It's only February, and California's campaigns have degenerated into talk of wood chippers and demon sheep.
At exactly 2:26 minutes into a video, a soon to be infamous "demon sheep" makes its appearance in one of the oddest campaign videos of all time. They must have been working long hours at Carly for California, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina's Senate campaign.
Prior to that point, in what we can only assume was to be an attack piece on one of Fiorina's Republican Senate primary rivals, Tom Campbell, the video was bad enough. It compared Campbell bizarrely in David Lynch-like fashion to a bunch of sheep.
But at the 2:26 point in the video, the 2010 election cycle got a new mascot so fitting for the weird world of campaign politics.
This came out in the same week that one of Meg Whitman's many consultants threatened to place Steve Poizner into a wood chipper in the Republican primary for governor.
And we thought Democrats were doomed to experience a mid-term drubbing.
If Californian Republican gubernatorial candidates, Whitman and Poizner think wood chippers are the ticket to higher office, the lone Democrat in the race, Jerry Brown stands to sweep up the wood pulp.
Or if Republicans think victory comes in the form of a T-1000 in a bunny suit, leaving "Call Me Senator" Barbara Boxer quaking in her go-go boots, they should think again.