Boehner challenger in Ohio loses job over “electile dysfunction” attack ad

posted at 6:41 pm on April 28, 2014 by Allahpundit

“When Winteregg began his campaign,” the Daily Caller notes, “he was told by many in the political establishment that he would never work in Ohio again.” Is that what this is, establishment revenge against a guy who had the gall to make John Boehner work a little to get reelected this time?

Or did Winteregg just make an exceedingly poor choice of ad themes given the nature of his employment?

J.D. Winteregg, who’s received outside support from the Tea Party Leadership Fund in his bid for Boehner’s House seat, had been an adjunct professor at Cedarville University, a small Christian college in Cedarville, Ohio, for three years. Last week, Winteregg was told his contract would not be renewed. Winteregg, 32, said in an interview that he was dismissed after his campaign released a video parody of erectile dysfunction advertisements.

“They said because of the ad that my relationship with them will be done. It’s over,” Winteregg said Monday. “The ad obviously touched a nerve.”…

“Cedarville University does not engage in partisan politics and holds a high regard for displaying Christian values in the community. When faculty or staff members participate in political conversations, interviews, advertisements, or endorsements, they are doing so as individual citizens. Mr. Winteregg in his recent political campaign video did not represent the views or values of Cedarville University,” Weinstein said.

That’s just vague enough that I can’t tell whether it’s the fact that he ran at all that irritated them or the fact that he used an ever-so-slightly racy ad in doing so. Winteregg clearly thinks it’s the latter. But if that’s true, why’d he run the “electile dysfunction” ad at all? Realistically, he has near-zero chance of beating Boehner (although Boehner’s worried enough about being embarrassed by a close race that he’s spent money on ads this time); since the Civil War, the only sitting Speaker to lose reelection was Tom Foley in 1994, and it took a monster electoral wave from the other party to beat him. In all probability Winteregg will still be a private citizen next year, which, you would think, would steer him away from ads that might antagonize his current employer. Nope. He got some welcome attention for the “electile dysfunction” spot, replete with a thumbs up on Rush Limbaugh’s show, that likely raised his name recognition in his home district, but if he doesn’t pull the upset of the century nine days from now, he’ll be jobless and a villain to the pro-Boehner Ohio political establishment that he might otherwise try to catch on with.

Say this for the guy, at least: He’s all in. Evidently nothing was going to deter him from throwing a Hail Mary with this ad to try to win, not even the prospect of unemployment.


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Isn’t the purpose of this ad is to get attention…

Oil Can on April 28, 2014 at 6:44 PM

I just got the strangest email.

G.H.W.B. just blasted out an email through the RNC about socks.

Socks!

BobMbx on April 28, 2014 at 6:44 PM

What a tool.

HiJack on April 28, 2014 at 6:47 PM

This seems illegal to me. How can you lose your job for that? If I was in Ohio, this would bite the Speaker in the butt and make me more likely to vote against him.

Cindy Munford on April 28, 2014 at 6:47 PM

What a drag.

gh on April 28, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Mr. Winteregg in his recent political campaign video did not represent the views or values of Cedarville University,” Weinstein said.

So their View is what? That Boehner should serve another term?

kcewa on April 28, 2014 at 6:48 PM

BobMbx on April 28, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Weird socks are kind of his signature thing.

kcewa on April 28, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Sorry I’m not sorry, but that ad is freakin’ funny.

flipflop on April 28, 2014 at 6:50 PM

The ad is hysterical.

lynncgb on April 28, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Side affects includes uncontrolled discharge from the eyes.

Oil Can on April 28, 2014 at 6:51 PM

This seems illegal to me. How can you lose your job for that? If I was in Ohio, this would bite the Speaker in the butt and make me more likely to vote against him.

Cindy Munford on April 28, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Private school, plus he’s technically not being fired, just not having his contract renewed. But man, how stupid of the school. I thought it was funny. And clean.

rbj on April 28, 2014 at 6:51 PM

How do they square this;

When faculty or staff members participate in political conversations, interviews, advertisements, or endorsements, they are doing so as individual citizens.

