The obvious, stated

The obvious, stated

: Is it just me or was this story in the Times reporting that candidates pick different shows for their campaign ads already neon obvious and not worthy of above-the-fold on page one?

When deciding where to run his television advertisements, President Bush is much more partial than Senator John Kerry to crime shows like “Cops,” “Law & Order” and “JAG.” Mr. Kerry leans more to lighter fare, like “Judge Judy,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Late Show with David Letterman.”

Those choices do not reflect either man’s taste in television, but critical differences in the advertising strategies of their campaigns, which are spending more money for commercials than any other campaigns in presidential history.

Well, yeah.

: When I got to Colorado and turned on the TV, I was shocked to see back-to-back presidential campaign commercials. Not living in a battleground market, I had not seen one single commercial before that; it’s almost as if there’s no campaign on (or we got left out of it). Though by the end of any campaign, I do end up screaming at my TV telling every candidate to shut up already, I do wish I were seeing a few on the air, just for the entertainment value.