Friday, October 26, 2012

Obama campaign throws swing voters under the bus

The Obama campaign thinks it is so cool and cutting edge. Now it's running an online ad starring Lena Dunham, creator of the show "Girls," to encourage young women to take as much consideration into voting for the first time for Obama as they do in choosing the first man they have sex with. If you haven't seen it already, follow the link and watch.

Conservatives have been having lots of fun on Twitter ridiculing this appeal to young women and sex. Romney supporters are pointing out to the barely employed cohort of Lena Dunham as represented by her character in her show that perhaps they should be thinking more about getting a job rather than sex when they vote.

Here are some of my favorite Tweets ridiculing the ad.‏
@bdomenech If voting is like sex, you're doing one of them wrong.
@politicalmath Looks like Obama team's "First Time" video as gone viral. I told them this would happen if they didn't use protection.

@thesavvy Women went from "I don't need a man to survive" to "I can't survive without Barack Obama."

@amandacarpenter "First he asked for your wedding gifts, then your yard sales and now he has asked for your daughters."

@LisaDeP College Kids: It's easier to get sex on a regular basis when you have a job. #justsaying #VoteRomney

‏@Cameron_Gray I'm hoping that Romnesia will one day help me forget that Lena Dunham ad

‏@keder Dear college kids: trust me on this, having a job when you graduate is WAY more 'cool' than voting for Barack Obama. I PROMISE. #Mitt2012

‏@benshapiro Nothing says you're courting the women's vote like saying women should have sex with you.

‏@clayjohanson @Messina2012 Not shown: Obama never calls her again, having gotten what he wanted; she ends up with a raging case of herpes.
And what makes this even more ridiculous is that they copied the idea from an ad for Vladimir Putin. Rather telling, isn't it that the Obama campaign looks to Putin for their model?

Is this the only sort of argument that they think appeals to young people - sex? Do they have so little respect for young women that they think that they're only motivated by their lady parts?

Seriously, is this the way that the father of two young girls thinks one should talk to young women? And when will the Obama campaign realize that their task is to win over swing voters? Does this appeal to them? Does it appeal to parents of young women to hear their president air an ad like this? The campaign seems to think that they can target just young people through an ad that will go viral, but they ignore the fact that others see their ads and won't find it cool but disgusting to equate voting for Obama with sex. Somehow I doubt that most Americans don't want to think of sex in conjunction with their president.