The campaign of A.D. 2010 feverishly races toward the end, and it is time to reflect upon the best political advertisements of the season. The wicked and mostly unreadable Time magazine nevertheless has a nice collection of the “Best Viral Campaign Ads of 2010.” I have listed some of them below, supplemented by a few others.
The production value shows in this advertisement for Washington’s ballot initiative1053:
This ad mocks the despicable Harry “But for me, we’d be in a worldwide depression” Reid of Nevada:
Even the Canadians have attack ads; I like the end of this one against the mayor of Winnipeg, Manitoba:
Dan Freilich of Vermont creeps me out in his Old Spice parody:
Carly Fiorina of California goes that extra step with her hellish ewes:
Sean Duffy of Wisconsin is one of many GQ Republican contenders this year. His campaign site’s family pictures look like they are from a Land’s End catalog.
Duffy has six children, five of which are pictured here:
Seriously? I know that he and his wife met as reality television stars, which may be Hollywood’s form of eugenics, but aren’t Republicans supposed to be the party of fat bankers? Boss Hog was surely a Democrat, though, and with folks like Waxman, Grijalva, Frank, Wyden, and the majority of high level Democratic women (I shudder when I think back to Clinton’s cabinet of circus freaks), maybe the Donkeys are indeed the party of ugly people. Their donors, however, are the pretty people.
Anyway, did I mention that Duffy is also a lumberjack? His ad highlights his skills with campy, cheesehead humor:
In hushed tones, an Iowa lady gossips that, “Chuck Grassley has a Twitter”:
Joe Manchin shows that West Virginia Democrats aren’t like them thar pinko coastal sissies:
Democrat Scott McAdams will come in third in the Alaska Senate race, but I found his commercial endearing, especially in its honoring the late Republican Stevens:
Vermonter Len Britton’s ad features a dastardly bastard politician, who needs to have a Miss Hannigan type there to make it complete:
Pamela Gorman lost to Benjamin Quayle (Dan’s boy) in the Republican primary for Arizona’s third congressional district seat, but I still like her way with a Tommy gun:
How did Ben win? The Hoosier stock Quayles have become a little aggressive after going West:
Democrat Stephanie Herseth Sandlin of South Dakota courts conservatives and mothers while showcasing her son, Zachary:
This is an effective attack ad against “Changin’ Charlie” Crist of Florida:
I really like Virginian Democrat Tom Periello’s well executed “dirtiest jobs” style ad:
Republican Mike Weinstein is running unopposed for a state house seat in Florida. I would not wish to compete against his family’s enthusiasm, either. Here is his son’s ad for his father’s campaign:
Now, that is filial devotion.
For my favorite fake campaign ad of the season, scroll six minutes into this Daily Show segment:
Oh, if only Jimmy Donn were real, he would probably win this year.