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.