It is no longer comedians who parody candidates. People who work for actual politicians, or at least work for well-funded groups that support said politicians, are mounting their messages on platforms that look, at mildest, like any number of bitchy social media pages, and at most extreme like something straight ouf of Tim & Eric.
Have you seen this new Herman Cain video where a bunny rabbit is catapulted into the air and then shot to smithereens and Herman Cain is shown in silhouette standing on a cliff? Yes, that exists! The video is both a message about small business and the current tax code (or something), and an advertisement for a new website called SickOfStimulus.com, which the pizza millionaire started because he's got some ideas tied to Cain Connections that he wants to share with everyone. But why is he sharing these amazing ideas in such crazy fashion?
The rabbit video, which is in the style of the infamous "This is your brain on drugs" PSA from yesteryear, is of course not the first weird video that Cain has blessed the world with. Just last month there was a video in which a goldfish appeared to die ("This is the economy on stimulus...") and of course there was all that strange grinning stuff and the famous smoking campaign adviser ad while Cain was still running for president. In fact, Cain and his team have produced so many bizarre, internet meme-ready videos that we're forced to assume that this has all been done on purpose. It's not a troll, exactly, it's more a clever manipulation of what the internet collectively finds funny and passes around.