Several ads focus on President Bush's "jobless recovery." Only one problem: The recovery is no longer jobless. Jobless claims are currently at their lowest level since the start of the Clinton recession. It's no wonder, then, that the MoveOn.org finalists can't get their facts straight. Nathania Vishnevsky claims in "Hood Robbin'" that 3.3 million jobs have vanished. According to Lisa M. Rowe's "Wake Up America," 3 million jobs have been lost. Adam Klugman and Dave Adams' "Bankrupt" states that 2.4 million jobs have disappeared. MoveOn.org itself says that 3.3 million jobs have been lost -- and cites statistics from way back in August to prove it.
Three million, 2.4 million, 3.3 million, whatever. The fibbing justifies the ends. After all, Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction, right? Brian Wilkinson's "Human Cost of War" thinks so: "Lies. The real weapons of mass destruction," his ad reads. "He Lied. They Died," concurs Mike Cuenca's "Bring 'Em On." Shockingly -- shockingly! -- these ads simply rip quotes from President Bush out of context. Not one word quoted from Bush in either ad is false.
I've saved two of the best for last. One of my favorites is Eric Martin's "Bush's Repair Shop." President Bush and Vice President Cheney are portrayed as mechanics, destroying a car they are charged with fixing. The car is beaten to smithereens, symbolizing America's destruction at the hands of this diabolical duo. At least when Republicans destroy a car, they don't do it by going off a bridge and leaving a woman in the back seat.
Here's my choice for best ad: Mark Vicente's "Imagine." It's pure genius. A series of talking heads morphing into one another deliver the following message: "Imagine a world where corporations choose leaders, put them in power, and have them rewrite laws to increase profit. Imagine a world where corporations start wars to create an increased demand for their product. Imagine a world where the news media, owned by these corporations, only tells the public what they want them to know. Imagine a president who sells out his people and their environment to boost the wealth of a few. Unbelievable? It should be." "THINK," the graphic concludes.
"THINK" is right. Think about how much fun this election cycle is going to be.