Carly Fiorina has closed the gap with Tom Campbell in their race for Senate. In the latest Public Policy Institute of California poll of likely Republican voters, Fiorina narrowly leads Campbell 24 percent to 23 percent, closing an 11-point gap that existed in January.
Despite numerous campaign appearances, hardworking conservative favorite Chuck DeVore's support remained unchanged at eight percent.
All three candidates fare well in hypothetical matchups with incumbent Barbara Boxer. Campbell and Fiorina are in a statistical tie with the liberal senator, and DeVore is only behind her by six points. [continue reading]
One of the most bizarre, risky, cheesy, and downright creepy ads ever to be issued from a political campaign has taken the web by storm, and it's come from an unlikely source. It's not from some fringe candidate operating on a shoestring budget--it's from billionaire Carly Fiorina running an establishment campaign for a U.S. Senate seat.
And the ad is about demon sheep. Really, really creepy sheep.
The message is that Tom Campbell, who recently left the gubernatorial race to join the race for Senate (two races that confuse Democrats) , is a "fiscal conservative in name only", or FCINO. (Be careful how you pronounce this...)
It's as if two people worked on the ad, one doing the audio and one doing the video--and they never met or consulted each other one what type of ad they are doing. The audio portion is dire and serious, complete with urgent music. Actor Robert Davi (of Goonies fame) narrates with a tone as if he's prosecuting Campbell in absentia.
The video portion of the ad starts off somewhere between a Monty Python sketch and old-school South Park construction-paper animation. As Davi accuses Campbell of various crimes, we are shown rapid images of pigs, sheep, and Campbell in a not-so-subtle Clockwork-Orange-esque fashion.
Then the first demon sheep makes it appearance. I won't describe it here; just watch the video above. It won't disappoint; I promise. Yes, a roomful of some of the top campaign people in the country approved this. They sat in a board room over coffee and donuts, saw the demon sheep, and said "this is a good idea."
The crazy thing is that it's worked fantastically. It's gone viral, and you can even buy the T-Shirt.
As of this writing 300,000 viewers have watched Demon Sheep in just a couple of days. Tom Campbell started the campaign able to tout fiscal conservativeness, but now he's forever shackled with this FCINO ad, which will live in infamy as one of the most outrageous attack ads in modern political history.
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Eric Ingemunson's commentary has been featured on Hannity, CNN, NBC, Inside Edition, and KFI's The John and Ken Show.
Eric was born and raised in Ventura County and currently resides in Moorpark. He earned a master's degree in Public Policy and Administration from California Lutheran University. As a conservative, Eric supports smaller government, less taxation, more individual freedom, the rule of law, and a strict adherence to the Constitution.