Mike Johanns is (finally) on the air.
We generally like these ads, where the candidates talks right to the camera. They are direct and effective.
Of course the funny thing about this spot is that you could replace Scott Kleeb in this ad, and he could run it word for word, without a change (well, except for the “Proven-Tested-Trusted” part…).
But Kleeb can’t effectively run an ad like this because he is running from behind. This is a safe ad, and Kleeb can’t play safe.
By the way, note that this is the FIRST Johanns ad for the general election. Think he has enough cash to run ads non-stop until November? You can bet on it.
We were unable to watch or listen to the Johanns – Kleeb debate today, which was supposed to be streamed online. Ah well.
Here’s the kicker. In the AP’s initial coverage, they note Johanns knocking Kleeb for negative campaigning — with his push-poll calls and the Kleeb stalkerazzi who follows Johanns around.
What that means is, there were no other notable points.
At this point, he may not even be trying to win. He will be trying to avoid full-on national embarrassment.