With this:

Mr. Winteregg in his recent political campaign video did not represent the views or values of Cedarville University,”

If you are acting as an individual, how can what you say reflect poorly on the university?

Grammar Nazi on April 28, 2014 at 6:55 PM

I went to a college near Cedarville. We played them in baseball a few times and would run into them occasionally. They really do try to live up to the Bible there. Winteregg really was let go for the suggestive nature of the ad, not for opposing Boehner. There’s nothing shady to this story.

Wisdom_of_Homer on April 28, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Really? Wow, somebody is doing extra shifts to live up to the cliche of the humorless scold.

Red Widow on April 28, 2014 at 6:55 PM

If you have a Boehner lasting more than 2 years please call the local Tea Party for a Primary challenger.

Oil Can on April 28, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Ohio is an at-will state. It’s funny how HA commenters are upset over the employer’s ability to fire at will when it happens to a tea party crazy. It wasn’t even an original joke. Oh, Boehner/boner? SO clever! What’s really funny is he’s not eligible for unemployment benefits. Have fun at the food pantry. Hope it was worth it moron!

NoStoppingUs on April 28, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Some people just can’t take a joke.

squint on April 28, 2014 at 6:56 PM

If the college follows through, then he might still have a shot writing fake ads for SNL. :)

I hope he wins, though.

TKindred on April 28, 2014 at 6:57 PM

If you are a conservative in Boehner’s district, you should vote for this man and, assuming he loses, then vote for the Democrat. One seat isn’t going to make a huge difference.

K. Hobbit on April 28, 2014 at 7:01 PM

rbj on April 28, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Like everyone at that school isn’t going to vote for the Democrat. Hypocrites.

Cindy Munford on April 28, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Realistically, he has near-zero chance of beating Boehner

Correction, he had near-zero chance of beating Boehner… until Boehner made it his final mission to pass Amnesty. Beat him over the head with this issue and if nothing else make sure he loses his job after he pushes it forward in August.

Ukiah on April 28, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Realistically, he has near-zero chance of beating Boehner

And there is the whole problem. Likewise Cantor will also probably coast to reelection, even though he’s got a good challenger too.

Why can’t these clowns be primaried out? I realize they have HUGE cash advantages, but even so…… these are house seats, not senate ones. A credible campaign should be possible as they aren’t as expensive to run.

cat_owner on April 28, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Great ad.

GaltBlvnAtty on April 28, 2014 at 7:04 PM

K. Hobbit on April 28, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Actually, that’s very smart. But I think people so addicted to the R-word without doing the research. It would take some like Rush or Levin to start an un-Boehner campaign.

Oil Can on April 28, 2014 at 7:04 PM

i just watched the ad, it’s absolutely hilarious and i love it. very clever and funny!

Sachiko on April 28, 2014 at 7:05 PM

K. Hobbit on April 28, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Or vote third party or write in. I’m sure there are a few people who could not bring themselves to vote for the D.

cat_owner on April 28, 2014 at 7:08 PM

I went to a college near Cedarville. We played them in baseball a few times and would run into them occasionally. They really do try to live up to the Bible there. Winteregg really was let go for the suggestive nature of the ad, not for opposing Boehner. There’s nothing shady to this story.

Wisdom_of_Homer on April 28, 2014 at 6:55 PM

yeah i’d say so too. i truly do think that they are upset about the suggestive nature of the ad. still, i think they are oveereacting. the ad wasn’t THAT sexual! i’m a strong Christian… but i still make jokes sometimes that are more inappropriate than that ad was. those people really need to lighten up.

Sachiko on April 28, 2014 at 7:08 PM

It’s a great ad – and totally hilarious.

Wisdom_of_Homer on April 28, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Nothing “shady”? Wow. Not convinced. And that sure as heck isn’t turning the other cheek. That college needs to get a life. They and Boner are tools.

Chuck Ef on April 28, 2014 at 7:15 PM

So, has Rand Paul ‘wholeheartedly’ endorsed Boehner, in the name of “GOP unity”, yet?

