Watch This Ad Before They Pull It

I was sure this would turn out to be a PAC ad, but no, it's an official Obama campaign ad. Wanna know why the gender gap suddenly closed? Ads like this. Hard to tell whether this is more demeaning to women, democracy or sex. A threefer!


Update: Upon reflection I think this ad is brilliant, though not in the way intended. (It reminds me of that "love has no gender" poster comparing marriage to electricity I commented on several months ago. It tells us all we need to know.)

Here we have a guy telling a woman anything she wants to hear to get what he wants from her -- and she falls for it, poor, dumb, weak thing. "He cares about my birth control! He really, really loves me!"(Yes, Dear, but can you think of any other reason?)

The President of the United States has just told us we're a cheap lay and he intends to screw us. No Republican could have come up with a more apt analogy.

Upper-date: Jim Geraghty's Morning Jolt Newsletter rounds-up the reactions. Some choice ones (the newsletter provides links):
  • Amanda Carpenter: "This ad, suggesting women should want to sleep with Obama, is disgusting." 
  • Adrian Gray: "That Lena Dunham ad was a very risky move for any campaign. And even more surprising it was approved by the father of two girls." 
  • Liz Mair: "So voting for Obama is like losing your virginity? A dude cooked that one up, right? Because for us girls, that means you're saying it's painful." 
  • Stacy Washington: "The #MyFirstTime ad is the height of vulgarity. Tell me #Democrat Moms: Is this how you want the president talking to your daughters?" 
  • Moe Lane: "I know I'm supposed to be shocked by Obama's new NSFW ad, but instead I'm embarrassed. It's like walking in on my parents having sex. I mean, you know that your parents — or your President — is aware of sex. You just don't need to VISUALIZE it." 
  • Jimmie Bise: "Unintended consequence of the new Obama campaign ad? Guys everywhere now hesitant to vote early."
Geraghty also points out the idea for the ad seems to have come from Putin, though Putin's was less explicit. (Oh, whoops! Brett McS told us that in comments, too.)

Update: Actually, Putin stole it from the Aussie Greens.  Birds of a feather.....