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.