Pork-Chop on April 28, 2014 at 7:15 PM

yeah i’d say so too. i truly do think that they are upset about the suggestive nature of the ad. still, i think they are oveereacting. the ad wasn’t THAT sexual! i’m a strong Christian… but i still make jokes sometimes that are more inappropriate than that ad was. those people really need to lighten up.

Sachiko on April 28, 2014 at 7:08 PM

+10000

melle1228 on April 28, 2014 at 7:17 PM

I had a pastor a few years ago that had some kind of job at a Christian college in Canada. They had a policy that barred R rated movies.

When Schindler’s List came out,he argued in favor of showing it. They wouldn’t have any of it.

That’s what happens when you turn Christianity into a religion by making rules for people to follow.

davidk on April 28, 2014 at 7:17 PM

I thought it was funny, also, but it was a bit crude, certainly from a religious conservative viewpoint.

And he’s an adjunct. They have no protection. They work from semester-to-semester on an as-needed basis. The school decided not to assign him any more classes. Happens to adjuncts all the time, for any reason and no reason at all.

notropis on April 28, 2014 at 7:17 PM

The Republican Establishment’s recent moves on amnesty and KEEPING Obamacare but “making it a little less sucky” has caused me to raise DEFCON from “Let it Burn” to “SET IT ON FIRE!”.

If McConnell beats Bevin, I am voting for the Democrat in November. In fact, I may vote Democrat from now until the COLLAPSE comes (which might be as long as 4-5 years).

ConstantineXI on April 28, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Well, at least this guy has the balls to tell the truth, and in a funny way.

In the likely event that he doesn’t unseat the D.I.A.B.L.O. Boehner, maybe he can get a job at a comedy club, of for some ad agency.

LegendHasIt on April 28, 2014 at 7:21 PM

yeah i’d say so too. i truly do think that they are upset about the suggestive nature of the ad. still, i think they are oveereacting. the ad wasn’t THAT sexual! i’m a strong Christian… but i still make jokes sometimes that are more inappropriate than that ad was. those people really need to lighten up.

Sachiko on April 28, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Yep. People don’t know that Jesus has set them free. Personal standards are one thing, but people tend to want everybody to live as they do.

davidk on April 28, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Forgot to add: Voting Democrat (Operation SET IT ON FIRE!) from now till Collapse will also have one positive benefit: I won’t get audited by the IRS :)

ConstantineXI on April 28, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Boehner actually was elected as a reformer in 1994 and was a pretty straight shooter for his first few terms. Then he discovered he could make far more personally being part of the problem rather than the solution, did a 180 and became thoroughly corrupt.

bw222 on April 28, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Cedarville is a Baptist University. I grew up in a Baptist church. I can see how they might not want they kind of publicity. Baptists are much more strict than other denominations.

dforston on April 28, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Cedarville University ” We don’t care if the country is burning, just make sure that if you are going to try to save it, you do your best to portray Christ and christians as humorless dolts please” if unsure how to proceed, please see the wiki pages on Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum.

Christianity has no more business in politics than islam. Religion is like a sexually transmitted disease, if you have it, you don’t talk about it.

Exninja on April 28, 2014 at 7:29 PM

The problem is that there’s a second conservative (Eric Gurr) running. Gurr and Winteregg will probably split the conservative vote like happened in Indiana four years ago when Coats won the primary with 41%. Ohio, like Indiana, isn’t a run-off state.

bw222 on April 28, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Odd thing? This could get the youngs peoples attention. Young people tend to be more piggish than us old folk. This add was a good attention grabber to them.

watertown on April 28, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Being from Ohio and having fairly decent understandings of Cedarville College (as I knew it), Mount Vernon Nazarene College (as I knew it) and Malone College (as I knew it when I attended there), the “electile dysfunction” thing would never, ever sit well there.

Cedarville, you wear a tie to the cafeteria. The Naz, you don’t walk across campus as a male without a shirt on. Malone, no dancing.

Sexually suggestive material? Not on your life.

John Hitchcock on April 28, 2014 at 7:36 PM

“If you have a Boehner lasting longer than 23 years, seek immediate medical attention.”

