“Hallelujah!” The Ads are Finally Over!

U.S. Senator-elect Ron Johnson speaks to supporters after his victory on Tuesday, November 2, 2010, inside the Eagle Hangar at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Johnson defeated three-term incumbent Democrat Russ Feingold. (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/MCT)

Political advertising for the election of 2010 have been on the internet, the radio and most of all the T.V. for longer than lots of people can remember. Some of the more memorable commercials, such as “Hankey Kapankey” will probably stick around in people’s memories for a while.

The general mood on the topic around Facebook is annoyed and frustrated, and there is many a status of “Can’t wait till the campaign is over.” There are even political ads at the beginning of videos on YouTube.

There is finally a light at the end of the tunnel! No more ads!

The American Politics class that Paul Rykken teaches third block was given this question:

“WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH A LONG POLITICAL CAMPAIGN IN THE YEAR 2010. TODAY IT IS OVER. WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THIS?”

The students were given a piece of paper on the way into the classroom. Not surprisingly, the majority of the responses said something along the lines of “Yes! The ads are over!” Some of their responses are below.

“I feel mild relief at not having constant interruptions,” wrote junior Evan Gawron. “I’m also mildly curious as to who won. Overall, I have a neutral opinion to all of it.”

Another junior, Jeremy Popp, said “[I’m] happy that I don’t have to listen to the commercials on TV.”

Some students in the class did not wish to have their names published with their opinions, but submitted responses worth hearing. A few of them were:

“Glad, that the ads are over and people can stop bashing each other on TV.”

“I’m just glad the annoying ads are done. All they ever did was bash the other guy.”

“All the ads are over. Now the winners will have to work with the party they have been attacking.”

One in particular was especially insightful. It read, “My reaction is it is quite astonishing, seeing how much money is being spent in order to try and bash the opponent and not fully get their point across of what they are gonna do if elected.”

Out of all the responses, one word in particular (or variants of it) appeared in almost every opinion: bash. The second definition of the word bash on Merriam-Webster.com is “to attack physically or verbally. media bashing.” Somehow, it seems that one word can sum up most of the ads in the average political campaign.

Senior Joanna Roybal said, “I’m so glad that this is all done, because now, I can watch TV or listen to the radio with having ot hear about all the bad things that they [the people running] have or haven’t done.”

“Thank God!” was all that the paper junior Ryan Chojnacki handed in said.

Another student said, “I’m sort of happy that the elections are over. The phone calls were kind of annoying and even though some of the commercials were entertaining, there were so many of them. The commercials didn’t even explain what they were going to do, they just bashed other candidates.”

“I’m genuinely excited for it to be over,” wrote senior Kendra Gates. “Not only because the ridiculous ads will be put to and end, but also to see what will happen and what changes will occur.”

Possibly the most short and sweet answer of all came from junior Jordy Hilts. The paper simply read “HALLEJUAH!”