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. RigidPrinciples

    Pelosi will be one of the first to be impeached and hung. The revenue brought in from that venue will dwarf any new tax revenue she is pondering 🙂

    September 14, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    I am so tired of Repulican attacks on Nancy and her being demonized just because she is a woman.

    September 14, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. dont care what you Demoncrates say

    throw water on the witch and maybe she will go away real far away...

    September 14, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Cheesy... I am sure some people see Pelosi as an evil person.

    September 14, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. Drew

    Will somebody in the media plaes begin to call these people out for the insane, dangerous, anti-American, fear-mongering, bullying, ignoramouses that they truly are?
    Political discourse in this great country must be raised to a higher level, and it is up to those in our media to set the bar a bit higher than chimpanzee!

    September 14, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. Dave

    It's not the Wall Street bailout that put America in huge debt. It was the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. People in San Francisco know the Republicans under Bush were in charge of the bailout, too. Pelosi will only get the blame from Fox-Terror-Channel-watching, misinformed Republican automitons.

    September 14, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  7. bd

    ha ha-this ad IS entertaining ! Too bad John Dennis is a joke just like all the other rethuglicans. I hope the Democrats are a huge tornado in November and wipe the rethugicans out of this world!!

    September 14, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. Lauren

    Someone clearly didn't see Wicked...

    September 14, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. charlie from the North

    "Pay no attention to the man behind that mirror" It is just Karl Rove.

    If you buy the GOP crap again shame on you.

    September 14, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. ThinkAgain

    FACT: The Wall Street bailouts were started under GW Bush; the global economic meltdown was brought on by his policies. He and his administration own the economic mess our country is in
    (you break it = you buy it).

    Regarding this ad in general: When all you have to offer is POLICIES THAT ARE PROVEN FAILURES, then this is what you get:

    Juvenile ads, totally lacking in substance, designed only to fuel the fear, hate, lies and division your party has come to represent.

    The GOP is so pathetic!

    September 14, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. NC

    Disgusting gutter politics. This is what our Country has become and it started during the election for President in 2008. John McCain are you happy with what you allowed Palin to do.

    September 14, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. Jamey

    Im a moderate democrat, and I think Palin is better than Pelosi for our country and that doesent say much.

    September 14, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. Keith in Austin

    I just watched this ad and it's hilarious!

    September 14, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  14. Lynn

    The GOP will stoop to the lowest level. Instead of facts regarding issues, they attack the person. When in trouble attack from all directions, sounds like he might be in trouble.

    September 14, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  15. Fixer2010

    Nancy Pelosi does not speak for Democrats. She, rather, gives a bad
    name to those of us who actually care about this country. She needs to step down from her throne and give this country back to our people. Her over-zealous liberal antics have been allowed for too long.

    September 14, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. Barbara Breazeale

    Nancy Pelosi deserves this ad, she earned it. The voters of San Francisco can certainly do better than "Airhead Nancy".

    September 14, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. Karl in Charleston,SC

    " I'll get you my pretty voters..."

    September 14, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. Tiffany J, Cinci

    Wow. How pathetic.

    What ever happened to actual debates? How about facts? Am I the only one tired of being yanked around by the chain? My vote shouldn't be something that politicians try to sway through 'entertainment'. Give me truths. Argue real points. Tell me why you are the man or woman for the job. And leave it at that. If you can't win based on YOUR platform, don't bother running. Don't bother talking.

    I'm way too busy working my rump off in this quasi recession to try and sift through all of the political garbage to find what is real. The politicians that pull this kind of ill-witted stunts are seriously wasting what little time I have. And I'm sure that applies for the rest of Americans who are tired as hell and can't devote 40 hours of homework per week of researching wtf is actually going on.

    There's no wonder we're all exhausted, divided, grumpy, at each others throats, offended, distanced, and depressed.

    September 14, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. Discernment


    A number of things go into electing a "Public-Servant-Leader" to include a person's experience, ethics, and ability to respect and represent his or her constituents.

    Clearly, "trashy and disrespectful" Republican John Dennis and men of his ilk will never get my vote. Not even for dog catcher!

    September 14, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. Mary

    And the problem is ...? She IS the wicked witch of the west. It would be so nice to see her district think and "melt" her on out of there instead of pulling the same lever, again.

    September 14, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. soneill

    This woman is a witch. A corrupt rich and hypocritical witch.

    September 14, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  22. Tom TX

    Very mature (not) and a great example for our children! What an immature bunch of sore losers the GOP has been since the '08 election.
    I left the party for just this reason; I don't identify w/this crap or the direction they are taking catering to the fringe right. Anything but GOP!

    September 14, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. Discernment

    Garbage Republican John Dennis = Garbage Republican Leadership if voted in.

    September 14, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  24. Daniel

    Nice little new ad style...
    Can you imagine the ones that can be made attacking Sarah Palin?
    I can't wait!!!

    September 14, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  25. robertJ

    Another republican with nothing valid to offer , no reasonable ideas, that can only criticize what others are trying to do.Think about it – If you do something and it's wrong or partly wrong you can learn from it and improve. BUT, to do this takes an idea and a goal. "NO" is not an idea or a goal! Critcizing others ideas with no alternative suggestions is not an idea or a goal! Wanting to repeat the same stupid mistakes again and again and expecting a diffrent result is not only insanity it is stupidity in the highest degree.

    September 14, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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