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  • Barack Obama Campaign Now Incinerating Cash in Arizona

    Ever get an e-mail from a Nigerian prince who is so desperate to get rid of his vast fortune that he's willing to literally give it away?

    It turns out that prince was named David Plouffe, Obama campaign manager.

    Plouffe, still sitting on an enormous pile of cash, has decided that rather than dispose of it the traditional way (swing state ads, charitable donations, incineration) is going to use it to buy airtime in Arizona

    Barack Obama's presidential campaign is taking the unprecedented step of launching its first advertising in rival John McCain’s home state of Arizona.

    Obama campaign manager David Plouffe announced the advertising buy this morning, saying the campaign also would re-launch advertising in Georgia, where it hasn’t advertised in several months, and start advertising in North Dakota…

    "It's enough in the realm of the possible that we want to put a little extra effort at the end,” he said. “We want to give it a go in the last few days. We wanted to see how far we can go."

    The polls have already shown that McCain is no homecoming king within the state. The reasons are complex but include…

    * He carpetbagged from Virginia on speculation that a House seat was opening up.

    * His entire political career was made possible by his wife's beer money.

    * He's been irritating his neighbors with robocalls.

    * Barry Goldwater couldn't stand him.

    Still, spending ad dollars in the man's home state is quite a gamble by Plouffe. Not as risky as giving a Nigerian internet prince your bank account information, but probably more hubristic.

    Just ask the old David Plouffe — the one who sent all those e-mails asking us for money.

    Tags: Arizona, Barack Obama, Barry Goldwater, Cindy McCain, David Plouffe, John McCain, Virginia
  • Tony Schwartz, Creator of LBJ's "Daisy" Ad, Dies

    We lost another giant of modern political discourse over the weekend.

    On Saturday, Tony Schwartz — the man who created Lyndon B. Johnson's infamous, pants-shittingly scary "Daisy" advertisement against Barry Goldwater — died at the age of 84 in his Manhattan home…

    "Media consultant" is barely adequate to describe Mr. Schwartz's portfolio. In a career of more than half a century, he was variously an art director; advertising executive; urban folklorist who captured the cacophony of New York streets on phonograph records; radio host; Broadway sound designer; college professor, media theorist and author who wrote books about the persuasive power of sound and image; and maker of commercials for products, candidates and causes.

    What was more, Mr. Schwartz, who had suffered from agoraphobia since the age of 13, accomplished most of these things entirely within his Manhattan home.

    If his vision of the world is anything like the one portrayed in this 1964 TV advertisement, it's no wonder he stayed in his apartment all the time. I'd never leave the closet.

    Our condolences go out to Mr. Schwartz' family.

    Tags: Barry Goldwater, Lyndon Johnson