Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Saddest Ad of 2016 (So Far)

 

Sen. Rand Paul entered the GOP Primary with high hopes. He was the candidate who could represent the rising libertarian-ish wing of the party; those people skeptical of government in taxes and spending, but also in foreign intervention and the excesses of our criminal justice system. He would attract the sizable remnant of Ron Paul’s presidential campaigns, but wouldn’t be saddled with dad’s kooky baggage.

Rand would appeal to the budget-cutters in the Tea Party as well as the young, disaffected, and apolitical. He would even reach out to inner city communities and minorities who had long been written off by the GOP establishment as unreachable.

Alas, what could have been. Instead, here is an official ad that his official campaign just released. Officially.

The video appears to have been created with a type-to-text animation program, similar to Xtranormal. This explains the stilted language and odd pronunciations: “Where does the Ted Cruzz get his money … The Goldmain Sachs … we need to Audit the Ted.”

In a message ostensibly pushing libertarian arguments on monetary policy, Rand levels Bernie Sanders style accusations about campaign finance and capitalist perfidy. Considering the 2.3 percent he’s pulling in the polls, numbers so low he was left out of the GOP main debate, it might be time for Rand to close up shop and audit the campaign that produced this dismal ad.

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  1. The (apathetic) King Prawn Member

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: In a message ostensibly pushing libertarian arguments on monetary policy, Rand levels Bernie Sanders style accusations about campaign finance and capitalist perfidy.

    Dig deep enough into a lot of espoused libertarians (especially modern ones) and you’ll find a socialist hiding in there.

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    • January 18, 2016, at 1:21 PM PST
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  2. donald todd Inactive

    Is Rand Paul still running? Who knew.

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    • January 18, 2016, at 1:23 PM PST
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  3. Vance Richards Member
    Vance Richards Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: The video appears to have been created with a type-to-text animation program, similar to Xtranormal. This explains the stilted language and odd pronunciations: “Where does the Ted Cruzz get his money … The Goldmain Sachs … we need to Audit the Ted.”

    I think that means he couldn’t find, or afford, any actors willing to read that dialogue.

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    • January 18, 2016, at 1:31 PM PST
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  4. Hoyacon Member

    This tested well with the 8-year-old demographic, and a lot of them promised to bug mommy and daddy to vote for Rand.

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    • January 18, 2016, at 1:31 PM PST
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  5. Profile Photo Member

    This would hardly be passable for a state legislature race. It looks cheap and sounds like it was written by someone not fluent in English.

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    • January 18, 2016, at 1:31 PM PST
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  6. Basil Fawlty Coolidge
    Basil Fawlty Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I thought it was a very effective ad. It appeals to the libertarian inclined.

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    • January 18, 2016, at 1:40 PM PST
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  7. Vance Richards Member
    Vance Richards Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Can’t wait for his next add . . .

    “The Ted Cruzz have money and voters, me have neither. Waaaaaaah! Vote for me.

    I am a stick figure meant to resemble Rand Paul and I approve of this message.”

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    • January 18, 2016, at 1:45 PM PST
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  8. James Gawron Thatcher
    James Gawron Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Jon,

    This appeals to Libertarian well-informed voters. That can’t be a very high percentage of even the Republican vote. Unfortunately, Paul is highlighting why Trump exists. We need to win a general election with whatever votes we can get. Paul’s appeal is too narrow. He didn’t come across well in debate. He wasn’t able to take Trump down and he wasn’t able to put his message across. He began to get angry about it and that was the end of it.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • January 18, 2016, at 1:54 PM PST
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  9. TG Thatcher
    TG

    Could this be intended as a joke?

    And what might be the specific political thinking behind attacking Ted Cruz? (As opposed to one of the other candidates?)

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    • January 18, 2016, at 2:01 PM PST
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  10. Pencilvania Inactive

    This has got to be the winner of a very under-promoted contest for kids to make a video promoting Paul.

    There is absolutely no other excuse.

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    • January 18, 2016, at 2:05 PM PST
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  11. BrentB67 Inactive

    I think there is much to seriously consider about the libertarian agenda and include in the discussion. I had high hopes for Rand Paul to make a 21st century case. He seems less serious than his father.

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    • January 18, 2016, at 2:23 PM PST
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  12. Profile Photo Member

    BrentB67: I think there is much to seriously consider about the libertarian agenda and include in the discussion. I had high hopes for Rand Paul to make a 21st century case.

    I think there is much less libertarianism in the Republican Party than people think. It’s disappointing, but no less true.

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    • January 18, 2016, at 2:38 PM PST
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  13. Duane Oyen Member
    Duane Oyen Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Considering that a) the real world won’t stand for a “moat foreign ‘policy'”, and b) you need to act the way you talk regarding health care instead of working covertly behind the scenes to protect Congress from ObamaCare, I’d say that Rand is right where he belongs.

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    • January 18, 2016, at 3:12 PM PST
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  14. Albert Arthur Podcaster

    Today I received a mailer attacking John Kasich from Right to Rise, the superPAC backing JEB Bush. That’s the saddest ad.

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    • January 18, 2016, at 3:14 PM PST
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  15. Vance Richards Member
    Vance Richards Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Albert Arthur:Today I received a mailer attacking John Kasich from Right to Rise, the superPAC backing JEB Bush. That’s the saddest ad.

