Scary Ad

Ma You know I live to send you to the Drudge Report. But today's worth a trip, to see THE VIDEO SO SHOCKING GOP OPERATIVES WENT SLACK-JAWED WHEN THEY SCREENED IT!

It's by David Zucker, the Scary Movie IV producer (and Naked Gun and Airplane guy) who made a political ad poking fun of the Democrats' approach to handling terror regimes. (Madeleine Albright whitewashing Bin Laden's cave ala Tom Sawyer is a nice touch.)

Apparently, this will not run.

Except that it's running on Drudge, and who knows where else, which means it will gain a wider audience than if it ran on many television shows. (It was third most-popular video of the day as of 12:30 p.m. with 78 links, according to Technorati.)

Writes law prof blogger Ann Althouse:

Is this the future of political advertising? You don't need to buy ad time anymore. And you don't need to worry that people are fast-forwarding over your commercials. You just make the kind of ad that people want to embed and link and click to. You can disassociate yourself from it and say you're not responsible for whatever it is that makes it enticing, and stand back as millions watch it, rewatch it, and get others to watch it. What a strategy. And I'm not saying it's bad. I like the way satire makes different people pay attention to politics -- not just your dreary politicos -- and I like the way it sharpens minds -- unlike the somber sonorously narrated traditional ads with their crude, piano-tinkling efforts at manipulation. I'm just waiting for someone to say this must be regulated.

Posted 10/11/2006 11:08:32 AM

The ad is very funny. I hope it makes it to TV.

Posted 10/11/2006 11:13:11 AM

Very good ad. Basic point: trying to get terrorists and assorted bad guys to like you is a sign of weakness and will get you more bad behavior. Humor gets the point across. Well done.

Posted 10/11/2006 11:30:54 AM

Very funny ad. Of course, the dems could just counter with photos of Bush cuddling with Saudi royalty and the pics of Rummy shaking hands with Saddam in the 80s. Maybe that's the real reason the GOP declined to run it.

Citizen Mom
Posted 10/11/2006 12:11:25 PM

What's scary is that academics are just now figuring out that yes, this is the future of political advertising.

Posted 10/11/2006 01:42:36 PM

I love it!! The point that I get is that the GOP wants to meet every obstacle with a war. They think diplomacy is for (cowards). Run the spot and watch the GOP get crushed for it. That North Korean Dictator has mad ups yo!

Posted 10/11/2006 03:52:43 PM

Mark, The point is that diplomacy without a credible threat of force will get you nothing but problems. "Stop before I say stop again" or "pretty please" only has so much value.

Posted 10/11/2006 04:05:56 PM

The problem is, with out main military assets tied up in Iraq and Afghanistan, we have no credible threat of force. And Kim knows it.

Mark Hess
Posted 10/11/2006 09:48:58 PM

C'mon people where is your sense of humor? Zucker is very talented and did some very funny work in The Naked Gun and Airplane. Do you really think that he thought anyone would use this as a political ad? I think that some people are getting just a little too sensitive. Although, this is a lot more entertaining than a chain being drug behind a pick-up truck as was used in previous years against other candidates/parties.

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