I’m a Republican, but I have to admit, that there’s pretty darn funny.

Term limits for all I say.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 28, 2014 at 7:37 PM

All 3 colleges-turned-universities have a dorm policy:
If a person of the opposite sex is in your room (during permitted times) the door to your room stays open. Otherwise, you could be expelled.

John Hitchcock on April 28, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Unlike many nominally Christian colleges and universities, such as Muskingum College where I visited to see proud displays of wet bars in the dorm rooms, those three actually, you know, mean it.

John Hitchcock on April 28, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Like everyone at that school isn’t going to vote for the Democrat. Hypocrites.

Cindy Munford on April 28, 2014 at 7:01 PM

This time, Cindy, you’re speaking out of turn. Unlike nominally Christian schools, Cedarville is the Real Deal(tm).

John Hitchcock on April 28, 2014 at 7:54 PM

but if he doesn’t pull the upset of the century nine days from now, he’ll be jobless and a villain to the pro-Boehner Ohio political establishment that he might otherwise try to catch on with.

Most conservatives in Ohio are enemies of the Ohio GOPe to begin with.

Being fired from Cederville, regardless if the university had just cause, makes Winteregg a political martyr. Of course, Bohenor is a Socialist Democrat, so he wouldn’t care.

Myron Falwell on April 28, 2014 at 7:58 PM

And here in lies the problem with modern politics. No-one has a sense of humor anymore

If I Reid the situation correctly, a prolonged Boehner is just what that guy needs. Or perhaps some ring around his collar.

WryTrvllr on April 28, 2014 at 8:03 PM

I’m Christian, but I think Christ laughed at Python’s ” Life of Brian”.

SMACKRUNNER on April 28, 2014 at 8:05 PM

He was an adjunct professor, so it wasn’t his main job anyway.

The comments about the culture at Cedarville are spot on. I lived with two Cedarville graduates for six months a few years ago and their stories line up with the descriptions here.

22044 on April 28, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Evidently nothing was going to deter him from throwing a Hail Mary with this ad to try to win, not even the prospect of unemployment.

Pshaw. Being an adjunct professor is barely better than being unemployed. Adjuncts get paid peanuts, and they don’t get benefits. They have to wait until after the full-time professors pick classes before they get to pick from the dregs. And if their classes don’t make, they’re out of luck — no classes and no income for that semester. He didn’t give up much, and he can probably pick up a job in the private sector now pretty easily since he’s being recognized as a plucky, clever risk-taker.

anne_scott on April 28, 2014 at 8:27 PM

OMG, that is hilarious, thanks Allah, it made my night and blog…… ;D
Howdy all…… ;)

angrymike on April 28, 2014 at 8:28 PM

beating Boehner

I don’t have a comment, I just had to check AP’s spelling.

JusDreamin on April 28, 2014 at 8:30 PM

…come on O I H O !…do the right thing!

KOOLAID2 on April 28, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Some people say “Hey why are you talking about a coup that took place in late 2008 early 2009?”

Because it did.

jukin3 on April 28, 2014 at 8:31 PM

I’m Christian, but I think Christ laughed at Python’s ” Life of Brian”.

SMACKRUNNER on April 28, 2014 at 8:05 PM

It’s the year 2008 and someone says:
I’m a lifelong Conservative and I’m voting for Obama.

Do you believe that person?

That’s where I stand with the above blockquote.

John Hitchcock on April 28, 2014 at 8:32 PM

I just got the strangest email.

G.H.W.B. just blasted out an email through the RNC about socks.

Socks!

BobMbx on April 28, 2014 at 6:44 PM

I saw a news spot about this a few days ago. He’s selling his socks to raise money for something or other. Didn’t pay much attention since I’m not interested in my own socks, much less his.

Oldnuke on April 28, 2014 at 8:35 PM

But mention castration and you’re gold.

John the Libertarian on April 28, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Please, people, realize there are Christian schools that actually do hew to the Bible and Christian values. Libertarian John, quit playing the fool. In this thread, you do disgust me.

