The (deliberately) funny campaign videos were all on the Obama side of the 2012 race and each, in its own way, may have helped him (a little) in gaining victory. Here are my picks for the funniest of the lot, and see my new ebook on the race, Tricks, Lies, and Videotape, for much, much more. Here’s how I recorded them at the time. And as video #12, we will count Clint chatting with chair:
Sarah Silverman Wants to ‘Scissors’ Sheldon?
You may recall comic/actress Sarah Silverman’s bold offer in 2008 to go to Florida to help Obama by wooing old Jewish people. Now she returns with this video, offering to perform a certain sex act—think, “scissoring”—with Romney’s sugar daddy, Sheldon Adelson, if he will merely donate to Obama instead. She claims this will give him “bragging rights” with his billionaire friends—to have had a “Jewess” (and a fairly large breasted one) in this way. She even demonstrates—and there’s a website. Potentially not safe for work—or for Sarah!
Randy Newman: Dreaming of a White President
The often-satirical songwriter—who can forget “Short People” and “Let’s Drop the Big One Now”?—is a big Obama backer, and has now produced a new single: “I’m Dreaming of a White President.” “He won’t be the brightest, perhaps/ But he’ll be the whitest/ And I’ll vote for that.”
Sarah Silverman vs. Voter ID ‘Bullshit’
Sarah Silverman, who gave us classic campaign ad aimed at Jews in Florida in 2008—and then the infamous “scissoring Adelson” video this year—returns with very off-color spot, re fighting back against moves proposing harsh new Voter ID laws. One idea: take Nana to get a gun license then she’ll be able to vote. Also directs viewers to how to make sure you can vote in your state.
Homer Simpson Votes for Romney