Video: Worst political ad ever?

posted at 12:55 pm on September 27, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Behold the ad that actually takes on Allahpundit’s challenge and beats out Alan Grayson’s sleazy attempt to call Daniel Webster a draft dodger, after Webster’s attempt to enter the service was blocked for medical reasons (and four years of ROTC, too).  The new winner?  Alan Grayson, who wants to keep his seat in Congress in the worst possible way, and is at least succeeding on the means.  In this ad, he paints Webster as a dangerous religious extremist by showing Webster quoting a rather well-known part of the Bible, an association that would make a whole lot of Democrats and Republicans “extremists” by connection, which is merely foolish and tone-deaf.  Grayson manages to sink completely into the effluvium and into infamy with his new nickname for Webster, however:

Gee, I seem to recall how Democrats used to shriek hysterically about having people impugn their patriotism for opposing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, suddenly, quoting either Ephesians 5 or Colossians 3 makes one the equivalent of a terrorist group that is our enemy in the field?  TPM avoids taking any kind of a principled stand on this smear, noting only that “reporters and partisans argue about dubbing a Congressional candidate a member of the Taliban[.]”  Do they really “argue” about it?  Which reporters, or even rational partisans, think that calling a candidate “Taliban Dan” is somehow both instructive and reasonable?  The only one making that argument even on a general basis is Markos Moulitsas in his book American Taliban — an argument that even many on the Left rejected as extreme.

TPM also calls the quote “damning,” which may be true only if one has never actually read the Bible and this particular passage in context.  In both Ephesians and Colossians, the text does call for women to submit to their husbands as they do to the Lord — and also for husbands to “love their wives” (Colossians), and to do so “as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her to make her holy” (Ephesians).  In other words, wives submit to their husbands, and husbands sacrifice themselves for their wives and children.   It’s a passage intended on underscoring the necessity of both spouses to act in sacrificial ways to each other for marriages to become a sacrament, as well as to succeed in the normal, prosaic manner.

Far from showing Webster as some sort of Wahhabist, this ad exposes Grayson as completely ignorant of this particular, well-debated section of the New Testament and a bit of a bigot regarding Christianity, as well as an empty suit completely unable to offer anything other than ad hominem namecalling as an argument for his re-election.

Update: Oh, and let’s not forget the faux-Arabic font on the graphic, too, which adds to the overall offensiveness of the spot.


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Grayson’s lower than a toilet stain.

SuperCool on September 27, 2010 at 4:13 PM

You all just don’t seem to understand what Grayson is and was.
More than likely, he was a geeky douchebag who was constantly picked on and bullied all while growing up.
Some of those dweebs become Columbine killers. This putz went to college, became a trial lawyer, became very wealthy and now it’s his turn.
Check out the website http://www.mycongressmanisnuts.com and you will see an absolutely frivolous lawsuit that will bear this out.

Lanceman on September 27, 2010 at 4:16 PM

How does someone like Grayson, who is obviously mentally disturbed, get elected to public office. I know liberals are, in most cases, intellectually bankrupt, but this has long passed being insane. Next thing you know, Slick Willie will be in Orlando pushing this piece of crap after he leaves Massachusetts trying to salvage Barney Frank.

volsense on September 27, 2010 at 4:18 PM

I enjoyed Canada when I visited and I bought a T-shirt of your flag.

deewhybee on September 27, 2010 at 3:44 PM

I AM NOT A CANADIAN! I’m a Washingtonian!

DarkCurrent on September 27, 2010 at 4:19 PM

It’s sad to think this guy represents Disney World.

mike_NC9 on September 27, 2010 at 4:20 PM

It’s sad to think this guy represents Disney World.

mike_NC9 on September 27, 2010 at 4:20 PM

You should have read the fool trying to unseat the incumbent before him.

