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‘Smoking Man’ Video

October 29, 2011 by staff 

‘Smoking Man’ Video, The debut of the announcement of presidential Republican candidate Herman Cain is actually not: does not run as a commercial pay-TV, which has released previous videos and in their ad-campaign website.

However, with Cain at the top of the latest opinion polls and in the middle seat in political debates, new video of the campaign is to get a reaction as if issued during the first quarter of the Super Bowl.

In the video, published this week in YouTube, Cain assistant, Mark Block, in a first plane, said the candidate “got back together in the United States. … We have a campaign like no one has ever seen. But States U.S. has never seen a candidate like Herman Cain. ”

The trick: Block takes a long sip thoughtfully on a cigarette and blows smoke into the lens.

No one but the on-screen villains has smoked for decades, so that drags Block quickly became legend in the cloud. The video was taken by the news shows and political blogs and parody of the Colbert Report on Comedy Central. We obtained more than 870,000 views on YouTube channel Cain.

It was also awarded a place in the lists of several other political ads rarely. Democratic consultant James Carville, echoing the expert consensus that the ad does not make much sense, concluded the block was “drunk or high,”he said Thursday on ABC’s Good Morning America.

Cain’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment. In an interview on Fox News, Cain said he found the ad “fun.”

“I was trying to send any subliminal message at all,” he said. “Many of us thought it was funny, because we know Mark Block.”

It is not unusual Cain first video. An almost four minutes long called “Yellow Flowers”was also on YouTube, is a parody of Western-themed film in which the action hit launch action hero, sits in a director’s chair and fields of Cain to the presidency.

As a rule, political ads have the candidate, not the campaign manager, especially one that seems to need less sleep and more nicotine. Still, what political consultants are as unprofessional could appeal to viewers who are professional politicians as the problem, says Dennis Goldford, a political scientist at Drake University in Des Moines. “Video is a” Hey, I’m a regular guy “type of video, borders, of course, the parody,”he says,”. But there is a level between the activists of the Tea Party in which it resonates … This video reflects the kind of (attitude) experts have made a mistake. ”

Campaigns tend to make videos with Web only when they can not afford to buy airtime and news organizations hope will air the announcement of the news coverage. To that extent, Cain video is a success. If “Smoker” also Cain votes, no matter if the video was a master stroke or a stroke of luck.

“If it works, then he is a genius,”said Michael Franz, a professor at Bowdoin College in Maine, who studies political advertising. The announcement, however, extravagant, is consistent with Cain message that it is a political outsider , although he has worked as a lobbyist in Congress, flirted with the presidency in 2000 and ran for the Senate in Georgia in 2004. “If you start to play the regular game, you become a normal politician,” says .

Cain has yet to advertise on television, nor has former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who ran a lot of ads in Iowa in the cycle of the 2008 campaign, when he finished second in the caucus. Gov. Rick Perry began publishing an announcement this week in Iowa that focuses on his plan for job creation through deregulation of the energy industry.

Perry has criticized Romney on line, but its paid ad does not mention his opponent. That is a necessary strategy for a candidate who “presented well enough, but then fell on his face,”said Goldford. Now,” you have to make them positive, because everyone knows they do not like Romney in the Republican Party – except Romney. ”

Only Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, has always run television ads in early primary and caucus states. In Iowa, which has grown to 230,000 in advertising in the state’s largest market, Des Moines, Theda Moines Register reported Thursday.

“What is remarkable about the ads is that they are warm and fuzzy and friendly,”disagree with the actions of Paul’s ideology-driven debate, Goldford says.” There has been an attempt to humanize.”

In the discussions, Paul said that opposes U.S. troops being deployed overseas. One of the highlights of your TV has two veterans Paul describes the efforts of medals for service delay and Paul says the Air Force. Another announcement is to establish pro-life credentials – it is important socially conservative Iowa caucusgoers -. Noting his experience as an obstetrician and called him “a man of faith committed to the protection of life”

Like Romney and Perry, Paul has the funds to go on air. His campaign announced Monday that it raised more than 2.75 million in a fundraising drive for five days.

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