Video of the Day: Karl Rove's Bond Movie Attack Ad

By David A. Graham

From hot-mic to spy spoof, a super PAC smacks President Obama for overheard comments to the Russian president.

The Cold War is back: A presidential candidate says Russia is our greatest foe, a Republican from Wisconsin has Democrats flipping out, and James Bond is timely again.

Check out this ad from American Crossroads, a Karl Rove-led super PAC. It's a play on President Obama's hot-mic comments to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, in which Obama was overheard saying that he'd have more flexibility after the election and Medvedev replied that he would "transmit this information to Vladimir" Putin, the president-elect.

The dramatic music, quick cuts, and menacing tone are spot on, but plot-wise, it's a bit confusing. Obama is the Bond character, but he's also the villain? All is forgiven, though, because of the witty tagline, "You only run twice," and because the ad uses -- or perhaps transmits -- that hilarious picture of Vladimir shirtless on a horse.

Hat tip: Patrick Hruby

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