You Tube Loses Its Novelty

That, and other news in Tuesday’s Political Panorama.


The big craze among almost all the campaigns is their judicious use of You Tube videos on their campaign websites — even if they get lackluster grades. Save for John Edwards, the website gives no one better than a C mark. Mitt Romney gets a D because his web video merely shows him shaking hands.

A sure sign that the wonders of You Tube are over is Joe Biden’s launch of, in which his camp posts side-by-side videos of each candidate talking about Iraq. It shows that campaigns are waking up to the notion of using web video against opponents. And while is pedantic enough, in the future it is not hard to see campaign websites producing elaborately edited attack ads that splice together what their competitors say and what they say. In other words, web versions of what we already have, the 30-second spots.

GOP Debate: Nine presidential candidates will participate in a May 3 GOP debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, hosted by the library and sponsored by MSNBC, and The Politico.

Thompson Lobbying: Fred Thompson looks like the dream candidate to some GOPers, but the Politico looks back at a career that could haunt him. Not acting, but lobbying. Among his clients: deposed Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Deja Vu: Just as she and husband John Lennon did during the Vietnam War, Yoko Ono is plastering D.C. and other cities with a message of Imagine Peace.

Franken Stumps: Al Franken is out on the campaign trail in Minnesota and admits he has a lot to learn about … alfalfa.

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