Lanceman on September 27, 2010 at 4:21 PM

My brother-in-law and his new bride used that in their wedding ceremony. I shall now call them members of the Taliban at Thanksgiving dinner.

myrenovations on September 27, 2010 at 4:44 PM

But the fact remains Webster doesn’t have the balls to confirm he opposes all abortions.

Dave Rywall on September 27, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Canadians such as yourself really cannot live without focusing on the USA. Your own country is that boring and irrelevant?

btw, good trick on mind reading. Did your tin-foil hat help?

iconoclast on September 27, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Grayson is the one who got hauled off and put in the looney bin for a 72 hour evaluation because he slugged a female co-worker in a law firm. I see it has been whitewashed from his bio.

Blake on September 27, 2010 at 5:08 PM

But the fact remains Webster doesn’t have the balls to confirm he opposes all abortions.

Dave Rywall on September 27, 2010 at 1:19 PM

If true, I’m disappointed. He should proudly confirm it, because all abortions are MURDER and should be opposed.

pannw on September 27, 2010 at 5:17 PM

To clarify, It was a jab. I meant to offense to any Canadians, except the guy I was jabbing at, nor anyone I thought was Canadian but is not, nor anyone who knows any Canadians. I meant Rush the band, Gordon Lightfoot the musician, and Moose Head the beer, or is it ale?

Whatever.

deewhybee on September 27, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Lanceman on September 27, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Hey, let’s fix that link, ok? http://www.mycongressmanisnuts.com

manwithblackhat on September 27, 2010 at 5:24 PM

manwithblackhat on September 27, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Thank you, I guess I should have tried it first! :)

Lanceman on September 27, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Not that I’m a fan of the Fair Tax, but there is an ad running in Maryland accusing one of the candidates (who supports the Fair Tax) of wanting to increase taxes by adding a 23% sales tax, completely obscuring that it would replace all income taxes.

Count to 10 on September 27, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Grayson is laugh out loud crazy!

NavyMustang on September 27, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Video: Worst political ad ever?

Grayson still has time.

CWforFreedom on September 27, 2010 at 5:53 PM

This commercial is certainly getting a lot of local coverage. I’ve never seen that happen before.

Lanceman on September 27, 2010 at 5:53 PM

I very much look forward to voting out Grayson. The “man” gives me very un-Christian thoughts of giving him a nuclear wedgie with the blade of a forklift…

Shocker that I was following a driver today who apparently didn’t know what they were doing or where they were going…What was on their rear window? A Grayson bumper sticker…

Igg.

Battlecruiser-operational on September 27, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Video: Worst political ad ever?

Grayson still has time.

CWforFreedom on September 27, 2010 at 5:53 PM

lol. He’s just been doing a few wind sprints, saving up the real speed for the last few weeks of the race.

Mulligan on September 27, 2010 at 5:59 PM

Give Teacups some credit: He’s the one Democrat crazy enough to say what he really thinks.

JammieWearingFool on September 27, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Actually there’s him and Fortney Pete Stark(Raving Mad)

cableguy615 on September 27, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Maybe the ad is true. Dan Webster isn’t challenging its assertions.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0910/42770.html#ixzz10ls5CFQH

But the response does not refute any of the charges leveled in the ad – titled “Taliban Dan Webster” – which claimed that Webster, a former state Senate majority leader and state House speaker, wanted to make divorce illegal and deny abused women health care. Grayson’s ad even claims that Webster “tried to prohibit alimony to an ‘adulterous wife’ but not an adulterous husband,’” and that he “wants to force women to stay in abusive marriages.”

Webster’s response also does not address footage in the ad of Webster saying, “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husband,” and “She should submit to me – that’s in the Bible.”

elfman on September 27, 2010 at 6:23 PM

My brother-in-law and his new bride used that in their wedding ceremony. I shall now call them members of the Taliban at Thanksgiving dinner.

myrenovations on September 27, 2010 at 4:44 PM

I’m still trying to find out if this was said at a political event in order to outlaw devoice or if is was just something private like with your brother-in-law. If this statement was used as support for a law keeping battered women from devoicing, I’d rather have the freaking leftist in power.

elfman on September 27, 2010 at 6:29 PM

Why is everybody attacking Grayson? Seems to me he’s about the only honest dem out there.

