Like every other football fan, I watched an inordinate amount of television this weekend, which means I got to see several political adds. Hands down, the stupidest one was Jim Folsom’s. His site is here, you can play the ad here. He tells us we should vote for him because:
I’ve been married to the same wonderful woman for twenty nine years.
I have two great kids, three dogs and four shotguns.
I go to church every Sunday, and have never played tennis at the Mountain Brook Club. I’d rather be hunting.
I understand that thirty seconds is not a lot of time with which to work, but at least try to present an intelligent message. He does go on to claim responsibility for bringing the Mercedes plant to Tuscaloosa County, but by that time I was laughing too hard to hear anything. Beyond the humor, though, this “I am the humblest man on the face of the Earth” crap is worthless. How stupid does he think people are? “Oh, well, you own a shotgun, therefore you must be the best candidate. And you go to church too? Icing on the cake. How can anyone argue with these credentials? Especially someone who does play tennis with those wicked Mountain Brookians. Clearly, little Jim, you are the man.”
Instead of trumpeting your down-to-earthiness, how about some actual information? Who is the little guy that you want to help? And what specific policies towards that end will you support? Why are your policies better than your opponent’s?
People need facts before they can make an intelligent decision. Or is the goal to prevent an intelligent decision?
Update: For you out-of-staters, The One Who Plays Tennis at Mountain Brook is Little Jim’s opponent, Big Luther Strange. Big Luther has also used the television to make himself look like an idiot.