Video: The greatest political ad ever?

posted at 1:21 pm on May 25, 2012 by Allahpundit

Actually, I think it’s the second greatest. Nothing will ever top you-know-who, but this spot does involve a higher degree of difficulty: Namely, how do you hold a viewer’s interest through five long minutes of stump-speech blather by a soft-spoken South Dakota Democrat? The obvious answer — sight gags. If they were good enough to make Carrot Top a star, they’re good enough to make this guy a contender. Pure charm all the way through. Just make sure you vote for Kristi Noem in November regardless.

If this had been done in a single take, a la the club scene in “GoodFellas,” it really would be the greatest ad ever.


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He should shoot 30 second spots. That walk nearly killed him.

Fallon on May 25, 2012 at 1:23 PM

dude walked like 5miles in that ad.

can he do that in house slippers/?

ted c on May 25, 2012 at 1:26 PM

You had me at state chess champion. =/

Tim_B on May 25, 2012 at 1:27 PM

I think if walked like that everyday then the baby bump would reduce in size.

Oil Can on May 25, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Not impressed.

ButterflyDragon on May 25, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Great ad, but I don’t vote for Democrats. Ever.

NoDonkey on May 25, 2012 at 1:28 PM

…let him hunt with Dick Cheney!

KOOLAID2 on May 25, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Hilarious Ad..!

Could of done without the Tea-party” shot, but you’ve gotta admit the dude has an amazing life-story.

Tim_CA on May 25, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Apparently modeled after the (great) Johnnie Walker – The Man Who Walked Around the World commercial (“Hey piper! Shut It!”)

Hubris on May 25, 2012 at 1:31 PM

He’s a Democrat. He’ll BOHICA you walking, slowly.

Schadenfreude on May 25, 2012 at 1:31 PM

I’ve ridden an ostrich

Sold!

strictnein on May 25, 2012 at 1:32 PM

I’ve ridden an ostrich

Sold!

strictnein on May 25, 2012 at 1:32 PM

LMFAO

Tim_CA on May 25, 2012 at 1:35 PM

OT:

Hakuna Matata

“They said there wouldn’t be any cameras”

BobMbx on May 25, 2012 at 1:35 PM

I couldn’t get through the whole thing. Boring.

The Rogue Tomato on May 25, 2012 at 1:36 PM

The best part is the “Wall Drug—>” vs. “Washington, D.C. <—" signs at the end.

JoseQuinones on May 25, 2012 at 1:36 PM

At the intersection of Wall Drug and Washington, DC Jenny Craig…

hillsoftx on May 25, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Was he running for travel agent? He didn’t make a case for being elected to Congress.

Commonsense13 on May 25, 2012 at 1:39 PM

If he lived in Washington during the Cuban missile crisis (1961), and had been an adult at the time, how old is he now? Hope he didn’t have a heart attack at the end of that long walk!

Still, kudos to the cameraman, who had to walk BACKWARD with a camera over that rough dirt road, for not ending up on his keester!

Steve Z on May 25, 2012 at 1:39 PM

dude walked like 5miles in that ad.

can he do that in house slippers/?

ted c on May 25, 2012 at 1:26 PM

He borrowed Liz’s moccasins.

de rigueur on May 25, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Did he pull a permit for that nuclear detonation at 02:12?

de rigueur on May 25, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Like I said when this was in the headlines, his chess rating is very low for a state champion. It reflects a lack of strong players in South Dakota.

Nobody votes for someone because of how they play chess. Otherwise Bobby Fischer would be active in politics – in addition to still voting in Chicago.

WhatNot on May 25, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Allahpundit sees the sight gags and thinks it’s a great ad. I see an egotistical fool that doesn’t have the slightest clue that it’s liberals like himself that have created the countries problems.

lowandslow on May 25, 2012 at 1:42 PM

It’s always a bad year for Democrats.

unclesmrgol on May 25, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Reminds me of this ad.
No surree bob I’m just a good ol boy from the farm I aint got notin to do wit dat der DC Polotiks…

MontanaMmmm on May 25, 2012 at 1:44 PM

NoDonkey +1

solidaction on May 25, 2012 at 1:45 PM

this guy is trying to follow Joe Manchin and Dale Petersen’s leads.

ted c on May 25, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Dude has no sense of direction, wandered off the wrong way there at the end.

