An ad too far

I’ve been watching the US election cycle with a wary eye, grateful for my distance from it (US elections mean a constant, unrelenting bombardment of TV and radio ads, yard signs, highway billboards, mail flyers — and total misery for everyone except the politicians and those who make money off them) yet still trying to stay somewhat informed. It’s hard to find a balance, because even a small effort at staying informed means that my brain shrinks in horror every time I read the latest assertion regarding rape and reproductive biology from a Republican politician. As a person with an interest in history, I know there was a time when politicians of both parties valued education and science. But that time is not now.

Humor is the only way to deal with what appears to be my nation’s slide back into the Dark Ages, and this video has it aplenty. Not intentionally, of course. It’s an attack ad against Matt Varilek, the South Dakota Democratic candidate for a seat in the US House of Representatives, and was paid for by the Republican Party of South Dakota.

You have to see it to believe it. Yes, this really is a state political party attacking an opponent for pursuing an education, traveling outside of the United States, and, um, eating corn dogs.

How do you know when your attack ad has failed? When your opponent posts the ad in full on his own web site, with an accompanying request to “Donate for corn dogs.”

Via the Daily Dish.

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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8 Responses to An ad too far

  1. mudlips says:

    I agree, election campaigns in mass media are horrendous. But one thing I saw recently renewed a little of my faith in politicians: the debate between alternative debate moderated by Larry King. While I disagreed with some candidates, the discussion was civil and intelligent. Result…I’m very curious about the new Justice Party. Never heard of them before and their chances of gaining a Presidential seat in my lifetime are long but at least are candidates with compassion and who appreciate science.

  2. Jason Cleaver says:

    I have to say, as a Brit, watching the US election process – and all the stuff that comes with it – is fascinating. Well, I use the word fascinating; what really mean is scary, interesting, and seriously worrying. I find myself seriously concerned about Romney or the Republicans getting into power. For starters, it seems being stuck in Iraq and Afganistan just isn’t enough, there are some who want to take on Iran. And doing that isn’t something that can even approach starting – and certainly not ending – well.

    Not to mention, as you say, dragging the country back into the Dark Ages.

  3. Lisa Shaw says:

    This is an attack ad, against the guy? Hah! After the first 30 seconds, I was ready to vote for him. It actually made the gal look pretty darn lightweight. Hardworking and locally popular, maybe, but not exactly high-achieving.

    Also, the “unrelenting bombardment” only applies in states that are important or swingish. Here in perpetually one-party Idaho where every election outcome is a foregone conclusion, the presidential candidates don’t even bother to show up (although they do robocall an awful lot). My only media source besides the internet is the local newspaper, and there is no national political advertising to be found there. None. If it weren’t for the internet and Facebook, in fact, I’d never know there was a presidential election happening this year because in our state right now it’s all about educational reform and amending the state constitution to protect Idahoans’ right to hunt and fish “in perpetuity.”

    For the title of most ludicrous political ad in this election cycle, I nominate http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6G3nwhPuR4 … which equates voting to losing one’s virginity. Eeek.

  4. HCarvalho says:

    Don’t worry, Obama will win it, the election may appear close, but most polls are made using only landlines, when they use cell phones Obama has a good advantage.

  5. M. says:

    My country happily follows yours into the Dark Ages, but I must admit, this ad is too much 😀 Good education and studying in GB is still considered a good thing here.

  6. xenatuba says:

    I will be so glad when this election cycle is over. From the national level, to the state level and to the local level where, in the small town that I police, there are 5 people running for mayor, and I field at least a half dozen calls a week regarding stolen/defaced/broken campaign signs.

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