Isn’t this one of the best, most heartwarming political ads you’ve seen in a while?

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Jill Lawrence of National Journal noticed this heartwarming political ad. “Even on a good day, Washington is a disheartening place, locked in ideological arm-wrestling over the budget, the debt, the new health law, and an array of emotional social issues,” writes Lawrence. “This week has been especially dark, starting as it did with the mass murder of a dozen people at the Navy Yard.”

Jr.: “I had to come out and tell him…”

Sr.: “Wait for this…”

Jr.: “That I was a Massachusetts liberal.”

Sr.: (incredulously): “And he’s proud of it.”

Jr.: “Dad’s in the tea party.”

Sr.: “Damn right.”

The two go on to argue good-naturedly over guns, abortion, banks, equal rights, and other hot-button issues, before saying—believably—that they love each other.

Yes, yes, I know, this is one family, not the American family, and Congress will never be mistaken for a family. But watch it anyway. You’ll feel better.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.