The rest of them are just like him, except they’re smart enough to hide it (or at least to try).

Squiggy on September 27, 2010 at 6:29 PM

Grayson is a lunatic…he fit’s right in with the other Dems. Anybody got any poll numbers on this race yet. Surely Florida isn’t about to send this toilet bowl dweller back to Congress for a second term, are they?

AUINSC on September 27, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Alan Grayson is a shart in the jockey shorts of life.

Yes, an Along Came Polly reference. Google it if you don’t get it.

pdigaudio on September 27, 2010 at 6:46 PM

elfman on September 27, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Oh, God.

Lanceman on September 27, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Let’s not mince this ugly blob of haggis any further. Grayson is the living shitstain emobodied and manifested by Sanfran Nan and the Culture of Corruption.

Western_Civ on September 27, 2010 at 7:35 PM

elfman on September 27, 2010 at 6:23 PM

You are obviously more intelligent and moderate than most of these Neanderthals I have to deal with one this site. Good for you being willing to speak out against the status quo here and pushing Conservatives in a direction all that levels of the political spectrum can be proud of…

Say, you couldn’t recommend any good Herman Melville novels for us, could you?

hawkdriver on September 27, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Is this ad really worse than the one calling Webster a draft dodger? Granted, both are smears. But the “Christian Taliban” is such a popular smear to apply to conservative Christians that I suspect Grayson actually believes it’s true. And I think he knows that the “draft dodger” smear is a lie from the word go.

I think that’s the difference between the two. The “draft dodger” smear marks Grayson as a two-bit liar willing to say or do anything to get in power, but doesn’t necessarily condemn other leftists, who can legitimately say that they have nothing to do with it.

On the other hand, the “Taliban Dan” smear reflects badly on every leftist who calls conservative Christians the “Christian Taliban,” so it condemns a whole lot more people than the “draft dodger” smear.

tom on September 27, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Next will be an ad with letters assembled from different newspapers and magazines: ‘Help! I’m an alien parasite trapped in Grayson’s head. Contact the UN!’

Then something about Helter-Skelter will flash up on the screen, followed by a picture of Nancy Pelocy with a heart and cherubim floating by.

Really, if you want to get attention you can avoid slinging slime and go for outright gonzo, stark, staring mad.

ajacksonian on September 27, 2010 at 8:25 PM

Not only is this ad horrible but it completely takes Webster out of context. He actually says “don’t go writing down the wives submit to your husband verse”

MFn G I M P on September 27, 2010 at 8:33 PM

ok let’s try this again with the link this time. http://www.youtube.com/user/jasonwhoyt#p/a/u/0/Wu1DVk6YsQE

MFn G I M P on September 27, 2010 at 8:35 PM

MFn G I M P on September 27, 2010 at 8:35 PM

That is the very speech/witness that Grayson is referrring to?

hawkdriver on September 27, 2010 at 8:37 PM

hawkdriver on September 27, 2010 at 8:37 PM

Yes. If you watch Grayson’s ad you can see at about 9 seconds Webster says “Wives submit yourselves to your husband” and then lowers his head to look at his notes. if you watch the video I posted, the in-context video of the event in question, you can see webster say, starting at 30 seconds, “as opposed to say wives submit to your husbands” and then lowers his head to look at his notes.

MFn G I M P on September 27, 2010 at 9:02 PM

Look. Everyone in the area knows Dan Webster from the State House.
He ain’t a lawyer which is a plus in itself.
He was highly regarded when he was term-limited out.
And, unlike Todd Long, he doesn’t have any scandals, which is why this is all they got.

