A political action committee supporting Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign debuted an ad this week that compares the Minnesota congressman to Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.
The ad notes that "the establishment sports guys love to hate Tim Tebow: he's not smart enough, his mechanics are no good, he's not accurate enough — still, he just keeps winning." The ad goes on to argue that Tebow makes sports fans "feel guilty" because he doesn't "drink, cuss, smoke, or kick opponents when they're down" and because he is a born-again Christian.
As pictures of Tebow and Bachmann flash across the screen, the announcer draws parallels between the candidate and the quarterback.
"The same could be said of Michele Bachmann: no baggage, Christian, and like Tebow, she keeps fighting and she just keeps winning votes," the announcer says.
The commercial by the No Compromise PAC is not the only attempt in this campaign cycle to align a Republican candidate with the Broncos star. Texas Gov. Rick Perry said that he hoped he would be the "Tim Tebow of the Iowa caucuses" during a debate in Sioux City in December, arguing that he could engineer a late comeback to overcome his sagging poll numbers.
"There are a lot of folks that said Tim Tebow wasn't going to be a very good NFL quarterback," Perry said. "There are people that stood up and said, 'Well, he doesn't have the right throwing mechanisms, or he's not playing the game right.' And he won two national championships, and that looked pretty good. We were the national champions in job creation back in Texas."
Tebow came off the bench to guide the Broncos to the NFL playoffs, compiling a nice winning streak in the process despite a poor completion record.
However, Tebow and the Broncos enter the playoffs with a three-game losing streak.
Bachmann is on a losing streak of her own. After winning an important conservative straw poll in Iowa in August, Bachman is fading badly in polls.