I talked to Ladd Ehlinger just before the release of his sequel to his initial video The Bunker and again this morning.
DaTechGuy: Ladd why the Hitler motif for the follow-up video?
Ladd Ehlinger: It’s a funny genre, and a way to get the pitch seen by people who aren’t into politics but into comedy
DTG: I noticed you altered the genre slightly, you added an additional scene from the picture.
LE: Yes that scene actually comes later in the movie but it fit very well. The way Hahn reacted to the first video reminded me of Frau Gobbels in the movie.
DTG: This must have been a lot less expensive?
LE: Yes. The “Downfall” craze made things much easier.
DTG: How do you expect the Hahn campaign to react?
LE: They’ve smartened up a bit and are ignoring it. Nancy Pelosi got involved. That’s okay. I have plans.
DTG: The Colbert report play of the first video must have been very welcome?
LE: When we made the video we actually had him in mind. We were disappointed to see him drop the ball at first.
DTG: Did it add much for hits etc.?
LE: Only about 10k views. Colbert doesn’t have that many viewers as people think. His main audience is the MSM, but its good that he did it. I’m sure he got a note from Nancy. “What’s the matter with you, Stephen? Didn’t you get the memo to ignore Ladd?”
DTG: What do you think about him forming and being granted his PAC?
LE: He is coming from a different direction, I am a libertarian and that’s where I’m coming from, for Colbert it is one big collectivist parody about how evil these PACS are, that they should be even more regulated. I think the whole structure should come down and people should be able to participate in politics however they want without the FEC hanging around. Screw McCain-Feingold! But if Colbert wants tips on how to make a viral video I’d be happy to help direct one starring him.
DTG: It certainly can’t hurt when it comes down to TRUSA’s national stature with potential donors or customers?
LE: That’s very true.
DTG: In the “Bunker” video you stress the “Socialist” motif.
LE: Yes, it’s to remind people that these people are socialists, Hahn, Obama, Pelosi and Soros. This is their belief system. They want to impose their collectivist beliefs on us.
DTG: Looking back on what happened with the first video, you had a hacker attack your site, you had a death threat with gasoline and a lighter what has been the reaction from the Hahn campaign?
LE: Nothing, apparently they don’t think it’s important that their supporters are doing this kind of thing.
DTG: I’ve called their campaign twice and gotten no answers or return, I would think the “We have no involvement” would be the easiest thing for a campaign to do.
LE: You would think.
DTG: What has the initial response been to the video on Popmodel?
LE: It’s done well but we haven’t pushed it like the other one. Not yet. Pelosi has injected herself in the campaign and DNC spokesmen have been hinting to the Hahn campaign that the best way to deal with us is to ignore us. The absentee ballot figures show it worked, though.
DTG: In what way?
LE: Well there have been 30,125 absentee ballots turned in so far. We don’t know what the votes are but there is only a 628 ballot advantage between democratic ballots turned in vs Republicans.
DTG: that’s got to be panicking these people!
LE: Yes, this is Venice Beach, and keep this in mind, my initial ad went out at the same time as the absentee ballots were mailed. It’s had an effect. I don’t know if it will be enough. But they’re scared.
DTG: Have you seen any other signs of this?
LE: Well there is the Argonaut piece that they took down.
DTG: Tell me about that.
LE: The Argonaut put up a puff piece on Hahn and I had a long e-mail exchange with the author. I questioned him on it and within two hours after I posted our exchange on the TRUSA site, they took down the puff piece! It leads me to conclude that Hahn got free advertising from the Argonaut or she paid them for it.
DTG: Why do you think they took it down?
LE: Because it is a potential FCC violation. But they actual printed the story so it’s actually too late for it to be “evaporated” like Hahn’s gangster issue.
DTG: Let’s change subjects what do you think of the GOP field.
LE: I’m still thinking about Michelle Bachmann and perhaps Rick Perry but all of them are collectivists to one degree or another.
DTG: Despite this is there any person in the GOP field that would prompt you to stay home or vote for Obama?
LE: No because slow collectivism is better than hyper collectivism. I voted for McCain because he’s a collectivist in need of viagra, as opposed to Obama, who’s much more aggressive.
DTG: As an admaker Have you seen anything so far that has gone out on the air that is what you would consider a good or effective ad?
LE: No because they’re all wussies. The difference between me and all the other ad guys is I don’t care if I’m hired for the 2nd ad, I’m out to make the most effective ad I can.
DTG: Rush Limbaugh says that we (the right) make a mistake in trying to make the left and the media like us. Is he correct?
EH: He is absolutely right, we should laugh at them, ridicule them and expose them as the tyrannical slave mongers that they are.
DTG: Slave mongers?
EH: The left believes that the man exists to serve the state. When you exist to serve the state you become a slave and those who seek to run the collective are slave mongers.
DTG: Are you personally or does the PAC have something in particular you want to hit when this election is over?
LE: Yes, I’d like to do something on healthcare.
DTG: Considering what we’ve seen so far, should we expect any surprises from you as the campaign in CA36 nears its end?
LE: You should always expect surprises from me.
DTG: Since your initial video the GOP has gotten involved in this race that was considered impossible. What are the lessons from this for the GOP and for candidates?
LE: The idea is to fight, you don’t need to fight with a gold Rolex, you can fight asymmetrically and make them react.
DTG: Ladd Thanks again.