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

By David A. Graham

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.

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