Democratic March Madness: You Make the Call!

What Would You Do If You Were in Charge of Obama or Clinton?

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Evan Tracey Evan Tracey
The question that has puzzled physicists for years is this: If an unstoppable force collides with an immovable object, what happens? Well, judging by the way Barack Obama's (the unstoppable force) and Hillary Clinton's (the immovable object) campaigns are going, we'll have the answer to this mind-boggling question soon.

With the end game to the Democratic primary very much up in the air, here are 10 questions, the answers to which could impact ad spending and message strategy in the near future.

Care to take a stab at answering them?

1. Will bad Pennsylvania poll numbers keep the Obama campaign off the air in the state or will Team Barack put its money to work and try to close the gap or win?

a. Yes
b. No
c. That's why Axelrod makes the big bucks

2. Will the Clinton campaign direct its ad spending into North Carolina and Indiana soon in hopes of trying to put together an extended winning stretch?

a. Yes -- nothing to lose
b. No -- win Pennsylvania then think about new states
c. Can you say "Buy Puerto Rico"?

3. Will either candidate's campaign or a group start cable news ads directed at super delegates?

a. Candidate campaigns
b. Group
c. All of the above
d. None of the above
e. Wow -- this is micro-targeting at its best

4. Does the Obama campaign go on offense with negative ads about Clinton's recently released schedule as First Lady or her votes for the Iraq war?

a. Schedule
b. Iraq vote
c. All of the above
d. None of the above
e. What was that intern's name?

5. Does the Clinton campaign run ads about Obama's pastor or focus instead on unemployment numbers?

a. Pastor
b. Unemployment
c. All of the above
d. None of the above
e. What was that developer's name again?

6. Does the RNC start an ad campaign that makes fun of the Democrats' predicament or do Republicans stay out of the way and let their opponents destroy each other?

a. Jump in
b. Stay out
c. Are you nuts?
d. They have their our own problems

7. Does the DNC recruit Bobby Knight to make a March Madness ad?

a. Yes
b. No
c. Where is LeBron James registered to vote?
d. Only if there are no chairs around.

8. Does a candidate, party or group run ads in Florida and Michigan demanding a do-over?

a. All of the above
b. All of the above

9. Does the Democratic race go to the convention?

a. Yes
b. No
c. John McCain will name a running mate before the Democrats even have a candidate.

10. What is the cost per point in American Samoa, Guam and the Virgin Islands?

I await your responses!

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Evan Tracey is the founder and chief operating officer of Campaign Media Analysis Group, a TNS Media Intelligence company. See his complete bio.
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