Last night, my lovely first wife and I finally got around to watching Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, and it was pretty much everything everyone said it would be. But since we were having to stream it via VH1 we had to watch the ads, which is not our wont.
Most of the ads were what you might expect: Axe products, that kind of bro stuff. But late in the show, there was an ad (which I cannot find online) which floored me.
It was—in style and in content—a campaign ad. For the Current Republican Administration.
It led with “jobs added in the first month,” which even the most rabid Trumpista cannot think the CRA accomplished (especially given its stunning incompetence in almost every area). Other stuff, similarly pitched. I wish I had taken notes, because I can’t remember now. My jaw was on the floor the entire time.
I thought it was by some organization called makeamericagreatagain.com or something, but here’s a hoot of a thing: if you click on that link, it doesn’t go at all where you think it will go. makeamericagreat.com just leads to a single page. greatamericapac.com is a PAC, but doesn’t have the ad on its site.
Anyway, it ended by encouraging us to keep up the pressure so that we could “finish the job.” It was a campaign ad for people who already won the election.
Is this where we are now? Is this who we are now? Our government—We The People—is one big reality show. With ads, selling us styrofoam opinions and urging us to watch Must See GOP. The Real White House Staffers. Survivor: American Cabinet.
I wondered if the ad were part of the White House communications push to subvert American opinion during the run-up to the 100th day mark. (As always, Wonkette’s take on the story is a delight.) But since the ad was from a PAC, that would mean the CRA was coordinating with a PAC. IS THAT EVEN LEGAL, KENNETH? Actually, I don’t know. Is it?
Stay classy, America.