I'm always amazed at the levels some politicians will go in order to win an election. Good taste and judgment are always the first thing to fly out the window while they parade around announcing that they have the good judgment needed to run our country.
Republican John Dennis is running against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in California and he's produced a doozie of a video that portrays the first female Speaker of the House as a black magic priestess surrounded by zombies and other wicked fantasy characters prepared to sacrifice an animal to her unholy political agenda.
Obviously Dennis doesn't stand a snowball's chance in hell to actually win the election. The video isn't a television ad; it's only meant to viewed online. And it's just controversial enough to get posted all of the web - either in support of the message or aghast at the poor taste. (Rather like I'm posting it here, in fact.) It drums up attention to his quixotic campaign against America's most powerful elected woman.
Is the ad offensive? I'm sure some will read it that way. I'm not so sure "offensive" is the right word as much as "tacky." It says something that Pelosi's opponent has to stoop to creating a B movie as his best offense against a history of working for the average American. There's absolutely nothing of substance in the video.
Notice how he doesn't even answer the fake Pelosi when she asks him "Do you want Americans to lose their jobs?" Instead he talks about something else. Because that's what you do when you have nothing to offer of your own as a politician. You spin the topic onto something else entirely - usually fabricated out of whole cloth. You know, like Pelosi is a black magic voodoo priestess.