WV Sen: Note to GOP – Voters Don’t Like Being Called Hicks [Update: Ad Pulled from Web]


Screen grab of now-removed West Virginia ad made with so-called "hicky" actors.

In case the National Republican Senatorial Committee never got the memo, I think now is a good time to remind them that working class Americans don’t like it when people call them hicks behind their backs, especially when the epithets come from out-of-state political operatives. According Politico, this is just what the NRSC recently, strongly implied in the special West Virginia senate race:

A Republican ad that shows a couple of regular-looking guys commiserating in a diner about West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) turns out to have been shot with actors, from a script, in Philadelphia.

But not just any actors: “We are going for a ‘Hicky’ Blue Collar look,” read the casting call for the ad, being aired by the National Republican Senatorial Committee. “These characters are from West Virginia so think coal miner/trucker looks.”

This ad, made with actors pretending to be West Virginia “hicks,” is now currently airing in West Virginia.

If I had not been indoctrinated with 20 years of rightwing propaganda, I would swear this is proof that the Republican Party establishment is, in fact, just a bunch of wealthy east coast elites who look down on Americans who live in “fly over country.”

Update: The YouTube of the ad described here was “removed by the user” sometime late this morning.

The NRSC's "Hick" ad has now been removed, presumably by the NRSC.

Update II: Republicans basically did the same thing, using an actor to represent a real constituent, in Ohio.

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