If a Senate Candidate Chops a Watermelon with an Ax in the Woods, Does It Make a Sound?

Possibly the worst campaign ad since Herman Cain's campaign manager smoked a cigarette on camera.

E. W. Jackson was selected over the weekend as the lieutenant gubernatorial candidate of the Republican Party of Virginia. A Christian minister, he ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 2012 and has a history of making inflammatory statements. He also, apparently, has a history of making epically bad campaign ads, like the one above. From the uneven sound mixing to the aural special effects to the painted ax to the, well, splitting of watermelons in the drab dry of the off-season Virginia woods, this ad would have been an instant classic if anyone had cared about Jackson's senate run.

Instead, he lost his primary bid with less than 5 percent of the vote, placing fourth of four candidates. Now he'll be on the statewide ballot as Republican Ken Cuccinelli's running-mate -- well-positioned to become Virginia's No. 2, if he can avoid dragging down the ticket.

(h/t @badler)

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Garance Franke-Ruta is a former senior editor covering national politics at The Atlantic.

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