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Jun 14, 2012

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Phoenix Woman

Hmmmm. I think you may have hit on something here.

Paul Wellstone -- sense of humor, funny (and effective) ads

Jesse Ventura -- sense of humor, funny (and effective) ads (and I say this as someone who didn't vote for him)

Alan Grayson -- sense of humor, funny (and effective) ads

Kurt Bills -- no sense of humor, ads come off like soulless karaoke covers.

The Jesse Ventura Action Figure ad (where he fights Special Interest Man) may well be the single best TV political ad ever done. If there's a better one out there, I'd like to see it. It was clever, funny, gently poked fun at the candidate it backed (thus showing he could laugh at himself), and most importantly, it worked with a broad swath of normally-apolitical persons. (That was how Ventura won: Instead of concentrating solely on poaching existing voters, he got habitual non-voters into the voting booths.)

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