John Hitchcock on April 28, 2014 at 8:43 PM

I take it that no one in Cedarville University owns a TV?

Because all the suggestive ads on TV, you know, means they might have something vaguely suggestive suddenly get into their homes and frolic about. I can think of about three different ads that are far, far more suggestive than this one… like when the V* pill people were doing the ‘close the door and sex takes place there’ and then had the glass elevator door close on the couple.

Yeah, you want *suggestive*, that is way more than a little *suggestive*.

This ad was cute, funny and actually pretty well done.

Maybe someone can be the scapegoat at CU and actually watch some TV.

ajacksonian on April 28, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Ajacksonian:
I’m sure you’ve seen prostitutes on the street before. Does that mean you go out and prostitute yourself? Think about it very carefully before answering. Because it’s the same thing you tried to claim Cedarville should be doing — by mocking the fact they said no.

John Hitchcock on April 28, 2014 at 8:51 PM

John Hitchcock on April 28, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Save that the man running the commercials isn’t selling a pill to do fun stuff with.

He is trying to get name recognition and get people to vote for him.

His commercial is a parody.

It is protected speech and protected political speech at that to appeal to voters.

They are demonstrating that they have no sense of humor.

Inability to understand humor and grasp it is deserving disdain, which is what I am giving them. I am not mocking them: I am giving them a serious suggestion that someone get a clue.

ajacksonian on April 28, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Do read your Constitution. Cedarville is a PRIVATE, CHRISTIAN university, not a public one.

And sexually suggestive humor is not acceptable in that environment. I’m suggesting that you and your ilk get a clue, and quit trying to make a Christian university become as libertine as you.

John Hitchcock on April 28, 2014 at 9:06 PM

you do disgust me.

John Hitchcock on April 28, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Know what disgusts me? I have a very short list: intolerant judgmental self-proclaimed self-righteous Christians without a sense of humor or a modicum of knowledge of current events and other recent political ads.

Cheers.

John the Libertarian on April 28, 2014 at 9:08 PM

a modicum of knowledge of current events

Glad to know I don’t disgust you, but what’s with all this “everyone must love sexual jokes or I hate them” crapola? Get a clue: Not everyone thinks the Christian representatives should be as slimy as the actors in a Porky’s remake.

John Hitchcock on April 28, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Cedarville University, please show some Christian mercy and forgiveness.

MTF on April 28, 2014 at 9:50 PM

So it wasn’t because he was opposing Boehner, it was because he was being nasty, very publicly nasty. Maybe if he had produced an ad that thoughtfully differentiated him from Boehner on issues rather than just making a juvenile play on Boehner’s name, he might still have a job. In fact, I am seeing that in a lot of campaigns from the so called “conservatives”. They don’t promote themselves or their ideas at all, they simply attack the opponent. This guy comes across as a juvenile moron. Why would anyone want him in Congress?

crosspatch on April 28, 2014 at 9:55 PM

NoStoppingUs on April 28, 2014 at 6:56 PM

The new trolls aren’t any smarter than the old ones. If we’re going to have open registration, can there be some kind of test, or at least proof of the ability to compose witty rejoinders – anything?

*sigh*

Midas on April 28, 2014 at 10:10 PM

It’s a small Christian school.
It’s probably the fact that the ad parodied Viagra. That and was one big long boner joke. I know my former school ( I graduated) which was a Christian school wouldn’t have tolerated that from any of it’s staff.
And every teacher I know that paid attention to politics were hardcore Tea Partiers, Socons, Palin fans, and listened to Rush Limbaugh about every day.
But the school still wouldn’t have retained them if they ran an ad like this. It was juvenile, funny, but juvenile.

MWC_RS on April 28, 2014 at 10:18 PM

John Hitchcock on April 28, 2014 at 9:13 PM

MWC_RS on April 28, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Thanks for providing supporting perspective. I used to attend a Christian college [we thought was] even more conservative than Cedarville, and while a mild rivalry existed (we were recruiting from the same pool of students) we also respected them for living up to the same mission that we strove for.

