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By HVpolitics on June 14, 2011


“What’s the virtue of a proportional response? Why’s it good?” –Pres. Josiah Bartlet

Former Rep. Jane Harman resigned from Congress in late February to become the head of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. That left California’s 36 district with a gaping hole.

Harman’s seat will filled by a special election runoff on July 12th. The procedure involved an “all-party primary,” meaning Democrats and Republicans all ran in one giant pool, and since nobody amassed more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote recipients will now face off in July. Pundits had expected it to be an all-Democrat runoff, but Republican businessman Craig Huey beat out California Secretary of State Debra Bowen for the second spot behind LA City Councilwoman Janice Hahn.

So the race is on: Hahn fired the first shot at Huey, offering up an ad that compared him to political celebrity Sarah Palin, eventually ending the ad by saying he’s even more extreme than the former Alaska governor. Well, Huey backers didn’t take too kindly to that, and not knowing the virtue of a proportional response, put out what might be the most offensive (and hilarious) political ad ever.

Umm, well, yeah, well, err…so that happened. Wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the fall for casting?

The video comes from Turn Right USA, a SuperPAC whose stated “mission is to expose and lampoon the typical politico’s microscopic brain through cutting-edge viral videos with guts and humor!” And, really, that’s a perfect use of the exclamation point there. Sorely needed.

This ad was produced by Ladd Ehlinger, Jr., the man behind the equally (and perhaps more unintentionally) hilarious Dale Peterson ads. You may remember Peterson as the guy who slagged off “thugs and criminals” in his run for Alabama’s Agriculture Commissioner, seen here:

Ah, screw it, let’s just veer *into* the skid and see more videos like these, not less. Idiocracy awaits.

(via Slate’s Dave Weigel)

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