Roll Your Own Political Commercial

As we roll into another US presidential election year, I am cringing at the thought of another tedious onslaught of slick, scientifically formulated and edited political TV ads.

If you feel the same way, you might want to check out a new contest organized by MoveOn, a left-leaning online political activism forum. (I’m serious, even if you’re a dyed-in-the-wool conservative, this could be fun, bear with me.) The BushIn30Seconds ad contest invites anyone, regardless of experience, to create their own 30-second anti-Bush TV ad. The winning ad idea will be broadcast on television during the week of Bush’s 2004 State of the Union address.

They don’t want slick, from the sound of it. MoveOn says, “We want to run ads that are of the people, for the people, and by the people.”

Regardless of whether you’re liberal, conservative, or politically agnostic, this could be quite entertaining. All eligible submissions will be posted to the BushIn30Seconds site from Dec. 15-30, 2003, where they will be rated by visitors. Top-rated entries will be judged by an expert panel of top media lefties. I’m expecting to see everything from top-notch political satire, to strident Maoist-style agitprop, to the political equivalent of those delightfully pathetic 1970s Carvel Ice Cream commercials.

Are any conservative organizations undertaking similar do-it-yourself TV commercial contests, where entries will be posted online? If so, I’d love to hear about it!