Sen. John Cornyn's folksy television ad, Big Bad John, isn't exactly playing well, or at least the way it was intended, in Democratic circles. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee got such a kick out of the version of the Jimmy Dean song-- replete with Texas stereotypes and Cornyn wearing a fringed suede jacket -- that it actually posted it on its blog, along with the Daily Show's Jon Stewart's mocking take on it. "We figure it helps our cause more than his," says the DSCC blog.
Cornyn's reaction? "I think it's hilarious," he laughed during a conference call with reporters today. "This was a good-natured introduction we did at the Houston convention a couple of weeks ago." Cornyn said it was meant to be light-hearted and that he told the state GOP gathering after the ad: "My staff convinced me that it would be a good idea. Maybe I need a new staff." Or at least a new songwriter. Check out these lyrics:"He rose to the top, in just one term. Kept Texas in power, made lesser states squirm. Big John."
UPDATE: RE: John Cornyn's blog: Bill O'Reilly found the ad "very watchable" when he talked about it on his show this week.