(I was visiting the in-laws over a long weekend.)
Ben Smith at Politico remarked at the entertaining campaign ads airing in Alabama.
Alabama Republicans have, for reasons that I don’t understand but which I hope a reader will explain, produced a raft of strange and memorable television ads this cycle.
Well, Ben, after 4 days here in Birmingham, I’ve had the chance to view what seems like 100 commercials. Seriously, sometimes during commercial breaks there were 4 or more ads in a row. Almost all of them were yahoo pols fighting each other in one race or another to be the most “Christian” and English-speaking, no matter what office they were running for. This in a state with severe problems educating its children. I lost count of the Tim “This is Alabama. We speak English” James ads (I saw a lot of signs for Tim; I was tempted to bring one back for entertainment’s sake).
However, seeing a Roy Moore commercial was beyond belief. I can’t believe…no, I just shake my head as Moore recruits some black singers to pimp Mr. Ten Commandments. It’s shameless.
Tim James…the classic:
This may take the cake, though. The “True Republican PAC” ran this ad against Republican gubernatorial candidate Bradley Byrne, chastising him for believing in evolution:
Byrne’s retort is hysterical:
“As a Christian and as a public servant, I have never wavered in my belief that this world and everything in it is a masterpiece created by the hands of God. As a member of the Alabama Board of Education, the record clearly shows that I fought to ensure the teaching of creationism in our school textbooks. Those who attack me have distorted, twisted and misrepresented my comments and are spewing utter lies to the people of this state.”
Young Boozer (yes, that’s his name), is running for state treasurer. He actualy sounds reasonable, he’s running as a fiscal conservative. He’s one of the few willing to leave the man upstairs out of the campaign. Boozer is running against George Wallace, Jr.