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New Santorum Ad References Ahmadinejad and Ominous 'Obamaville'....SPOILER ALERT: Liberals Don't Like It

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The Santorum campaign launched what is slated to be the first video of an eight-episode series showcasing the president's incompetence and the harsh reality of life in America over the last four years, entitled "Welcome to Obamaville." The minute-long video is not your everyday political ad, and has elicited criticisms from several media commentators.

"Obamaville," in the ad, is described as "more than a town" but "a cautionary tale." The video forecasts a future if Barack Obama is reelected that includes small businesses struggling, families worried about their jobs and futures, long waits to see a doctor, gas prices through the roof, the freedom of religion under attack, and "a rogue nation and sworn american enemy" becoming a nuclear threat. When describing the "rogue nation" the video cuts to television screens displaying Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The video features ominous narration and directing that is more reminiscent of an episode of AMC's "The Walking Dead" than a political ad.

The Daily Caller notes that the use of Ahmadinejad's image several times in the video has drawn some criticism:

Reaction on the Internet was swift, as left-wing bloggers and publications pounced on the president’s appearance in the video.

'Rick Santorum Ad Draws Extremely Subtle Link Between Ahmadinejad and Obama,' read a post by liberal blogger David Weigel, who soon corrects himself by noting that, on second thought, the link 'really isn’t too subtle.'

The British publication The Telegraph was even more direct, charging that Santorum’s ad 'compares Barack Obama with Iranian President.'

The reaction was equally dramatic on Twitter, where Santorum’s campaign had posted a link to the clip.

'Is this what our politics has come to?' said Twitter user Timothy McLaughlin.'

When asked by POLITICO if the images of Ahmadenijad and Obama were meant to suggest that they are the same person, Rick Santorum's spokesman Hogan Gidley said "Don't be ridiculous." 

Given the uncertainty of Santorum's campaign if he doesn't win today's Louisiana primary, and the high number of of "dislikes" the video the video has already received on Youtube, the real suspense may be whether the series can really make it to eight episodes.

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