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. K from AZ

    The candidate should have used Pelosi's full title, not just 'wicked wirch', no respect. Should have been "Wicked Witch of the West" (formal).

    September 14, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. Derek

    Funny thing, though, is that it was the Repubs who said we needed to bail out Wall St. in the first place. Remember Bush and his "Too big to fail" comment anyone?? Or are we ignorant by choice?

    September 14, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. john316

    Well.....I guess this is what it's come masses will demand that politicians get into a "Mad Max Thunder Dome" for their amusement.....the same folks that think Elvis is still alive....or abducted by aliens......the "Moron" factor is at an all time high right now....the republicans are counting on it......

    September 14, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. kaneda - california

    I like the ad! awesome!

    September 14, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. Joe Mamma

    I'm sure that Nancy haters will hearken to the sophomoric tenor of this ad, but if (as it appears) this is all her opponent has to offer, CA is better off without him in Congress.

    September 14, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. Moby

    No she has it locked up. They love "Learjets are too small for me Pelosi" in California. They think alike – big with other money.

    September 14, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  7. RB from Seattle

    She'll never be unseated - she is an inmate in charge of a district asylum called San Francisco.

    September 14, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. Ken

    soo..would it be the tea party with no brain and the republicans with no heart?

    September 14, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. brian

    A GOP candidate offering no solutions, and throwing money away for no reason. What a surprise.

    September 14, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. BJs65

    Juvenile. I wonder if he'd like someone treating his own mother/wife/daughter that way.

    September 14, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. fideauxdon

    The GOP is on a high right now, and they'll probably make some gains in November, based on their campaign of lies, bigotry and exaggerations, but just remember that in any off-year election, the minority party usually makes gains, and they do it without using the hate tactics of the current GOP. I almost hope that they gain a majority in the House, to see what "ideas" they contribute. I hope that they don't also take over the Senate, because this could wreck an already fragile country, but if they do, and we all survive, The Dems will sweep the 2012 elections and the GOP and their minions, along with the Tea Partiers, will be out of the picture for the next 20 years!

    September 14, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Jeff

    Its unfortunate the only times Republicans come up with something innovative is in their commercials..

    September 14, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  13. Lori in St Pete

    Hey CNN, why don't you call this childish act for the "Political Theater" that it is? Honestly, I expected better from you guys. If I wanted sensationalsim in my news, I'd watch/read faux infotainment. Wouldn't it be nice if we, the people could sue these so-called "news" outlets for misinformation when they spread lies?

    September 14, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  14. Huntressmoon

    At least it's clever 🙂

    September 14, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  15. Matt

    Yawn. Another treasonous teabagger implying that anyone who doesn't agree with him should be killed. It used to be shocking, but now it's just standard Republican behavior.

    September 14, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. BOB

    Sad fact, she is a joke.

    September 14, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  17. chatmandu002

    Keep up the good work Nancy.... you're doing a great job of destroying this country. My grandchildren and great grandchildren will never have a chance to succeed with what you are doing.

    Down with the "wicked witch of the west".

    September 14, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. Mark

    This is pathetic. It's no longer politics anymore but a reality game show with the only losers being us, the viewers. Enough of the circus antics and just stick to real issue's and debates thats assuming they actually have one! God help us, please!

    September 14, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. William Jefferson

    republicons are relaying on gimmicks and trying to make sure no one thinks about this election for a second, becasue if it is about issues and what republicons are planing to do to the nation then they do not stand a chance. So gimmicks, fear mongering, and the most grotesque hideous lies is all we can expect.

    September 14, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  20. jackson

    And, if this ad had been done with Sarah Palin instead of Nancy Pelosi, the neocons would be lighting up this place saying it is just showing how afraid people are of how good she is.

    Think the neocons will say it in this case? Of course not.

    You have to love the hypocrisy.

    September 14, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. Chuck

    That's all the Republicans have. Nonsense. If they really feel that they can do a better job, then just show us your plan. But they don't have a plan except more of the same. Pathetic.

    September 14, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. Martha

    Ads like this only show the opponents desperation. Too bad there isn't some judgment placed before going public with these ads.

    September 14, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. stickman

    did that bucket really say "freedom"??? Campy indeed........

    September 14, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. gt

    this is the best commerical of the year,,,love it..

    September 14, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. Anonymous

    Ads with lies and distortions of records is one thing. This is just tasteless and out of line.
    He doesn't have to like the woman, byt he does have an obligation to be civil if running ofr office.
    I hope she trounces him!

    September 14, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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