Demon Sheep II: They're ba-a-a-ck
By Garance Franke-Ruta
The strangest political ad of the year has spawned a successor.
In February, California senatorial candidate Carly Fiorina (R) released an attack ad featuring a red-eyed man dressed as a sheep crawling on all fours in a meadow -- a character that opponents were quick to dub "demon sheep." The spot criticizing Republican primary opponent Tom Campbell prompted a wave of jokes and incredulous mockery, while "demon sheep" became such an online meme that it became a cartoon character of its own, as well as a presence on Twitter.
Now comes "Demon Sheep II: The Fleecing of California," a Web video produced by the Democratic Party of California and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and unleashed on the public -- or, at least, the political insiders who follow this stuff -- through the site DemonSheepMovie.com.
The new spot turns the already confusing plot of the Fiorina ad on its head and presents Fiorina as a red-eyed ewe with flowers on her head taking private jets and shearing Californians, who are also presented as sheep.
Rated X as "not suitable for most California audiences," the spot takes on Campbell and conservative GOP candidate Chuck DeVore, as well.
May 6, 2010; 12:03 PM ET
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