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

Ad mocking Pelosi goes viral

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="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. Palin does not speak for me in Ohio

    Every time a woman is in a position of power, the adjectives used to describe her are insulting. She is shrill, a witch and worse. In the same position, a man is described as forcefull and effective. It does not surprise me that the right wing resorts to this negative stereotyping. They are doing it with President Obama – but playing subtle racial tones not gender. What type of a country are we? Anger, prejudice, hate speech, religious intolerance. It makes me sick that we are going backward and not forward. A lot of this stems from the Palin camp distorting facts and fearmongering.

    September 14, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. bill

    wake up america.if this is what the repub party represents.then they are nothing but full of hate.with NO MORALS PERIOD

    September 14, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. John Hennessy Black

    Real class man; real class act...

    September 14, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. vvernis robertson

    This a very childess act , really dumb. First of all why are companies running political ads? These are the people who the republican party caters too.These ads are getting stupid , just letting the american people know how immature politicians are.

    September 14, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Tony in Maine

    When there is nothing of substance to say, I suppose wasting money like this keeps the wingnuts happy.

    September 14, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. Kurt

    Wow, I'm so shocked! A juvenile ad by the Republicans? Nooooo!

    September 14, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. water bearer

    A stupid, nasty ad like this says more about the character of John Dennis than it does about the character of Nancy Pelosi, quite frankly. What is shows is that he is a stupid, nasty man who doesn't take the need for HONEST political discourse seriously. Seems like there are an awful lot of TeaPublicans coming out of the woodwork who fit into that catagory. I'm betting that the Dems are going to do better in November than some think precisely because most Americans are smart enough not to fall for this kind of crap.

    September 14, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. cando

    This just goes to show what the republican party is all about. They can't be civil they have to be ugly. It's so childish. So instead of voting for the "big bad witch", according to him, we should vote for the bully.

    September 14, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. JDawg1

    I wish a bucket of water was all it would really take.

    September 14, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. pablo

    pelosi just needs to go

    September 14, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. Bill

    Lol, kudos for originality! I wouldn't sweat it Pelosi, everyone melts when splashed with the "FREEDOM" bucket of water (freedom)!

    Countdown till this Dennis guy gets his own show, or political "consultant" job at Fox in 3...2...

    September 14, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. Dennis

    That's pretty much the way a lot of the country views botox Nancy.

    September 14, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. Craig

    He won't win, but what a great video. I LOLed......a lot...I'll get you my pretty.........

    September 14, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. Ramon

    If you notice the ad just made fun of Nancy Pelosi nonetheless no ideas from republicans. THE PARTY OF NO IDEAS!

    September 14, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. Dave

    So typical of the pathetic GOP. Then again, they can't come up with an orignal thought to save their lives, so this trash is their last resort. And their knuckle-dragging flock just goes right along with it...

    September 14, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. Mutt

    Wizard of Oz parody in a political campaign of a country struggling with trying to remain great............Oh brother

    September 14, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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