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Video: Boehner Releases the Hound on YouTube
July 2, 2009, 2:06 pm
Filed under: Economy, Online Video, Republican Party

A couple of months ago I wrote that House Republicans had improved their online videos so much that they’re now producing more interesting content than Hollywood-produced political videos.

Now House GOP Leader John Boehner and Congressman Lynn Westmoreland have added another clip to the Right’s growing collection of solid, creative online videos. For weeks, Republicans have been asking “Where are the jobs?” in the wake of the Democratic “stimulus” package. Now they’ve broken out an actual bloodhound to aid in the search:

The video works for a variety of reasons. It’s lighthearted in nature, but it make a very serious point: that the “stimulus” bill isn’t creating the jobs that Democrats promised. And it’s directly tied into the big economic news of the day: a stinker of a monthly unemployment report. It’s also good to see Leader Boehner outside his office or a TV studio and donning a short-sleeved shirt without a jacket and tie. You know – like everybody else in America, especially on Fourth of July weekend.

As a result, the video’s going viral today, being embedded on huge blogs like the Huffington Post, Real Clear Politics, and TownHall. Earlier today, it was even the #1 featured News and Politics video on YouTube.

Moral of the story: Ellie Mae the hound dog, via YouTube, is capable of communicating the “Where are the jobs?” message better than any single Member of Congress. But those Members of Congress are smart to realize that and enlist Ellie Mae in the fight.

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