- valerie plame, a former cia operative famously outed by the george w. bush administration for political reasons, has announced she's running for congress from new mexico.
- why this matters to us is that, in her first ad, she drives a chevy camaro backward at reasonably high speed to drive home her message about government needing to change direction, etc.
- plame concludes the video by saying, "yes, the cia really does teach us how to drive like this."
we bet you haven't ever seen a political ad with the kind of production value—or so much revving chevy camaro—as this fresh spot for ex-cia agent valerie plame's 2020 run for congress. the entire show-business vibe is tickled further by the plot points: a car speeding down a dirt road backward, the cia agent at the wheel having had her cover blown by a high-level political operative in the bush white house, and her insistence that she's gunning for the current president.
look, we're not trying to wade into political waters here. what plame stands for and how you might feel about it isn't for us to comment on. what caught our eye, as car folks, is simply that her campaign ad looks like some kind of movie trailer. yes, she brings up being screwed by the government when lewis "scooter" libby leaked her identity to a journalist in 2003, essentially blowing her cover. she also talks about some campaign promises. what matters is that, through the entirety of the commercial, plame is driving a camaro (okay, a previous-generation, apparently modified camaro) backward at a decent speed. other 2020 intenders, take note: this is how to do a campaign ad people will pay attention to.