Thursday, October 14, 2004

Meatballs and Speds

My favorite campaign ad from 2000 was Buchanan's "Meatball" commercial. For those of you who didn't see it (it only ran in a few states) or don't remember, here is a recap. A man is watching the news in his kitchen while eating a huge amount of spaghetti. The newscaster starts mentioning immigration statistics as the gentleman is putting a meatball in his mouth. As the statistic sets into his mind, he gasps in indignation, inhaling the meatball at the same time. He pulls the Universal Sign for Choking and dials 9-1-1. He accesses a computerized message that asks him if he would like directions in Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Swahili, etc. He falls to the floor with the phone in his hand and dies while the recorded operator continues to list foreign languages.

Now forget politics. I personally think Buchanan was a joke for quite a while before the 2000 Reform Party self-fuck, or whatever you want to term it.

This ad made me laugh my ass off. Actually, I liked it so much, I found a Windows Movie version of it, and still watch it every now and again.

That said, this year's campaign has been kind of lackluster in stellar advertising. "I'm so-and-so, and I approved this weak shot at my opponent." But a certain state Democrat Party came up with, what will probably be, my favorite political ad for the the year. It's not a commercial but a flyer. I'm hard pressed to predict that anything better than this will be out before election day.

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