Campaign ads are horrible. Nobody wants to have their living room invaded by local politicos who want nothing more than to talk about how great they are -- or how much the other guy sucks.
We would argue that all political ads are awful but this primary season has been exceptional in the degree to which the ads completely sucked.
Here we are in the final hours of the primary campaign and we've taken the time to breakdown what we feel are the worst ads to come out of Arizona's 2010 primary. Have a look at our selections after the jump.
1) The Danged Fence:
First of all, McCain is walking along the border with the sheriff of a county that doesn't even border Mexico. That aside, McCain says "danged" -- a word that should only be used by hillbillies and preachers. And then there's the cheese-tastic conclusion: "Senator, you're one of us." Get a room, you two.
2) Barack Obama is the Worst President in History:
Say what you want about Barack Obama but if it weren't for McCain's "danged" fence, this would be the worst campaign ad in history. It doesn't even make sense -- it's just random statements thrown together as Quayle practices his best tough-guy face.
Leave it to Pam Gorman to use an ad that looks like it was shot in 1976 to make Arizonans look like gun-toting, hillbilly maniacs. We get it -- she wants to be Arizona's version of the take-no-prisoners, kinda-sorta-hot, Republican bitch made famous by Sarah Palin. As (ahem) charming as that can be, we're over it.
4) "Character Matters:"
Not the worst ad in the world -- topical, well-shot, and it happens: Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever blows what could be a better-than-average campaign ad with an awkwardly spoken "character matters."
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5) Joe Arpaio's 2010 Re-election Ad:
The ad itself isn't lame, it's more the idea: a public official using his position to go after his political opponents under the guise of a campaign ad for an election that's two years away. Uber-lame (and possibly criminal).