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Tim James, superstar

It's a pattern I've gotten very, very used to. A conservative Republican issues a new ad, or some clip from the campaign trail goes viral. Democrats and liberals make fun of it. Meanwhile, the video becomes incredibly popular and the candidate laughs all the way to the polls. Today's winner of the game is Tim James, a Republican candidate for governor of Alabama who's been mocked for a week for this campaign ad -- which has more than 150,000 views now.

Chris Cillizza has the details on how James has used the ad to distinguish himself from the competition in his race. When he started running he was known best as the son of former governor Fob James and an anti-tax activist who (like many people) took credit for the 2003 defeat of a progressive tax reform ballot package. In this race, he tried to distinguish himself as a tea party candidate. And now he's the tea party candidate who's battled the liberal press -- a nice thing to be in a GOP primary.

Meanwhile, I'm surprised no one's compared James's ad to this 2000 classic from Pat Buchanan.

By David Weigel  |  April 28, 2010; 8:32 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Election , Immigration  
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