The Rick Santorum campaign reached a new low Friday with an ad that includes truly horrific imagery that is clearly meant to invoke memories of the 1986 Ukranian nuclear disaster at Chernobyl. About forty seconds into the ad, it also depicts a television set on which is superimposed an image of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which very briefly morphs into an image of President Obama. It's clearly intended to be a subliminal message. The voiceover that is recorded while this image plays intones, "sworn American enemy." It's important to point out that this ad was not produced by a Super PAC supporting Santorum, and in fact comes directly from the Santorum campaign, as part of an eight-part series titled "Obamaville." Therefore, Santorum, a former Republican senator from Pennsylvania, cannot claim that he had nothing to do with this offensive mess. This atrocious, fear-mongering video implies that there will be a nuclear war with Iran if President Obama is re-elected.
The video also states, "the wait to see a doctor is ever increasing," but instead of showing a hospital hallway that is overcrowded with patients, which would match the accusation, it shows a terrifying abandoned hospital hallway that looks like it should be in a 1970s-era horror filmÂ—footage that looks like it was collected from an asylum that hasn't been occupied in decades. This is after opening images suggesting nuclear war, specifically an abandoned merry-go-round that is clearly meant to remind Americans of Chernobyl, and an abandoned child's sneaker. The line, "gas prices through the roof" is accompanied by an image of a man holding a gas pump's fuel dispenser to his temple, as if he's about to kill himself with a gun. Do you want your children to see this on television? The grotesqueness of this ad puts President Lyndon Johnson's famously disturbing Daisy ad to shame. Rick Santorum has truly put up a good fight when it comes to winning the mortifying race to the bottom that is the 2012 GOP presidential primary.