In the latest ad, “Chicken,” a farmer is attacked, killed and eaten by a flock of chickens. The ad, which has the plot and film quality of The Blair Witch Project, features the same girl from his first two ads, “This is the Economy on Stimulus” – AKA Goldfish – and “Rabbit,” comparing the governmnet Stimulus to the terrifying events occurring and asking the audience, “Any questions?”
What makes Cain’s latest ad stand out above the first two is that in this one, it is the human getting killed, not a childhood pet. And, despite the poor video quality, the chicken attack is very graphic. If this were a movie, it would be rated R.
What Cain’s group hopes to gain from these ads is unclear.
For years, the word “stimulus” has become “a dreaded word” to both Democrats and Republican’s alike, and The White House has went out of it’s way to avoid using the word describe any of Obama’s other initiatives. A Fox News report from the third anniversary of the Stimulus in February points out that, “Polls continue to show that the vast majority believes the spending package either hurt the economy or didn’t do much to help it.”
According to the last polling data (that I could find) 62 percent of Americans thought all the Stimulus did was add to the debt. Reuters notes that responses to this question were very much among party lines. Which means Cain is either speaking to the choir on the Stimulus or wasting money on an electorate that is not going to change it’s mind.
I’ve argued for several months that Cain’s once promising political career has only spiraled downward since his exit from the GOP Presidential Primary. After he made a mockery of the political system by appearing at Stephen Colbert rally in Charleston, South Carolina to urge college students to vote for him (his name was still on the ballot, even though he had already suspended his campaign) in order to vote for Colbert, I wrote off Cain entirely. His ignorance is an embarrassment to the Republican Party and to the Tea Party in particular.
A clear trajectory can be found in Cain’s Sick of Stimulus ad series. Each times the ads have become progressively more violent. Cain’s ads dare to cross a line in politics that cannot be uncrossed and add nothing positive to the national political discussion. Is this the type of message the Tea Party and the Republican Party as a whole want to be affiliated with? I should hope not.