many choices in this election, and one of them is a vote for Hastert as speaker of the house and the other isn't. One is a vote for staying in Iraq and sending more money there, and the other isn't.

9:47 PM  
Blogger Niobium said...

who are you going to vote for if Hodes isn't progressive enough for you?

I've been struggling with this myself. Actually, struggling isn't the right word, agonzing is the right word. I posted about it here

he's struck me as being more left than most Congressional candidates who have any kind of chance of winning.

I agree he's further to the left than others running (and who have a chance to win), but he's still solidly purple, not blue.

Mostly, what I keep getting back to, is I don't know what Hodes stands for. I'm not sure he knows. That's the impression I got when I met him a few weeks ago. And Wolf felt the same as I.

10:04 PM  
Blogger MissLaura said...

Hmmm...the blogger comments section is a sort of weird and awkward venue for a debate, but I'm really interested in this. See, as I've posted about a few times, I've been consistently impressed by how much more progressive and firm in his beliefs Hodes is than I was expecting him to be when I first started looking into him.

I can't read his mind to tell you whether or not he's as pro-choice as he told you he was and as you didn't believe him to be, but I will ask why a politician would say anything that firm when saying "well, I personally don't like abortion but I support a woman's right to choose" is a generally-accepted way to be wishy-washy and yet get the pro-choice vote. Why would he go the extra step unless it was sincere?

As well, I note from your post at your blog that you or Wolf felt like he was slimy, and that is one thing that, having met him only 3 or 4 times briefly, but having spent some time with his staff, I will argue vehemently against. This is a good man, not just publicly politiciany nice, but good to the people around him, all of them, including the mentally ill people on the street (seriously). If he was a jerk, I'd know it. I might not say it, but I'd allow the claim to go unchallenged. But this is just a good person who has surrounded himself with good people.

10:27 PM  
Blogger Niobium said...

If you want to continue this via email, just shoot one off to me (you said you feel awkard about posting on this in the comments.)

7:20 PM  

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