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Star Wars, Austin Powers, and Autographed Laser Blasters

Imperial Blaster, Similar to what Joe Manchin will autograph for you (from Bolt of Blue on Flickr)

There was a point where I felt like it was beating a dead horse by continuously posting diaries about the West Virginia Senate race.  Joe Manchin’s newest ad campaigns proves that point moot.  It’s hard to genuinely do this wackiness justice by way of just words, however I will wholeheartedly do my best.

It’s that time of the year again, election season, and the cooky ads are nearly as populous as the amount of money poured into financing them.  We’ve seen some intentionally ridiculous ones, Republican Dan Fenelli’s videos that use skin tone to determine what a terrorist looks like particularly strikes my memory, and we’ve seen some that were unintentionally… well… hilarious.  Our hats go off to Christine O’Donnell’s “I’m not a witch, I’m you” videos.  Though not necessarily a perennial political powerhouse, she seems to have a budding career as a comedienne if she keeps this up.

When you think of funny ads, generally West Virginia is not the first place you look.  This, however, will clearly be the case no longer.  . . .

John Raese (R-WV) has been pretty mild with his ads, proclaiming himself to not be a rubber-stamp for Barack Obama. Well that is, with the minor exception of his “hicky blue-collar” ads that were quickly pulled off the air.

Joe Manchin (D-WV) is a different story entirely.  We first saw Manchin’s cooky ads sense with him literally shooting the cap and trade bill with his rifle.  This hit well with the folks back home and he’s seen a rise in popularity ever sense.  Coming into the home stretch, Manchin has officially unleashed the crazy with a slew of new ads targeting Raese’s remarks about lasers and how we need to put “thousands” in the skies.

These videos are all part of the Manchin Campaign’s “John Raese’s Crazy Ideas” spoof series.  I have to admit, as cheesy as they are with the lack of production quality involved, they are still pretty damn hilarious.  I would have to call this a successful ad campaign simply because its something people remember.  Manchin has never been a typical candidate, and these ads only perpetuate that aspect even more.

Manchin isn’t a bonafide liberal progressive Democrat, that is obvious.  His shooting of the cap and trade bill, lackluster Environmental policy, and NRA endorsement are just a few indicators.  I’ll be the first to admit that less than a month ago, I would be casting my vote for Jesse Johnson (Mountain Party Senate Candidate).  I changed my mind.  Joe Manchin is a blue-dog, and I disagree with him on several of his stances.  A vote for Jesse Johnson, at this point in the tight race, could essentially be a vote for John Raese, the batshit crazy plutocratic robber baron who spends more time in Florida than West Virginia.   Joe Manchin has represented West Virginia, and although has had some screw-ups along the way, genuinely cares about the state.  Although I disagree with him on more things than I’d like, I have casted my vote assured that he will represent West Virginia to the best of his ability.

Did I mention you can vote online for your favorite Crazy Raese video and received an autographed laser blaster courtesy of Governor Joe?  Yeah, you can’t make this stuff up.

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Chuckie Corra

Chuckie Corra

I am a young, moderately liberal/progressive Democrat currently residing in the state of West Virginia. I attend Shepherd University, work closely with YDA, and have been active on FDL for about 6 months. I worked with the Elewana Education Project in Kenya to promote technology growth in secondary school students. My focus, then, tends to be on issues effecting WV, environmental issues (specifically coal issues), and growing African democracies specifically Kenya. I'm pretty open-minded