Hillary’s HeadOn strategy: We love your product but we hate your commercials

If you watch T.V. you’ve seen the commercials which capitalized on one of the most annoying commercials ever to air*. The idea behind them is that the product is so good that consumers will buy it despite the obnoxious way it used to be advertised. Clinton has her own version of this advertising approach.

I heard one commentator enhancing the throwing the kitchen sink description of depth to which her campaign has sunk by saying she’s not only throwing the kitchen sink but the garage disposal as well. How should the classy Obama respond to the flying Clinton Insinkerators?

Obama doesn’t have to stoop to sleazy tactics. The media is already doing this. For example, the media has covered her suggesting McCain is better qualified to be Commander-in-Chief than he is, and her "60 Minutes" responds to Steve Kroft’s question about whether she believes if she believed Obama is a Muslim: “No. No. Why would I? No, there is nothing to base that on. As far as I know.”

"As far as I know?"

If this line wasn’t scripted for her and reveals the true, the inner, the essential Hilary Clinton, she is a very angry woman who is also quite willing to hit below the belt.

Bob Herbert (in his New York Times OpEd) describes all of Clinton’s provocations and says she is using the mantra "Elect me, or something terrible will happen to you!"

In the same edition of the Times, Gail Collins writes "while Barack may understand the audacity of hope, only Hillary really gets the audacity of audacity."

Obama is never going to sway voters who disregard unsavory aspects of the Clinton personality and have decided that she’s simply the more qualified candidate. However, I suspect there are many Clinton supporters who will only forgive so much mud slinging from their candidate. These are the voters Obama should be courting by continuing to be the class act of this road show.

Now that the possibly sexist kitchen reference has been brought into the campaign analysis by others, Obama is free to build on it. He needs a quotable quote that will say it all without being too snarky.

He can let Clinton look like a not quite ready for prime time player despite her touted age and experience before he presents himself as the wise beyond his years main attraction.

I suggest the following opening lines:

I spend a lot of time at home in the kitchen and Michelle says I’m a pretty good (or not very good) cook. I’ll let my wife be the judge of that; but I can say one thing for certain. When I’m working in the kitchen, I know that the sink is supposed to stay attached to the wall.


Reference
*The HeadOn commercial


13 Responses to "Hillary’s HeadOn strategy: We love your product but we hate your commercials"

  1. Bluesman2007  March 14, 2008 at 7:14 am

    Funny you should mention that commercial because it struck a nerve. The only thing that pain medication commercial did for me was to really surprise myself at how quickly I could hit the mute button. I have the same reaction to hillary’s commercials (small “h” intended).

  2. DejaVuAllOver  March 14, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Great post, Pollchecker. Many thanks.

  3. pollchecker  March 8, 2008 at 10:13 am

    “I spend a lot of time at home in the kitchen and Michelle says I’m a pretty good (or not very good) cook. I’ll let my wife be the judge of that; but I can say one thing for certain. When I’m working in the kitchen, I know that the sink is supposed to stay attached to the wall.”

    Hal, I love it! Thanks for the smile (ggg).

  4. Sandra Price  March 8, 2008 at 10:20 am

    Wonderful Hal! You’ve done it again. I had hoped Obama would not even try to strike back. You are correct, he is a classy candidate.

  5. Stratocaster  March 8, 2008 at 11:41 am

    I think the voters need to be reminded to make a rational and not an emotional decision. Just make a list. A list of all of the sllegations against the Clintons. A list of all of the scandles of the Clinton Administation. A list of all of the people associated with the Clinton’s that ended up in prison. A list of people close to the Clinton’s that died under questionable circumstances. Look into the Clinton’s fund raising practices. And, then ask yourself, do I whant these people anywhere near the Whitehouse.

  6. pollchecker  March 8, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Girl In Clinton’s ‘3am Phone Ad’ Supports Obama

    Hey Hal, did you see this from the New Argument?

    “Casey Knowles, a High School Senior in Washington state, recently discovered she was one of the sleeping children in Clinton’s controversial “Children” ad appearing prior to the Texas primaries.

    Knowles, a supporter of Barack Obama was shocked that she had contributed to the national security message of a candidate that she passionately opposes.”

  7. Hal Brown  March 8, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    kudos to you pollchecker for finding this.

    Here’s the original story from the Washington State TV station – LINK.

    It isn’t a scandal or anything close because "it’s stock
    footage from eight years ago when she worked as a TV extra – footage
    owned now by Getty Images and used by the Clinton campaign."

    However it gives an unexpected platform to this teenager who turns 18 in April:

    This is what she said:

     

    It’s perfect timing because I have a candidate that I really identify with.

    I’ve been campaigning for Barack Obama for a few months now. I was actually a precinct captain at the caucuses a few months ago. I attended his rally a few months ago and I’m a very, very avid supporter.

    I think it would be really wonderful if me and Barack Obama could get together and make a nice counter ad.

    I doubt this story will gain much traction though The Huffington Post has it on their front page. If it does it could send the message to some people that at least one of the "fake real life children" in the ad don’t believe the fake message of the ad.

  8. pollchecker  March 10, 2008 at 9:14 am

    Hey Hal — the little girl in the commercial was on the Today show Monday morning talking about why she supports Obama.

  9. pollchecker  March 8, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    “I doubt this story will gain much traction though The Huffington Post has it on their front page. If it does it could send the message to some people that at least one of the “fake real life children” in the ad don’t believe the fake message of the ad. ”

    Well, the talking heads are at minimum one day behind on reporting news so I wouldn’t be surprised to see it show up tomorrow or Monday.

    However, if the media doesn’t pick up on it then the Clinton’s can’t say that the media gives Senator Obama preferential treatment anymore.

  10. Stratocaster  March 8, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Plans against Hillary have to include a cross, a wooden stake, and a silver bullet.

  11. AustinRanter  March 11, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Hillary Reality Moment!

    From an aricle in the Telegraph.Co.Uk.com

    “Hillary Clinton has never had security clearance or sat on the National Security Council. Her direct experience of responding to potential or real attack, of deciding whether or not to strike an enemy, of handling the competing egos and interests of diplomats and generals, is precisely zero.”

  12. pollchecker  March 11, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Hey Ranter — I’ve got an even better one for you. Check this out from today’s Washington Post.

    Sinbad Speaks Out On Trip To Kosovo With Hillary

    This part is great:

    Sinbad, along with singer Sheryl Crow, was on that 1996 trip to Bosnia that Clinton has described as a harrowing international experience that makes her tested and ready to answer a 3 a.m. phone call at the White House on day one, a claim for which she’s taking much grief on the campaign trail.

    Harrowing? Not that Sinbad recalls. He just remembers it being a USO tour to buck up the troops amid a much worse situation than he had imagined between the Bosnians and Serbs.

    The Clintons are just as bad as the Bushes. That is why I cannot vote for Hillary — EVER! Hillary truly is just another Republican Light!

  13. pollchecker  March 13, 2008 at 12:16 am

    Check out what Keith Olberman had to say to Hillary about her campaign.

    “You Are Campaigning As If Barack Obama Were The Democrat And You Were The Republican”

    Brilliant as usual! Check it out!

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