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First Read's Top 10 TV ads


If it's Friday, it's time for another Top 10 list -- this time our look at what we consider the best (and most buzz-worthy) TV ads.

10. Flagged for excessive celebration: This Russ Feingold (D) spot might be the first TV ad we've ever seen featuring Randy Moss or someone mooning his audience. But it drives home the point that his opponents shouldn't be dancing in the end zone until the game is over. Problem for Feingold: The NFL asked him to remove the footage of Moss' faux moon, and his campaign said it will edit the ad.
9. All tied up: Scott McAdams' (D) first ad -- which showed him trying on all kinds of neckties, including Ted Stevens' famous Incredible Hulk tie -- garnered plenty of attention and highlighted his quest to "tie" himself to the state's late senator.
8. Oh no, he's got a case of the Twitters: This Chuck Grassley (R) ad makes us laugh out loud every time. It starts with one older woman saying, "I heard Chuck Grassley has … a Twitter." Another woman interjects, "Oh, can it be cured?" Then Grassley appears: Oh, not that kind… I'll Tweet. I'll text. I'll do whatever it takes." (Our question: What, exactly, did that woman think Twitter was?)
7. Hook(er), line, and sinker: From Twitter to Vitter… This two-minute Charlie Melancon (D) goes there -- bringing up opponent David Vitter's (R) prostitution scandal. (Trivia: Which of your First Read authors made a cameo appearance in this ad ? Although, the cameo appears to have been removed.)
6. HP, yeah you know me: This Barbara Boxer (D) ad is one of the toughest we've seen -- blasting opponent Carly Fiorina (R) for laying off thousands at Hewlett Packard and shipping those jobs overseas.
5. "I worked so hard to get that title": Here is Fiorina's response ad, which revisits Boxer dressing down a general who called her "ma'am" instead of "senator." Says Fiorina: "Twenty-eight years in Washington, and Barbara Boxer works hard for a title?"
4. Maid in America: Staying with California, this SEIU independent expenditure Spanish-language TV ad draws blood on Meg Whitman's housekeeper/nanny problem.
3. Taliban Dan: Love him or hate him, but Alan Grayson sure knows how to run provocative TV ads -- like this one, which calls his opponent Dan Webster "Taliban Dan." As provocative as it was, independent fact-checkers had plenty of problems with the ad.
2. Gettin' 'hicky' with it: This NRSC ad -- which features three supposed West Virginia residents criticizing Obama and alleging that Joe Manchin (D) does whatever Obama wants -- has received plenty of attention. But not necessarily good attention: The men were actors found by a casting agency who wanted a "'hicky' blue-collar look." The ad has since been pulled.
1. "I'm not a witch": This is No.1 on our list, because we'll probably never see another political candidate speak to the camera in an ad and say, "I'm not a witch." She adds, "I'm nothing you've heard. I'm you."