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Gail Collins thinking of viral zombies

March 27, 2014

Nytimes: “The Season of the Twitch” by Gail Collins:

The ad went viral, which is, of course, every candidate’s dream. Going viral doesn’t always work. (We are thinking of the guy who attempted to defeat Representative Nancy Pelosi by depicting her as a zombie priestess.) But it will usually get you farther than you might have gone without it.

Collins is referring to the candidate John Dennis, see embedded video of the zombie priestess spot in ZombieLaw: “Nancy Pelosi Zombies in Republican Campaign Ad” from October 2012. Collins also referenced this zombie campaign ad in her Oct 2012 column too

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Collins column is about political blunders gone viral and she mentions Senator Scott Brown:

“Do I have the best credentials? Probably not, ’cause, you know, whatever,” he said.

and a quote from Rep Bruce Braley, that if the Republicans win the Senate then Senator Charles Grassley becomes chair of the Judiciary Committee which means:

there would be “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school” running the Judiciary Committee.

Isn’t that sort of the democratic dream?

Also, the headline “Season of the Twitch”, an obvious play on the 1966 song “Season of the Witch” by Donovan (also the title of a 2011 Nicolas Cage movie). But aside from witches, is this also a reference to Twitch.tv ? I mean if Twitch can beat Pokemon, then surely we can haz government by the people?

Nah, let’s just laugh at their blunders, witches!

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