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What do Ed Lee, John Avalos, cats and a strange dancing man have in common?   Leave a comment

Something I did not see until after I voted, was the first ever political campaign video that did not feature any political substance. It is very likely that if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area you have seen or heard of the “Ed Lee, too legit to quit” video.

This video is a sad example of how social media is being used to sway judgment away from the politics and issues and focus on how “cool” a candidate can be – with backing from MC Hammer, how can one resist the temptation to vote for this awesome dude? Now some of the other hopefuls for mayor have stood united in the opposition of Ed Lee, and have accused him of money laundering. Even SF Public Defender, Jeff Adachi, who was also running for mayor, has said that “Ed Lee is using his $2.6 million dollar war chest to knowingly and deliberately violate our City’s campaign ethics laws.” So, using city funds to make popular YouTube videos is the new way to win an election…

Below are some numbers:
>393,000: Number of hits on Ed Lee’s 2L2Q video shortly after the election
<1000: Number of hits on John Avalos’ video for bid for mayor
<3000: Number of hits on John Avalos’ video talking about the Occupy movement (which is supposedly more popular than the mayoral race)
>30,000,000: Funny Cats video
>40,000,000:  Video about a guy doing a silly dance around the world.

Conclusions:
1. Cats are more popular than Ed Lee.
2. Matt (the dancing guy) makes people smile more than cats. (I even had tears the first time I watched that video… more on that later)
3. John Avalos needs to hire a better video making crew. And use cats. And dance. All around San Francisco. I would vouch for that video. Twice even.

Also…
I am anxiously awaiting the next reality show, which will pit political contenders against one-another while America calls a number to vote on their favorite. I believe the FOX network is already working on it… God Bless America.