Ferrell, who plays a guy called Cam Brady, seduces his rival’s wife. Then makes a sex tape. Then makes a campaign commercial out of it. He tries to recite the Lord’s Prayer, saying, “Give us this day our daily pizza.” He campaigns at a snake-handling church. Gets bitten.

Snake-handling? Really? Is that what Hollywood thinks goes on in today’s South? More like watching “Talladega Nights” on video. Because that movie had some affection to it. Wasn’t just smug cheap shots…

The congressman — he’s a Democrat, remember, but because he’s from the South, that means “scary conservative freak” — says his campaign is “about America, Jesus and freedom.” This is a laugh line because in the 310 area code, these concepts are equally high up on the crackpot scale.