September 14th, 2010
09:42 AM ET
4 years ago

Ad mocking Pelosi goes viral

Pelosi is the subject of one of this season's more zany political ads.
Pelosi is the subject of one of this season's more zany political ads.

(CNN) – He has little chance of unseating House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her San Francisco congressional district, but Republican John Dennis knows how to make a splash.

The California businessman is out with a new Web video portraying the House Speaker as the Wicked Witch of the West in a campy takeoff of the Wizard of Oz.

The parody, released Sunday and already garnering close to 300,000 views on YouTube, includes Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, and Dorothy expressing fright of the state of the nation and bemoaning Democratic policies.

"I will save you from those evil Republicans," a faux-Nancy Pelosi-turned-Wicked Witch of the West assures the frightened group. "But first $18,000 for my downtown office, and then go into massive debt for Wall Street bailouts, and here are my monkeys (IRS agents) to make you pay for it all."

Dennis then appears, throwing water on the Pelosi figure who promptly begins to melt.

"I believe it's time to throw a little water on politicians who do one thing and do another like Nancy Pelosi," says Dennis.

In an interview with San Francisco Weekly, Dennis is pledging more zany videos taking aim at the California Democrat, including parodies of a Few Good Men and James Bond.

Though Dennis has spent over a million dollars on the race, his chances of winning are virtually nil – in 2008, Pelosi won 71 percent of the vote and appears headed for a similarly-large victory this November.

Responding to the ad, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Spokeswoman Jennifer Crider said laughing, "A silly web video deserves a silly response: Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my!”


Filed under: 2010 • Nancy Pelosi
soundoff (166 Responses)
  1. ConstitutionalPatriot

    All the drug addict welfare leeches in her district will ensure nutjob Nancy stays in congress. You have to be on drugs to support a criminal like her. Can't wait for the day she faces treason charges for what she has done to our Constitution!

    September 14, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. Bob in PA

    The absolute best political spot ever. It shines a bright light on Pelosi and the rest of the career politicians who have taken advantage of their constituents and their positions.

    September 14, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. roy

    I think it's hillarious! Great imagination and a great use of technology for exposing Nancy Pelosi for the Witch that she is!

    September 14, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. SayWhat

    Truely pathetic. When you have no message, you lower yourself to the level of (unfunny) slapstick. Just another page from the GOP dirty tricks election intruction guide.

    September 14, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. jay

    Mr. Dennis, you're not in Kansas, lose with grace.

    September 14, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  6. buzbeech

    Right On! He did get it right!

    September 14, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. Liberals are poison

    Perfect ad that should be followed up nationally with Pelosi still as the wicked witch of the west, Harry Reid as the scarecrow (no brain), John Kerry as the lion (no courage), Al Franken (no heart), and of course
    Obama as the Wizard of Oz.; the curtain has been drawn back to expose the fraud that he is. November 2nd, to throw the Democratic bums from office can't come soon enough.

    September 14, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    She deserves it.

    September 14, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. steve Marks

    This is why we cannot let Republicans win in November. They are all about name calling and lack any clear plans to help our Country move forward.

    September 14, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. Debby

    This is priceless I love it.

    September 14, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. Vic of New York

    The danger to America is that Corporate interests – with the likes of Dick Army' millions and the Coke brother's billions are carrying on a campaign of deception against voters.

    It's true that most voters are easily misled because they simply are not informed.

    September 14, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. Snow

    To bad we cannot get rid of botox pelosi,reid and obama by just throwing water on them.

    September 14, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  13. Joe E.

    If it's low tactics in politics, you can be VERY sure that a Republican candidate approved the ad.

    John Dennis - "Let's not talk about issues, let's just call our opponent a wicked witch!...................."

    This guy's picture is certainly an appropriate as an illustration for the definition of words such as "lame"and "sophomoric". IT is painfully obvious that there are NO adults left in the party of Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt. With this attitude, the party, as it currently stands, deserves to follow the Dodo bird into oblivion. May it do so quickly.

    How pathetic!

    September 14, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. ATL Guy

    These Republicans know no shame.

    September 14, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. Not as Stupid as a San Franciscan

    This lady has done nothing in her position, has not cleaned up congress as promised, frankly...it's the most corrupt bloated congress to date.

    Ugggh, I just hate this woman

    September 14, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. Mill

    Republican loser making silly video referring to woman candidate as witch. No news here. CNN is just helping a silly "viral" campaign by spreading the word about this.

    September 14, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  17. The Big NB

    Regardless of whether or not you agree with Nancy Pelosi's world view, she deserves respect for a lifetime of hard work and achievement. This is downright disrespectful. Keep your head up Nancy. You are a powerful woman and this is just a weak attempt to undermine and offend you by some unknown politician looking for some attention. Nothing to worry about.

    September 14, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. Marco

    I guess it is ok for republicans to rip us off!

    September 14, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. Jim

    I love the ad! Pelosi is a witch and needs to go! The way she refused to listen to the people and shove the health care bill down our throads was dispicable!

    September 14, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. AmericanResolve!

    Right on! The liberals have done more damage in the last four years the Democrats have controlled Congress than the Republicans have during their time. Get out and vote America, we need new blood in Congress with conservative, grass roots values! We don't need career politicians who hide within the beltway. We need elected officials that care about their constituents and will never lose touch with them or compromise their own individual moral values for the sake of a party agenda.

    September 14, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. Brian in MD

    Ha Ha. I think the ad is too nice.

    September 14, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  22. Bob

    If the entire country voted for the Speaker, she would be out of there! Unfortunately she lives in a looney liberal district in CA.

    September 14, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  23. Mockery

    She needs get on her jet, fly back to the district of liberal idiocracy, stay there and stop trying to push her brand of communistic attitudes down the throats of Americans. Knowing that the healthcare reform was unwanted by the majority of the population, she continued her quest to ruin the existing system for 15% of the population. Worst speaker ever.

    September 14, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. Tom

    Clever but, given the demographics of that district, I can't say that it will make a great deal of difference. I liked the comparison of Monkeys to IRS agents.......although I think I would have used leeches if the story line had allowed it.

    September 14, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. Colorodan

    My gosh, if he thinks this about Peolosi, what much he think of his fellow Republicans who:

    Doubled the national debt in just 8 years
    Took the country from record surpluses under Clinton to record deficits
    Had us losing 750,000 jobs a month by the time Bush left office
    Left us in Economic Recession bordering on Depression

    Can't wait for that video

    September 14, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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