7 Political Ads That Might Be Weirder Than Carly Fiorina's "Demon Sheep"
The internet gazed in wonder yesterday at the "Demon Sheep" campaign ad put out by Carly Fiorina, Republican candidate for the Senate in California. It has many brain-searing qualities: a tortured sheep metaphor (teased out with pigs, an alpha sheep that tumbles from a pedestal through a storm-ripped sky, and a guy in a sheep suit and a canvas mask with glowing red eyes), sententious chanting, and a voice-over by, it sounds like, someone from Massachusetts.
It's a humdinger. But is it the worst political ad of our time? Thanks in part to the dream-enabling power of the stupid internet, there are at least seven other candidates among current and recent political ads for that dubious title. Take a look at them and judge for yourself.
1. Dwight McKenna: My Opponent is Dr. Frankenstein (2010). Where else but in Nawlins would you have an attack ad in a coroner's race? There were charges years ago that, on the watch of New Orleans Coroner Frank Minyard, body parts were illegally harvested out of corpses in the Parish morgue. Dwight McKenna, seeking to unseat the nine-term incumbent, portrays Minyard as a mad scientist shaking a handful of ripe guts and calling for his assistant Igor to supply him with "a heart, a spleen, and a liver for tonight's sale."
How It's Working: Minyard's people have complained; McKenna on MSNBC claims that it's he who is owed an apology. Hard to say how McKenna, who served nine months for tax evasion, will fare in this race, but his ad has definitely had an impact: terrified viewers have been pulling out of the local organ donors program.