This is fairly strange, so bear with me. The newest ad from Sharron Angle -- narrated, for some reason, by a sassy woman who is not Angle -- makes the case that Harry Reid is distant from Nevadans' pain because he's constantly partying. This isn't like the 2006 ad that ribbed proto-New Yorker Harold Ford for attending a Playboy party. The point seems to be that Reid looks goofy.
But what's this?
"While you might be in the unemployment line," explains the narrator, "someone's more likely to be in a conga line." Later, she explains that Reid parties with supermodels.
Was Reid in a conga line? No. The woman in the photo is... Michelle Obama , who was doing a photo-op with Reid back in June to promote her physical fitness initiative.
The picture is obviously Dukakis-in-a-tank, Kerry-in-a-spacesuit, hilarious. But why pretend that a photo op with the First Lady was a sexy party? Really odd.
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