I don't think anyone will bemoan the end of the 2012 election cycle, except perhaps the TV execs and political consultants who're making a killing off the political ads bombarding us through the boob tube.
Still, quite a few are memorable, and there is nothing more American than reducing your opponent's career to a withering 30 second-long insult, which your rival then must spend mega-bucks deflecting with an attack ad of his or her own.
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It's like Prime Minister's Question Time done as a streetcorner game of the dozens.
Which is why every windy debate usually gets boiled down to one word or phrase. Like U.S. Senate candidate Rich Carmona's "prettier" comment in his recent match-up with Congressman Jeff Flake, or Mitt Romney's "binders of women" utterance during his last debate with President Obama.
I'm not saying this is a good thing, but it is what it is: Short attention-span political theater. And I'll admit, some of it is entertaining.
So here are my picks for the top Arizona political ads of 2012. All of these have run on local Television, save for the hippie-dippie one. Thank Beelzebub that we we'll have about a year and a half of respite before they begin all over again.
10) Pounding Christina Beato: This woman has the deranged stare of a Class-A bunny boiler. So Rich Carmona was pounding on your door? Um, so what? But come to find out, Beato's already-lame story is all bunk.
Why do I include it? Because Beato literally creeps me out, and just in time for Halloween. Wouldn't go near this lady unless I had two witnesses and a video camera to monitor my every move so she couldn't sue me later for something I didn't do. Beato looks like a real wackjob, of the DeeDee Blase variety.
American woman, stay away from me...[jump]