Friday, September 08, 2006

This Just In...

The latest Santorum & Casey ads.

The Santorum ad , tagged "Important Job" by the campaign, seeks to tackle the residency issue, using the senator's children to vouch for him. Very effective and nicely done. But, it shows that the residency issue is hurting Santorum and he feels he needs to address it head on. I don't know where it is airing. My guess is that play it tilted to the Pittsburgh Media Market, where the residency issue has caused the Republican the most damage.

The Casey ad, called "Debbie" is a soft negative, taking Santorum to task for remarks in his book "It Takes A Family" about how women should stay at home. Also effective. Again, I don't have info on where it is airing. By the time this campaign is over, my bet is that Santorum will have wished he delayed publication of "It Takes A Family" until after the election. It has given his opponents and enemies a silo-full of fodder.


Blogger grayday101 said...

I saw the Santorum ad on Ch 6(?) within the last few days in Philadelphia.

Have not seen the Casey ad aired.

Positive ads for both Rendell and Swann are around. It will get much uglier later.

7:53 AM  
Blogger Robert E Lee said...

RE: The statement "By the time this campaign is over, my bet is that Santorum will have wished he delayed publication of 'It Takes A Family' until after the election. It has given his opponents and enemies a silo-full of fodder." Nonsense and an example of leftist wishful thinking. That book, based as it is upon a true analysis of the human condition and the proper use of sexuality, and not upon the ideological foo-faw taught by Mr. Ferrick and his lefty buddies, has provided about four silos-ful of inspiration to the good senator's friends and followers. Envy is a terrible thing, huh, Mr. Ferrick!

10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's rich. Saint Santorum exploits his own children for political gain. Shame on him. What an opportunist creep.

10:47 AM  
Blogger rasphila said...

Santorum's book appeals primarily to those who already agree with him, like poster lee. It's very unlikely to persuade anybody else. I can't prove that this isn't "leftist wishful thinking," but polls show Santorum's positions in the book are not majority positions in the U.S., especially among women.

Of course the polls could be leftist-biased, but I don't think so. Charges of leftist bias are handy for people who disagree with the substance of what is said, but they seldom hold water. And once you start down the road of charging bias instead of looking at whether the arguments hold up, there is no end to the process. And it gets us nowhere.

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Casey ad talks about whether or not "two people need to work in a family." How do you get "women should stay home" out of that? (I haven't read the book, so I don't know what, exactly, it says on the subject).

Personally, I think that while many families are forced by economics to have two workers, there are cases in which the family creates its own economic need (through buying cars and/or houses beyond their means, for instance). In other cases, it might even make more economic sense to have one worker rather than two. See this article from CNN/Money for more on that.

People may or may not take Santorum's advice on two income households, but dismissing it as misogynistic is just wrong.

4:12 PM  
Anonymous phillydem said...

According to the AP story on Santorum's ad, it's only airing in western PA.

I don't see it being especially effective with those voters because they know he doesn't live in PH and they know he scammed the Penn Hills sch dist out of tens of thousands of dollars. IMHO, it will only serve to remind voters of the whole episode and bring the resulting anger about it back.

FTR, there are places along the south central PA side of the Mason-Dixon line where the Santorums could have bought a nice big new McMansion just like they have in VA and been approximately the same distance away from DC.

7:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Santorum is great theatre. Other than the stuff that the kids say about how much they love or admire their dad, it is a shame that the campaig used them to tacle a substative issue in teh campaign--their father's bilking the taxpayer for their education. I guess the Santorum folks will say that Casey featured his kids in an ad, but if I remember, that ad was limited to just hoe much they loved their dad and admired him, etc. The Casey ad did not touch a substantive campaign ad.

I felt bad for the Santorum kids being used by the campaign machine--where is their dad's values?

12:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there anything in his book about the time Santorum passed around the body of his stillborn child and had his other children see, touch and talk to it?

Sorry, that isn't even a bucketful of inspiration in my book. That's just creepy weird.

6:29 PM  
Anonymous phillydem said...

Don't know about the book, but his wife put out a book about her letters to Gabriel, the 5th mo stillborn, and Santorum talked extensively about it
in the New York Time Magazine profile.
He keeps a picture of the stillborn he's holding in his hand on his senate office desk.

But I agree with you, there's something wrong with a person that brings a dead body to be seen and touched by young children. It's one
thing to tell your kids they've lost
a brother to a miscarriage or to name the child or hold a memorial service, but bringing the body home
is just strange behavior.

2:19 PM  
Blogger ACM said...

I suppose it might be "nonsense," but in fact Santorum has admitted that perhaps he would have been wiser to listen to the advise about timing of the book's release.

2:50 PM  

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