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The First YouTube, Internet Election Campaign

Updated on March 15, 2011

2008, The first Internet Election Campaign

When current history is written 2008 may be known as the first Internet/YouTube election. Of all the candidates, Candidates, political junkies, dirty trick political operatives and advocacy groups of every type have recognized the growing influence and use of the Internet. Barack Obama took advantage of the Internet to raise an incredible number of small, individual campaign contributions and in the process gained the support of an army of young, enthusiastic campaigners. In 2008, the Internet and TV airwaves were rife with campaign videos, attack ads, many serious and some quite humorous. Some of the best of both kinds are linked below.

"I'm Not A Witch"--Christine O'Donnell

Anti-Bachman Ad


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      renegade ronnie 6 years ago

      Hi geezer! In response to your comments in the forum titles "Is Gay Rights Being Overrated" since the forum is now closed to comment and there's no other way to contact you, this'll 1/2 2 do:

      It seems like Americans, (inparticularly white america more than any other culture, with blacks/African-Americans blindingly following in behind second), have always been intrigued by homosexual culture as the gay rights movement has became one of the today's hottest topics. With all the bigtime out-of-the-closet gay celebrities from all ethnicities (Lady Gaga, Ellen and Portia, Ricky Martin, Neil Patrick Harris, KD Lang, Melissa Etheridge, Rupert Everett, BD Wong, Wanda Sykes etc, etc), and gay friendly celebrities (Whoopi, Madonna, Sharon Stone, Gina Gershon, Jennifer Tilly, Anna Nicole, when she was alive of course, Dennis Rodman etc.) who support gay culture and are probably two seconds away from being gay themselves, to all the different shows and programs where gay culture tries to influence straight culture (Queer Eye anyone?), and not to mention all the countless dozens and dozens of knowingly suspect celebrities (don't have enough room to start naming them) who have done everything to hint at their sexuality accept for actually admitting to being gay.

      Yes, being gay is not really a big thing anymore as over the past ten years, skin-tight pants and shirts on men have became the norm in all areas of the entertainment industry as a whole, as well as in everyday contemporary society, starting with the preppy look which made a comeback, now it seems like almost all men look like fuckin', trendy Ken dolls. You see, long hair and tight-fitting clothes for guys were in back in the 70's and 80's before they started becoming baggy, but they didn't look no ways as gay and bitchy as they do today. The 60's European look came back to American with a vengeance. And in order to get the teenage boys (who are usually the most critical and judgmental) they try to have it both ways, their pants still be saggy and falling off their a***s, while being tight at the same time... ugh. And besides, most teenage boys listens to and is influenced by rap and hip-hop and the rap game, despite constant lagging album sales, is commercially at it's highest peak (and fashionably at it's gayest). And how come men who wear suits nowadays only button-up one button??? I got fitted for a suit two years ago and changed my mind. I wanted something a couple of sizes bigger than the one they recommended for me, which was so tight, as it limited my movement. I felted like a robot in it, but they said that's how they're wearing them know (I'll take a shirt 'N' tie, a pair of slacks and a trench coat over a too-little suit anyday).

      As for the gay rights issue, I'ma be honest. Homosexual IS wrong. It is a sin. God wouldn'tve made Eve for Adam if he wanted for men to be with men, and women to be with women. And NO, this dosen't mean that we have an option to choose between the two genders as to which one we want to be with, if not one of each. I've lived long enough to have had a few gay (bi, or whatever) friends before. I didn't hold their sexual preference against them as I treated them like regular people nothing more, nothing less. If approving bills to gay rights were left up to me, I'd allow them to have SOME of the rights they lobbied for in the past. I'd let them have their parades and clubs and give financial support to their communities (I think it's good for all lifestyles to have some since of morale that supports and represents who they are as long as their not harming another person) and let them have laws that protect them from harm and that allowed them to be treated fairly, after all they are human beings, just like straight ppl. It's odd how so many gays don't want to acknowledge the TRUE sanctity of marriage, but it's an age old rule since the beginning of time that marriage is a union between man, and woman and that rule would remain sacred and intact. And yes, I'd let them serve in the military (they've been doing it for years anyway, undercover), but I hope some of you are able to understand the possible consequences behind letting them serve openly. The U.S. would be concern about the outer image and reputation of it's military, especially how other countries look at us. It's not exactly the type of image that ANY military (U.S. and definantly not a foreign military) would want. Then all it would take is for some GENUIS scientist to turn into Carson Pressly and decide that our tanks and fighter choppers need a makeover of new camouflage colors, try pink and light purple. Yes, America is the "land of the free", but a country with NO moral standard would eventually become choatic and anarchic, a line has to be drawn somewhere.

