Herman Cain

Herman Cain May Be Gone, but His Crazy Ads Continue

Newt Gingrich is often described as a dumb person's idea of what a smart person sounds like, but Herman Cain may have just topped him with this weird "Goldfish" ad, courtesy of his SuperPAC, Cain Connections.

Women Speak Up in Herman Cain Sexual Harassment PSA

Funny or Die has a thing for Herman Cain. On the heels of the two mock campaign videos in which Mike Tyson played the Republican presidential candidate, now we get this mock PSA in which various women who have not been sexually harassed by Cain come out to support him. "Let's say he's harassed 90 women," says one.

The Blanding of America

One of the most indelible and enduring images of the 2008 presidential campaign was candidate Barack Obama's logo: a simple, clean, blue "O" rising like a sun above a prairie of receding red stripes. The design was instantly iconic, evoking hope, change, and a new dawn--all major themes of the Illinois senator's campaign.

Mike Tyson Back as Herman Cain in Second Classic Parody

All right-minded Americans can surely agree that ex-heavyweight boxing champion and convicted felon Mike Tyson and former Godfather's Pizza CEO and Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain are both crazier than shithouse rats. Their shared insanity and a laugh-out-loud script fueled Iron Mike's awesome debut last week as Cain.

Cain’s ‘Smoking Man’ Sparks Hefty Donations and Parody

The strangest thing about GOP candidate Herman Cain's recent "smoking man" ad? It seems to be working. The Wall Street Journal reports that Cain's ad, featuring mustachioed campaign manager Mark Block, is credited with a massive surge of donations for the candidate. “Our donations online have shot up a lot since that ad,” Block told the WSJ, which tallies the campaign's October fundraising at $5 million. "Yes, the smoking part of that ad was controversial—and I don’t in any way condone smoking—but the message that Herman Cain is a different kind of presidential candidate is certainly resonating across the country.” The viral effect has even gone past the Cain campaign, with fellow Republican Jon Huntsman's daughters creating a parody "Smokin' Ad" (shown below) that has been viewed more than 128,000 times on YouTube. You can watch the original after the jump. 

So Yeah, What Is Up With Herman Cain’s Crazy Ads?

There's been a lot of talk this week about the Herman Cain ad in which his chief of staff, Mark Block, is seen smoking. But it's really just the latest "What was he thinking?" moment in a string of mixed messages and indecisive tactics from the candidate. Below, check out the little video where he sings "God Bless America" over footage of the World Trade Center burning down and a background track of screams, then looks dejectedly off camera as an animated logo plugs his presidential campaign. Or the one that starts out as a fictional trailer for a Wild West film called He Carried Yellow Flowers (with a cock joke and a liberal black man getting punched), and then becomes a weird campaign testimonial. Or rock along with the Herman Cain Train Country Music Video. Somebody needs to grab this ad campaign by the reins and steer the burning stage coach away from that big ole pile of TNT before it blows up in Cain's face. We've pointed out before that Cain has genuine marketing credentials and two decades' worth of brand-building savvy. And he's got the catch phrases down. So, what gives? If history has taught us anything, it's that Cain needs to find a graffiti artist to make his ads shine. And hey, there's one with good directorial cred now too. Hop that train, Cain, before it leaves you standing alone on the platform.

Inside the Campaign Ad Machine

Talk to enough political consultants, and sooner or later you’ll hear some variation on the same story: the one about the tiny, small-market TV stations that, come the year after a big election, suddenly find themselves with enough money to buy new furniture, remodel their studios, and give out big bonuses to their staff.

Fast-Food Candidate

Like other GOP candidates already on the stump for the 2012 elections, Herman Cain has the requisite equipment: a pro-business agenda, a catchy tagline (“Commonsense solutions for America”), and a closet full of expensive silk ties.