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Manchin targets Star Wars/Austin Powers fan vote

A series of web ads from West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin go after a much-neglected voting block: science fiction geeks.

We're not sure what percentage of West Virginia voters fall into this category, but the Manchin campaign has uploaded three web videos to YouTube featuring audio and video from the Star Wars and Austin Powers series. All three ads go after this comment from Republican John Raese: "We need 1,000 laser systems put in the sky, and we need it right now."


The first two ads employ Star Wars theme music as a TIE fighter (the definition can be found here for the geek impaired), presumably piloted by Raese, soars around blowing minimum wage workers, doctors and schools to smithereens. One of the ads goes a step further, casting Manchin in the Luke Skywalker role, which is and odd choice considering the overarching plot of the Star Wars series (spoiler alert). To do so, the ad re-appropriates footage from Manchin's bullet-hole-in-the-cap-and-trade-bill ad to show him shooting down Raese's space craft. (Note: If you've seen Star Wars IV, you know why Manchin is more Skywalker than Solo here.)

The third ad goes in an entirely different direction, mocking Raese for owning a home in Florida and painting him as the laser-loving Austin Powers villain, Dr. Evil.


The campaign calls on voters to to pick their favorite of the three. One lucky (or not, depending on how you look at it) voter will get a Manchin-autographed toy laser blaster -- okay, maybe Manchin is going for Solo after all.

We have a poll of our own: Should politicians be allowed to be this silly? (Sorry, we're fresh out of toy lasers.)

By Emi Kolawole  | October 28, 2010; 1:39 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Ad Watch  
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