Two quick points:
1.) Yeah it’s funny, kind of, in a creepy sort of way. For those who may not already know, Dale Peterson is not an actor; he put together similar ads in his bid for the GOP nomination as Alabama’s agriculture commissioner. Alabama Republicans were perhaps amused, but not impressed; he finished a distant third.
2.) This particular ad was put together by the Republican Governors’ Association, which apparently believes it’s the kind of thing that will be effective in swaying Georgia voters.
Who knows, maybe they’re right. Nick Ayers, the RGA’s executive director, is a Georgian. He ran Sonny Perdue’s 2006 re-election campaign. Paul Bennecke, the RGA’s deputy executive director, used to be executive director of the Georgia Republican Party. So you can’t say they don’t know Georgia, and I’m sure the last thing they want to see come November is their home state governed by a Democrat.
On the other hand, I also remember how insulted Zell Miller used to get over stereotyped depictions of Southerners as unsophisticated rubes. With this ad, the RGA is telling us what it thinks of Georgia voters, and it’s not all that flattering.