5 Nastiest Campaign Ads So Far… (Veiled Subscription Pitch)


The hugely entertaining newish web mag 10 Zen Monkeys scores another winner with its recent bit about the "5 Nastiest Campaign Ads So Far," which includes automatic video links to hoo-larious attacks on Harold Ford, James Webb, Sean Astin impersonator Mike DeWine, and more. These ads are just absolutely wonderful, so much so that they almost seem to be mocking satires, rather than the real McCoy itself.

And let's stress the "so far," as I just became aware of another ad, this one emanating like a fish-scented breeze out of a Northern California congressional race involving Republican incumbent Rep. John Doolittle. The ad, linked below, ends with the unforgettable line, "Time for John Doolittle to stop tolerating forced abortions and sex slavery. Time for a change!" Really. Don't be slow in checking out the 10 Zen Monkeys link above or the vid below.

And one final note: If you're a fan of attack ads–and who isn't?–then buy the November issue of Reason, on newsstands now. Our cover story makes the case that "Attack Ads Are Good For You"–and not just because they are often fall-down funny. And if you haven't yet, please subscribe (or renew your existing sub) to the magazine of "Free Minds and Free Markets," named one of the "50 Best Magazines" (out of 19,000!) by the Chicago Tribune for three of the last four years. (And if you want an electronic version, we got that too.)

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