Bizarre Political Ads, Part IV


Burt Likko

Pseudonymous Portlander. Homebrewer. Atheist. Recovering Republican. Recovering Catholic. Recovering divorcé. Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Ordinary Times. Relapsed Lawyer, admitted to practice law (under his real name) in California and Oregon. On Twitter, to his frequent regret, at @burtlikko. House Likko's Words: Scite Verum. Colite Iusticia. Vivere Con Gaudium.

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  1. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    Postscript: I showed this ad to my friend who is a big ol’ Tea Partier. He said the word “unbelievable,” shook his head in dismay, and walked out of my office muttering something about the price of acreage in Nevada.Report

  2. Avatar J@m3z Aitch says:

    Wow. The only part I liked was the word tequila.Report

  3. Avatar Tod Kelly says:

    Can I just say how excited I am that we’re about to get into Bad Political Ad Season? It really has become my favorite part of national politics.

    The total sum of bad ads for 2013 was just that one guy who walked out of a lake and promised not to go to strip clubs. (Which was, I have to admit, pretty fishing awesome.) But it was really just a vast dessert of nothing after that.

    Thank you so much for posting this, Burt.Report

    • Avatar North says:

      FTR I bowed to the consensus of opinion on the lake video and voted for him for mayor of Minneapolis. He didn’t win. Never let the Leaguers say I never did anything for them.Report

    • Avatar Kim says:

      Look at the Hastily Made Tourism Videos for Cleveland.
      That’ll keep you going until next year.
      (and this is why you pay the Public Relations Firm FIRST. )Report

  4. Avatar Glyph says:

    I see this is part IV, did I miss Coonrippy?

    I love the apple part.Report

    • Avatar Burt Likko says:

      I just took my best guess on the number.Report

      • Avatar Glyph says:

        On the one hand, his emphasis on “under God” is discomfiting.

        On the other hand, America is a place where a man should be able to shower with a live raccoon on his head if he wants to, dangit!

        On the third hand, consider this apple…well, I don’t know where I was goin’ with that.Report

  5. Avatar Will Truman says:

    Kashkari really seems like the sort of Republican I’d like to see the party cultivate. Shame that he’s running in this particular race.Report

  6. Avatar Tod Kelly says:

    Also, am I wrong or did this Tea-Party conservative just pitch a $20 hr minimum wage in this ad?Report

  7. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    Query as to what denotes a shift out of “conservative” and in to “populist.”Report

  8. Avatar North says:

    I’ve heard (Cali people correct me if I’m wrong) that since the Dems have taken full control things are being put mostly back in order in California. The budget is sorted out, the economy is recovering etc.. If that is the case perhaps the most viable GOP candidates are laying low waiting for a better opportunity or are trying to sort out what exactly they stand for and thus ceding the ground to the kooks?Report

    • Avatar NewDealer says:

      You are largely right about California improving but I suspect Republicans would see the matter differently.

      If you want my opinion, I think that the Republicans have largely become a party of kooks. Neel Kashkarri is getting coverage in the Chronicle but I don’t think the GOP will nominate him.

      The GOP is the Tea Party regardless of the state.Report

      • Avatar Kim says:

        Including Colorado? Including Pittsburgh?
        I’m sorry, but you’ll have to do better.
        the Kochs aren’t the entirety of the Republican party.Report

      • Avatar Michael Cain says:

        The Colorado Republican Party has its own set of problems. Four years ago the Tea Party wing did indeed get their candidate for governor on the ballot; Tom Tancredo then ran as a third-party candidate and the combination had them within a couple of percentage points of losing their major-party status. In the 2012 legislative session when they held a one-set majority in the state House, the Speaker refused to let a same-sex civil unions bill come to floor (where it would have passed) despite several members of his caucus telling him that not letting it come to a vote would cost them their seats in November (and it did).

        This year the Governor’s Office and a US Senate seat are on the ballot. My perception is that the party is establishing an implicit “must favor rural interests” litmus test for candidates for those state-wide elections. That may not be straight out of the Tea Party, but it certainly draws from Tea Party darlings like Sarah Palin, whose “real America” seems to exclude anyone living in a town with more than 25,000 or so people.Report

      • Avatar Kim says:

        I was more referring to Coors.Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

      I’d say “since Jerry Brown is in charge”. As popular and competent as he is, there’s probably no percentage in losing to him and being branded a loser, as opposed to waiting until a open race in 2018.Report

  9. Avatar NewDealer says:

    I am starting to think that the regionalization of parties is dead. This has been a long time thought actually. You mentioned it as well in your post on the death of the Californian Republican Party IIRC.

    It used to be that Californians had more in common with other Calfornians despite political affiliation. Now Democratic people from California have more in common with Nebraska Democratic people than they do with Californian Republicans. Nebraska was picked as a random example. I think I can generally count on Ben Nelson more than I can count on the most liberal Republican. Lincoln Chaffee famously lost his Senate bid when the people of Rhode Island said we like you but not the R next to your name. He ditched the R and became their governor and eventually switched his I with a D.

    Armchair Fruedianism: Maybe this my East Coast blood but I see a lot of fake-macho posteuring in Republican politics especially in the West. The guy looks like any other nerdy and somewhat out of shape middle-aged office worker/IT guy but the black Stenson makes me think he feels bad about this and wants to be a cowboy in the days of the Wild West.Report

    • Avatar Kim says:

      I watch arrested development, and I don’t recognize anyone from there, despite growing up in a highly republican, middle-class part of Pennsylvania.Report

    • Avatar veronica dire says:

      On the fake macho stuff, yeah, it seems that way to me.

