Ad of the day: Web ad claims tea party 'coaching staff does not get along'
The progressive activist group Americans for America PAC's latest web video contains a laundry list of gaffes by tea party-backed candidates. It is also chock full of double entendre, so consider yourself warned.
The video, "Monday Night Teabags" goes after candidates using a high-gloss parody of the "Monday Night Football" theme -- complete with altered lyrics. Rather than "are you ready for some football," a male voice wails "are you ready for some tea-bagging." On-screen text credits the parody to "News Corp and Koch Inc," and a lower third graphic labels the video as if it were being presented by a fictional "Fox News Sports" channel.
Candidates are presented as if they are in a starting football line-up (all team positions are "right wing"). Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul, whom the ad refers to as "Randy Paul," starts the line-up. On-screen text claims Paul was "Captain" of the "Baylor Bong Team," referring to a GQ report in which a Baylor co-ed accused Paul of kidnapping her.
The video mocks New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell in reference to her earlier positions on teen sex, and that she had "flirted with witchcraft, but presumably not many men." The second claim refers to video released late last week, in which O'Donnell said she had "dabbled into witchcraft," and yet another in which she provided insight into her dating history using themes from J.R.R. Tolkien. As for Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle, the ad claims Angle "only gives locker room interviews to Fox News," in reference to a Fox interview where Angle called for the press to "ask the questions we want to answer."
The video goes after Connecticut Republican Linda McMahon, and also features an altered image of Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio and refers to Senate candidate Carly Fiorina as "Carly 'Slumdog' Fiorina."
The ad concludes with the "coaches" line-up, which includes former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Fox News host Glenn Beck. On-screen text claims Karl Rove, while not pictured, "amazingly, still calls most of the GOP/Teabaggers plays." The announcer (a Howard Cossell sound-alike) claims the "coaching staff does not get along - not one little bit. They even call different plays to the field." The announcer encourages viewers to stay tuned after an ad from "sponsor, Republican soft-money MVP: News Corp."
According to its website, Americans for America PAC is a self-described "member-powered, crowd-sourced PAC." It is also part of ActBlue, a funnel for left-leaning and progressive donations to a 527, PAC and state-level groups.
| September 20, 2010; 1:51 PM ET
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