We Should All Be Thankful Texas Isn’t a Swing State

Source: Washington Post

While I was back in Maryland this week for my wedding, I noticed something that somehow escaped my mind the past couple months: presidential campaign ads.

Slippery, gross little things, they are.

During Tuesday night’s Heat-Celtics game, every commercial break was full of them, up to five in a row at one point. Obama would trot out a blind steelworker, then Romney would find someone with a club foot who doesn’t think their club foot would much care for Obamacare. The Post has a running map/graphic that shows each campaign’s TV spending, and Texas is one of only seven states with zero presidential TV ads.

That fact doesn’t matter until you watch TV in a metro-area that’s had $63 million worth of them dumped into its collective living room. ¡Viva el estado rojo!


  • Donatella

    I live in the darkest of dark green states on the map and let me just say–I CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS TO BE OVER.
    It’s gotten to the point where I won’t even watch the local news live–everything is on DVR. I will never complain about cheesy viagra ads or screaming car dealer ads again.

  • Stacy L.

    Interesting, since I’ve seen a couple of Obama TV ads…they were on cable channels, though – so maybe they were regional ads?

  • Stacy L.- This takes into account ads from the campaigns and their associated interest groups. I’m sure a few slip through the cracks.

  • I’d gladly subject myself to more national campaign ads, if it meant we could rid our nation of the obsolete abomination known as the Electoral College.

  • George

    @Bradford, need you to spend your new FrontBurner salary money on this new-fangled thing called a DVR. skip the ads.
    @Jason: super-like. Agree 100%.

    What I really want is a Facebook app that will automatically hide anyone who mentions Romney or Obama until Nov 5. Then put them back in my feed.

  • Ket

    @George: you may want to have that app keep them off for a bit of the aftermath. Either way it goes I expect those who are vocal about politics will be more vocal the week after, but it should die down over time.