Folks who don't live in Florida and/or don't watch a solid amount of Cable News probably haven't heard of Alan Grayson, the Freshman Democrat Congressman for Florida's 8th District... but that's probably going to change once THIS campaign "attack ad" against his Republican challenger Dan Webster hits the Monday news cycle - which was almost-certainly the point.
What makes the ad unique - at least among ads thus-far generally run by "liberals" against "conservatives" - is that it explicitly targets, vilifies and "calls out" the whole concept of "Religious Conservative" political ideology in the harshest possible terms. Summary of the piece: Webster is a hardline anti-abortion/anti women's-rights Christian Fundamentalist, said views on women and abortion are similarly held by Islamic Fundamentalists, therefore supporting Webster is roughly equivalent to siding with... well, you get the idea - and in case you don't, it closes out by re-christening Webster "Taliban Dan."
Video after the jump...
Now... there's a part of me that looks at that and says "Ugh... y'know, regardless of what side it's on this sort of hyperbole and villianization is exactly what's wrong with the discourse as a whole." The OTHER part of me, however - the part that lives in the real world and not Care-A-Lot - says "y'know what? Fuck yeah! Spot-on, about time SOMEONE said it out loud, more of this PLEASE!"
Okay, yeah... the generic "Arabic"-style script on "Taliban Dan" is probably a nudge too far.
But otherwise? Yeah, I'm not ashamed to admit that this particular smackdown makes me more than a little giddy. I'm no more a "liberal" than I am a "conservative" or a "Klingon," but you don't need to be a partisan to see what a cancer the "Religious Right" and "Social Conservatives" are on this country - and it's been too long in coming for rational members of modernity to get up in said ideologies' faces about how much their "values" have in common with the "values" we're supposed to be at war with right now.