I watched what may be the most inept TV spot ever put out by a political candidate in my lifetime yesterday. It wasn't that it was a negative ad - which it was. It wasn't so much that it was untruthful - which it was. The reason it was godawful is because it was silly and poorly segmented, with characters portrayed looking like they'd be perfect for Hee Haw II.
Looking over my inbox this morning, it turns out that I'm not alone in my assessment. Here's a twitter reaction to Senator Roscoe Reynolds's corny - and laughable - ad from Delegate Greg Habeeb:
What Greg may be hearing is that Reynolds - a big fan of Obama's "stimulus" plan that stimulated, as it turns out, only weak-minded Democratic politicians - is in big trouble in his reelection bid.
I apologize for not having a copy of Reynolds' attack ad for you. I've searched Google and Youtube and it just isn't there. If he has the nerve to post it, I guarantee you it'll be here and commented on. It's that awful.
Here's the gist of it - Reynolds' Republican opponent, Bill Stanley, once practiced law in northern Virginia (the audacity!). Which not only makes him an outsider - to Reynolds' thinking - but makes him a northern Virginian. Which means, I suppose that Roscoe Reynolds is repudiating all those northern Virginia Democrats he votes in lockstep with every day of every session of the state legislature.
Sure he does.
Anyway, that's the pitch. Stanley (who's lived in Franklin County for the last twelve years) is "an outsider."
Not an unusual ploy. And not one worth attacking in and of itself. It's the kind of thing frightened politicians do. Rick Boucher - remember him? - tried it too. Didn't work out so well for him as I recall.
No, it's the colossal amateurishness of the ad that shames Reynolds. A man and woman on screen - presumably Reynolds supporters - right out of American Gothic ...
... hear the news that Stanley is an outsider and the small-of-stature woman says, with as troubled a look as she can muster, "That's bad." The man standing next to her follows her pithy comment with, "That's reeeaaalll bad."
Or were they referring to Roscoe Reynolds' attempt at making a TV commercial? One wonders.
Anyway, Roscoe Reynolds has himself a political ad out there. Let me be the first to apologize to everyone in Southside for his having done it.