      Not that I find “real macho” stuff any better. But whatever. He looks soft, but without thriving in his softness, who covers it in pretense instead of turning it into strength.

      Add to that the “I arrived with {smallish number} dollars in my pocket” cliché, which is almost certainly false in detail. And then the big-balls gestures. Really? Seriously? I see guys like him on the subway all the time. They get real quiet and nervous.

      I gave up shortly after the balls part. The video was cringe inducing, literally embarrassing.

      In short, he’s a windbag who would shrivel and die if he had to face even half the scraps I’ve faced.Report

    • Avatar veronica dire says:

      I guess I have one question: who falls for this schtick? Anyone?Report

      • Avatar NewDealer says:

        For this guy? Probably not that many people.

        For other people who do the pseudo-populism thing? Seemingly millions of people.Report

      • Avatar veronica dire says:

        @newdealer — Well, yeah. I was thinking most about this over-the-top approach, just soooo phony.

        I’ll give him this, however, the stetson look is at least marginally better than the pasty-dudebro-in-a-fedora look we get from the dorky guys out east.Report

      • Avatar NewDealer says:


        I like Fedoras. #dreamsofspencertracyReport

      • Avatar veronica dire says:

        This girl agrees with you:

        Anyway, it’s not actually about the hat.Report

      • Avatar Stillwater says:

        I guess I have one question: who falls for this schtick?

        Anyone who thinks it’ll piss off liberals.Report

      • Who falls for this schtick? Rob Schneider, that’s who!


      • Avatar NewDealer says:


        Spot on.Report

      • Avatar LeeEsq says:

        Is he purposefully trying to loose the election or is he just kind of dim about the effects of a Rob Schneider endorsement?Report

      • Avatar veronica dire says:

        His macho-osity drops sharply in that video. Not sure if this is good or bad. In any case, I’m pretty sure I despise him.Report

      • Avatar NewDealer says:


        You are talking about a guy whose professional accomplishments amount to Deuce Bigalow (spelling?)Report

      • Avatar Glyph says:

        Rob Schneider: “It’s been 7 years since I made a movie in California…”

        Everyone watching: “Why can’t the rest of the world follow California’s lead?”Report

      • Avatar Will Truman says:

        You are talking about a guy whose professional accomplishments amount to Deuce Bigalow (spelling?)

        Sure, just pick his worse movie/performance why don’t you? He was good in… uhhh… errr… uhmm… well I liked him on “Coach” that one time.Report

      • Avatar J@m3z Aitch says:

        I love Schneider’s whining about outsourcing of jobs from California to Tennessee. It’s the logical progression of objections to outsourcing to other countries. After all, from California’s perspective, making movies in Calgary or Bangkok is no different from making movies in Tennessee or Michigan. But he’s behind the curve. Toledo, OH has a don’t outsource outside Toledo campaign–buy local, whinging about businesses moving to the suburbs from downtown. I’m ahead of them all, though. I only buy from people who live and produce on my block.Report

    • Avatar Mo says:

      Californian Republicans have always been a special breed. They’ve never really been much like Northeast Republicans despite the fact they are Republicans in a liberal state. Part of it is the fact that CA is a border state and CA has a much larger agricultural influence than MA or the tri-state area.Report

      • Avatar Jesse Ewiak says:

        Yeah, remember, Richard Nixon made his bones by redbaiting his opponent in a Senate race. Outside of Earl Warren, the California GOP has always been pretty conservative. The difference between the fact that the GOP could win races in California in the 90’s and now they can’t is pretty simple – Latino’s moved decisively against them after Prop 187, Asian’s moved decisively against the national GOP in the past decade or so, and the defense industry downsized in the state. As a result, the GOP lost many suburban and exurban seats, so the only people left in the state GOP in a position of power were the people from the Oklahoma parts of California. So, the state GOP began looking like the Oklahoma GOP.Report

      • Avatar LeeEsq says:

        Southern California including LA used to be a very conservative place. When LA really started to grow in the early 20th century, it was mainly populated by migrants from the mid-West. Not exactly a liberal bunch. During the 1920s, it was a hotbed of Evangelical Christianity to. JBS and the impeach Warren movements were active in southern California.Report

      • Avatar NewDealer says:

        I wonder if you could do a study that compared the political attitudes of Republicans from Pacific Heights to the right-wing political attitudes of the agricultural barons of the Central Valley and Los Angeles. Perhaps the Bay Area had the Rockefeller Republicans of California.

        San Francisco was a Republican town until about the 1960s.Report

    • Avatar Alan Scott says:

      I think it’s worth making an important distinction: California Republican citizens are more like California Democrats than Nebraska Republicans. It’s just the people at the helm that are acting like Nebraska Republicans. Plenty of my peers are (or were) republicans–and mostly vote for the democrats or stay at home on election day.

      I suspect the real reason is the open primary. There are a lot of registered independent in CA. they were allowed to vote in the democratic primaries, but not the republican primaries.–So the conservative-centrist voice wasn’t being catered to in the offering of republican candidates, but the liberal-centrist voice was being catered to by the democrats. Now that the primary system has changed so drastically, I suspect we’ll see a big shift in the sorts of republicans that run for office in most of the state.Report

  10. Avatar Will Truman says:

    I didn’t know that this ad got the woman (Alonso) dumped from an acting gig.Report