Campaign 2000: Campaign Ad Nauseam

The trouble with the latest political ads isn't that they're negative. It's that most of them are lousy TV

Growing up in Michigan, I did not exactly feel as if I were at the white-hot center of the media universe. The big Oscar movies opened on the coasts long before they hit the multiplex. New Hampshire had the sexy primary. No one set sitcoms in Detroit. (Well, there was that Martin Lawrence show, but we don't like to talk about that.)

Turns out I packed up and moved to New York City too soon. In its final days, this year's presidential campaign finally got good--which is to say it got bad. In battleground states like Michigan and Florida, with...

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