Ostrich is delicious.

Scribbler on May 25, 2012 at 1:46 PM

The guy owned me at “chess state champion”, then nearly lost over the Tea Party reference, then had back at the Wall Drug intersection, but Kristi Noem is the signature Tea Party hottie and voting against her is totally out of question. Can we perhaps recruit him as a Republican to run in another district?

Archivarix on May 25, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Like I said when this was in the headlines, his chess rating is very low for a state champion. It reflects a lack of strong players in South Dakota.

Nobody votes for someone because of how they play chess. Otherwise Bobby Fischer would be active in politics – in addition to still voting in Chicago.

WhatNot on May 25, 2012 at 1:41 PM

I don’t think you understand what it takes to be a chess champion in South Dakota. They are only allowed one color and seven pieces.

unclesmrgol on May 25, 2012 at 1:47 PM

The guy owned me at “chess state champion”, then nearly lost over the Tea Party reference, then had back at the Wall Drug intersection, but Kristi Noem is the signature Tea Party hottie and voting against her is totally out of question. Can we perhaps recruit him as a Republican to run in another district?

Archivarix on May 25, 2012 at 1:46 PM

This guy is running in the same state that elected Jesse Ventura for Governor. Do I really need to say anymore?

SWalker on May 25, 2012 at 1:49 PM

So if this guy is electec, what’s he going to do? Go on a world tour?

Curtiss on May 25, 2012 at 1:50 PM

He forgot to mention that he’s a world champion beer drinker.

That is one big beer belly. Dude’s gonna have a hart attack.

kevinkristy on May 25, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Wish he’d mentioned watching an Apollo launch. That would have been awesome. Fire in the hole!

de rigueur on May 25, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Allahpundit sees the sight gags and thinks it’s a great ad. I see an egotistical fool that doesn’t have the slightest clue that it’s liberals like himself that have created the countries problems.

lowandslow on May 25, 2012 at 1:42 PM

lol…context. This is a political ad.

(put aside party-affiliation for a second – this is pretty hilarious)

Tim_CA on May 25, 2012 at 1:51 PM

It’s a good thing he employs all those sight gags — they distract from the total lack of reason in his non sequitur arguments.

redsweater on May 25, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Kinda funny a guy who’s “seen it all” has a keg the size of a pork-barrel bill in DC.

cajun carrot on May 25, 2012 at 1:51 PM

He lost me when he said he was running for Congress. That dude hasn’t run for anything except a funnel cake in his life.

search4truth on May 25, 2012 at 1:52 PM

I wonder if Mr. Barth realizes just how much influence a freshman Congressman from Minnehaha County, South Dakota, has in the House.

Rhymes with hero.

Happy Nomad on May 25, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Payroll tax cut for regular folks… you know, the mechanism that funds the Social Security I worship.

Just another typical, ignorant, emotional Democrat.

mankai on May 25, 2012 at 1:53 PM

The guy owned me at “chess state champion”…

Ummm, really? Did you see his totally, mind-numbingly, insultingly trivial mate in one move? And that got your loins a-burning?

redsweater on May 25, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Allahpundit sees the sight gags and thinks it’s a great ad. I see an egotistical fool that doesn’t have the slightest clue that it’s liberals like himself that have created the countries problems.

lowandslow on May 25, 2012 at 1:42 PM

+1

One debate and he’s toast.

mankai on May 25, 2012 at 1:54 PM

He lost me when he said he was running for Congress. That dude hasn’t run for anything except a funnel cake in his life.

search4truth on May 25, 2012 at 1:52 PM

lmao…now that’s hilarious.

