I’m told that the story about the background behind that West Virginia television commercial is post-worthy. And I agree.
In case you’re curious, here’s what the hub-bub is. They filmed this commercial for West Virginia voters where these three guys are sitting around kvetching about how this congressional candidate is in President Obama’s back pocket. I’m not embedding it because I don’t want to give the GOOP any free advertising to reach our four regular readers. So they got ahold of the casting call for the commercial, which by the way was shot in Philadelphia. Here it is:
– We are going for a ‘Hicky’ Blue Collar look. These characters are from West Virginia so think coal miner/trucker looks
– Each character should bring a several options and stay away from all black or all white or thin stripes (thicker stripes and plaid are good)
– Clothing Suggestions:
• Work boots
• Flannel shirt
• Denim shirt
• Dickie’s type jacket with t-shirt underneath
• Down filled vest
• John Deer hats (not brand new, preferably beat up)
• Trucker hats (not brand new, preferably beat up)
• No Thin Stripes
The reason this is post-worthy is because it suggest two things: First, West Virginia, this is what Republigoats think of you. They think you’re a bunch of hicks. They buy into the stereotype. I’m surprised the list didn’t include something about banging your sister. So, if you live in West Virginia and you vote for the GOOP, you’re specifically supporting a party that thinks that you personally are a slack-jawed moron who needs to be pandered to. Is that what you wanna vote for?
Second, though, I think this suggests something regarding the Citizens United case and the subsequent failure on the part of Congress to require full disclosure for such advertising: It might not be so bad after all. Stuff comes out about these ads anyway. The true nature of the GOOP will be revealed anyway. If they can’t get disclosure one way, it will happen another. Someone leaks casting call instructions, or a memo, or an e-mail. Political espionage marches on in the valiant tradition of Richard M. Noxin. God bless America!