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The most memorable campaign ads of 2010

Hotline on Call has come up with their choices for the 10 best and 10 worst campaign ads of 2010. Here are the ads that I thought were the most memorable, starting with Carly Fiorina’s “Demon Sheep” ad up above that she ran against Tom Campbell in the California GOP primary.

Next, Jerry Brown shows how Meg Whitman wasted $140 million on a losing campaign:

This ad by Democrat Joe Manchin shows what a liability Barack Obama was to Democrats on the campaign trail:

More after the jump:

This had to be the most parodied ad of the year:

This controversial ad by Jack Conway was almost as weird as the candidate it’s about:

Two of the most memorable ads involve someone who wasn’t even a candidate, at least not in 2010.

The first created a unique brand identity:

The second, a response by Emily’s List that was dubbed the “Ewok Ad” was so bad it was embarrassing:

What campaign ads do you remember most from this past year?

22 Responses

  1. Mostly I just got the ads from the congressional race in my district. They were stunningly stupid and boring. So it was a yawn fest here in the VA fighting 5th. How come other areas get all the fun. Well, it should be more interesting in 2 years.

  2. Obama speech to lay out moral, philosophical justification for pardoning Thanksgiving turkey.


    • Turkey? Turkey?!

      Damn, the bird is an I—-ic terraist! They’re taking over, I tell you! The grocery store was full of them this morning!

      Fry him!

  3. The Emily’s List ad…has left me speechless.

  4. Mark Morford: Basically, you shame and humiliate them, over and over again, in a giant public space, in front of their families, herding them like confused bison through an increasingly absurd, demeaning series of tests and checkpoints. And you do it all under the auspices of protecting them from a few extremist imbeciles who (we are told) want to blow them up and kill their dog and steal their Kim Kardashian pre-paid debit cards.

    Did Mark move to the dark side?

    • Mark was already on one of the Dark Sides. I read some of his other columns. He’s a loyal drone of the Oborg Collective.

  5. Best campaign ad of 2008:

  6. OMG, we left out the rent is too damn high guy. He’s my pick.

  7. No link at the moment, but I don’t think Tom Delay will be on DWTS again soon.

    A jury in Texas has convicted former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on charges he illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002. Delay was once one of the most powerful Republicans in Congress. He now faces up to life in prison.

  8. Oh look. It’s Bob the Builder: The Perfect Storm That Could Elect Sarah Palin

    Perhaps I’m being overly cautious and pessimistic. Perhaps common sense will win the day and Sarah Palin will be laughed off the stage and chased back to her compound in Wasilla where she can instigate liberals for her own personal shits, giggles and growing fortune. I hope that’s the case. But if we turn our backs on the possibility of this perfect storm, we could be unleashing a presidency that would make the Bush years seem comparatively painless.

  9. Everyone laughed when Ronnie Raygun wanted to run for president.

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