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Ad targeting Sen. Bennet says Iran wants to nuke the world’s children

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2016 is getting more interesting by the minute. This scare ad targets Michael Bennet of Colorado for supporting the Iran Deal. A conservative group is behind it. The production values really fall off in this ad near the end; it looks like a house fire to me.

Bennet won his seat in 2010 by just two points, 48-46. Obama won by a tidy margin in 2012, 51-46.
At that link, a Democratic leader in Colorado calls ad deeply offensive and fear mongering.

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  1. italian ex-pat on September 22, 2015, 5:49 pm

    How original! Can’t they find new material, or do they think nobody remembers the 1964 ‘Daisy Girl’ TV ad run by LBJ against Goldwater? Only difference, Iran is the new USSR, and this ad is run by Republicans!

  2. ritzl on September 22, 2015, 7:05 pm

    I talk to a lot of people who would be judged “low info voters” by the makers of this ad. NONE of them are stupid enough and/or prone to be swayed by these types of ads.

    Just the opposite, it’s seen as condescending and a turn off, probably put together by Jews (wink, wink) or Jewish interests in an effort to manipulate them. That last self-awareness bit is important and has been a revelation to me. These types of ads dig the hole deeper. The more such blatant BS is condescendingly crammed down normal people’s throats, the more resistance is developed. It’s all so positively…alienating.

    Now that’s not to say there are not truly ignorant and/or terminally cynical/bigoted voters out there who fully subscribe to this baloney, but I believe they’re far fewer than the producers of these ads assume.

    • Bandolero on September 22, 2015, 8:17 pm


      I disagree. The aim of such BS is not directly to win over people. The aim is to make poeple who say stupid things like “the Iran deal endangers US security” look sensible, so people could and would vote for them.

      That’s the way this BS works. Oh, yes, I do believe it works. Just see all the commercials for over-prized products – they are so over the top that some find it hard to believe they work, but they do.

      • ritzl on September 22, 2015, 9:02 pm

        Yeah Bandolero. I was going to add that reinforcing/underlining purpose but cut it off. You’re right that it’s also an important complementing dynamic. My sense though, is that the people I talk to who might be susceptible are: a) short term- going to vote that way anyway for other reasons; and, b) long term- becoming more skeptical such that this stuff reinforces in the opposite direction (i.e. it makes candidates who echo the machine-generated condescension LESS credible instead of more credible.)

        The people I talk to here (N. AL) are searching for alternatives. They know something’s not right (they’re being lied to) and this reinforces that perception. Maybe not enough to change votes today (they ALL lie), but enough to energize and prolong the search for political alternatives (someone who doesn’t lie, at least on the big stuff).

        Maybe enough to change suspension of disbelief into outright disbelief. But maybe not. TBD.

        Great comment. Well observed, imho.

  3. JWalters on September 22, 2015, 7:08 pm

    It would be great if these lying bullies triggered Senator Bennet to put the full truth on the table about Israel’s war profiteering criminals, and their assault on America’s freedom of speech and democracy. People like a new story, especially when it’s true. One of those “Everything you thought you knew about Israel is wrong” kinds of stories. Facts would come flooding out. It would really get everyone talking. He could eventually receive the Congressional Medal Honor for defending America against enemies foreign and domestic.

  4. JLewisDickerson on September 22, 2015, 8:18 pm

    RE: “Ad targeting Sen. Bennet says Iran wants to nuke the world’s children”

    MY COMMENT: I suggest we organize the Emergency Committee for Michael Bennet (ECMB)! ! !

  5. Citizen on September 22, 2015, 9:00 pm

    These ads work, no matter how stupid and obvious they are; that’s the reason the Polls show American public has trended against the Iran Deal, the fear ads. Bernays, Goebbels, still in the saddle although dead. Actually, go back to Mein Kampf. The repeated big lie.

  6. doug on September 22, 2015, 9:02 pm

    Worked for LBJ in 1964. People respond to images and most voters have other things to do in life than study issues to any depth.

    • MHughes976 on September 23, 2015, 10:57 am

      I remember discussing that image with an indignant Goldwater supporter. I recall his protest at the unfairness of LBJ’s proclaiming ‘the issue is peace or war’. Mind you, LBJ was using frightening war imagery to present himself as a peace monger – will frightening war imagery work if the context is a call for war rather than peace with Iran?

    • just on September 23, 2015, 8:42 am

      Nice, RoHa.

      In other Iran news:

      “Iran’s Khamenei Slams Israel Over Al-Aqsa Unrest

      Iran’s supreme leader described Israeli behavior towards Palestinians as the ‘ultimate degree of ruthlessness and evil.’…

      … In another passage in the statement, Khamenei appeared to blame Saudi authorities for a Sept. 11 crane collapse onto Mecca’s Grand Mosque that killed 107 hajj pilgrims.

      “It’s true those who passed away in this incident found salvation and rejoined God … but this will not take the responsibility off the shoulders of those who should provide security for pilgrims,” Khamenei said.

      The incident, which happened in a dust storm days before the annual hajj pilgrimage in the city, was embarrassing to the country’s ruling Al Saud dynasty because it presents itself as the custodian of Islam’s most sacred places.

