Video: The greatest political ad ever?

posted at 3:00 pm on May 16, 2010 by Allahpundit

It’s not the greatest ad ever. If he had roped a calf or branded a steer or something, then it would have been the greatest ad ever. I watched it twice before googling around to see if it was some sort of stunt candidacy or “Funny or Die” parody. Nope. I think this guy is on the level. Although after watching it a third time, I’m still honestly not sure.

Only two things are certain, my friends: (1) He’s about to become the most famous agricultural commissioner candidate in America, and (2) Alabama politics are awesome. Exit question: Christie/Peterson 2012?


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So wait…you’re arguing that there’s nothing unsafe about keeping your finger on the trigger by arguing that an external force used on the hammer in a scabbard that disables the safety tit can cause a discharge?

…great.

MadisonConservative on May 17, 2010 at 1:01 PM

YOUR COMMENT FOLLOWS:

Which you’ve yet declined to explain. How do you fire that rifle without pulling the trigger?
MadisonConservative on May 17, 2010 at 12:38 PM

I explained. Go ahead, dig the hole deeper, expert.

Yoop on May 17, 2010 at 1:22 PM

I have to tell you one thing.
I know lots of real cowboys.
NONE of them are democrats.

Badger40 on May 17, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Bingo.

I don’t claim to be a cowboy either, even though I own an old horse ranch, without the horses, now.

But I was sure was happy to have been around some real working cowboys for a few years.

Yoop on May 17, 2010 at 1:26 PM

I logged many miles on a Quarter Horse named Star, with a thirty-thirty in the scabbard. I worked around many ranchers and cowboys and fence riders in Nevada for a while. Most of them carried a 94, just as I described, and handled it just like Peterson.

Yoop on May 16, 2010 at 9:13 PM
Yoop on May 17, 2010 at 8:08 AM

My husband sometimes carries his rifle when we ride, but not often.
I have personally found it’s better to NOT carry a weapon.
Bcs if I did, there might be some dead (bad fence jumpers, etc.) cows & people who have irritated me through trespassing.
But if I lived in AZ, I’d carry an arsenal around.

Badger40 on May 17, 2010 at 1:27 PM

That was HAWT!

Laura in Maryland on May 17, 2010 at 1:31 PM

I don’t claim to be a cowboy either, even though I own an old horse ranch, without the horses, now.

But I was sure was happy to have been around some real working cowboys for a few years.

Yoop on May 17, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Me neither. I’m just a cowboy/rancher’s wife.
But he has turned me into a part-time cowgirl, without the roping skills (I try, but I’m left handed & started too late in life, so I gave up LOL!).
Our friends all own ranches or work on them & have cowboyed & rodeod all their lives, so I often find amusement in those who charicature (sp :P) cowboys.
And it is undeniably true that there is no self respecting cowboy alive who is a democrat now.
The only dems I know in agriculture are farmers who have cows & farmers who don’t have cows.

Badger40 on May 17, 2010 at 1:32 PM

I can identify the reason why this ad is so popular in just two words.


John. Wayne.

fossten on May 17, 2010 at 1:34 PM

*L* At some of the comments concerning the Rifle, I’m sure Mr. Peterson know how to properly handle a firearm.

WhoU4 on May 17, 2010 at 1:36 PM

I’m at a loss to understand why you don’t consider hunters to be legitimate gun owners. The vast majority of rifles and shotguns in this country are owned by hunters.

RedWinged Blackbird on May 17, 2010 at 12:53 PM

My mistake if I wasn’t clear…I was referring to this ad is a political ad, not a hunting safely ad.
Certainly anyone legally owning a gun, is a legitimate gun owner, and has every right to comment on gun ownership.

right2bright on May 17, 2010 at 1:36 PM

And I forgot to add that LOTS of ‘horse’ people in general are democrats.
PETA-wannabes & HSUS nut bags who want to ‘save’ every single horse in America.
They are the same idiots (like Willie Nelson & Toby Keith) who supported getting rid of horse slaughter facilities in the US.
PEople without a frigging clue.

Badger40 on May 17, 2010 at 1:37 PM

I did misspeak a litte.
I’m not sure if Willie’s a dem & pretty sure Toby isn’t, but their attitude on horse slaughter is dem enough for me.

