Cain's Creepy New Ad

Cain's Creepy New Ad March 4, 2012

In a desperate bid to make someone pay attention to him (and I’ll oblige), Herman Cain has put out one of the creepiest political ads you will ever see. Video below the fold.


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  • Ellie

    Read about this a couple of days ago. I think he’s remembering the Daisy ad from the ’60s. Little girl — scary background — how could he go wrong?

  • I think with an ad like this, questions will be inevitable and numerous.

  • Yeah, cross between the Daisy ad and this is your brain on drugs.

    Pretty stupid given that the economy appears to be recovering.

  • harold

    I have several questions –

    1) Was Herman Cain always this mentally ill, or is he deteriorating?

    2) Why is he running political ads now?

    3) Was this really worth killing a goldfish?

  • dingojack

    Yeah, I got some questions.

    Where do you get the drugs the Amphibian’s campaign team are clearly taking, and what are the side effects (apart from the obvious dulling the intellect to sub-imbecile level)?.

    Seriously, this is the best they’ve got? Seriously??

    Hoo-boy, are they fucked.



    They shouldda used a salamander, rather than a goldfish, at least that’d be truth in advertising.

  • dingojack

    Opps sorry, I didn’t read it was the PoG wash-out ‘Marko’ Cain.

    Still a massive fail, but then from ‘Marko’ would you expect more?


  • Michael Heath

    Dr. X writes:

    Yeah, cross between the Daisy ad and this is your brain on drugs.

    Agreed though I think a third element might also be in play, though possibly unintentional.

    Herman Cain in profile sticking his gut out reminds me of the robber barons of the gilded age. Obesity back then was a signal of one’s higher class. Mr. Cain could be physically reveling in his support of the plutocracy where his profile shot serves as a visual dog whistle. That’s ironic given the plutocracy disproportionately benefited from the stimulus.

  • carlsonjok

    2) Why is he running political ads now?

    Well, the DONATE button in the middle of the front page of his SickofStimulus website might be a clue.

  • matty1

    So Herman Cain has kidnapped a small child and trapped her in a deserted quarry with some brightly coloured and presumably hallucinogenic pills and a goldfish. Then he watches from above as she freaks out, kills the goldfish and starts screaming.

    Why is this man allowed out in society?

  • tbp1

    I’m not even sure what message this ad is supposed to be conveying. Am I missing something, or is it really incoherent as well as creepy?

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    brightly coloured and presumably hallucinogenic pills

    Have you never seen aquarium gravel?

  • carlie

    Aren’t there laws on how to treat vertebrates? Can he be cited/arrested for cruelty to animals?

  • matty1

    Have you never seen aquarium gravel?

    Not in those shades no, doesn’t it usually look more like gravel?

    OK so I was wrong about that bit but the guy did make it look like he trapped a little girl in a deserted quarry and that’s pretty freaky.

  • Chiroptera

    I have to admit, I like this ad.

    ‘Course, I’ve long been a fan of the surreal and magical realism.

    The killing the goldfish part (which I assume was not staged) is bit disturbing. On the other hand, most people in real life who give a goldfish to a kid pretty much doom them (the goldfish, not the kids) to slow strangulation in their own waste anyway.

  • Killing an animal just to get a non-point across is pretty fucked up. I hope Cain battered it and ate it.

  • Using a child for propaganda borders on child abuse.

  • What, no slow smile? He could slow it down even more and time it to last for exactly as long as the goldfish does.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    They shouldda used a salamander, rather than a goldfish…

    Or perhaps a newt?


    So – questions. You bet. Presumably Cain is offering a superior solution to that desert-beached goldfish. What is it? Or does he really think the economy is hopelessly screwed?

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Using a child for propaganda borders on child abuse

    You’re gonna love this then: Senate Candidate and His 5-Year-Old Son Sit for Bizarre Interview with Fox News


    It seems to me that if you use your children in your campaign, you open them up to ridicule.

  • vmanis1


    Rachel Maddow still makes the most sense when she calls Cain a performance art project.

  • Someone forgot to tell the child to stare into the camera and puff on a cigarette at the end.

  • edmundog

    Wait, what was it before it spilled, then?

  • sunsangnim

    Wow. Fucked up and surreal.

    Wait, is he arguing that the stimulus wasn’t big enough (by saying the fish needed more water)? This would put him in the same corner as Paul Krugman. Somehow I doubt that’s the case.

  • dingojack

    Now if only poor ol; Marko could afford David Lynch.

    ‘Dark and Disturbing Things’ indeed!


  • On a lighter note, after you watch his video, you’re immediately directed to lots of cuter (and saner) footage of cats doing silly (but, again, saner) things. Not sure how Youtube’s AI decided on that segue…

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Wait, is he arguing that the stimulus wasn’t big enough (by saying the fish needed more water)?

    That seems a reasonable interpretation. That fish needs massive intervention that could only be compared to government action, because a fish in the desert isn’t going to fare well in a hands-off, small government scenario.

  • coryat

    Good mescaline comes on slow…

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