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Dear Rachel Maddow…

By on 5.16.10 | 4:58PM

Ever since the MSNBC host's denunciation of a Tim James TV ad catapulted James to superstar status in the Alabama GOP gubernatorial primary, the Rachel Maddow Threshold (RMT) has become the new gold standard in conservative campaign advertising.

In one of the delicious ironies of the Obama Age, Republican consultants are conspiring feverishly to produce TV commercials that exceed the RMT and get their candidates condemned on the Liberal Network No One Ever Watches.

All of which is to explain why Dale Peterson is now odds-on favorite to become the nation's most famous candidate for state agriculture commissioner. At the gossip site Gawker, Adrien Chen says: "This spot . . . makes James look like a gay Commie terrorist."

Click here to watch it.

If Maddow doesn't denounce this one by Thursday, I owe somebody in Huntsville a case of beer.

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