Showing posts with label 2012 Presidential campaign. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2012 Presidential campaign. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Meet the Optimizer, Larry Grisolano

Secret of the Obama Victory? Rerun Watchers, for One Thing. (The New York Times, 12/12/2012)

Excerpt: So it was, said Jim Margolis, a senior advertising strategist, that the campaign bought more late-night advertising time than it otherwise would have on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” ESPN and, most surprisingly, TV Land, the basic cable network devoted to reruns of old programs.

Larry Grisolano, AKPD Message and Media.

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Really BIG Money in the 2012 Presidential Campaign


Super PACs are a new kind of political action committee created in July 2010 following the outcome of a federal court case known as v. Federal Election Commission

Technically known as independent expenditure-only committees, Super PACs may raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, associations and individuals, then spend unlimited sums to overtly advocate for or against political candidates. Super PACs must, however, report their donors to the Federal Election Commission on a monthly or quarterly basis -- the Super PAC's choice -- as a traditional PAC would. Unlike traditional PACs, Super PACs are prohibited from donating money directly to political candidates.

Related post:
Money can't buy you happiness, money can't buy you love -- hell, sometimes it can't buy you an election.  (11/12/2012)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Pew Research: Campaign News Sources

January 2000 rankings
  1. Local TV News
  2. Network News
  3. Local Papers
  4. Cable News
  5. Internet

October 2012 rankings (previous)
  1. Cable News (4)
  2. Local TV News (1)
  3. Internet (5)
  4. Network News (2)
  5. Local Papers (3)
  6. National Papers (x)

...lies, lies, lies

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Presidential Debates as "Champaign Music" Time

And in some elections, you can make the same case for voting itself.

U.S. population (approximate):  314,000,000
U.S. population 55 & older (approximate):  78,000,000
% of population 55 & older (approximate):  25%

Number of viewers of 1st Presidential debate:  67,187,000
Number of viewers 55 & older:  30,811,000
% of viewers 55 & older:   46%.  [Romney has majority support with voters over the age of 45 (+7 percent)]
Viewers as percentage of 55+ population:  39..5%

U.S. population 35-54 (approximate)  87,000,000
% of population 35-54 that watched debate: 23%

U.S. population 18-34 (approximate)  71,000,000
% of population 18-34 that watched debate:   15%.

In January 2008, RealClearPolitics reported that  the median age of voters in the 2008 presidential election will be about 44, according to figures derived from Census Bureau findings.  (U.S. median age:  36.9, but then you have to be 18 to vote.)

On the other hand.....

August 19, 2009 Seattle Times headline:   Median age of voters in primary: 59.4

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Herman Cain's Payday

After Primary Losses, Legacies of Deb and Strained Reputations.  (The New York Times, 5/3/2012)

Excerpt: Similarly, Herman Cain, a businessman who briefly led the Republican pack before falling back amid reports of an extramarital affair, is still drawing crowds.

Herman Cain Speaks on Sex and Politics.  (The Daily Beast, 1/13/2012)

Excerpt:  Cain would doubtless welcome being anointed as a prophet. Failing that, a 
  • bestseller, 
  • some whopping speaking fees, 
  • another radio show, or a 
  • juicy television contract 
might be the perfect consolation prize. But since nothing lasts forever, he would do well to manage his expectations, according to former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis, who lost the 1988 presidential race to George H.W. Bush. 

“Make sure you’re ready for reentry,” says Dukakis. “Always anticipate the return to your previous life.”  ('Rearranged' by RG)

Or not.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Reince Preibus Explains It All for Us

Election 2012: Gingrich, Romney fight on; Colbert, Cain grab crowds. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 1/20/2012)

Excerpt: Wisconsin's Reince Priebus, the GOP national chairman, said in an interview here Friday that a more drawn-out, volatile fight for the nomination would not hurt Republicans. 

 "I think it's great for the party," said Priebus. "I'd much rather have an interesting battle for the nomination, a little bit of drama, and lot of interest from the me dia and the public than the snoozer we had four years ago where no one's talking about the Republicans. It was all about Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama [when there was no lack of enthusiasm for both candidates], and all of the energy and all of the juice was on the other side. 

"This time, he said, "We are the story."  [Emphasis added.]

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Did anyone look here?

Iowa GOP Puts Santorum Ahead By 34 Votes, But Result 'Unresolved'. (NPR, 1/19/2012)

Excerpt:   While its recanvassing of the nearly 1,774 precincts where ballots were cast on Jan. 3 has put former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum 34 votes ahead of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — a reversal of what we thought were their finishes — the party says it can't definitively say who won because it can't find the results from eight of the precincts. [Emphasis added.]

Whoya gonna call?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Does she get paid for this?

It's unanimous!

Will South Carolina save him?  Don't count on it.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Worst Piece of Reporting in an Otherwise Decent Article

Romney Is the Main Target in a Caustic G.O.P. Debate.  (The New York Times, 1/8/2012)

Mr. Perry reserved perhaps his toughest commentary for President Obama.


“We have a president who’s a socialist,” he said. “I don’t think our founding fathers wanted America to be a socialist country.”

Toughest commentary?

How about....




RIP.  Status of Perry's campaign


Love the comment, "How can somebody as obsessed with self grooming as this guy be anti gay?"

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Rick Perry Gets "Strong" Reaction

Like:  3,441
Dislike:  154,337

Rick Perry's Video Viral Fail.  (The Atlantic, 12/8/2011)

Excerpt: Intended for a Western Iowa audience of religious conservatives and evangelicals -- the only people who matter to the GOP candidates for the next month -- the ad ran into an inherent audience problem when posted on YouTube with the like/dislike buttons enabled. The apparently more pro-gay rights audience online quickly seized on the spot to register its dislike of Perry's message.

Perry might be better off doing his manly-man act here.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Question Most Likely to be Asked of a GOP Presidential Candidate: Who Are You?

GOP Candidates Hardly Household Names. (Pew Research Center for the People and Press, 10/5/2011)

The Oct 2007 "Thompson" is Fred, not Tommy.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Potted plant? Yes, Rick, you are.

Santorum stays the course. (McClatchy, 10/4/2011)

Excerpt:   "Hopefully, people are recognizing that I've got something to say," said Santorum, 53, between bites of salad and chili in a nearly empty Chili's Grill & Bar here before a scheduled visit to a chicken restaurant across the street. "In the first Fox debate, they asked everybody one question and then they didn't ask me anything for 45 minutes. Like I was a potted plant. It was very frustrating."

And so is this, I imagine.