Americans asking Iraqis questions

Leave your preconceptions at the door and check this out…

New York Times videoThe New York Times’ Eric Owles collected several questions from readers and spent a few days filming Iraqis answering those questions. Watch them here.

He plans on doing more of this, thank god. Even if the people here aren’t representative of the entire Iraqi population (not one woman appears in the video), I appreciate the beautiful simplicity of letting these people’s words stand on their own.

Owles asks for more questions for future pieces like this. I’d love to ask Iraqis who they’d vote for in our presidential election, but maybe we should spare trying to explain our primary/caucus process and just wait until September to ask them that.

Normy the Beer Man?

In the marketing world, it’s called extending the campaign. You take a message delivered at a 50,000 foot level, usually via broadcast ads, and then employ PR tactics that bring that message down-to-earth, where the target audience can touch, feel and experience it.

Or even get a buzz off of it.

Steve Novick, a candidate for U.S. Senate in Oregon, is running one of the most intriguing political marketing campaigns of this election cycle. Ok, so there isn’t a lot of competition, but it’s still a fun one. We earlier featured an ad that used an innovative beer opening technique to hook voters. Now Novick is extending that campaign, by running on that most popular of campaign promises, free beer.


Actually, it’s not so free — ten bucks a bottle. And if this guy can win on a promise of $10/bottle beer, he’s a heckuva politician.

If this political fad hits Minnesota, one wonders what the likes of Al Franken, Tim Palwenty, Norm Coleman, Jim Oberstar, Michelle Bachmann, Ole Savior and other Minnesota politicians will name their signature steam, porter, wheat, stout, ale, lambic or lager?

– Loveland

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