Posted by: Jon Fine on January 30, 2008
Including this (emphasis mine):
One of the truly invigorating things about this year's presidential campaign on both sides is the inefficacy of television ads. I mean, Mitt Romney's garbage barge got him where in Iowa, New Hampshire, Florida?
Nowhere. Things have been more gentle on the Democratic side--Obama's had the more effective uplift stuff (the new Caroline Kennedy ad is very good), but I've seen zero sign that ads made any difference in this campaign, as opposed to Obama's heavy investment in field organization.
He's definitely right regarding Romney. But--not to repeat myself or anything!--one thing that kicks the struts out from under his argument is, well, which candidate spent the most on TV in Iowa?
Yup. Barack Obama.
And, yes, by all accounts the Obama campaign has a great ground game, but I can't help but notice that one of the winners in Iowa also spent the most on TV. And I don't know if there's any way to determine which factoid, in the final analysis, contributed more.