Loyalty to Christ trumps loyalty to alma mater.

rwenger43 on April 28, 2014 at 11:06 PM

That’s what happens when you turn Christianity into a religion by making rules for people to follow.

davidk on April 28, 2014 at 7:17 PM

See, that’s where I think your thinking, while correct on the surface, is pre-pubescent:
–if the students never see Schindler’s List, will they be irreparably harmed? If it is beneficial, can they get it somewhere else besides their Christian college? If it is harmful, why would their Christian college show it?
–On the other hand, if their Christian college goes into the Hollywood business, will the students still be able to gain the same level of Christian commitment from their college family?

Such a university should be commended for actually taking their mission seriously instead of practicing their Christianity in a way that avoids your very basic level of criticism.

rwenger43 on April 28, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Loyalty to Christ trumps loyalty to alma mater.

rwenger43 on April 28, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Loyalty to Christ also trumps loyalty to a nation.

“Kings and kingdoms will all fade away,
But there’s just something about that Name.”

John Hitchcock on April 28, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Nice to see all the “freedom-loving conservatives” bemoaning a private Christian college’s decision to fire a guy for bringing disrepute upon their mission.

Choke on your hypocrisy, worthless losers.

Adjoran on April 28, 2014 at 11:51 PM

Religion is like a sexually transmitted disease, if you have it, you don’t talk about it.

Exninja on April 28, 2014 at 7:29 PM

You think it works best when it is passed along without any communication, huh?

I could say the same thing about your blindness–except you don’t know you’re blind, so that would be a one-sided conversation.

rwenger43 on April 29, 2014 at 12:24 AM

you do disgust me.

John Hitchcock on April 28, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Know what disgusts me? I have a very short list: intolerant judgmental self-proclaimed self-righteous Christians without a sense of humor or a modicum of knowledge of current events and other recent political ads.

Cheers.

John the Libertarian on April 28, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Are you sure you’re right and they’re wrong? Maybe they’re just more conscientious about their standards.

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 29, 2014 at 12:52 AM

From Mark Weinstein’s Bio:

While at Maryville and Robert Morris, effective public relations campaigns were developed for each university’s speakers series. Media interviews were set up for world-class speakers including Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York, Walter Cronkite, former CBS journalist, Walter Cronkite, Bob Costas, and Robert Redford. In all, more than 50 media opportunities were created during the first five years of the series.

from

http://www.linkedin.com/in/mark7weinstein

Sounds more like political payback than anything. But as mentioned above, they are a private university (apparently trying to remake their image) and can fire whomever they choose.

WryTrvllr on April 29, 2014 at 4:28 AM

The best part about the lewd and lascivious intimations of the ad?

If you follow the logic of the sex pill ads it is sex.

In this ad the behavior you are being asked to consider is, when private with your spouse, talking about who to vote for in a primary.

If CU thinks that is dirty and awful behavior, at least they have to admit that the candidate wants it done in private between consenting adults.

By not getting the actual point of the parody, CU is now the butt of the joke.

Instead of not renewing his contract, the University should be finding out who thought up the commercial and hire them on for their media studies department as that is an individual that has twisted the entire internal logic of the sex pill ads into a multi-level parody that is not only externally consistent but internally consistent and plays off the existing advertising model down to its core. That takes real insight on how commercials are made by companies as both marketing and selling tools. A very rare individual can do that and then reconstruct the entire schema to another purpose with humor involved.

ajacksonian on April 29, 2014 at 6:18 AM

Way to go, Cedarville. You just gave Winteregg some more publicity. (No such thing as bad publicity, ya know!) I’d like to think that this would give him a good enough boost to beat Boneless.

TMOverbeck on April 29, 2014 at 7:19 AM

Compare what he said to that of the Eastern Connecticut University professor. First of all, it was political speech that was protected. He should have the right to say it and, if enough voters are truly offended, he certainly won’t get their votes. Even liberal universities are averse to letting those entrenched politicians go, no matter what party they’re from.

bflat879 on April 29, 2014 at 8:23 AM

By not getting the actual point of the parody, CU is now the butt of the joke.

