WHY DO POLITICAL ADS SUCK? I don't really know what to make of this Ned Lamont ad featuring Markos Moulitsas, but two things immediately jump out. One, you're not going to just forget that you ever saw it. Two, it's destined to attract some buzz, free media, attention, etc. These are things you would think people would want to accomplish with campaign ads but, pretty clearly, Democrats almost never even try. Instead you get this super-generic mind-numbing stuff. The GOP runs the occasional noteworthy ad like the "Wolves" spot from the '04 presidential campaign, but Democrats almost never do. It's fairly bizarre.

--Matthew Yglesias

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