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Nope. Not Worthy

not-worthy.thumbnail.JPGThe world’s dumbest political ad — the one put out this week by the McCain campaign talking about Obama’s celebrity again — ended with an aging piece of film humor: a clip from Wayne’s World featuring Wayne and Garth bowing and chanting, "We’re not worthy!"

Normally, filmic types ignore such thefts because, well, it’s just not worth the hassle. But according to the McCain website, Mike Myers isn’t:

Unfortunately, the final clip of Mike Myers and Dana Carvey doing their ‘we’re not worthy’ bit from Wayne’s World has spurred a celebrity backlash. Myers had his people call the campaign to demand that the video be removed from YouTube for copyright violation. Apparently, we are not, in fact, worthy.

Nope. You’re not. Sorry. Any campaign that would try to establish its hipness cred by playing a clip from 1992 is just … lame.

Is it possible to dumb down our political discourse any further than the McCain campaign is doing?

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David Neiwert

David Neiwert

David Neiwert is the managing editor of Firedoglake. He's a freelance journalist based in Seattle and the author/editor of the blog Orcinus. He also is the author of Strawberry Days: How Internment Destroyed a Japanese American Community (Palgrave/St. Martin's Press, June 2005), as well as Death on the Fourth of July: The Story of a Killing, a Trial, and Hate Crime in America (Palgrave/St. Martin's, 2004), and In God's Country: The Patriot Movement and the Pacific Northwest (1999, WSU Press). His reportage for on domestic terrorism won the National Press Club Award for Distinguished Online Journalism in 2000.