Third Way Perspectives
Archive for October, 2008
October 17th, 2008
In the fall of 2004, a video hit the airwaves that brought back America’s fear of terrorism and helped seal John Kerry’s fate. No, not the Oct. 29th video released by Osama bin Laden. That hurt Kerry, but the thing that probably put George W. Bush back in the White House was an ad by Progress for America,” a 527 group, that was called Ashley’s Story.
In the spot, 16 year-old Ashley Faulkner, who’s mother died on 9/11 in the Twin Towers, tells the camera: “He’s the most powerful man in the world and all he wants to do is make sure I’m safe, that I’m OK.”
It was moving and it was potent. The ad was funded in part by the Home Depot founder to the tune of $17 million — John Kerry could hear the pounding of these do-it-yourselfer campaign titans hammering the last nails into his campaign’s coffin. The ad ran nearly 30,000 times in battleground states, starting on Oct. 19. Read the rest of this entry »