This election cycle has been a little different for me. A few physical ailments (isn’t aging wonderful) has limited my activity.
Because of these ailments, I have been watching more political ads on TV than I have had in years. Strangely, I must admit that I have had much fun watching them.
For each candidate, I have tried to discern his/her media image vis-à-vis the commercials. As they say, image is everything in politics.
Jack Conway (D), with his central casting looks and carefree manner, reminds me of either Surfer Joe in those 60s surfing movies or Jack Tanner in the old HBO series—Tanner’88. Jack Tanner, at times, has seemed more real to me than the Jack Conway does in his commercials.
Daniel Mongiardo (D), with his intensely sincere and friendly look, appears to be a cross between judge on “Law and Order” and an overly serious pitchman for a public service announcement. I can hear him say—“Do the right thing, give to….”
Trey Grayson(R), with his gray face, looks like a medical examiner on Forensic Files or Herman Munster. I go for Herrmann Munster without the smile or the bolts in his head.
Rand Paul(R), the curly locks dude, comes across as either a country doctor in those old western movies or a gambler that continuously loses to Bret Maverick.
I don’t mean to infer that my images represent these candidates’ personalities.
I am just having fun with their commercials. Boy, I have been watching way too much television in the last few months…