When Crappy Campaign Videos Attack!
The internet. It's hard to overstate the new opportunities it's created for citizens to participate in the electoral process.
When a home-grown contribution to a campaign takes off -- think of the "Obama girl" video -- it's a heap of free media and everyone smiles.
Of course, the flip side is that things can go terribly, terribly wrong. Lives can be ruined, reputations destroyed, lunches hurled ....
Take a moment to look at the video to your right, as I believe it illustrates this point quite well.
To be clear: this abomination is an entry for a contest to come up with Hillary's thematic music video -- an answer to the fairly awesome "Yes We Can" YouTube phenom -- and wasn't produced by the campaign itself.
I saw this over at AmericaBlog. Here's a sample of reactions from some of the snarkier commenters:
"Wow! Blacks and goobers like Hillary!"
"Remember the look on Beavis and Buttheads' faces as they were watching a Bjork video? I have that look right now."