30 June 2008

Corn Dog's Coat -- and Big Bad Jew

The video above from the Daily Show includes excerpts from John (Corn Dog) Cornyn's video, "Big Bad John," -- already a thing of legend -- previously posted and discussed on The Rag Blog.

But the best part is a faux spot for Cornyn's alleged opponent, a tea-sipping Semite. (He's a big city boy from an Ivy League school... / He's running for Senate / He's an elitist Jew... Big Bad Jew.)

Thorne Dreyer / The Rag Blog
Cornyn's Coat Calamity

Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX, is hot under the collar because Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, mocked a coat he wore in his latest TV ad. Not fair, said Cornyn: that was a traditional Tamaulipeca jacket, and Schumer's a racist for saying anything and he needs to apologize to the entire Hispanic community (including, we can only presume, Rep. Rick Noriega, D-Houston, who is running to kick Cornyn out of Senate). So, nothing to do with the fact that he got completely destroyed by Jon Stewart on The Daily Show this week?

For anyone humming along, the song in Cornyn's ad spoofs Jimmy Dean's mining disaster classic 'Big Bad John'. What may make music historians ponder is the way that Cornyn's press people have turned a song about a "quiet and shy" blue-collar worker into self-aggrandizing bluff and bluster ego fluff about how a professional pol "Fought heathens and hellions" and "Kept Texas in power, made lesser states squirm."

Funny, there's quite a few Texans squirming at Cornyn's cornball cowboy antics. Not least the strained rhyming of "more" and "foe". For the full cringe-worthy experience, try the original Cornyn version.

Richard Whittaker / June 27, 2008

Source. / Chronic / Austin Chronicle online

See the full "Big John" video on The Rag Blog.

And go to Ride 'em, Corn Dog! / The Rag Blog / June 17, 2008

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