5 Terrible Campaigns This Election Season

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Politics can be incredibly important. They shape our nations policies — the laws that have direct and indirect effects on our lives and the lives of our families. They can protect minorities or create inequality; aid the economy or destroy jobs. Politics are, in a word, essential — left, right, or somewhere on a completely different scale. But let’s add a dose of realism here. Politics can also be incredibly damn stupid.

That is why today we’re going to take a short break from all those serious debates and frustrations surrounding healthcare, immigration, environmental concerns, Benghazi, the IRS scandal, and all the rest to appreciate just how laughable politics can be. What better way to do so than taking a look at some of the absolute worst electoral campaigns out there?

Campaigns are, by definition, usually pretty bad — very much the American version of propaganda. Most of them follow a simple script of buzzwords with very little else to hold them up, and almost all of them are corny and over-the-top dramatic. But we’re talking about the really bad ads. As in, erectile dysfunction jokes, Hitler references, and possible copyright infringement type of bad. Let’s take a look at the countdown with our top five.

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