Tim_CA on May 25, 2012 at 1:54 PM

This guy is running in the same state that elected Jesse Ventura for Governor. Do I really need to say anymore?

SWalker on May 25, 2012 at 1:49 PM

You sure? I thought we owe the governorship of Jesse Ventura to Minnesota’s water pollutants, and this guy is in South Dakota.

Archivarix on May 25, 2012 at 1:55 PM

This guy is running in the same state that elected Jesse Ventura for Governor. Do I really need to say anymore?

SWalker on May 25, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Um, no. Ventura was governor of Minnesota.

Happy Nomad on May 25, 2012 at 1:55 PM

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This is Bubba’s version of The Man Who Walked Around The World
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If only he’d crushed and tossed a beer can …

Arbalest on May 25, 2012 at 1:55 PM

This guy is running in the same state that elected Jesse Ventura for Governor. Do I really need to say anymore?

Ventura was Governor of Minnesota. We will not claim him.

LetsBfrank on May 25, 2012 at 1:56 PM

At least his daughters have straight teeth. That’s all I’m looking for in a candidate.

…Funny that he didn’t mention the alignment of his teeth…

redsweater on May 25, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Ummm, really? Did you see his totally, mind-numbingly, insultingly trivial mate in one move? And that got your loins a-burning?

redsweater on May 25, 2012 at 1:53 PM

I couldn’t care less for his political views. He’s a fellow chess player and that should count for something. Not that I’ll be voting for him or sending him any money, of course…

Archivarix on May 25, 2012 at 1:57 PM

..noble words on that trek. Dollars to donuts, six months after he gets to Washington, he’ll be driven all over by a limousine and be on the take like the rest of ‘em.

The War Planner on May 25, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Huffing and puffing walking downhill…thought he was going to keel over with a heart attack.

right2bright on May 25, 2012 at 1:59 PM

An awful elaborate distraction just to sneak a beach ball into D.C., and it takes a Democrat to be too dumb to let the air out first.

bagoh20 on May 25, 2012 at 2:00 PM

I think if walked like that everyday then the baby bump would reduce in size.

Oil Can on May 25, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Yep, funny gut. Very high, like Pussy in The Sopranos. Should go up a shirt size or three.

slickwillie2001 on May 25, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Notice that the entire walk was down hill… If it’a been up he’d'a died before the rubber chicken did.
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RalphyBoy on May 25, 2012 at 2:02 PM

“I donated the difference to charity.”

Someone up there needs to check this trust funders tax records to see if he took a tax deduction for the money he “donated” to charity.

peacenprosperity on May 25, 2012 at 2:03 PM

His add, at the end, never identified his affiliation.
Are they all trying to hide it?

Bambi on May 25, 2012 at 2:04 PM

The guy is a 30 year ‘Bell Head’… can you say entitlements for everyone?

ReaganVol on May 25, 2012 at 2:04 PM

I felt I couldn’t get get away from the large gut coming towards me.

Vashta.Nerada on May 25, 2012 at 2:04 PM

An awful elaborate distraction just to sneak a beach ball into D.C., and it takes a Democrat to be too dumb to let the air out first.

bagoh20 on May 25, 2012 at 2:00 PM

lol

redsweater on May 25, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Shut up… shut up.. you had me at the ostrich..

ulyses on May 25, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Checkout this Charlie Rose interview with Don Gogel, a private equity guy and a big Obama supporter in 2008. At the end Rose asks Gogel what is said, when Obama meets with equity people and has his hand stuck out.

Does the word “FLEXIBILITY” ring a bell? lol

http://www.charlierose.com/

joedoe on May 25, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Hmmm . . . no Kimberlin post?

Gutless.