Badger40 on May 17, 2010 at 1:37 PM

How do you put a hole through your leg or kill your transportation if you keep your finger off the trigger?

MadisonConservative on May 17, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Yeah that’s pretty dumb. I saw a guy’s .45 automatic go off in the GUN RANGE as he was setting it down in his case. I was standing right next to him when it happened, but on the side away from where his barrel was pointing.

The bullet fortunately passed harmlessly through the wall and all the way through the SALES COUNTER instead of hitting a live person.

You’re just full of FAIL today, MADison.

fossten on May 17, 2010 at 1:37 PM

First, Petersen is awesome.

As to the gun safety thing, I grew up in Colorado. My family had a horse ranch there, and when my Uncle Clarence would ride around the place he always carried his rifle with an empty chamber and the hammer down.

When I was eight or nine he took me on a ride around the ranch when he noticed a few coyotes (the animal kind, not the people-smuggler kind) wandering around. He told me to “git” and started riding toward them. I, being precocious, didn’t “git” and got to watch Uncle Clarence draw and shoot two coyotes as easy as you please. And yes, he did just as others here have described…three fingers working the action and finger in the guard.

He then took me back to the house and said if I didn’t do exactly what he said from then on, he’d whip me so bad my mother would have to pick me up with a sponge.

JohnTant on May 17, 2010 at 1:43 PM

fossten on May 17, 2010 at 1:34 PM

The Gipper

Laura in Maryland on May 17, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Which you’ve yet declined to explain. How do you fire that rifle without pulling the trigger?

MadisonConservative on May 17, 2010 at 12:38 PM

I actually ignored your question, since it was so basic I figured you would be too embarrassed to actually persist.
First you didn’t say “that” you stated

because I’ve been around guns since I was a child, and none of them have magically gone off without someone putting their finger on the trigger.

Lean a gun on a car, let is slide off and see the damage…drop a gun, branch, various ways.
So my uncle was hunting with shotguns, one of his buddies put a double barreled leaning on a bumper, one of the guys put his boot up to tie, the shotgun fell…went off, caught a friends leg, and he held the tourniquet as they raced to the hospital…no finger involved.
It has happened thousands of times, but almost impossible with a lever action…bolt action, semi, single shot, but much more difficult with a lever action.
You’re welcome for the education…now sit back and enjoy the ad, it was great, and made a point. Don’t try to detract from it.

right2bright on May 17, 2010 at 1:47 PM

right2bright on May 17, 2010 at 1:47 PM

LMAO!
I am assuming that ‘posing’ is a problem.
Text-book ‘cowboys’ in action.

Badger40 on May 17, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Some people just weren’t meant to wear a cowboy hat. This guy is not one of them.

Like Chuck Norris, Dale Peterson doesn’t get out of bed in the mornings; he pushes the earth away from him a little. By God.

ĝ:>)

hillbillyjim on May 17, 2010 at 2:04 PM

ĝ:>)

hillbillyjim on May 17, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Peterson/Akzed 2012!

Akzed on May 17, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Some people just weren’t meant to wear a cowboy hat. This guy is not one of them.

Like Chuck Norris, Dale Peterson doesn’t get out of bed in the mornings; he pushes the earth away from him a little. By God.

ĝ:>)

hillbillyjim on May 17, 2010 at 2:04 PM

LOL!
I hate to pick on the guy bcs I think he would be a good voice for agriculture as a whole.
But he’s got a store-bought hat, but then I have to say that the cowboys I know are from MT,SD,ND,WY,TX,OR,WA etc… & they are of a wayyyyyy different mold than this guy.
I would hesitate to call him a cowboy in the Western sense (us west-staters), but then I cannot say what his ‘cowboy’ experience is since it doesn’t look like he has much, if any.
I would like to say that running a ‘farm’ does not make one a cowboy & ‘having cows’ doesn’t make you one either.
This guy does not depend upon agriculture for his life like many of us do (at least my husband & I & our friends).
I would really like to see a REAL agriculture person run for office.
And not some farmer who spends 40+hrs/week trying to figure out his maximum $$ return on the government programs he’s trying to fleece.

Badger40 on May 17, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Peterson/Akzed 2012!

