Author Archives: Campaign Outsider

The Weekly Standard, Redemption Issue (Rick Perry/Edwin Edwards Edition)

From our Late to the Comeback Party desk Last week’s issue of The Weekly Standard featured a pair of Act Two political characters – one failed, one jailed –  auditioning for the 2014 Comeback Kid designation. Start with Fred Barnes’s take on … Continue reading

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Totally Opaque Ad o’ the Day (Alvaro Noboa Edition)

From our Whiskey Tango Foxtrot desk The hardworking staff has long had a soft spot for ads run by civilians in the New York Times. But this one takes the cake. From Friday’s Times, page A10:     Do you understand … Continue reading

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Boston Globe Scribe Don Aucoin’s Son Also Rises in WSJ

Don Aucoin, whose fine theater criticism graces the Boston Globe on a regular basis, must be bustin’ his buttons over this piece in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal. Portrait of a Prodigy Is Matthew Aucoin the Next Leonard Bernstein? Most 4-year-olds going to visit … Continue reading

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G.M. Hits (Like a) Rock Bottom

General Motors as it once was:     General Motors as it now is (via Wednesday’s New York Times full-page ad): Body copy: Got that? Your house key = death trap if you’re driving a “vehicle involved in the ignition … Continue reading

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Politico Pimps Out Its Daily Tipsheets to Advertisers

From its inception, Politico has pursued one objective: to win the morning. Toward that end, the (mostly) online publication has launched an armada of daily tipsheets.     For some time now, those daily digests have featured embedded advertising along these … Continue reading

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The Pimping Out of Fenway Park

Yesterday the hardtsking staff noted the new Gosling’s Dark ‘n Stormy Boardroom at Fenway Park, available for $6500-$9500 a pop. And we promised to call Brendan Hankard – Manager, Premium Sales and Services – to discuss the finer points of pimping … Continue reading

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It Was a (Gosling’s) Dark ‘n Stormy Night Game at Fenway

From our Late to the Corporate Party desk The hardworking staff knows as well as anyone that everything is for sale to marketers these days (see Michael J. Sandel’s definitive 2012 Atlantic piece here), but this ad in last Friday’s … Continue reading

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Why the New York Times Is a Great Newspaper (LeBron James Edition)

Yesterday: Close-up: Nice.

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Why the Wall Street Journal Is a Great Newspaper (Andrew Marvell Edition)

This weekend’s installment of the Wall Street Journal’s excellent Masterpiece series examines “To His Coy Mistress” (c. 1650s) by Andrew Marvell. First, Marvell’s marvelous poem (via the Poetry Foundation): To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell Had we but world … Continue reading

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NYT DisinKleined to Give Clinton-Basher a Free Pass

Let’s stipulate, as they say on Law & Order, that the New York Times was guilty as sin of kneecapping Hillary Clinton during her ill-managed 2008 presidential run. And let’s also stipulate that the Grey Lady might be taking a … Continue reading

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