"So listen up," Dale Peterson orders near the beginning of his campaign ad for the GOP primary for Alabama Agriculture
Commission. "They don't give a rip about Alabama," he says of his
opponents. Peterson hits all the essentials of a GOP campaign ad: reference to his Vietnam duty, opening shot of the Constitution,
mention of "illegals bussed in by the thousands," vague accusations about his
opponents stealing yard signs and lying on Facebook, and of course a
close-up of his horse. Here's the ad and the reaction:
See 'Sheer Awesomeness' Conservatives blogger Allahpundit awes, "Only two
things are certain, my friends: (1) He’s about to become the most famous
agricultural commissioner candidate in America, and (2) Alabama
politics are awesome."
RedState chief Erick Erickson adds, "I think I need to give Dale
Peterson some money just due to the sheer awesomeness of his campaign
What's Up With Alabama Politics? Politico's Ben Smith muses, "Alabama
Republicans have, for reasons that I don't understand but which I hope a
reader will explain, produced a raft of strange and memorable
television ads this cycle: Young
Boozer's broadside; 'This
is Alabama. We speak English'; the scornful
attack on an accused evolutionist. This spot from Dale Peterson, a
candidate for the Republican nomination for Agriculture Commissioner,
may be the best yet. It's sort of a country Mad Max."
Seriously Good Ad-Making The Washington Post's David Weigel writes, "It
takes a special
kind of political ad to go online on a Sunday and instantly become
infamous. It takes a very, very special kind of ad to make that happen
for a down-ballot race for an office most states don't have. But Dale
Peterson, a Republican candidate for agriculture commissioner in
Alabama, has pulled it off. Stacy
McCain even speculates that 'Republican consultants are conspiring
feverishly' to produce more such ads in order to 'cross the Rachel
Maddow Threshold and get mocked by liberals.'"
'The Most American Thing Ever Made' Gawker's Adrien Chen writes,
"Maybe you remember Alabama gubernatorial candidate Tim James'
Speak English' ad. This spot from Republican Alabama Agricultural
Commissioner candidate Dale Peterson makes James look like a gay Commie
terrorist. ... Dale Peterson
is the most American of all Americans: He has his Fourth of July
barbecue on top of Mount Rushmore while lighting off fireworks with the
bloody clothes of terrorists he killed with his bare hands and writing
all-caps letters to members of congress reminding them about the
Americans who are still missing in Vietnam.
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