Fallacious argumentation. It is not Cedarville who doesn’t get it, Jackson, it is you. Coarse, titillating humor is a sin. Sexually suggestive innuendo is a sin. They fully understood the allusory language of the ad, and the play on words. That is the reason they chose not to maintain their relationship with him.

Again, it is not Cedarville who needs to get a clue. It is all you libertines who need to quit trying to make a Christian university libertine.

John Hitchcock on April 29, 2014 at 9:18 AM

bflat, you need to re-examine your Constitution. You do not have “protected” speech at a private institution. An authority figure at a Christian institution does not get to say p*ssy or c*nt or b*ner or all manner of other things. The government cannot force the Christian institution to keep anyone hired. Recent SCOTUS rulings have declared that very specifically. It’s called Freedom of Association and Freedom of Religion.

John Hitchcock on April 29, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Ohio is an at-will state. It’s funny how HA commenters are upset over the employer’s ability to fire at will when it happens to a tea party crazy. It wasn’t even an original joke. Oh, Boehner/boner? SO clever! What’s really funny is he’s not eligible for unemployment benefits. Have fun at the food pantry. Hope it was worth it moron!

NoStoppingUs on April 28, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Wow. Is Boehner your dad or something? You seem really upset about a pretty clever ad IMO.

magicbeans on April 29, 2014 at 9:28 AM

m Christian, but I think Christ laughed at Python’s ” Life of Brian”.

SMACKRUNNER on April 28, 2014 at 8:05 PM

I don’t think the big guy is smiling over that.

celtic warrior on April 29, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Let me be clear (famous last words).

Anyone to the right of Boehner is better than Boehner.
Anyone for smaller government is better than Boehner.
Anyone not in the tank for Crony Capitalists is better than Boehner.

I enjoy some crude, sexually explicit jokes, having told some myself.

But Cedarville has a higher calling and higher standard than I do. And to castigate Cedarville for their PRINCIPLES is to act the fool.

John Hitchcock on April 29, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Boehner can add vindictiveness to serial lying. Clever ad!!! I have trying to do verification checks on Boehner’s Naval record but not getting very far.

1 The ‘Cincinnati Enquirer’ states Boehner volunteered for the US Navy in 1968 but was discharged after eight weeks for a bad back. (Spineless??)

2 In the ‘Biographical Directory of US Congress’ Boehner is listed as having served in the US Navy in 1968.

3 However, Boehner’s House of Representatives personal bio COMPLETELY OMITS US NAVY SERVICE. No mention at all.

4 Joshua Norman reporting in the ‘Pass Christan (Ms) Sun Herald’ (2006) (Where Boehner visited as a member of a congressional delegation in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina) that Boehner told him that Boehner had seen this devastation before as a Navy Seabee during Hurricane Camille. Norman writes (based on what Boehner told him) “Boehner was a Seabee who arrived for a brief tour of the Gulfport Naval Construction Battalion Center in the early summer of 1969 and was there when Hurricane Camille left the gulf coast in ruins.”

There are some problems with this tale

A. How does one get to be a Seabee after only 8 weeks in the service?

B. How do you get stationed in Mississippi in 1969 when you were discharged in 1968?

Facts facts facts. Pesky little things.

MaiDee on April 29, 2014 at 10:13 AM

It was a great ad, and Boner needs to go as Speaker, if not entirely, from the House.

kjatexas on April 29, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Personally, I approve this ad for being right on and the truth. I know some Ohioans and they need viagra meds as well, but here is their chance to show up and perform at the elections of Winteregg and kick Boehner’s sorry crying butt out of office. Two terms more than enough. 23 years is way past his sell by date and he needs to return to his dissolute life not as a member of Congress!

Roselle on April 29, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Another thought on this. It was not vulgar, just downright on point as well as entertaining. I hope he wins and gets rid of this blog on Ohio’s blue book! I lived there and they need to update and vote in someone who will do something right for once. This was not vulgar at all but right on and well done. I, again, personally approve this ad as clean, entertaining and this young man should go a long way to winning the election against a man with no scruples and just whines and cries and gives in. Ad a winner!

