September 14th, 2010
09:42 AM ET
10 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. gino

    All paid for by the Koch brothers, I bet. (Thos are the billionaires who are out to own the country through Tea Party and other random crazies)

    September 14, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  2. Marie MD

    I hope there's not some crazy arse rethug out there that will do this or worse to the Speaker of the House.
    The only REAL witch IS the half governor. She was exorcised remember?

    September 14, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  3. Dean

    Though funny, this is insulting to the Wicked Witch of the West.

    September 14, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. Hugo

    Nasty Nancy is the epitome of the tail wagging the dog, the representative of the most liberal of liberal Districts within the most liberal State in the Union cramming her own special K agenda down the rest of Americas throat. I can't wait for the old hag to go away....

    September 14, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    She reminds me more of the girl in "The Exorcist" than she does the wicked witch of the west.

    September 14, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. Asa

    He doesn't have a chance with all the wingnuts in her district but that is a pretty funny ad.

    September 14, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. save america, vote out republicans

    Here is a headline the right wingnuts did not see on Fox: Deficit is down 8% in Obama's first fiscal year over the last year of Bush." Retail sales are up, but it is too bad that big business is spending millions to reelect the dolts who voted for the Bush economic disaster.

    September 14, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. Jason

    Republican candidates have never been afraid to act like common school yard bullies.

    September 14, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. RoninAustin

    It was funny and clever! Having met and sort of known Nancy over the years, it really does fit. She is ruthless with Democrats as she is with her enemies. Not a good person. We are paying for her children and grand children to visit from California every week it seems. Taking Air Force planes with no other passengers.

    September 14, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. Danman

    Loser ad from a loser bad from the party of no ideas.

    A bucket of water won't fix the Bush economy.

    September 14, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. Tinkers Dam

    One has to wonder what is in the water out in SF. To keep electing this person to congress is idiotic. Californians, if you wonder why your state is in such bad shape, look no further than your own mirror.

    September 14, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. Jack

    I had been waiting for SNL to do this skit. Guess they are too close to the witch. I bet it is hilarious.

    September 14, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. New Age Independant

    Pelosi has brought down the Democrat Party to the darkest depths in history. Massive corruption throughout the party while she turns away from the topic. We've already seen examples of her ongoing knowledge of corruption and her attempts to sweep it under the rug. Her promise to fight it, was nothing more than campaign lies.

    September 14, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  14. The Beatification of Mediocrity

    So what does that make the GOP? The Lollipop Guild?

    September 14, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  15. Every

    I think there ought to be a counter democrat add on the movie the WIZARD of OZ", which show wall street as the Tin Man, the Lion as the Banking system, the scare crow as Auto companies, healthcare reform as Dorthy, the President Obama as the WIZARD of OZand repuglicans and tea neck party as the wicked witch! Now, that is a real analogy for what has really happened and the accomplishments of this administration! The repouglicans and tea neck party has been obstructionist and have attacked every position, solution and effort to turn this country from a deep depression!

    September 14, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  16. Justin

    Someone needs to tell this guy that only adults win elections.

    What a waste of money; he could do more good donating it to charity.

    September 14, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  17. save america, vote out republicans

    Republicans have always been afraid of intelligent women in leadership roles. What the republican nazi committee does not realize, is that our unfunded tax cuts for the wealthy, the unfunded Iraq war, the unfunded drug programs, and the unfunded Bush bank bailouts were republican programs and not a result of Nancy's leadership. Bush and republicans gave President Obama and Speaker Pelosi a $10.6 trillion debt.

    September 14, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  18. Kim

    GOP looking a little desperate. If thier phantom economic plan for the country is so promising, why is Newt blowing the rhetorical "dog whistle" so the racist base ofthe party know to come running? And now this? If some of the Tea Party candidates upset their GOP counterparts in today's primariers, I look forward to a hilarious season of SNL.

    September 14, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  19. The Real Me

    THanks for the laugh. I thought it was great!

    September 14, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    These republicans are so pathetic. All they do is run smear campaigns. Yet Mr. Dennis doesn't tell us what he will do if he were elected to Congress. I should make a web video against republicans as a whole. It will basically be a balloon deflating letting out alot of hot air.

    September 14, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. jim

    Nancy Pelosi is a terrible politican that is in a very liberal district and no matter what she says or does there are enough people in her district that will keep her in power because they need her to promote their liberal ideas.

    September 14, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. Bob Foetsch

    These people are getting more and more like kindergarteners.

    September 14, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  23. Paul from Phoenix

    That is so funny! I wonder how many people will start throwing water at her to see if it really works!

    September 14, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  24. Francisco Cardenas

    This is really an illustration of what the GOP agenda is in this country ... A JOKE!!!

    September 14, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  25. Mike

    Republicans have no shame!

    September 14, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
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