GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson has been featured in many headlines recently. Several polls released this week show him competing with both Republican Party frontrunner Donald Trump and Democratic eventual Hillary Clinton; and he has plenty of headroom over senators Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who are tied at 11 percent.
But, despite the support, Carson has had a difficult time. He’s struggled to back up a claim from his 2006 book, Take the Risk, in which he claimed to be held at gunpoint at a Baltimore Popeye’s restaurant — only to redirect his would be attacker to the front counter clerk. He attempted to explain away his calm demeanor by highlighting how he was “very volatile” as a teenager, prone to going after people with “rocks, and bricks, and baseball bats, and hammers,” despite zero corroboration from childhood friends and acquaintances. And the neurosurgeon has interesting views about vaccinations and the United States’ founding fathers.
And then there’s the bit about the pyramids not being constructed as tombs to pharaohs, but instead Joseph’s personal grain storage units.
But who cares? It’s all about advertising, right? And this week, Trump’s “low energy” second fiddle embarked on a bizarre voyage, releasing a new radio spot in the form of a rap song supporting Carson’s candidacy.
As Mother Jones writer Inae Oh opined (correctly), “Ben Carson has made his contribution to the annals of awkward rap ads promoting Republican presidential hopefuls, and it’s awful.”
But rap ads are not restricted to the 2016 GOP presidential primary. Alaskans have endured more than their fair share of horrible political advertisements, but one has always stood out to me — or, maybe “stuck in my head and begged me to stick a fork in my ear drums” is a better way to phrase it.
I give you State Senator Cathy Giessel (R-Anchorage), who in the summer of 2010 unleashed this small piece of amazing — ripped from Beck’s “Loser” days, but wiped full clear of anything salvageable — in support of her successful bid to fill the seat left vacant by retiring Sen. Con Bunde.
Carson/Giessel 2016 anybody?