Bill Bishop, author and co-editor of The Daily Yonder, said:

I'm from Kentucky and I would be voting for Conway if I still lived there. And the ad was stupid.

Will it work? Obviously some people think so. My guess is that it will tick off the Rand supporters and it will make those who support Conway embarrassed for their guy. The ad is simply unfair, childish — exactly the kind of attack Democrats complain about when it comes to the Obama administration. Check out this Joel Pett cartoon from this morning. Joel is a good Democrat, but the best he can get out of this mess is, a pox on both their houses.

I doubt that's the reaction Conway was looking for......


Bernie Quigley, Pundits Blog contributor, said:

I don’t know what the “aqua Buddha” is and I’ve been a Buddhist for quite awhile. Like the old “White Citizens Councils” of the 1950s it seems a last hurrah of wackiness, designed to frighten devout farm folk. Eek! A Buddhist! I got family in them hills and they are not that stupid. The image of the golden Buddha in the background probably brought back a decent memory for those who first saw it in Thailand and Vietnam during the war there as I did.

Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit, said:

Most people will think it's something related to Aquaman. That's not likely to move many voters.

Justin Raimondo, editorial director of, said:

Whoever conceived this ad has go to have a VERY low opinion of the electorate. Do they really think people believe "Aqua Buddha" is a real deity of a real religion, and do they actually expect that voters will believe that? Is everyone now to be judged by their behavior in college? What is the Conway campaign smoking?

This ad is an insult to the people it supposedly addresses, and to all thinking people everywhere. But, I have to admit: there's something about an Aqua Buddha man!