I honestly thought it was a parody when I saw the John Cornyn ad in the beginning...
But ever since I've moved to TX, I keep having bouts of culture shock and I figured this was just another one of those thing I'd never been exposed to that Texans considered "normal" (like people on horses at stoplights and those cheesy car ads or being the only person in the entire store who speaks any English).
That's the thing...it's stereotyping Texans. Yes, there are Texans out there that fit the stereotyping...but most of us don't. I don't own any boots, don't own a ranch...I rode a horse for the first and only time two years ago at the age of 35, I hate country music (well, most of it...there's a few good songs), and I find the stereotyping insulting. It really makes us Texans look ignorant.
I do like to say "y'all" though. I can't help it...it's a functional word. Y'all = you all...it's a contraction.
But then again, there are areas of Texas that fit the stereotype a little more...and I refuse to live in those areas of Texas. Scary!!!!
That's right, I said it! I wear scrunchies!!
I am a sulfate washing, cone slabbing, curly lovin' s.o.b. The CG police haven't caught me yet.
We have nothing nearly as weird as those ads that I've seen, just your run of the mill low-budget local political ads.
I wonder if Cornyn's campaign got Jimmy Dean's permission to use "Big Bad John"? I grew up with my dad singing that song ALL the time, so it made me laugh.
I looked up Steve Novick - he really does have a hook on his left hand. He seems to have a great sense of humor about it. From Wikipedia:
Novick was born with significant physical disabilities which include a missing left hand and missing fibula bones in his legs. As a result he uses a hook prosthesis and stands approximately 4'9" tall. His unusual physicality has prompted him to use the slogan "The Fighter with the Hard Left Hook." His levity about his physical stature has drawn both positive and negative reviews from the press.