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A new ad from the Libertarian likens Democratic and Republican governance to smashing a watermelon.

Finally, there's an answer to the oft-asked question, What do the comedian Gallagher and Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson have in common? Now we know: They both want to see Barack Obama lose in November, and they're both responsible for the violent demise of watermelons.

This new ad from Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, combines the simplicity of Mike Gravel's "Rock" spot with the utter bizarreness of Herman Cain's recent videos -- and even borrows the tagline from that series, "Any questions?" Cain better step up his game. It also appropriates an old Ron Paul line, exhorting viewers to "Google Governor Gary Johnson."

Johnson still hasn't made nearly the impression Paul has, but Dave Weigel notes that he's polling at 7 percent in New Hampshire, potentially enough to play the spoiler in a swing state. Conor Friedersdorf recently explained in this space why Johnson has the potential to best the record of any previous nominee from the Libertarian Party.

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