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The best campaign ad of all time

Yeah, yeah, I know. Herman Cain’s latest campaign ad is funny and ridiculous and bizarre. But it doesn’t hold a candle to my favorite campaign ad of all time, 2008 presidential candidate Mike Gravel‘s “Rock”. Seriously, it might be the best video in the history of videos. It’s epic. Every second of it is wonderfully insane and hilarious. And has there ever been a clearer, more powerful, or more nuanced elucidation of a candidate’s political positions? I think not! Step aside, Cain. Let Gravel show you how true crazy is done:

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29 Comments
  1. Wow. The climax there. I did NOT see that one coming. He is a master of a build up, with a twist.

    October 25, 2011
    • I just put this on Facebook, but you’re not on Facebook (right?), so I need to share it with you here, because it brings many many lolz:

      October 26, 2011
  2. The ravens liked it too.

    October 25, 2011
  3. Wait…what? I feel like I just stared at a creepy man staring at me through my iPad (window).

    October 25, 2011
    • He’s watching you. You cannot escape the Gravel Gaze, my friend!!!

      October 25, 2011
  4. Stan B. #

    Well, for humor factor maybe but otherwise….this ad for Gravel is just ridiculous, just like Cain’s dumb ad. The 1964 LBJ “Daisy Picker” ad against Goldwater is by far the best. Brilliant and accurate piece of work. Obama should run something much like this next year, use a pastiche of the (R) candidates jabbering about “socialism”, cheering the death of uninsured, blaming the poor for poverty, attacking homosexuals, cheering executions, saying we should leave troops in Iraq, etc. etc. and then have a huge bomb explode at the end. Johnson’s ads prompted the largest % voter turnout for an election in the 20th century, by scaring the shit out of everybody.

    October 25, 2011
    • Well, yeah, but I’m obviously not talking about effective & high-quality campaign ads here. The post’s title is sarcastic.

      October 25, 2011
  5. Reminds me of a quote by Dana Carvey, acting as the 1991 presidential candidate, H. Ross Perot, and referring to his VP nominee, Admiral James Bond Stockdale…. ( really, Bond is his middle name ) :
    “The way he stood there, not responding to all that was going on, that’s a man of deep thought! Worrrrrld Class!”

    October 25, 2011
    • If this isn’t an ink-blot ad, I’ve never seen one.
      Let’s not ignore the campaign bundler, who suddenly appears from behind the distant trees, to chase down a candidate who’s obviously made the perfectly formulated ad to rally the support of any and all political affiliations…

      October 26, 2011
    • Oh my god, those SNL Perot/Stockdale skits are absolutely hilarious! Although I did enjoy them at the time, I find them even lolzier now that I get all of the references and such (I was 12 in 1991)

      Here’s a hilarious one: http://www.hulu.com/watch/4123/saturday-night-live-joyride-with-perot

      Edit: I just realized that this skit is the one you quoted! :)

      November 8, 2011
  6. It’s better when slowing it down to 1/4 speed!

    October 25, 2011
  7. That’s Zen and the art of political campaigning, that is.

    October 26, 2011
  8. The difference: Cain actually LEADS in a few polls (I know; it won’t last) whereas no one at any time took Gravel seriously.

    October 26, 2011
  9. It has impressed me.
    I’d definitely vote for that rock!

    October 26, 2011
  10. Something Bergman-esque about it. The pain. The sorrow. The rock. So many layers.

    October 26, 2011
  11. Clearly, Gravel understands John Cage on a deep level.

    October 26, 2011
    • Astute.
      They possibly both have a similar view on reality, vis:
      It doesn’t exist, except when your bank manager telephones.

      October 26, 2011
    • Dave Ricks #

      Needs more cactus.

      October 27, 2011
      • I was thinking more along the lines of 4’33”.

        October 27, 2011
  12. Dan #

    Was this a teaser trailer for the next M. Night Shyamalan film? I need to book him as the opening act for my band, rock on Mr. Gravel, rock on.

    October 26, 2011
  13. Reminds me of something from a David Lynch movie.

    October 26, 2011
  14. Ha ha ha! i,m sure i could hear the Penguin laugthing in the back ground! and my that was a BIG piece of GRAVEL toss in! its such ashame politicians here in the UK wer,nt as creative ha ha ha! and kept there mouths shut as well !!! :)

    October 26, 2011
  15. For a moment, I thought I was watching an Andy Warhol “screen test”.

    October 26, 2011
  16. LOL! Well Gravel certainly appears (in this ad anyway) to have taken the advice that MANY of the current crop of candidates probably should:

    “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”

    :)

    October 27, 2011
  17. …what was he even doing?

    October 27, 2011
  18. My favorite campaign moment was when he admitted that his economic plan wasn’t going to pass, so why bother talking about it?

    Then he followed up by trying to get the Libertarian party nomination. His universal health care package didn’t go over well with them.

    October 29, 2011
  19. The greatest thing that could ever happen in politics now would be for Gravel to run again with Quayle as his running mate. Ah, I can just see it now . . .

    October 30, 2011
  20. Bizzare. I just watched a video of Gravel explaining his ‘Rock’ video. That was pretty funny. He had no clue what he was doing. The ‘kids’ making the video told him what to do. When it got attention and he was invited to do some interviews he *then* decided that he needed to figure out just what he was doing.

    October 31, 2011

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