REARDON: The Final Barrage of Political Ads is Here

Brace yourselves, misinformation is coming

Mark Reardon
November 02, 2018 - 11:06 am

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You know what I’m looking forward to this final weekend before the mid-term election next Tuesday? A final barrage of political ads!

Obviously, that’s snark---and it happens every single election cycle. Ads are one thing---keep in mind I’m a guy who makes his living from advertising.

But some of these political ads are so ridiculous and over the top that it’s embarrassing. And I’m talking about ads from both parties.

One of my favorite things to do this time of year is to play a few of the political ads from Kentucky Senate hopeful turned Presidential candidate Gil Fulbright. Who’s that you ask? Well, Gil isn’t real---he’s a mock candidate and about 4 years ago he rolled out a series of satirical political ads that would be hilarious if they weren’t so accurate.

Here’s an example:  “This campaign is not about me, it’s about crafting a version of me that will appeal to you. A version that visits random work sites with paid actors pointing at things”

Or how about this: “Listening to constituents and legislating, these are things I don’t do. What I do is spend about 70% of my time raising funds for re-election”.

Sounds pretty accurate, doesn’t it? You can watch more of Honest Gil as he’s known and his commercials here.

Which brings us to election day on Tuesday. One of the main reasons that Gil’s parody campaign is so true to form falls no only on the politicians. If you don’t pay attention and worse than that if you don’t vote you are part of the problem. I get that people are busy and are trying to raise their kids and live their lives, but it’s an important civic responsibility and if you don’t think your vote counts how many examples of elections won by a few hundred votes---or maybe even just one or two votes---do we need?

St. Louis County voters can find a sample ballot here. 

Do a little homework this weekend and carve out some time to hit that polling place.

Unless you’re voting Democrat.