    When he starts attacking Jim Gilmore, then it is all over.

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    • January 18, 2016, at 3:39 PM PST
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  16. tabula rasa Member
    tabula rasa Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Setting his policy beliefs aside for a moment, I just don’t think Paul appeals on the personal level. He comes across (at least to me) as whiny and humorless.

    With few exceptions (e.g., Nixon), a presidential candidate has to have personal appeal (Reagan and Clinton certainly had it, and Bush the Elder and Younger had enough of it; Obama was able to fake it).

    Paul just seems to lack something.

    Rubio and Cruz certainly have it. Trump, as much as I dislike him, has his own way of appealing to others.

    This is one reason I think Hilary will ultimately fail. She just doesn’t connect.

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    • January 18, 2016, at 3:49 PM PST
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  17. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member

    Does anyone have a better handle on what Cruz supposedly did? I read that he took out a “margin loan” from his Goldman Sachs investment account, and then loaned those funds to his campaign. I assume that a “margin loan” means that he was borrowing against his own investment portfolio, like a 401k loan.

    If this is correct, then shame – no, double secret shame – on Rand Paul for suggesting that this is some sort of special interest dealing with Goldman Sachs. It sounds like the sort of access to funds commonly available to customers at most investment companies.

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    • January 18, 2016, at 4:17 PM PST
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  18. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member

    Oh, and the ad is pathetic, even if Cruz were guilty of everything implied.

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    • January 18, 2016, at 4:27 PM PST
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  19. Hoyacon Member

    Arizona Patriot:Does anyone have a better handle on what Cruz supposedly did? I read that he took out a “margin loan” from his Goldman Sachs investment account, and then loaned those funds to his campaign. I assume that a “margin loan” means that he was borrowing against his own investment portfolio, like a 401k loan.

    There were two loans–one from Goldman and one from Citi. The Goldman loan was collateralized like a margin loan, but I’m not sure about the Citi loan. The sticking point is that Cruz put them on his Senate financial disclosure info., but did not report them to the Federal Election Commission, which he should have done. I’m guessing that this isn’t overly serious or the press would be pounding on it hourly.

    From what I recall of the Paul ad, above, it did not distinguish between receiving Wall St. “money” and Wall St. “loans.”

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    • January 18, 2016, at 6:05 PM PST
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  20. BrentB67 Inactive

    TR, I get the impression he doesn’t want it that bad.

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    • January 18, 2016, at 6:16 PM PST
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  21. Vice-Potentate Member

    It’s sort of a trope for libertarians and Austrian economists to explain difficult concepts with those computer read videos. I think it’s a little self-referential joke at Rand’s expense. That being said, the content is a bit sad. It’s really in keeping with Rand’s self-perception, though. Everyone in Washington is bought and paid for except him. I think the ad was supposed to be lighthearted but came across as pathetic.

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    • January 18, 2016, at 6:32 PM PST
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  22. Duane Oyen Member
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    Albert Arthur:Today I received a mailer attacking John Kasich from Right to Rise, the superPAC backing JEB Bush. That’s the saddest ad.

    The more m0ney Mike Murphy spends before the inevitable Jeb crash the more he personally makes…

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    • January 18, 2016, at 6:58 PM PST
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  23. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Speaking as someone who really likes Rand Paul and has contributed to his campaign, that ad was just dreadful.

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    • January 18, 2016, at 7:50 PM PST
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  24. RightAngles Member

    I have a terrible feeling that ad is some kind of inside joke or something that maybe 3 or 4 people would get, but anybody else will just see it as WTF?

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    • January 18, 2016, at 8:15 PM PST
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  25. Locke On Member

    The computer generated animations have been a sort of thing in economic conservative/libertarian circles. I went for a quick Youtube search but couldn’t find any of those that I saw a few years back. It’s a pretty weird trope to use for an ad that’s going to be circulated generally. If Rand ever had a chance, the ISIS attacks scuttled it – isolationist foreign policy not going to be a popular flavor this year.

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    • January 18, 2016, at 9:11 PM PST
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  26. Hoyacon Member

    I’m not going to embed it, but here’s one on Bernanke.

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    • January 18, 2016, at 9:34 PM PST
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  27. RightAngles Member

    Hoyacon:I’m not going to embed it, but here’s one on Bernanke.

    haha “Bernank.” And note it was uploaded six years ago.

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    • January 18, 2016, at 9:36 PM PST
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  28. Hoyacon Member

    Are those bears or pigs? And what’s with the Pilgrim suit? It’s more amusing than the Rand Paul ad in a bizarre way, but I still didn’t make it all the way through.

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    • January 18, 2016, at 9:57 PM PST
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  29. I Walton Member

    The add borrows from a stream of similar and riotously funny anti fed adds from several years ago. This one isn’t funny, just angry. As to the substance. I don’t want to audit the fed just remove most of its regulatory power and reduce it’s policy goal to one, price stability following a rule they can’t change.

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    • January 19, 2016, at 4:11 AM PST
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  30. Quake Voter Inactive

    Sadly they are both more articulate and possess sounder syntax than Jeb Bush.

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    • January 19, 2016, at 4:52 AM PST
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