UPDATED: Dale Peterson for Alabama Agricultural Commissioner — and best campaign ad of 2010!

by CynthiaYockey on May 16, 2010

I picked this up from Allahpundit at Hot Air and don’t have any political insight to add, except that I LOVE THIS GUY!!! Oh, and for the city slickers: Peterson has the rifle because a lot of farming consists of shooting varmints that are eating your crops.

Also, on the general subject of farming and the U.S. food supply — is the U.S. Department of Agriculture keeping track of how much arable land we need to ensure our food independence?

Updated 5/16/2010, Sun.:

This story has to do with Alabama, the home state of dear Stacy McCain, whose eye is on the sparrow, so I should have had sense enough to check The Other McCain before posting to see if he had been firstest with the mostest — however, I just got a call from him and indeed he was. Peterson’s campaign spot was catapulted to national fame today with an e-mail this morning to Stacy from Ladd Ehlinger, its producer. Stacy promptly posted, “VIDEO: Best Campaign Ad Ever Produced for Agriculture Commissioner.” Then Stacy tweeted the link publicly to David Weigel. Gawker appears to have picked it up from Twitter and posted it without a hat tip to acknowledge Stacy. Allahpundit appears to have spotted it on Twitter or Gawker — I think he would have credited Stacy if he had been sure about the origin of the story.

Bottomline: Stacy McCain broke this story and deserves the credit.

Updated 5/17/2010, Mon.: Thanks to Steve Pendlebury, editor, at AOL News, for quoting this story in his round-up of blogs that helped the Peterson video go viral.


To get Allahpundit’s joke about Christie/Peterson in 2012, you need to see this video, which also is delightfully, two-fistedly forthright:

Gov Christie calls S-L columnist thin-skinned for inquiring about his ‘confrontational tone’

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Graumagus May 17, 2010 at 10:25 am

Awesome ad, but he really needs to keep his damn finger out of the trigger guard until he’s ready to shoot. The first thing that popped into my head when I saw that is “This guy doesn’t use that rifle much, and if he does it’s a miracle he hasn’t had an accidental discharge”

Granted, 95% of voters probably wouldn’t have noticed ๐Ÿ™‚

Cynthia Yockey May 17, 2010 at 3:46 pm


That bothered me, too — even if he had the safety on — thanks for pointing that out!


Bill May 17, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Hello all,

First, I agree, a trigger guard should never be violated unless you are going to shoot and you treat every gun as if it is loaded. However, most intelligent folks would realize that it is either completely unloaded or a mock Winchester. Folks probably realize that many of the guns used in movies and such are exact NON-Firing replicas.
I love the attitude of this man and if I lived in Alabama, I would do my best to vote him into office. I wish more politicians thought like some of those in Alabama. I believe America is the land of opportunity for all those who legally want to be here, yet I also believe that if one American has to pay taxes, insurance, debts, etc. then all Americans, or those who wish to live here, should be required to do the same.

Thanks for the opportunity and space to allow me to voice my own small opinion.

Bill… ๐Ÿ™‚

dan May 17, 2010 at 8:04 pm

obviously you’ve never handled a lever action rifle before. it takes a mighty heavy pull to let a round go unless the hammer is already pulled back, which it wasn’t.

Patty May 17, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Yeah!!! A true blue American, finally! We need some tough people to deal with the evil in Washington and the world. LOVE THIS GUY!!

Graumagus May 18, 2010 at 3:32 am

I own a ’94 Winchester (gift from my dad when I turned 16). Shoot it pretty much every time I make it to the range (which in this economy, isn’t nearly enough).

Yes, I know that with the hammer down it won’t fire. It doesn’t matter how hard you squeeze, it’s not double action.

And yes, it still bugs me. Would you be comfortable standing to his left? With him not looking at where his muzzle was aimed (at you) and his finger on the trigger?? I sure as hell wouldn’t be.
I keep better muzzle discipline than that when shooting my flintlocks even when the pan isn’t primed and the hammer is at half cock.

Do it right EVERY TIME and you never have a problem.

I had the four rules pounded into my skull from the time I was old enough to understand. If that makes me a safety weenie, I plead guilty. Also to being a gun nut ๐Ÿ™‚

Still LOVE the ad though.

Cynthia Yockey May 18, 2010 at 11:09 am


You are quite right that you must obey the rules of gun safety, no matter what, all the time, every time.

The more you know about how weapons are supposed to be handled, the more gun scenes drive you crazy. Hollywood got over the infinite six-shooter, which never runs out of bullets unless the plot requires it. But it still has characters in shoot-outs hiding behind stuff that would not stop the bullets being fired at them in real life. That stops my willing suspension of disbelief. I think the dramas would be better if they were staged to incorporate facts like that. Also, how much does it bug you that the crime dramas show our law enforcement officials at every level using 9-mm pistols to fight criminals with automatic rifles and pistols. This was first raised in Cagney and Lacey. Why are the good guys still so out-gunned?


Stinky May 18, 2010 at 1:38 pm

They probably aren’t keeping track of arable land for food purposes as well as they should be. On the other hand, they ARE arguing that we do not have a right to eat and drink what we choose: http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=153133

Amy May 21, 2010 at 7:50 pm

I swear I commented on this already…maybe I just meant to? Ah, well.

Just got around to watching the Peterson ad on another site…LOVE it. Y’all think he means business, or what?

And I adore Christie. The libbys in Jersey have their collective knickers in a twist and you know what? He does not care. I really hope he stays true to his mission, and really, really governs…doesn’t worry about power or re-election, just gets the job done.

OT: Jersey State Motto: “We keep the ocean off of Pennsylvania.”

Cynthia Yockey May 21, 2010 at 8:17 pm


Does it seems to you that conservatives are finally getting more forthright when calling out liberals/Leftists? It does to me, but my perspective is not very long. It seems to me that fiscal conservatives would be better off if we spelled things out like that all the time.


Amy May 21, 2010 at 11:39 pm

Honestly? A little bit, yes. But not enough, Conservatives still just don’t get it. Yet we get all excited when people like these guys speak up. We are still too scaredy…even I, Queen of All Mouthiness, hesitate when I put stuff out there that I worry people will take wrong. I think we the people have to stand really strong behind our elected representatives…heck, I faved a Joe Wilson video (heart) and got called a bad parent (because, you know, those things are so connected).

If we are ever to stem the tide of misinformation, we have to just KEEP AT IT.

patrick henry June 2, 2010 at 4:19 pm

I think that what appeals in the Peterson ad is his attitude. He says what he means, and I’d daresay he means what he says.

That trait is so lacking in people today that it is refreshing to hear it.

Governor Christie also exhibits this quality.

What a breath of fresh air for honor and clear, plain speaking to be making a comeback.

Truly hope it is a trend…. at least with Conservatives.. with liberals I think that plain, honest talk cannot be had since the very foundation of liberalism is a denial of individual freedoms.

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