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Sen. Joe Biden’s first ad in Iowa.

I’m not really a Biden fan, but I like this ad.  Something about the starkness here, just the candidate and the camera, and an up front discussion on the realities that families are facing when they have a loved one serving in Iraq, that works for me.  Maybe it is because Biden’s son, Beau, is set to be deployed to Iraq in the next few months, but whatever it is with this — staging, reality setting in, whatever — it works as a way to get to the heart of all the public dissatisfaction and disgust, even if that isn’t what Biden ultimately intended with this.

There is a gritty quality to Biden in this ad that works.  That slick overly-whitened smile and sly grin and handshake retail politics act that he does has been sluffed off for a harsh glimpse of the consequences of the bad choices we have made the last few years.  He’d do well to keep this version front and center.

Still not a Biden fan, but this ad hits at a gut level with a reality check on just how long we could be in Iraq — the line about sending your grandchildren is an effective one.  What do you guys think?

PS — I’ll be on Thom Hartmann’s show on Air America today beginning around 2:30 pm ET-ish.  Wanted to give folks a heads up.  You can listen live here.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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