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This week’s worst political ad is brought to us by none other than the Neil Livingstone for Governor campaign.
It starts with Neil Livingstone posing near a horse corral with “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” whistling to the TEA Party in the background. Livingstone doesn’t introduce himself, even though no one has even heard of him in Montana. Instead, Neil gives us his most important policy proposal: “introducing grey wolves into New York’s Central Park.”
After beginning with such a serious and credible opener, the ad then shifts. Livingstone pops up into the opium-den like gloominess of a Ben Quayle ad from 2010. Quayle’s was widely mocked as one of the year’s worst. Strangely, Livingstone has also chosen to portray himself in the second half of the ad with only one arm.
Livingstone says he wants to push back against the federal government–with a creepy over emphasis on a pushback that is “HARD.”
While Quayle’s ad says he wants to go to Washington to “kick the Hell out of the place,” Livingstone simply says he wants to “tell the Feds to go to hell.” Here’s the ad:
These millionaires are hoping voters won’t remember Rehberg’s record of squandering a $128 billion surplus during his first year in office, or how Rehberg voted to raise the debt limit 8 times. Of course, the ad leaves out the biggest cause of the budget deficits, the Bush Tax Cuts and two wars that weren’t paid for, which of course Rehberg eagerly supported.
It’s an attempt to hide the ridiculous fraud Rehberg perpetrated on voters when he announced in the press that he was “swearing off earmarks.” It turns that two weeks after Rehberg got on the wagon and gave up earmarks, another news item quietly broke (or, at least, it was quiet in Montana). It was that the conservative group Citizens Against Government Waste had come out with its annual “Pig Book”, which ranks members of Congress based on how wasteful they are with taxpayer money, based on the number of earmarks they write.
First it was the joke about how the “negro caucus” in the Montana legislature didn’t object to quashing a day to honor civil rights, then it was about childhood addiction. Now, we can add sexism to the list.
Corey Stapleton spent significant time and resources on the production of a web ad that few will see outside of the readers of this blog, who are hardly GOP primary voters. That’s a good thing, because the ad (which sounds like a beer commercial) is a sausage-fest of men, men, and more men with only a token shot or two of women to be found. (Thirty-nine dudes and like two women who, by the way, are hairdressers.)
With this ad, Stapleton is basically encapsulating the Republican view of women, who tend to vote more Dem than Repub. Democrats tend to use more women in their ads to be more representative of the population, but Stapleton is openly making the point that Republicans refuse to represent women on the grounds that this would be “politically correct” – or, more likely, he is just too stupid to think about it. If the ad’s title (We Are Montana) is to be taken at face value, then Montana’s workforce has nearly as many black people as women.
Also, it seems to be heavy on auto mechanics. By the way, a lot of these folks appear to be actors, or stock footage with people not even from Montana.
The main point of the ad seems to be to say that “our freedoms are being taken away,” but Stapleton is doesn’t provide a single example of where this is happening.
This ad against CA Congressional candidate Janice Hahn is being called the most racist, sexist political ad in history. But this is bad on so many levels. See for yourself. Youtube pulled the ad, but it is available on the video podcast below by The Young Turks.
The video was found to be produced by Ladd Ehlinger for a conservative political group called Turn Right USA, the same people who made this ad.