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Cocks, Crap, and Demonic Livestock: Top Five Crazy Political Commercials

No need to worry. It's just California Senate candidate Tom Campbell--trying to steal your soul.
No need to worry. It's just California Senate candidate Tom Campbell--trying to steal your soul.
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The fervor of the current election has produced so many wacky ads it was hard to choose just five. If we hadn't already covered them, Christine O'Donnell's "I'm not a Witch" and CAGW's "Chinese Professor" would definitely top out the list.

In celebration of the 2010 election (less than a week from today) we present our list of the top banned, bad, and downright crazy political campaign spots.

5. "Bill Clinton VooDoo Doll" (2006) Ok, so this one isn't a campaign spot, but it's a banned ad featuring a former president so we felt the need to include it. The ad for is Centraal Beheer , a division of Apeldoorn, the largest insurance agency in the Netherlands famous for their funny commercials in which characters suffer terrible yet humorous misfortunes, followed by the slogan "Even Apeldoorn bellen" ("literally Let's call Apeldoorn", but seen in international versions as "Just Call Us."). The Dutch use the ad's catch phrase in the same manner as Homer Simpson's "Doh!" However, the U.S. government did not see the humor in sticking something up former President Clinton's ... (well, just watch the clip) ... and demanded that the ad be pulled from the airwaves.

 

4. Harry Reid (D, Nevada) "Sharron Angle's Crazy Juice" (2010) The Harry Reid vs. Sharron Angle race for Senate in Nevada is by far the nastiest mudfest West of the Mississippi. We'd like to have included the Tea Party candidate's latest anti-Reid ad, called "the most overtly racist of 2010" by CNN's Rachel Maddow , but it was pulled from the air AND web earlier this month.

 

3. Wes Wagner (L, Oregon) "Cockfighting" (2006) "What if we chose our legislators by cockfighting?" That's the question Wes Wagner , a Libertarian campaigning for Oregon House District 39 (he's running for governor this time around) asks in a very amusing, low-budget campaign ad. The reason this ad was banned from airplay is unclear, but we think it could have something to do with 1) endorsement of an illegal sport or 2) the fantastic line of dialogue on undersize roosters--you be the judge.

 

2. Joe Sestak (D, Pennsylvania) "Belle" (2010) This campaign spot takes mudslinging to a whole new level. The ad stars Sestak, the family dog "Belle," and Belle's fecal matter. Sestak compares cleaning up after Belle to cleaning up the "poop" left behind by GOP rival Pat Toomey and former President George W. Bush. Pat Toomey's cat fires back at Sestak's dog in a spoof posted on YouTube last week.

 

1. Carly Fiorina (R, California) "Demon Sheep" (2010) It's not enough to say Republican Tom Campbell is the wrong Rebublican for the California senate. Carly Fiorina wants you to know that he's EVIL in a bizarre, 3-minute-long roller coaster ride of insanity. The candidate's 12-year-old nephew took care of those fancy sheep-on-the-pedestal opening graphics (we're not sure who was behind the creepy mind control text). As for the whole sheep reference--we're sure it was meant to be a "pious" shepherd-flock analogy, but it comes off more as calling the people of California "sheeple." We know it's a long clip, but if you hang in there for at least 2 mins and 27 seconds you won't regret it. Promise.


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