Roselle on April 29, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Another twist to this I’ve heard from some folks in OH that Cedarville has ‘new’ leadership that is pushing for all-Baptist purity in their staff, so I’m guessing this guy is not the only one being cleared out. Funny ad, though. And doesn’t the fact that Boehner is spending so much on a supposed shoo-in campaign make you wonder what the polls are really showing? I say if you’re in that district put your vote in for this guy–with all of the press he’s been getting who knows? Odder things have happened.

NuMex on April 29, 2014 at 11:27 AM

I actually think the ad is clever…

right2bright on April 29, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Using puns or parody in political ads is a dangerous sport. This ad just “sucks” it would be a “low blow” even for Clinton.

jpcpt03 on April 29, 2014 at 12:53 PM

That ad sure raised some prickly issues for Speaker Boehner.

The ad made me chuckle out loud. Humor is the most effective way to attack without voter blowback.

As political communication, Mr. Winteregg’s ad gets a grade of “A”. Would have been “A+” if the crawl at the bottom had been easier to read though.

Is this a internet-only ad? Has it appeared on TV?

Just imagining the response it got from local TV station sales execs when they approved it.

LaserBeam on April 29, 2014 at 1:36 PM

This kind of over reaction to something as cleaver as this ad makes certain “strong Christians” appear petty and stupid.

bigjack on April 29, 2014 at 2:05 PM

When Winteregg began his campaign,” the Daily Caller notes, “he was told by many in the political establishment that he would never work in Ohio again.”

ex·tor·tion

1.obtaining something by illegal threats: the crime of obtaining something such as money or information from somebody by using force, threats, or other unacceptable methods

Intimidation (also called cowing) is intentional behavior that “would cause a person of ordinary sensibilities” fear of injury or harm. It is not necessary to prove that the behavior was so violent as to cause terror or that the victim was actually frightened

It is a shame that our country has devolved to the point where it is nothing not worth mentioning by the press or people that a politician and/or his machine threaten the livelihood of a person for nothing more then exercising his constitutional rights. I would bet the people in the USSR also thought nothing of “political payback” like this. I would also imagine that the MAFIA though nothing of something like this.

unseen on April 29, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Ohio is an at-will state. It’s funny how HA commenters are upset over the employer’s ability to fire at will when it happens to a tea party crazy. It wasn’t even an original joke. Oh, Boehner/boner? SO clever! What’s really funny is he’s not eligible for unemployment benefits. Have fun at the food pantry. Hope it was worth it moron!

NoStoppingUs on April 28, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Thanks to the Civil Rights Act there really is no such thing as a at-will state. Employers can fire only for certain reasons. political leanings isn’t one of them. If the guy can make the case he is being fired for his political beliefs I see a very large settlement in his future.

unseen on April 29, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Maybe a long-lasting Boehner has electile dysfunction, but a Winteregg needs a hen to sit on him, otherwise you don’t get any chicks.

Steve Z on April 29, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Mr. Winteregg in his recent political campaign video did not represent the views or values of Cedarville University,” Weinstein said.

At what point did he claim that he did?
If I announced publicly that I liked Brussels sprouts, could my employer fire me because that’s not the Company’s Official Position?
Nuts…

ReggieA on April 30, 2014 at 3:40 PM

ReggieA, not that you or anyone else will see this, but are you friggin nuts?! Trying to equate the use of sexually suggestive material while employed as an authority figure at a Truly Christian university with a taste for some foodstuff while an average joe at some factory?

But sure, let’s go there, moron. Let’s suppose you have a job where you sign a morality agreement, and in that morality agreement, it is declared that Brussels sprouts are immoral. If you then declare your dietary intake includes Brussels sprouts, then yes, they can and should terminate your employment.

John Hitchcock on May 1, 2014 at 3:46 AM

Hilarious commercial and quite proper to mock and ridicule John “Teary” Boner. Remarkable decision-making process for a professor at a Christian college, however. He should be the last person involved to express surprise over losing his job. Come on.

Jaibones on May 6, 2014 at 8:46 PM

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