, the political action group known for divisive left-wing politicking fueled by tactics sometimes as questionable as those they denounce, recently held a second nationwide video contest to support their chosen candidate, Barack Obama.  With 1100 submissions and more than 5.5 million total votes cast, MoveOn found a winner, Obamacan.

Nicely done. They got an emotionally-driven, switch campaign television spot AND filled YouTube with 1100 pro-Obama videos to live alongside the many other notable probama vids already there.  But I wonder, do these videos really make a difference?  Do 30-second snippets aimed to appeal to emotion really enhance the national conversation already drowning in abstraction? 

I like Obama.  I voted for him but, as he’s said, “I think the American people are smarter than that.”

Check out MoveOn’s other notables from its Obama in 30 Seconds contest.


People’s Choice: They Said He Was Unprepared – Josh Garrett

Funniest Ad Based on STD and Drug Abuse Infomercials: It Could Happen To You – Alexandra Barreto, Rider Strong, and Shiloh Strong

Most Original: What We Can Draw From Obama – Reggie Schickel

Best Positive Message and Trailer for Feel-Good Film of the Year: Playground Politics – Diane Paragas

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