In case you missed this absurd ad from Carly Fiorina's campaign for California Republican nomination for Senator, you must check it out:

Make sure you don't miss the demon sheep about 2:26 in.  Too funny!  I'll leave the commentary to Jon Chait:

The funny thing about this ad, aside from the clumsy over-the-top
quality, is the metaphor. The message of the ad is that Campbell is an
ideological deviant. All the other Republicans signed Grover Norquist's
no-taxes-ever pledge, but Campbell refused. Campbell went off on his
own and made a budget deal in order to prevent a fiscal collapse. And
what's the metaphor the ad uses?

Sheep. But not in a disparaging way. The good politicians are sheep, doing what Grover Norquist tells them to do

I forgot to post this earlier this week, but was reminded by seeing sheep at the World's Toughest Rodeo (live in Raleigh!!) last night.  Haven't seen a lot of live sheep in my day, but it was truly amazing to watch the degree that they stuck together.  It was more like an insect swarm than something I'd expect from a mammal.  The idea that anybody would want to use sheep as a positive metaphor for what a politician should be is truly crazy.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

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