      And it's a shame sometimes that with some gays (inparticularly some of the ones NOT ALL within this lil' on-line community of hubpages), if you aren't a supporter of their little movement, you're the biggest bigot in the world. They're ready to put you in the same book with Bin Laden and Hitler. I think a lot of times gays had a hard life growing up, and a hard time being accepted because of how they are and they're very, very. very, very sensitive toward ppl who have the slightest differing view of their lifestyle (even to the point where I think they're a little paronoid) and I just simply don't see eye-to-eye with their movement to the fullest. Despite the fact that I do still believe homosexuality being a sin, some of you are probably wondering "well if he thinks homosexuality is such a sin then why does he make friends with homosexuals then". The answer is, I don't just go out and opening make frinds with gays, I'm not that gay-friendly a person to the point where I just have a lot of gay friends. But if I do happen to befriend someone and I find that out about them after I get to know them and they happen to still be a good person and friend worthy I'm not gonna turn them away. I'm in no position to judge, that's up to God, but at the same time I'm not perfect (without sin), I have my flaws too so there's a such thing as hating the sin, not the sinner. So I hope this clears up some misunderstanding... a lot of you probably still think I'm beyond the scum of the earth and all I got to say on that note is... D-TIP (Don't Take It Personal)!

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      Harvey Stelman 7 years ago from Illinois

      Ralph, B.O. never does anything, youshould thank David Axelrod. Even now Obama Girl has grown us, she is against Obama. I wish I was. H

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      Mimi721wis 7 years ago

      Ralph I had almost forgot how entertaining the election was. The JJ Dinner Pre-rally was my favorite. On the other hand, it just goes to show one doesn't need a high IQ to run for office.

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      Barbara 7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Ralph, what a lot of work you put into this amazing hub. It cannot be absorbed in one viewing! Thumbs up... I'll be back, Aaanold!

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for your comment.

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      Jeremey 7 years ago from Arizona

      Much fun here, good to through some humor in our politics but I wonder when all the jokes are gonna end and a serious patriotic politician is gonna stand up.

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      William F Torpey 7 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      Fun videos, Ralph. Howard Dean is my favorite. If he were president today nobody would be saying he should take a stronger stance against the right wing extremists.

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      I liked Dean also.

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      Stclairjack 7 years ago from middle of freekin nowhere,... the sticks

      i would have voted for dean, and still would, he coined my favorite political dream phrase,.. "lets get god guns and gays out of politics",... the carl rove machine and the media jumped on the "scream heard round the world" and fooled the DNC into thinking that republicans saw dean as laughable and easily beaten,... the truth was that the bush whitehoue was terified of dean,... and its sad that the reverse psycology worked,... remember i'm a card caryin' elephant,.. and i'm amazed that trick worked. shame on the DNC for pulling the rug out from under the man that could have beatten the rove/cheney/rumsfeld war machne.

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for the correction. I'd forgotten about Dean's 2004 campaign against Kerry.

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      Stclairjack 7 years ago from middle of freekin nowhere,... the sticks

      howard dean realy started the internet phase of politics with his deaniacs. (spelling?) then with dean at the DNC helm, obama benifited greatly from the new ground that dean had already broken for him,... dean was a democrats democrat, but the party chickend out and ran with kerry,... that worked out well.

      that said, loved the hub, voted it up.