I'm really rather amazed at how long this has been in the news.
Is U.S. Sen. John Cornyn's Big Bad John campaign video a big black eye for him?
His staff says absolutely not, painting the attention-getting video as a "winner." But Democrats are reacting with glee to the video, which includes Cornyn in a cowboy hat and fringed jacket, plus a rewrite of the song to include lines: "He rose to the top in just one term, kept Texas in power, made lesser states squirm. Big John. Big John. Big John. Yeah, Big Bad John."
Rep. Rick Noriega, the Houston Democrat challenging Cornyn, posted his own version of the video on his campaign Web site as a fundraising tool.
Political scientists don't think it's a turning point.
"My guess is this is all going to turn out to be much ado about nothing," said political scientist Bruce Buchanan of the University of Texas at Austin.
Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, said it's likely "a blip" and thinks Cornyn is heavily favored to win but added, "I don't think it was especially good for his reputation, either. ... It will stay with him."
Texas Republicans reacted with outrage after Matthew Miller of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee distributed a link to The Daily Show segment and said that Cornyn, in donning the fancy jacket, "appears to have raided the wardrobe closet for the Kilgore Rangerettes."
State GOP spokesman Hans Klingler described the moves as "ethnic and racial assaults," and Texas Republican Hispanic Association President Reggie Gonzalez called the remarks insensitive because, the party explained, Cornyn was wearing a "Tamaulipeca jacket ... designed in the Hispanic tradition" at a Charro Days celebration in Brownsville.
Miller said he'd let The Daily Show defend its own humor and added, "No one is making fun of the clothes. They're laughing at how silly Rhinestone Cowboy John Cornyn looks in them."
(Stewart did question how Cornyn found the jacket in an adult size.)
Of Beckwith's suggestion that those who don't like the video are anti-Texan, Miller said, "I grew up in Amarillo and went to school in Austin. I don't know a whole lot of Texans who would look at that ... and think that it helps John Cornyn."
Anyway, here are the videos, in case you haven't seen them. Here's the original: