The Smarmy and Snarly ticket

Former speaker John Boehner minced no words when talking about fellow Republican Ted Cruz, referring to him as “Lucifer in the flesh”, adding, “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”

Now that we have the Smarmy and Snarly ticket of Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina, we can look forward to more attack ads like this one by the Cruz campaign attacking both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. It is quite bizarre. It aims to be creepy but ends up comical.

For some reason, ‘Clinton’ and her strategists are shown meeting in some kind of a storage room. It would have been more appropriate to show them in some luxurious conference room at Goldman Sachs but since Cruz’s wife works for that same “great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money” (to borrow Matt Taibbi’s memorable description), that might have been awkward.

What I want to know is where the ad makers got hold of an actual slide projector. These once staples of the classroom have, like overhead projectors and slide rules, all but disappeared. On the plus side, the ‘Clinton’ campaign seems to have the advanced technology to produce a plain manila file folder that emits light when opened.


  1. Reginald Selkirk says

    “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends…”

    This childish refusal to use the adjectival form of Democrat is irksome.

  2. johnson catman says

    They got the folder from the same place as the briefcase from “Pulp Fiction” came from.

  3. Reginald Selkirk says

    It is quite bizarre.

    Yes it is. For example, criticizing Trump on stupid foreign policy, when Cruz’s own pronouncements on foreign policy have been eye-poppingly idiotic. But I think it could use more demon sheep. Perhaps that will be Carly’s role.

  4. says

    Smarmy and Snarly


    On the plus side, the ‘Clinton’ campaign seems to have the advanced technology to produce a plain manila file folder that emits light when opened.

    She has a light saber hidden in there!

  5. Menyambal says

    And even an old roll-up projection screen! In my computer classes, I have to explain the slideshow icon to kids, because they’ve never seen a screen on a stand like that.

    I liked one guy’s smirk, but otherwise that was just silly.

    Clinton was in the war room the night they got Bin Laden. Conservatives don’t give her credit for that, liberals don’t worry enough about it. (She had an overhead image of the Bin Laden compound in front of her. It was blurred out in the released photo of the event. The blurring was kind of canceled out when the photo was reduced in size, so I could tell what it was. I dunno what they were trying to hide, but that particular cover-up failed.)

  6. Menyambal says

    In that vid, “Clinton” was insisting on her title. For real, when Condoleezza Rice was Secretary of State, she insisted that any document shown her had to be classified as Secret. My informant had to get a clearance just so the public information they gathered could be classified before being passed to Madame Secretary Rice.

  7. says

    Funny how those who cause problems (i.e. republicans who empowered the extremists, republicans who blamed Obama for Bush’s deficits) are so quick to absolve themselves of responsibility. No doubt if Sanders somehow won the presidency and the Earth’s environment began to collapse, they would blame him.

  8. Nick Gotts says

    Reginal Selkirk@1,

    I’ve seen your complaint about Boehner’s comment elsewhere, but I’m not sure it’s valid in this case.If asked about the party allegiance of an American politician you would probably say “She’s a Democrat”, not “She’s Democratic”. English is notoriously ready to use parts of speech in flexible (or sloppy) ways. “I have Democrat friends” -- using the noun adjectivally -- seems to me more natural that “I have Democratic friends”. In the Republican case, the adjective and the noun are the same, so the issue can’t arise.

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