2. Women Against McCain Palin: "Choice?" This WAMP ad shows a young woman barely holding back tears as she explains that she was raped and got pregnant — and that Sarah Palin wants the government to be able to force her to carry the pregnancy to term. It's not flashy, it doesn't feature floating heads or voice overs, and it isn't remotely hyperbolic. It's a far better ad because it doesn't appear to be using a woman's somewhat unrelated story to make a policy point — the woman in the Planned Parenthood ad didn't have to pay for her rape kit, so it's a tenuous connection to the policy Planned Parenthood and many of us object to.
3. Women Against McCain Palin: "Family Values" This ad, featuring the mother of an underage rape victim, is also strongly worded, though not quite as powerful. It also, notably, makes the point that "Sarah Palin thinks the government knows better than we do," which is the conflict inherent in the Republican party ideology of small government and the religious right's ideology of forcing the government to impose their religious views on the larger society.
Am I more comfortable with the last two ads — which were not, I'd like to stress, made by the Obama campaign — than I was with the rumored, unscripted one I initially wrote about? Sure. I don't think it would have been a good place for the Obama campaign to go, but the WAMP ads came out well without seeming exploitative. Now, if we could just politically get past the idea that there are morally defensible abortions (which implies that there are morally indefensible abortions), I'd like to do that, too. But this, at least, is a start. Choice? [YouTube] Family Values [YouTube] Heartless [YouTube] "Governor Palin....I Should Have A Choice About This" [DailyKos] Women Against McCain Palin [SaysMe.tv]