Adjoran on May 25, 2012 at 2:08 PM

This guy reminds me of that crazy Democratic candidate from Alaska that ran for president and walked along the beach and didn’t say anything in his ads. Mike Gravel was his name, I think.

teri_b on May 25, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Wonder if that 03:30 tip jar is still in the woods. Probably used it to pay the Steadicam kid. Does a bear tip in the woods?

de rigueur on May 25, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Given the fact that he’s a DEMOCRAT — I’ll give his ‘life story’ about a 0.15% chance of being all true. But I do applaud him for his toning up in his later years.

FlatFoot on May 25, 2012 at 2:11 PM

The belly is distracting. Just screams bloated budgets and debt.

LetsBfrank on May 25, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Hmmm . . . no Kimberlin post?

Gutless.

Better check May 23rd in the archives, bub.

LetsBfrank on May 25, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Hmmm . . . no Kimberlin post?

Gutless.

Adjoran on May 25, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Are you kidding? They just posted the biggest gut ever.

redsweater on May 25, 2012 at 2:17 PM

lost me when he said he was afraid of Nuc-u-lar war…according to Democrats that makes him an idiot.

Ciannaky on May 25, 2012 at 2:17 PM

What this guy needs to run for is the salad bar.

Akzed on May 25, 2012 at 2:18 PM

They just posted the biggest gut ever.

redsweater on May 25, 2012 at 2:17 PM

That right there was funny.

LetsBfrank on May 25, 2012 at 2:19 PM

I would like to see Kristi do a follow up “walk in the park”- and attack this less than honest democrite. I’m sure he was in heaven when Dame Pelosi took over in 2007 with a national debt of $8.5 Billion.

FlaMurph on May 25, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Pros:
Amusing.
The guys says he’s got experience. (but so what)
Calls Washington idiots.
Good PR rep.
Kids have straight teeth (lol)
Can ride ostrich

Cons:
Trash talks Christine Noam
Trash talks tea party
No solutions
Democrat (not expecting solution)

shick on May 25, 2012 at 2:21 PM

What this guy needs to run for is the salad bar.

Akzed on May 25, 2012 at 2:18 PM

lol

shick on May 25, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Great ad, wrong party….

JIMV on May 25, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Moves to Germany: they build the Berlin Wall.
Moves to DC: Cuban Missle Crisis.
Stays in DC: Kennedy Assassinated.
Moves to South Africa: Nelson Mandela imprisoned.
Takes a walk in the woods: nuclear detonation occurs.

I’m not sure I want this guy going back to Washington…

SaveFarris on May 25, 2012 at 2:24 PM

He needs to learn how to step away from the bar or the dinner table, or both!

tomshup on May 25, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Could of done without the Tea-party” shot, but you’ve gotta admit the dude has an amazing life-story.

Tim_CA on May 25, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Amazing life story? His dad was a Gubmint worker and he was a career Communications Workers of America Union guy.

Yay.

Youngs98 on May 25, 2012 at 2:34 PM

A self-absorbed Democrat is shown walking through his ego-inflated memories. If given a chance, he’ll tell you how great he is, all day long. ALL. DAY. LONG.
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Lose some weight, Fatass, then get back to me when you can prove you’re not looking for a lifetime pension. I wouldn’t vote for you even if you paid me twice.

ExpressoBold on May 25, 2012 at 2:46 PM

I thought it was kind of arrogant and it got predictable about half way through.

lea on May 25, 2012 at 2:47 PM

I saw this ad as typical. What was so special about it?

In reality, I think it is an excellent opportunity for his opponent to completely ridicule this ad. The number of “lmao” responses here is a good indicator.

Barth lived in Washington DC during the Cuban missile crisis, King’s speech, etc. So what? I lived in NJ at the time, what’s his point? I witnessed the Challenger explosion in 1986 so I guess I’m qualified for Congress.

I’ve ridden an ostrich

And I swam with sharks. Again, what’s his point?

He needs to learn how to step away from the bar or the dinner table, or both!

He looks familiar to that guy who is protesting the restaurant in Wisconsin for failing to honor their “all you can eat” meal. It was in HA last week.

Kingfisher on May 25, 2012 at 2:50 PM

A liberal ranting that he wants to double down on proven failure…

No Thanks!

