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'Perrodies'? How Rick Perry ad spawned a viral Internet sensation (video)

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(Read caption) Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry stands at his podium as he prepares for the Republican debate, Saturday, in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Rick Perry clearly faces an uphill climb to the Republican presidential nomination, but he’s won another sweepstakes of sorts. The Texas governor’s campaign ad “Strong” – which goes after gays in the military, the so-called “war on Christmas,” and the ban on prayer in schools in one fell swoop – has hit an unprecedented high for “dislikes” on a campaign video on YouTube: more than 646,000 (compared with 20,000 “likes,” and a total of 4.7 million views).

But if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Governor Perry should feel pretty good. “Strong” has inspired countless parodies – or “Perrodies” – including one hot off the presses Monday from another presidential candidate who’s an even longer-shot than Perry – openly gay Republican operative Fred Karger.

“I’m Rick Perry, and I’m ashamed to admit to makin’ that ad about gays in the military and all,” says Mr. Karger, putting on a Texas twang and wearing a black jacket instead of Perry’s trademark tan barn coat. “I guess I’m just desperate because I’m so low in the polls.”

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