Akzed on May 17, 2010 at 2:08 PM

If you win, when addressing your opponents just don’t scratch the side of your nose with your trigger finger. It might go off. ;-)

Yoop on May 17, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Safety on!

Akzed on May 17, 2010 at 2:26 PM

I would really like to see a REAL agriculture person run for office.

A REAL agriculture person wouldn’t have the time.

Still, that ad is something special. I don’t know what, but something.

hillbillyjim on May 17, 2010 at 2:31 PM

If you win, when addressing your opponents just don’t scratch the side of your nose with your trigger finger. It might go off. ;-)

Yoop on May 17, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Best comment yet.

fourdeucer on May 17, 2010 at 2:32 PM

I like that guy. he needs to move his ass down to Louisiana :)

Confederate on May 17, 2010 at 2:33 PM

He then took me back to the house and said if I didn’t do exactly what he said from then on, he’d whip me so bad my mother would have to pick me up with a sponge.

JohnTant on May 17, 2010 at 1:43 PM

And you loved and admired him…that’s a great story.

right2bright on May 17, 2010 at 2:41 PM

I am assuming that ‘posing’ is a problem.
Text-book ‘cowboys’ in action.

Badger40 on May 17, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Let me be clear, I am not any cowboy (by a long shot), I do a little hunting, a little shooting, but nothing like Yoop or some others. I sold most of my guns, and just kept a couple that I really enjoy. My Marlin 39A I will never give up, and the 336 is almost as fun. Although the new air rifles are looking pretty intriguing to me.

right2bright on May 17, 2010 at 2:51 PM

right2bright on May 17, 2010 at 2:51 PM

I wasn’t actually talking about you, but the one you were arguing with.

A REAL agriculture person wouldn’t have the time.

hillbillyjim on May 17, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Yes. They would have to quit.
But it might be worth it to the rest of us.

Badger40 on May 17, 2010 at 2:58 PM

I approve of Peterson and his message!

kiakjones on May 17, 2010 at 4:35 PM

If you get the chance, follow the link that AP provided and go to Peterson’s web site and watch the cartoon “Make Mine Freedom”. It’s under the “God Bless America” banner on the left. It was made in 1948 but the snake oil salesman will remind you of only one person.

SKYFOX on May 17, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Thanks Skyfox (at 5:11pm)
.
The easier way to the link is here:
http://nationaljuggernaut.blogspot.com/2009/09/this-cartoon-seemed-far-fetched-in-1948.html

Mark30339 on May 17, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Dale Peterson’s next ad.

AaronGuzman on May 17, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Most Anybody knows that an 1894 Winchester has to be cocked to fire. Biggest danger is somebody having a live round chambered. Rule around here is action open until needed.For the sake of the commercial I to would think he might be serious enough to take out some bad guys with great ease.Now if he had just done a one handed roll and load like The Duke we would have just roared with delight.Basically he has just told the sign stealing SOB to fill his hand. Even the horse can give the EVIL EYE. JUST GREAT.

Col.John Wm. Reed on May 17, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Lean a gun on a car, let is slide off and see the damage…drop a gun, branch, various ways.
So my uncle was hunting with shotguns, one of his buddies put a double barreled leaning on a bumper, one of the guys put his boot up to tie, the shotgun fell…went off, caught a friends leg, and he held the tourniquet as they raced to the hospital…no finger involved.

It has happened thousands of times, but almost impossible with a lever action…bolt action, semi, single shot, but much more difficult with a lever action.

You’re welcome for the education…now sit back and enjoy the ad, it was great, and made a point. Don’t try to detract from it.

right2bright on May 17, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Seems to me you are the one whining the most here.

So the gun I carry is a 1911 which can’t be fired unless it is first cocked. It also requires properly gripping before the trigger can even go back to engage the hammer mechanism, has a thumb safety and firing pin block to prevent inertia from moving the pin unless the trigger is pulled. Does all that make it ok for me to have my finger on the trigger if the hammer isnt’ back? Is it ok to also assume the gun isn’t loaded and have my finger on the trigger? Can I sweep people with the barrel with my finger on the trigger because as everyone knows a 1911 won’t fire unless it is cocked and has multiple safeties. We can just toss out standard firearm safety rules now? Are we going to rely completely on all mechanical systems always working?

aikidoka on May 17, 2010 at 8:12 PM

You gentlemen with the gun safety complaints….allow me to add my two cents worth.
First thing I noticed when he pulled that rifle into view was the poor trigger control. However, if he’s been around them all his life, he probably knows better than to have a round in the reciever. But it would take discipline.

