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Posted at 12:45 PM on January 8, 2008 by Julie Siple

A week post-Iowa and just hours pre-New Hampshire, I’m buried in political news. I can’t walk four steps from my desk without someone speculating about, at minimum, a candidate and three possible running mates. And I’ve already seen my share of political ads.

The ads will only get crazier, I know. Soon I will regret my (fiscally responsible) decision not to get Tivo. The day is coming.

While I still have the stomach for it, I’ve been watching some old political ads. You can search for a slew of them at The Living Room Candidate. Course, the ones from 1964 are really wild. There’s the Daisy ad (which ran only once):

And the ice cream ad.

I’d like to think this year’s ads won’t have any sway over me, anyhow. Except sometimes, they can get under your skin. Ads are like that, and they don’t have to be political.

Maybe it’s the fact that sometimes, you’re not expecting them. Consider an article in this week’s Minneapolis Star Tribune. It’s about how girls who eat with their families are less likely to develop eating disorders. And at the bottom of the online version: an ad. “Lose 25 pounds fast!”

I know you will all join me in hoping Tivo offers a special sale.

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