The pros and cons of using a cannon in your campaign ad

Browsing the election news this weekend, I’m starting to get the feeling that it’s going to be long mid-term cycle. (Hat tip: Outside the Beltway.)

A Republican congressional candidate in Georgia says in a new ad that he’s prepared to take up arms to effect change in Washington.

Former congressional aide John Stone begins the ad by firing a cannon he says is like the one his forefathers used in the Revolutionary War.

“As the only licensed firearms dealer in America running for Congress, I’m willing to do the same if we have to,” Stone says. “But it’s a whole lot easier just to vote in new House Republican leaders who will stand up to Obama and defend our Constitution.”

I suppose if you read the WaPo article above, it’s technically correct. Stone, speaking of his ancestors, sort of comes out and says that they took up arms to save the nation and that he’s “willing to do the same.” But given the line which follows it, he seems to be speaking in a tongue in cheek fashion, letting you know that the right move would be to simply vote him into office. Let’s take a look at the video and you can judge for yourself.

Georgia’s 12th Congressional District has been represented by Democrat John Barrow since 2005. (Though he’s been in some nail biters, such as his second run where he squeaked through by less than 1%.) This is a crowded field on the GOP side, with at least three other candidates in contention. If this were happening in some other part of the country, I’d be tempted to say that wheeling out a cannon and firing it might be a hindrance – if not in the primary, then in the general. But this is Georgia. Who knows? It may be just the ticket.

Ed Morrissey Nov 29, 2021 8:25 AM ET