On Tuesday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) released an attack ad slamming Republicans for last year’s gigantic, regressive package of tax cuts for corporations and billionaires. And the spot is something that is almost never said of political campaign ads: funny.
The ad, titled “Side Table,” features a group of CEOs in a corporate boardroom, discussing a minor worry that suddenly seems to have occurred to them about the GOP’s signature 2017 piece of legislation.
“Sir, what happens when the Average Joe out there realizes that we got, like, the entire Republican tax cut?” says one of the executives. “I mean we got, like, all of it.”
“Oh, come on, they got a tax cut, okay?” says another, before rounding on a subordinate who is hunched over with a food-laden wooden board belted to his back. “Side Table, how much was your tax cut?”
“It was, uh … it was not a lot, sir,” replies the subordinate.
“Yeah, but for someone like Side Table, ‘not a lot’ is actually quite a bit,” says the second CEO. “I bet he saves enough each week to by a, hell, I dunno, a … a latte at Starbucks, right?”
“Uh, actually, I—”
“Shut up, Side Table!” barks the CEO. He then turns back to the group and says, “We are job creators. Remember that, okay?”
The boardroom murmurs in agreement.
“Coat Rack!” shouts the CEO at another employee on the far side of the room who is holding several coats on the crooks of his arms, “Can you see what’s taking the lobster tails so long?”
“You got it,” he says before leaving the room.
The ad is a part of a series starring this group of rich executives, on which the DCCC partnered with Ben Wexler, a comedy producer known for his work on “Arrested Development.” In April, the DCCC released the first of the ads, titled “Diamond Teeth,” which featured executives in that same boardroom boasting about the luxury items they planned to buy with their tax breaks. A second in May, titled “Bonus Checks,” depicted the executives cheering about their massive compensation in front of a receptionist who is in danger of losing health care.
The Democratic committees have pushed unconventional advertising this cycle. One other spot last year from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), titled “The Price,” shows a mother and father silently selling their car and pawning their engagement ring to pay for their young daughter’s medical treatment, and ends by asking, “What will the Republican health care plan cost you?”
The GOP tax bill is widely considered a political failure, even by Republican strategists. But incredibly, Republicans in Congress want to take another crack at it. In the middle of the hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the House GOP quietly passed another $3.1 trillion bill to expand their tax cuts.
Sailing among the stars: Here’s how photons could revolutionize space flight
A few days from now, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will lift off from Florida, carrying a satellite the size of a loaf of bread with nothing to power it but a huge polyester "solar sail."
It's been the stuff of scientists' dreams for decades but has only very recently become a reality.
The idea might sounds crazy: propelling a craft through the vacuum of space with no engine, no fuel, and no solar panels, but instead harnessing the momentum of packets of light energy known as photons -- in this case from our Sun.
The spacecraft to be launched on Monday, called LightSail 2, was developed by the Planetary Society, a US organization that promotes space exploration which was co-founded by the legendary astronomer Carl Sagan in 1980.
Russians to prod Putin on poverty and his personal life as his ratings tank
Russians are set to ask President Vladimir Putin about growing poverty at home and tensions abroad during an annual televised phone-in Thursday, which comes following a fall in his approval ratings.
The leader is also likely to face a degree of grilling on his personal life, according to questions submitted by the public online ahead of the live show.
Set to be held for the 17th time since Putin came to power in 1999, the show starts at 0900 GMT and usually lasts several hours.
Ahead of the carefully choreographed show, more than one million questions had been submitted, organisers told Russian news agencies.
Trump could turn on Hope Hicks just like Michael Cohen: Trump family biographer warns
Trump family biographer Emily Jane Fox explained that she didn't think that the president would turn on long-time aide Hope Hicks, but then again, it was the same thought about Michael Cohen as well.
In a panel discussion about Hicks' testimony during MSNBC's Brian Williams' Wednesday show, Fox recalled that Micahel Cohen once said that he would take a bullet for the president. Once it appeared that Trump would throw him under the bus, Cohen began looking for a way out.
The same scenario seems to be happening with Hicks now.
"She works at new Fox, which is a company run by a Murdoch son," Fox said. "It's a company that's brand new. She's the head of communications there. And there are shareholders who would take issue with the fact that a senior member of this company is being put in this situation and being thrust on the world stage."