Framing your argument

I like the look of this new ad from the DSCC, I’ve wanted to use a filmstrip style look for a while now.  I think this is a pretty good ad, and does a lot to undercut Christine O’Donnell.  Instead of attacking her character or wacky ideas, they go straight for her competence. I think that’s a good approach.

Frankly, most of the ad is filer (in the sense, I can’t remember a thing is actually said) till you get to the last line from a “former employee.” That’s the killer, saying she was financially irresponsible, a former employee, bam! It goes back to validation. The last line nails it home, and gives everything that came before it a frame and context.

Do you need the other attacks, “didn’t pay her taxes,” etc, I don’t know. I can’t remember the specifics by the end, but I do remember that employee saying she was financially irresponsible. Certainly, you could lose the rhetoric, she would fit right in in Washington. If you didn’t know she didn’t pay her taxes or hired an employee she didn’t pay, or whatever else she didn’t do with her money, would it matter? Don’t know.

Still this is a good hit, and a step above the usual party attack ad.

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