RJL on May 25, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Amazing life story? His dad was a Gubmint worker and he was a career Communications Workers of America Union guy.

Yay.

Youngs98 on May 25, 2012 at 2:34 PM

You’re missing the point…..this dude is from the sticks and he’s lived all over the world – don’t care for his politics….but would definitely like to sit down and have a beer and a cigar with the guy….especially if he has a gun-range “on property”…lol.

I live in Cali….guess what party most of my neighbors belong to?

Tim_CA on May 25, 2012 at 2:51 PM

I’ve worked for 31 years in telecommunications.

And yet, our phones worked anyway.

Kingfisher on May 25, 2012 at 2:53 PM

All of his huffing and puffing had me distracted, I was worrying about his health

Capitalist Infidel on May 25, 2012 at 3:00 PM

I’d rather have a Jeff Barth than a Barack Hussein, but still…there’s bound to be a Tea Party candidate to vote for…

kirkill on May 25, 2012 at 3:00 PM

“I’ve ridden an ostrich… fortunately for the ostrich it was about 100 pounds ago…”

Akzed on May 25, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Ba dum psssshhh!

Akzed on May 25, 2012 at 3:06 PM

He looks familiar to that guy who is protesting the restaurant in Wisconsin for failing to honor their “all you can eat” meal. It was in HA last week.

Kingfisher on May 25, 2012 at 2:50 PM

“I’ve ridden an ostrich… fortunately for the ostrich it was about 100 pounds ago…”

Akzed on May 25, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Hilarious

Tim_CA on May 25, 2012 at 3:09 PM

BORing!!!!!

In all that blather, the guy never gave even ONE compelling reason why he was qualified for the job (…he’s here because he’s been alive, or something)…and gave no hint about what he would do if elected (so it’s clear that he’s a Democrat!). All in all, this spot is thoroughly forgettable: nobody will remember the point, because they’ll all be asleep well before the end.

I vote NOT great:

landlines on May 25, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Got a leg tingle on that one

deuce on May 25, 2012 at 3:21 PM

We should at least give this guy credit for not wearing “mom jeans” like B.O. That would have been a sight I would not want to see.

Kingfisher on May 25, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Needed more guns.
And some boobies (not his).

He seems like a nice fellow, but, knowing that the Democrat Party is the official home of liars, thieves and reprobates, I would never vote for one under any circumstance.

justltl on May 25, 2012 at 3:27 PM

He was hyping up Great Society programs in the first 30 seconds.

Lame. Pelosi would have his nuts in a coffee can.

fiatboomer on May 25, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Great ad, but I don’t vote for Democrats. Ever.

NoDonkey on May 25, 2012 at 1:28 PM

+1000

Really, I didn’t think it was all that great (certainly not the “greatest ever”), just kind of interesting in a folksy way. But as others have said, he didn’t make a case for being elected, leave alone replacing Kristi Noem.

UltimateBob on May 25, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Needed more guns.
And some boobies (not his).

justltl on May 25, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Perfect.

Tim_CA on May 25, 2012 at 3:33 PM

“I’ve ridden an ostrich… fortunately for the ostrich it was about 100 pounds ago…”

Akzed on May 25, 2012 at 3:05 PM

You just thought that was a rubber chicken. That was the ostrich after he was done riding it.

Aviator on May 25, 2012 at 3:33 PM

His add, at the end, never identified his affiliation.
Are they all trying to hide it?

Bambi on May 25, 2012 at 2:04 PM

The only way a Democrat can get elected these days is to NOT tell people what party they’re with.

UltimateBob on May 25, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Watched the whole thing even though he’s a Democrat. Funny, but he sounds like he’s not a fan of welfare and handouts.

Stealth Republican?!?

RedNewEnglander on May 25, 2012 at 3:36 PM

OT

Some nutcase holding hostages in Indiana real estate office.

fox.com has live feed

Tim_CA on May 25, 2012 at 3:36 PM

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