Friday, February 05, 2010

Fiorina (R) accues Campell (R) of being evil robot sheep


Here's one from the not-The Onion bin: This ad, which Carly Fiorina is running against Tom Campell in her quest for the Republican nomination for US Senator from California, has to be one of the worst campaign ads ever. Chait:

The funny thing about this ad, aside from the clumsy over-the-top quality, is the metaphor. The message of the ad is that Campbell is an ideological deviant. All the other Republicans signed Grover Norquist's no-taxes-ever pledge, but Campbell refused. Campbell went off on his own and made a budget deal in order to prevent a fiscal collapse. And what's the metaphor the ad uses?

Sheep. But not in a disparaging way. The good politicians are sheep, doing what Grover Norquist tells them to do. Campbell, the ad tells us, is only pretending to be a sheep, but he's really a wolf. So vote for the sheep.


The evil robot sheep doesn't appear until 2:26. But it's worth the wait, I assure you.

UPDATE: The Fiorina campaign apparently thinks this ad was a great success, and plans to do more like it in the future. In a way it was: what other Republican US Senate primary ads does Internal Monologue post? Not many. I think their next one should use Pink Floyd's "Sheep" as background music. Then the evil robot Campbell sheep with glowing eyes should become a giant inflatable robot sheep with glowing eyes and fly out over the audience while Carly Fiorina screams the lyrics:
Bleating and babbling we fell on his neck with a scream.
Wave upon wave of demented avengers
March cheerfully out of obscurity into the dream.
UPDATE 2: This being the Internet, someone has already put the Pink Floyd song "Sheep" over the ad. It goes surprisingly well:

UPDATE 3: In a wonderful bit of cyber meta irony, Fiorina's sheep ad is now appearing on Internal Monologue via Google Ads! Check it out:

2 Comments:

Blogger Sarah said...

The robot sheep were definitely worth the wait. LOL.

7:37 AM, February 06, 2010  
Blogger grishnash said...

I, for one, welcome our new robot sheep overlords!

9:45 AM, February 06, 2010  

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