Just like holiday decorations that seem to appear in stores earlier and earlier each year, it seems like every election cycle features the ubiquitous campaign ads sooner and sooner.
At times, it seems like the usual TV ad buyers—Coke, Apple, Honda, etc.—can't even find 30 seconds to squeeze their messages in between attack ads.
Do these ads provide value, or do they simply confuse potential voters?
On the national stage, pro-Obama ads target the now infamous "47 percent," Bain Capital or Mitt Romney's apparently changing positions on hot button issues. On the red state side, ads attack Obama on health care, the economy and foreign policy.
Locally, races in Virginia seem to sink even deeper, with candidates slamming each other on education, abortion and job creation.
In Maryland, it is becoming more difficult to discern whether Question 7 is a good or bad thing for the state, with countless ads on both sides of the issue.
So, feel free to step up onto this virtual soapbox and share your opinion of political ads with your fellow Patch readers.