This is one of those things that you have to see to believe but even after seeing it you will undoubtedly be finding yourself still wondering if the people who made this this commercial were serious. The sad thing is that they are being quite serious. (See the video of this ad below this post)
The advertisement is a one minute attack ad brought to you by the dues paid to AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, a union that does represent many hard working men and women but exploits its members for a liberal agenda that often holds entire cities hostage to the whims of the wealthy limousine liberal labor bosses who head up the union. In the ad, a gentleman by the name of Richard Hayes claims to be the man who picks up Mitt Romney’s garbage.
Hayes is a San Diego garbage man who apparently has a route that includes the area in San Diego where Mitt Romney has a house. In this 1 minute long commercial Hayes is upset over the fact that Mitt Romney has never given him a bottle of Gatorade or water and that he has never hugged him for the good job he has done picking up all of the garbage that Mitt Romney put’s out in front of his house in San Diego. According to Mr. Hayes, many people greet him this way as he picks up their garbage.
Hayes goes on to claim that because of the tons of garbage that he picks up, his body will break down by the time he is 55 or 60 years old and then he states “but Mitt Romney doesn’t care about that”. The ad then quickly goes to the now infamous Mother Jones clip of Mitt Romney addressing financial donors where he discusses the 47% of voters who he knows his campaign will probably not persuade to vote for him. The edited clip they use takes Romney out of context as you here him say “and so my job is not to worry about those people”.
Of course Romney’s words were meant in a strategic political context that made the point that his campaign had to focus on those voters who could be persuaded to vote him. Those words were not meant in the sense that the AFSCME ad suggests which is that Romney doesn’t have any regard for people like Richard Hayes. However, according to the script read by Hayes, Romney doesn’t care because he hasn’t made the effort to hug him.
The mind-numbingly dumb perspective offered in this advertisement is so shockingly disturbing that you can’t help but have to rethink whether or not it was a serious attempt at political commentary or a Saturday Night Live-like parody intended to mock political ads with an overly dramatic and emotional character who takes viewers on an intended but surprising journey from the sublime to the ridiculous. Unfortunately this is no parody but I almost wish I could give Tracy Morgan a call and ask him to do one for me.
This ad is so outrageously stupid that one can’t help but think less of AFSCME than one may have already thought of them. It would be one thing if this big union had a reasonable argument to present based on some Romney inspired policy initiative that they believe would hurt their members but this ad doesn’t even attempt to pretend to deal with any real issues. Instead it actually assumes that all voters are stupid bastards who will believe that because Mitt Romney hasn’t hugged his garbage man, he is unqualified to be President.
The ad is so silly that it is truly offensive. It is so utterly ludicrous that members of AFSCME should be embarrassed beyond belief. They should be mortified to know that their leadership is made up of a bunch of people who are so unintelligent and dim-witted that it is quite clear to the rest of us that their shoes sizes apparently reach a higher number than their IQ’s. Not exactly the type of people who I would want to be in charge of any negotiations involving my line of work.
To make matters worse, the spastic brains behind this ad obviously failed to even attempt to do any research before they consulted a dictionary to come up with the words they try to use in it. As was noted in Mitt Romney’s book “No Apology,” Romney writes about how during his gubernatorial campaign in Massachusetts, he took on the jobs of various constituents and one of those jobs was collecting trash. In his book, Romney writes;
“One day I gathered trash as a garbage collector. I stood on that little platform at the back of the truck, holding on as the driver navigated his way through the narrow streets of Boston. As we pulled up to traffic lights, I noticed that the shoppers and businesspeople who were standing only a few feet from me didn’t even see me. It was as if I was invisible.”
He then writes
“Perhaps it was because a lot of us don’t think garbage men are worthy of notice; I disagree – anyone who works that hard deserves our respect.”
The bottom-line here is that anyone who is persuaded to vote against Mitt Romney by this commercial, should seek serious psychiatric help. As for the people who made and approved this ad, it’s too late. Their minds are obviously so rotted, that they are beyond help. All the money behind Obamacare would not able to save the minds of those fools.
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