'Demon Sheep' ad from Carly Fiorina goes viral

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Thursday, February 4, 2010; 2:11 PM

Updated 2:10 p.m. By Garance Franke-Ruta California senatorial candidate Carly Fiorina (R) on Wednesday released a highly unusual attack ad featuring a red-eyed man dressed as a sheep crawling on all fours in a meadow. The spot prompted a wave of jokes on Twitter overnight, as well as some deftly calculated mockery from critics of her campaign, including her opponents. The point of the ad is to deliver a message about Fiorina's opponent in the Republican primary, Tom Campbell: The economics professor and former congressman is running on a platform of fiscal restraint, but the ad accuses him of just wearing fiscally conservative sheep's clothing. (Skip to 2:25 in the video above if you just want to see the glowing eyes.) It didn't take long before the ad went viral online. Republican new media strategist Patrick Ruffini, who has suggested that Fiorina wasn't the most electable Republican in the

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