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A New Attack Ad: Meet Senator Switchback
Smile, Sen. Switchback. You're on YouTube! Plus: The open-borders Wall Street Journal puts on a tinfoil hat. Update: The WSJ gets a bloggy ribbing and takes off its tinfoil hat.
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Bryan and I cooked up another Kaus-inspired shamnesty Hot Air ad just for Senator Switchback. Thanks to Allahpundit for clipping the switchback moments that will live in infamy. Enjoy:


Meet Sen. Sam Brownback, Republican of Kansas.

He wants to be President of the United States. But on the most critical homeland security issues of our time, he can’t make up his mind and stick to it.

On the morning of June 28, 2007, he was for the illegal alien amnesty bill…before he was against it…

For it…then against it…

That’s right. He changed his mind and changed his vote in the span of 11 minutes!

Sam Brownback. Leadership only John Kerry could love.


Related vid: Bush is feeling blue. Boo-freakin’-hoo.


We’ve had fun at Hot Air cranking out shamnesty ads all week in response to Mickey Kaus’s call for citizen vids. You can find links to the rest here.

The open borders Wall Street Journal thinks there are some nefarious dark forces behind the little video spots Bryan and I collaborated on in our home offices–and behind the videos produced by other independent bloggers (hat tip: See-Dubya):

Hot Air Network’s Web ad, viewable at left, urged “conservatives fed up with Republican scheming on this bill, [to] do something about it. If you gave to the party in the past year, you can demand your money back. Call the Republican National Committee today and demand a full refund. If you gave to any senator or congressman in the past year, call their office and demand a full refund.” Just who sponsors Hot Air’s ad, and other similar ads popping up across the Internet, is unclear.

Who “sponsors” our ads? What the —-? Did the reporter get her training at Media Matters?

No Wall Street Journal reporter bothered to e-mail us. If they had, the facts would have gotten in the way of their tinfoil-rattling. Sorry to disappoint you, but no one “sponsored” our videos. I’m sure Kaus will find out if any of the other grass-roots YouTube ads his call inspired were “sponsored” by some Invisible, Deep-Pocketed Special Interest.

Is it so hard for the WSJ to get its head around the concept of independent videoblogging and an Army of Video-Editing Davids? Or at least to e-mail video producers to ask them directly before embarrassing themselves?


More: Allah is on a roll. That’s what our Super-Secret Puppeteers pay us to do!

Update: Giggle.

Ace has an R-rated takedown. Viewer discretion advised.

Allah notes a WSJ “correction” and Bryan weighs in.

Some of the comments left at the WSJ site: is a conservative political commentary website with an emphasis on video blogging. It was started by Michelle Malkin. No one “sponsors” the ads; their crack young staff does this kind of thing for fun.

Full disclosure: I’m one of their occasional guest-bloggers.

Comment by See-Dubya – June 28, 2007 at 4:58 pm

“Just who sponsors Hot Air’s ad, and other similar ads popping up across the Internet, is unclear.”

Wow. Had to check the url there for a sec… thought I was at The Onion’s site!

Please do a bit of research before you write next time.

Comment by Citizen Duck – June 28, 2007 at 5:42 pm

LOL! Who sponsors Hot Air? It’s a mystery cloaked in darkness! Get someone on it immediately, I smell a Pulitzer!

Comment by WisCon – June 28, 2007 at 5:48 pm

“I think the main question here is, will we ever really know who’s sponsoring the comments left by See-Dubya, Citizen Duck, and WisCon?”

Or Adrian. Who’s behind the mysterious comments left by Adrian????

Comment by PRCalDude – June 28, 2007 at 5:57 pm

The WSJ asks, “Just who sponsors Hot Air’s ad, and other similar ads popping up across the Internet, is unclear.”

To quote Animal House, “Gee you’re dumb.”

I suppose whoever splurged for the camcorder “funded” these ads.

Comment by paul zummo – June 28, 2007 at 6:00 pm

Hmmm…the mystery deepens:

Comment by See-Dubya – June 28, 2007 at 6:03 pm

“Just who sponsors Hot Air’s ad, and other similar ads popping up across the Internet, is unclear.”

You can’t be serious. Who’s behind Hot Air? Michelle Malkin, the nationally known syndicated journalist, that’s who. How hard is it to click on the About tab at the site and read that information?

Rather than sounding like a paranoid, why didn’t you just e-mail Michelle and ask.

Oh, and by the way, it costs virtually nothing to produce those videos.

Next time research your subject before writing about it – something the WSJ should have done before supporting the amnesty bill.

Comment by Sensible Mom – June 28, 2007 at 6:08 pm

Well, whoever “sponsored” the ads, that budget of about $1.49 must have been hard to come by…

Comment by cirby – June 28, 2007 at 6:16 pm

Ms. Carnevale:

“Just who sponsors Hot Air’s ad, and other similar ads popping up across the Internet, is unclear.”

Did HotAir’s Ms. Malkin refuse to share that information with you? Did you even ask?

It’s worth noting that in addition to mounting the YouTube ad above, Ms. Malkin was one of the very first people on the web to make an actual copy of the last minute 300+ page amendment available to anyone who care enough to wade through it. You might want to ask her how many folks downloaded that PDF. She knows her readers expect to do their own filtering. When so many people are trying to access your site that it crashes from the overload as hers apparently did this morning, we’re light years beyond “buzz.”

Talk radio and buzz don’t create opposition out of thin air, they give it voice and focus. Until the WSJ crowd figures that out, the real political dynamics here were remain “unclear.” Some of those voices are vicious, crude, and shallow but the idea that they are representative is a serious, self-serving misconception.

Comment by JM Hanes – June 28, 2007 at 6:31 pm

‘Just who sponsors Hot Air’s ad, and other similar ads popping up across the Internet, is unclear.’


God forbid that concerned Americans made cheap little video ads, listened to talk radio and read some blogs. It has just not occurred to a single liberal reporter idiot that people did these things because they were already furious – they did not get stirred up by them. They were merely informed by them. Just about every talk show I listened to recently revealed a lot more facts about the amnesty legislation, and did a lot better reporting on the situation, than anything I read or heard from the major networks and papers. The ‘big guys’ can no longer control, distort or hide, the truth, and it’s tearing them apart.

Comment by JsinGood – June 28, 2007 at 6:32 pm

“Just who sponsors Hot Air’s ad, and other similar ads popping up across the Internet, is unclear”

LOL that ‘ad’ cost less to make then the beer they cracked open after they finished it. Long Live the New Media

Comment by Suze – June 28, 2007 at 6:32 pm

Hoo-boy, that was gut-busting.

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• Category: Ideology • Tags: Amnesty