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The Big Blitz

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

Here’s further proof that ad spending on this presidential race will shatter all records. According to Time, $17.3 million has been spent on political ads in Iowa, compared with just $2.3 million for the same period in 2004. “It’s kind of a perfect storm of advertising demand on a supply that doesn’t change,” says a sales manager at a Cedar Rapids ABC affiliate.

Obviously candidates have to distinguish themselves, and John Edwards does that this morning not with a spot but a trailer. Riffing on the overly heavy delivery of most movie trailers (In a world where corn grows tall and hope grows taller), his new short is an attempt to get Iowans out to caucus.

But the ad of the day goes to Mike Huckabee, who notes the preponderance of ads are making people tired then invokes the birth of Christ in a Christmas greeting.

No Rove Trove: Is Karl Rove’s proposed memoir having trouble finding a publisher?

Big Gamble: Marc Cooper takes issue with Bill Clinton’s charge that voting for Barack Obama would be “rolling the dice.” In fact, in Vegas terms, it would be a very good bet, he writes on HuffingtonPost.

Walk Out: Keith Olbermann tells Bill Moyers that he almost walked out on MSNBC when they demanded that he run a Michael Savage commentary.

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