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Topic: Campaign 2012

Why Twitter will survive: Television

This summer marked an important pop culture anniversary: It’s been 10 years since the first season of “American Idol.” A decade later, we can see that season wasn’t just a landmark for television. It was also an omen predicting the … Continue reading

Obama’s gay marriage email pitch

After President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, his reelection campaign sent out two fund-raising emails — with two totally different copywriting strategies. Take a look at the messages below.

Obama’s “socialist” new slogan

“Forward.” Recently, Barack Obama began using that single word as a campaign slogan. Now his opponents are using it to brand him as a socialist. Behold the power of a word!

Santorum’s “Google Problem” solved

For years, the first result in Google for “Santorum” was a prank site that reads, “The frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the by-product of anal sex.” This week, Google finally deemed presidential candidate Rick Santorum … Continue reading

Santorum ad uses Romney look-alike

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has a new ad out that stars a Mitt Romney look-alike armed with a gun. It’s among the strangest political ads so far this campaign. Take a look:

SNL spoofs “Halftime In America” ad

This weekend, Saturday Night Live ran a spoof of Chrysler’s “Halftime In America” ad, which I and many others thought was the best ad of this year’s Super Bowl. It’s pretty funny.

What it looks like when Newt’s in charge

These days a lot of people take New Gingrich seriously, but it wasn’t always the case. I thought it would be interesting to look back at how newspapers covered his humiliating resignation in 1998.

Branding the next president

The Obama 2012 campaign doesn’t have an official slogan yet, but one possible contender is getting some attention: “Change Is.”

Newt on Mitt: He speaks French

Newt Gingrich is out with a new online video attacking Mitt Romney, his rival for the Republican presidential nomination. It accuses Romney of (horrors!) speaking French.

The case of the racist attack ad

Days before the Republican New Hampshire primary, a bizarre video appeared on YouTube attacking candidate Jon Huntsman, the former Chinese ambassador. The result is an intriguing whodunit involving social media forensics and conspiracy theories.