Super-Scary Anti-Bennet Iran Ad Parodied In Record Time

UPDATE: AP via the Colorado Springs Gazetteit looks like Advancing Colorado was fudging their buy number for dramatic effect, as if the ad wasn’t enough melodrama:

“With Washington Republicans lacking an opponent in the Colorado Senate race, it comes as no surprise that a secretly funded group with ties to the billionaire Koch brothers is out with a deeply offensive, fear-mongering attack against Sen. Bennet,” said Andrew Zucker, senior communications adviser at the Colorado Democratic Party.

Lockwood, who formerly ran the conservative billionaire Koch brothers’ Colorado young voter outreach organization, said Advancing Colorado is not funded by the Koch brothers, though he declined to disclose donors. He said the ad buy was six figures, including broadcast stations in Denver starting Tuesday, and online and digital. Democrats said the broadcast portion is only $46,000, which Lockwood didn’t dispute, making it a fairly small buy. [Pols emphasis]


Jonathan Lockwood of Advancing Colorado.

Jonathan Lockwood of Advancing Colorado.

A press release from well-funded conservative advocacy group Advancing Colorado this morning announces a “shocking” new ad, criticizing Sen. Michael Bennet for his support for the agreement with Iran to prevent that nation from developing nuclear weapons:

Today, Advancing Colorado launched a six-figure television advertising campaign to alert Coloradans to Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet’s support for the president’s Iran Deal. The launch follows Bennet repeatedly voting to block an up-or-down vote on the disapproval resolution.

The video sequence begins with children counting down from ten in their native languages. The children countdown in English, Hebrew, German, Spanish, Arabic, Italian, Russian, Chinese and Swedish. Then video of a mushroom cloud explosion cuts off the last child as she says, “one,” with intense sound effects and a lasting piercing noise, depicting a nuclear attack from the leading state sponsor of terror.

“A nuclear Iran is a threat to the entire world. Sen. Michael Bennet support’s Obama’s Iran Deal. Sen. Michael Bennet is jeopardizing our safety. Call Sen. Michael Bennet,” the ad declares, featuring Bennet’s DC office’s phone number. “Ask him, ‘Why?’”

It’s a shocking TV spot, for sure, but it’s hardy original: the sequence of cute kids counting followed by a loud, scary nuclear explosion is a direct homage to the infamous 1964 “Daisy” ad produced by Lyndon Johnson against Barry Goldwater. That these historically gripping visuals are being used to campaign against a peace agreement, as opposed to calling out Goldwater’s foreign policy belligerence, is rather Orwellian. For members of the public who know the underlying story of the Iran agreement, this ad could be an offensive backfire.

But that may not be the best part of the story: overnight, before this ad was announced to the public, we were sent a parody version with a request not to post it until Advancing Colorado’s ad was released–but as soon afterward as we could. Don’t ask us what happened here with Advancing Colorado’s internal production process, but the parody is truly hilarious if you’ve seen the original:


It helps if you’ve seen Terminator 2. As long as you have, this turns the six-digit scare into a bit of a punchline.

But don’t worry, folks, Advancing Colorado will “be back!” After all, they’re very well funded.

19 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. FrankUnderwood says:

    And speaking of approval of the Iran deal, Lawrence Kudlow,the financial talking head from CNBC, is looking at running against Richard Blumenthal in Connecticut because Blumenthal had the audacity to vote for the Iran deal. Maybe this is going to replace "repeal and replace Obamacare" as the GOP's reason for existence.

    Well, this and building the Trump Wall along the Mexican border.

  2. JeffcoBlue says:


    I just read that the buy for this fear mongering piece of shit ad is nowhere near "six digits." Less than 50k in reality.

    But way to make it laughable! Sharing away with my Facebook frinz.

  3. Progressicat says:

    I'm less scared of Iran than I am of those last couple countdown kids slyly smiling as they tick off the final seconds until the world is destroyed.  Children of the Corn creepy.

    Also, did Lockwood just hang a sheet in his house as a backdrop for that?  Those kids look like they're having a living room campout.  One thing I did notice is that he must have Lisa Pinto writing his copy.  "Ask him why?" is a good question.  Why should we ask him?


    • mamajama55 says:

      Ask MichaelBennet4CO why he isn't defending MichaelBennet4Real. Or would that just be too confusicating…a Koch-funded troll pretending to be a concern troll defending a conservative pretend progressive democrat from a Koch-funded conservative attack machine. Makes me dizzy just contemplating it.


  4. MichaelBowman says:

    BLAHAHAHAHAHA! If they didn't have fear to peddle they'd have nothing. 

  5. Moderatus says:

    A nuclear attack by the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism is no laughing matter. This video is in poor taste.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Bush’s Saudis have the bomb???

      • BlueCat says:

        Well Iran doesn’t. Who knew Saudis do? And Israel. And Pakistan. Getting kind of crowded.

        • Diogenesdemar says:

          I heard a great segment on NPR yesterday about the full history of Iran's nuclear program.  Began in the 50's under the Eisenhower administration and their "Atoms for Peace" program.  The US built a nuclear reactor at Tehran University, and provided enriched uranium for its operation …

          Well worth a listen.  I imagine it could be found on their website. 

        • FrankUnderwood says:

          I'm old enough to remember the 1980 election. During the one debate that Reagan and Carter had, the question to Reagan had to do with nuclear non-proliferation treaties. Bonzo said of other nations getting the bomb, "It's none of our business." 

    • Gilpin Guy says:

      Then why did Reaguns sell them missles?  Someone should be held accountable for him arming our enemies.

    • FrankUnderwood says:

      The world's leading state sponsor of terrorism? If I recall correctly, your fearless leader made Iran share that title with those two other pronges on the Axis of Evil:  Iraq and North Korea.

      “My brother kept us safe.”
      Jeb!, September 16, 2015

      • Gilpin Guy says:

        I have to wonder if the Modster is Pols planting right-wing points in their articles to stimulate some rabid comments from their liberal contributors.  No real person could be such a total parody of the stupidity of the bigoted and permanent victim mentality of the besieged and paranoid right-wing extremist.  Is it Pols playing us or is it a real life loser.

        • BlueCat says:

          Oh, I believe he's real, alright. And the Trump phenom tells us plenty of people can be that much of a parody of stupid and bigoted. Not to mention the Carson phenom, the fact that Huckabee is an x-Guv, Ted Cruz, Fox "News", the list goes on.

        • Colorado Pols says:

          It's an interesting idea, but we believe we would do much better trolling ourselves.

          • Gilpin Guy says:

            I didn't think the Pols folks were the kind to punk their contributors but you have to admit that the caricature of the conservative weenie is done so amazingly well that it's hard to believe this character isn't playing the crowd. 

            Thanks again for maintaining this website.  It is getting easier to use especially with the edit feature which has saved many a misworded post.

        • FrankUnderwood says:

          Don't forget……we also have Andrew Carnegie. If Pols wanted to plant a right winger to spark discussion, I'm not sure they would want or need two of them.

    • taterheaptom says:

      Dilhead, I'm pretty sure any nuclear attack is no laughing matter. Do you have to change your pants all day or do you wear nappies?  

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