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By Warren Rojas Posted at 12:51 p.m. on Aug. 2, 2012
Rep. Rick Berg (R-N.D.) and his advisers most likely expected the week-old “Again” ad to conjure Rockwellian nostalgia for neighborly intimacy and small-town straight talk.
Instead, the Republican challenging Democrat Heidi Heitkamp for the seat being vacated by soon-to-be-chartless budget wonk Sen. Kent Conrad (D) has been ridiculed and berated by Web surfers who found the campaign spot laughable.
Team Berg has since disabled the comments section of the corresponding YouTube page — but not before we grabbed the choicest critiques.
One played the gender card:
Others eviscerated the “Mean Girls”-like chatter:
Some took offense to Berg’s regional pandering:
While a few chose to bask in the anticipated backlash:
A Berg for Senate aide declined to comment on the ad in question, stating only that North Dakota voters “are increasingly turned off” by personal attacks leveled against Berg by “Heidi, [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid [D-Nev.] and their liberal allies.”
May the best sound bite win.
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Warren Rojas is a Heard on the Hill columnist for Roll Call, having previously worked as the founding dining editor for Northern Virginia Magazine and also as a tax reporter for Tax Notes. @WARojas
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