By Ben Geman - 03/15/10 12:14 PM EDT
The sequel to the bizarre and widely-circulated “Demon
Sheep” ad from Republican Carly Fiorina’s California Senate
campaign aims to use incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer’s (D) climate change
advocacy against her.
The strange new web video shows Boxer’s head enlarging until it breaks through the Capitol and becomes a blimp drifting across the country while the narrator attacks her on several fronts – including global warming.
Her alleged missteps include “proclaiming her cap-and-trade bill would clean the environment, indifferent that it would take already painful jobless numbers and make them dramatically worse,” the narrator states.
My colleagues at our Ballot Box and Blog Briefing Room pages wrote about the new ad here and here.
Boxer, with no GOP votes, steered a sweeping cap-and-trade bill through the Environment and Public Works Committee she chairs last year. Critics of cap-and-trade bills say they’ll cause big jumps in energy prices and hurt the economy.
But advocates point to EPA analyses showing that Boxer’s bill and a similar measure that passed the House last year would have minimal effects on household energy costs, and supporters also argue the measures would spur large-scale job creation in alternative energy sectors.
Anyway, Boxer’s bill is a non-starter in the full Senate and her co-sponsor, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), is instead working with Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on an alternative plan.