      An initial Saudi government investigation into the incident found that Saudi Arabia’s largest contractor, Saudi Binladin Group, had not secured it in accordance with its instruction manual.” 

      read more:

      • RoHa on September 28, 2015, 12:38 am

        “Saudi Arabia’s largest contractor, Saudi Binladin Group”

        That name seems familiar, somehow.

  7. Abdul-Rahman on September 23, 2015, 4:24 am

    Right… Like the world doesn’t know who the real threat is: the Likud and their ‘brethren’ Neocon warmongers.

    Let’s see who is the real danger; the countries who nuked the civilian populations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and those exposed by Mordechai Vanunu with all those nuclear weapons in Dimona? Or the country with a monitored nuclear energy program, that hasn’t attacked or invaded another country in all of modern history?? The world knows the answer and isn’t falling for this repeat of the 2003 “WMD” lie again.

    • ejran on September 23, 2015, 4:12 pm

      You think the world won’t fall for this again?
      We should study history, critically. This failure to recognize patterns, to learn from the past, is lethal. And it’s happening.

  8. rosross on September 23, 2015, 9:09 am

    What is astonishing is that anyone could even half-believe insanity like this.

  9. CigarGod on September 23, 2015, 10:15 am

    In our ever more dumbed down society, where feeling is the same thing as knowing…this ad is right on target.

    • amigo on September 23, 2015, 12:55 pm

      The trick is to ensure Dick and Jane have their American dream . A home with white picket fence with a late model auto and a pickup truck and a motorhome parked outside and enough money to take the odd trip to a national park and once in a lifetime trip to Hawaii and bingo , all intellectual curiosity is negated . Don,t worry , be happy .Your leaders will do the right thing

      I,m not so sure this is only an American trait. Sad , isn,t it.

      • catalan on September 23, 2015, 1:07 pm

        “A home with white picket fence with a late model auto and a pickup truck and a motorhome parked outside and enough money to take the odd trip to a national park and once in a lifetime trip to Hawaii – ”
        Sounds like a great life. If true, they are very wise. Sure beats fighting for “justice”. Justice being whatever creed one happens to espouse, all others obviously constituting “injustice”.

  10. RockyMissouri on September 23, 2015, 11:55 am

    Mind numbing …

  11. rensanceman on September 23, 2015, 1:26 pm

    Every Congressman ( especially Republican) should receive-hand delivered-a fact sheet noting all of the U.N. Resolutions that have been ignored with impunity by Israel; the false-flag operations it has been responsible for (Ostrovsky is a good source) highlighting the USS Liberty incident for starters. Further, are they aware that Israel is an apartheid state? That Israel measures the caloric intake of The prisoners of Gaza? Providing the information should create enough cognitive dissonance to overcome party ideological cohesiveness to begin the process of deconstructing the Orwellian mind-control that the word “Israel” ignites in minds of our Congressional Masters of the Universe. Code Pink–are you ready for your assignment.

  12. catalan on September 23, 2015, 2:41 pm

    I could have sworn you accused all Americans of being dumb.Except you of course. –
    i am not sure that being good at chemistry and math has anything to do wisdom; and whether wisdom has anything to do with happiness.
    I said what I did in jest. There are some great people living here; and then some not so great ones.
    I happen to think you are cool. Just you over generalize too much in search of easy answers and online camaraderie with supposed like minded individuals.
    But for whatever reason you don’t seem to have that venomous streak.

    • amigo on September 23, 2015, 3:59 pm

      “i am not sure that being good at chemistry and math has anything to do wisdom; and whether wisdom has anything to do with happiness.
      I said what I did in jest. – See more at:” catalan.

      It is not wise to insult people as you did , even if only in jest.In any event , your archives , (forgot about them , did you) are replete with insults of the people who took you in , so I do not believe one word you say catalan.You are a zionist and have had your concept of honesty plucked from your being .

      As to me being cool , cut the BS .I don,t like or respect dishonest patronising blatherers.Go back to work , your lunch break is over.

      How,s that for a venomous streak.

  13. a blah chick on September 23, 2015, 5:54 pm

    I’m pretty sure the kids in Gaza are exempt from Sen. Bennet’s “concern.”

  14. mijj on September 24, 2015, 7:11 am

    to be quite honest, i think if “puppies” was substituted for “children”, then people would be more easily whipped up into rage against Iran and supporters of the deal. Caring whether or not random children die is so out of fashion.

    • piotr on September 27, 2015, 9:42 am

      The concept was a multi-lingual countdown, perhaps a bit to subtle (five in Spanish, four in Russian, two in some Slavic language etc.) For that, puppies would not do. The idea was that now Iran will start tossing bombs at Russia, some other Slavic country, a Spanish speaking country, literally, all over the place.

      I think Goldwater ad had an American girl, and the message was clear. Here, I am not sure if “low information” voters would realize what was it about.

  15. lonely rico on September 24, 2015, 10:33 pm

    Like the man waiting for the ambulance after breaking his leg …

    Alea jacta est –

    His die is cast.

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