Watch Live: The Washington Ideas Forum 2014

Video of the Day: The Year's Best Campaign Ad (So Far)

Jack Kerouac meets Dale Peterson in an epic, bizarre video.

Even in a golden age for absurd ads, Jeff Barth has managed to shine.

Barth is running for the Democratic nomination to run against Tea Party star Rep. Kristi Noem in South Dakota. Remember the fantastic video promoting Dale Peterson's run for Alabama agriculture commissioner? Now, imagine a parody ad that's four times as long, has lower quality video and higher quality props, and features an Kerouaquian, On the Road-style narrative: stream of consciousness, chronological, possibly fueled by an altered mental state.

Here are a few of the best lines from Barth's ad, which is just begging for a rap remix:

  • "I lived in Gemany before they built the Berlin Wall, I lived in Germany when they built the Berlin Wall."
  • "I learned chess in Iceland."
  • "I bicycled a thousand miles through Great Britain with my church youth group."
  • "I've ridden an ostrich, I've done a lot of stuff."
  • "Our daughters ... both have straight teeth, college degees, husbands..."
  • "I was state chess champion in 1993."

For the record, Barth -- who's currently Minnehaha County commissioner -- seems to pack more firepower than Dale Peterson, too.

H/t Taegan Goddard.

Presented by

David A. Graham is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Politics Channel. He previously reported for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The National.

Things Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman

You don't have to tell her how big she is. You don't need to touch her belly.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Things Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman

You don't have to tell her how big she is. You don't need to touch her belly.

Video

Maine's Underground Street Art

"Graffiti is the farthest thing from anarchy."

Video

The Joy of Running in a Beautiful Place

A love letter to California's Marin Headlands

Video

'I Didn't Even Know What I Was Going Through'

A 17-year-old describes his struggles with depression.

Video

Google Street View, Transformed Into a Tiny Planet

A 360-degree tour of our world, made entirely from Google's panoramas

Video

The Farmer Who Won't Quit

A filmmaker returns to his hometown to profile the patriarch of a family farm

Video

Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

Video

Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

More in Politics

Just In