Also, I have a pre-safety Win94 30-30 just like his, and they are very dangerous if dropped loaded. There’s this thing called the “half-cocked” position you’re supposed to leave the gun in while carrying. Drop or jostle one of these babies, and you’ll find out where the phrase “going off half-cocked” came from.

OneEyedJack on May 17, 2010 at 10:46 PM

He was filming a commercial! Lighten up. Would you be bitching about someone sweeping the barrel toward the camera while filming a movie? Talk about missing the point.

pugwriter on May 18, 2010 at 1:31 AM

So the gun I carry is a 1911 which can’t be fired unless it is first cocked. It also requires properly gripping before the trigger can even go back to engage the hammer mechanism, has a thumb safety and firing pin block to prevent inertia from moving the pin unless the trigger is pulled. Does all that make it ok for me to have my finger on the trigger if the hammer isnt’ back? Is it ok to also assume the gun isn’t loaded and have my finger on the trigger? Can I sweep people with the barrel with my finger on the trigger because as everyone knows a 1911 won’t fire unless it is cocked and has multiple safeties. We can just toss out standard firearm safety rules now? Are we going to rely completely on all mechanical systems always working?

aikidoka on May 17, 2010 at 8:12 PM

It’s a commercial!!! Lighten up.

pugwriter on May 18, 2010 at 1:33 AM

Geez, what a freaking OT theme came of this story. Owned a lever action 30-30 myself. All weapons should have standard weapons safety practices followed when toting them. In fairness to Peterson though, that 30-30 almost naturally made you grip it with three in the lever and your trigger finger inside the trigger guard area. It just sort of fell there naturally for carrying. It certainly isn’t that big of a deal for me to detract from the commercial. I wish more Republicans talked that candidly.

hawkdriver on May 18, 2010 at 4:36 AM

He looks like the cover of my novel REVOLT (www.revoltthebook.com) My friend sent the link to me, laughing about the relationship. I own property in Alabama and have hunted there since 1996. They are some fine people. I told my friends the stork did me wrong my dropping me 400 miles too far east into Florida.

Alabama people are good people. They will give you their shirts off their backs if you are in need but will give you the back of their hand if you are a bad guy. And not think twice in either circumstance. I miss the state when I’m not there. That fellow on the commercial isn’t kidding. He is probably exactly who he appears to be.

As for the 30-30, if you shoot yourself by putting your finger on the trigger of that gun, you would have had to cock it first, which is- as they say in Alabama- “on you”.

archer52 on May 18, 2010 at 7:14 AM

Dale Peterson on GB radio right now!

hoosiermama on May 18, 2010 at 9:41 AM

I grew up watching Chuck Connors as the Rifleman in the late 50′s and early 60′s. Loved the spinning rifle to reload move that Lucas McCain had in that series. I’d bet that Dale Peterson did too.

Highplains on May 18, 2010 at 9:52 AM

We need to draft this guy for President.

saiga on May 18, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Highplains on May 18, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Totally my favorite series as a kid.
I want the Rifleman for POTUS.

Badger40 on May 18, 2010 at 4:41 PM

ALWAYS keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to fire. Of course, you never know when a thug, criminal, or illegal might bust onto the set…

Tres Angelas on May 18, 2010 at 6:15 PM

Channeling John Wayne.

nor on May 18, 2010 at 6:55 PM

WOW
Channeling John Wayne.

nor on May 18, 2010 at 6:55 PM

he said ‘a marine DURING the Vietnam War” ….see Dick, was that so hard?

DrW on May 19, 2010 at 5:29 PM

http://www.gowbrc.com/election/race30.htm

Precincts Reporting: 2826 Of 2843 99%

Winner Candidate Votes Vote %
(R) John McMillan 150,437 37%
(R) Dorman Grace 144,747 35%
(R) Dale Peterson 116,541 28%

JeffinSac on June 2, 2010 at 10:37 AM

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