On the occasion of Ron Paul's first televised campaign ad of the 2012 cycle, which went up today, Chris Good has a great retrospective on Ron Paul ads over the years. He's been at it a long time. But when I was reporting this Ron Paul profile for the magazine last year, his longtime aide, Mark Elam, screened for me what is my favorite Paul ad--it includes a glowing endorsement from Ronald Reagan, by the way, and was pivotal in Paul's pulling out a tough primary win (back when Republicans bothered to challenge him). I believe it is from 1982, but was never able to confirm that. So to round out the retrospective, here it is:
"My main objective was to be a jazz-playing clown. That kind of worked out."