Lanceman on September 27, 2010 at 9:14 PM

Send this to everyone in Grayson’s district.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyXGyNLCPj8

Ronnie on September 27, 2010 at 10:30 PM

I would love to see the demographics of the people who support this turd. Who would rationalize away such disgusting behavior?

mbabbitt on September 27, 2010 at 10:35 PM

OMG… Grayson is an evil bastard…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS2V_VQWb5Y

ninjapirate on September 27, 2010 at 10:42 PM

ok let’s try this again with the link this time. http://www.youtube.com/user/jasonwhoyt#p/a/u/0/Wu1DVk6YsQE

MFn G I M P on September 27, 2010 at 8:35 PM

Wow! Daniel Webster said, “never say X”, and his opponent snipped a sound bite of “X” and called him Taliban Dan for saying “X”. Can someone BE more dishonest than that?

elfman on September 27, 2010 at 11:09 PM

Factcheck.org just got to Grayson’s new ad…

http://twitter.com/factcheckdotorg/statuses/25750437722

http://factcheck.org/2010/09/rep-grayson-lowers-the-bar/

ninjapirate on September 27, 2010 at 11:14 PM

You are obviously more intelligent and moderate than most of these Neanderthals I have to deal with one this site…
hawkdriver on September 27, 2010 at 7:58 PM

If alienating everyone is moderate, you got me pegged.

Thanks – If I read books, I’d put Moby-Dick at the top on your suggestion.

elfman on September 27, 2010 at 11:18 PM

Alan Grayson is a shart in the jockey shorts of life.

Yes, an Along Came Polly reference. Google it if you don’t get it.

pdigaudio on September 27, 2010 at 6:46 PM

I had him pegged as one of a couple of hemorrhoids (Pete Stark being the other) on the giant cornhole that is the Democratic Party…

SuperCool on September 28, 2010 at 2:03 AM

Anderson Cooper did a full outing of this ad on CNN tonight, even posted the original video which clearly shows the ad to be a lie. Here’s hoping somebody in Orlando watches CNN.

oldoldbabs on September 28, 2010 at 2:09 AM

Thanks – If I read books, I’d put Moby-Dick at the top on your suggestion.

elfman on September 27, 2010 at 11:18 PM

Exactly!

hawkdriver on September 28, 2010 at 4:45 AM

But the fact remains Webster doesn’t have the balls to confirm he opposes all abortions.

Dave Rywall on September 27, 2010 at 1:19 PM
If true, I’m disappointed. He should proudly confirm it, because all abortions are MURDER and should be opposed.

pannw on September 27, 2010 at 5:17 PM

FYI from FactCheck: As for Webster’s position on abortion, it’s true that he would prevent women from obtaining abortions even when the pregnancies result from rape, just as the ad says. And that goes for incest as well. He has been endorsed by the Republican National Coalition for Life, which states: “[W]e have listed the Republican Congressional Candidates whose responses to the RNC/Life Questionnaire indicate they are faithfully pro-life, and do not justify abortion for babies who are conceived through rape or incest, have a handicap, or a genetic defect.” When asked directly by a local television reporter whether he would support an abortion for a woman who became pregnant as a result of rape, Webster said “that’s not the issue we’re talking about” and evaded the question. Grayson’s campaign posted that clip on YouTube.

Jimbo3 on September 28, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Allan Grayson is the disease-causing bacteria which infect the parasitical worms found in putrid diarrhetic feces oozing from the rectums of scavengers that prey upon maggots which grow in the decaying carcasses of poisonous vipers that die after eating insects which consume tainted scum.

Opposite Day on September 28, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Allan Grayson is the disease-causing bacteria which infect the parasitical worms found in putrid diarrhetic feces oozing from the rectums of scavengers that prey upon maggots which grow in the decaying carcasses of poisonous vipers that die after eating insects which consume tainted scum.

Opposite Day on September 28, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Don’t hide behind these genteel euphemisms, tell us what you really think of him.

Slowburn on September 29, 2010 at 1:36 AM

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