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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Cruz Christmas Classics

by JASmius

This one is pretty good, folks, and better than anything Donald Trump could EVER do, because he doesn't stand for anything but himself and Democrat ideas:

Texas Senator Ted Cruz will air an ad in Iowa markets during this week's episode of Saturday Night Live made to look like one of the show's own parody commercials.

Cruz, who is leading Iowa polls in the GOP presidential race, makes reference to the time he read Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs & Ham from the Senate floor during a filibuster.

The ad has Cruz sitting on a couch with his wife and two young daughters as he reads other "classics" to the children, such as Frosty The Speaker Of The House (an apparent reference to former Speaker John Boehner), The Grinch Who Lost Her Emails (Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton) and Rudolph the Underemployed Reindeer.

The reason Senator Cruz had to buy ad time in local Iowa markets for his parody ad is because NBC wouldn't do the same deal they did with Trump.  They gave The Donald another "yuuuuuge!" in-kind contribution (almost as big as the one they handed Mrs. Clinton) and made a crapload of money off his guest-hosting gig to boot, but their "magnanimous" offer to "balance the scales" in the Republican presidential race was to "give equal time" to four GOP candidates: Ohio Governor John Kasich, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore.  Four men who are wasting their time as it is running for president, wouldn't know what to do with the equal time if they had it, and are not Trump's rivals for the nomination at this point.

I don't know why the Cruz campaign limited its ad buy to Iowa markets instead of going national with it.  And that's too bad, because this ad is both clever and wickedly hilarious in the shots it takes at Obama, Hillary, Lois Lerner, and especially John Boehner (note the orange, booze-sodden, cig-toking "Frosty" above).all the while making spot-on valid political points at the same time.  He even includes a self-deprecating government shutdown reference over what a disaster that gambit was.  And showing off his beyond-telegenic family in the process can do nothing but soften his hardass image.

But what I like about it most by far is the humor.  Ted Cruz speaks often about his political "Jedi master" being Ronald Reagan, despite his in-practice serial fratricidal tactics tearing the Gipper's Eleventh Commandment to shreds.  But humor was a prime means by which the fortieth POTUS advanced conservative ideas and skewered their leftwingnut counterparts because it was happy "war" instead of angry "war".  It was positive reinforcement instead of negative assailment.  It elicited chuckles, nods, and "Okay, that was pretty good, and he's got a point there" rather than "There he goes again" with eyerolls.  And any anger was designed to come from the Left, not the target audience or his fellow Republicans.

Remember what I'm always preaching to you, my friends; Politics is not about "FIGHT!  FIGHT!  FIGHT!," it's about persuasion, especially of low-information voters.  And I will guarantee you that Ted Cruz generated more good will, support, and persuasion with that ninety second spot than he ever could have with a hundred literal filibusters on the Senate floor.

If the Texas padawan learns to wield a light saber of wit like Dutch did, we just might be looking at our next "Supreme Chancellor".

(If only Disney was paying me for those Star Wars promotional references....).

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