A nice look here at how in the UK and the US pop and politics have mixed over the years and how misfiring or unsuccessful it has largely been.
This BBC clip features some classic of politics past not least Neil Kinnock and Tracey Ullman and one time Conservative favourite Kenny Everett.
Flash forward to 2012 and President Obama or Mitt Romney have both featured celebrities heavily in their campaigns at various stages including Clint Eastwood who made a high profile turn at the Republican convention.
As it goes down to the wire Obama is out with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry and Jay-Z at rallies in Ohio and Iowa. Read more »
Throughout the 2012 presidential there has been a marked difference between the style of message coming out of the Democratic and Republican presidential campaign teams.
Barack Obama’s campaign has at times been edgy and humorous. Occasionally this has backfired, such as the Tumblr post asking women to “vote like your lady parts depend on it”.
Compare that to the more serious and fear mongering messages that have peppered the Mitt Romney campaign.
These approaches are highlighted perfectly, and the reaction to them, in two recent ads from the two camps. First there is the TV spot made by ‘Tiny Furniture’ and ‘Girls’ creator Lena Dunham, which has whipped up a mas of controversy as right wing pundits froth at the mouth about the ad, which compares voting for the first time to losing your virginity. Read more »
The Democrats have wasted no time in taking advantage of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Olympic gaffe after he insulted UK preparations for London 2012.
With the #hashtag #RomneyShambles now trending, as the story begins not only to resonate in the UK but in the US as well, the Democrats have produced a video summing up Romney’s British woes.
The incident forms an embarrassing foreign policy faux pas for Romney who is challenging Barack Obama in November’s US Presidential election. Read more »
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is adding another spot to the great canon of American political advertising that is based on a lie.
This spot running in New Hampshire takes a 2008 clip of Barack Obama as he first ran for the White House and said: “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.” Sounds like damning stuff in these dire times, doesn’t it? Read more »