Wow, this is a stupid advertisement. I don’t often have opinions on political matters. But you can really tell that this was created by people outside Las Vegas and Nevada. I do think it is a scandal that Nevada gaming authorities gave Dubai World a pass on the behavior of a sovereign dictatorship no matter how benign and business-like the veneer. But blaming the Senator from Nevada via attacking his efforts on behalf of MGM-Mirage (the largest private employer in Nevada) is hardly an approach designed to appeal to voters here. And, when done bashing the Senator, the commercial seems to take a gratuitous shot at unions; in Las Vegas that means attacking a great many of the workers in casinos on the Strip. Maybe, nationally this sort of low blow advertisement can make a Senate Majority Leader less popular. But to a Vegas audience this advertisement is incoherent.
Translation moment for locals: when the advertisement calls MGM-Mirage “the slave bosses” –this is not a metaphor. And, how does that relate to Senator Reid? Oh, yes; he supports MGM-Mirage who are “the slave bosses.”
Sure Senators from Nevada are beholden to casino interests. But the sad truth is that you have to be a bit more specific to form that reality into a complaint. All Senators from Nevada support casinos, always, and forever. There will never be a Senator from Nevada who denounces casinos, duh.
Nevada is not used to being this important, politically. We were the place everyone else wanted to dump nuclear waste. Now, with a Senate Majority Leader from this state, that insane idea is dead. And, Nevada instead attracts advertisements seemingly dumped here from out of state.
And, since I am on the topic of politics. I moved here in 1999 with the firm belief that Nevada’s hostility to Yucca Mountain was NIMBY and nothing more. Reading the science changed my mind. The most recent book on how ill conceived the Yucca Mountain project, the recently published About A Mountain. I have mixed thoughts on the book; but the story of Yucca’s science is again made clear by the author in the first 50 pages.