Faux-serious political ads: Serial killer Mitt vs. Aborted fetal parts

The 2012 election may end up being known as the one with all the not-quite-serious political ads.

Yesterday, the “Definitely Not Coordinated With Stephen Colbert Super PAC” released this attack ad on Mitt Romney. Colbert, who formed the actual PAC last spring, passed control of it on to Jon Stewart last week so that he can consider a run for President of the United States of North Carolina. (Yes, please.)

In perfect Colbert fashion, the stunt is totally absurd, while also making a serious point about the campaign finance loopholes that allow unlimited spending by super PACs as long as they are ostensibly independent from the candidate. And any chance to remind voters that Romney thinks corporations are people is good by me.

While Colbert probably won’t actually be on the ballot, Randall Terry’s presidential bid is for real. The anti-choice activist is running as a Democrat against President Obama in order to show graphic anti-abortion ads like this one on TV.

Since he’s a candidate for federal office, the stations have no choice but to show the ads during the 45 days before a primary and 60 days before the election. That means that some lucky viewers will get an anti-choice treat during the Super Bowl. Isn’t the political process grand? Now if only Colbert would do a parody of Terry’s ads…

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/snmcqueen/ Sarah

    I think you’ll find Colbert is running in South Carolina, not North. That aside, love the article and this site, for that matter.

  • http://feministing.com/members/bethblackapple/ Beth

    Without a hint of irony or even self-awareness, after watching this Randall Terry ad the first thing that came out of my mouth was “Jesus Christ.”

  • http://cabaretic.blogspot.com nazza

    You ain’t attackin’ my Jesus, friends. He’s too busy feeding the poor and clothing the needy.

  • http://feministing.com/members/margosoriginals/ Margo

    This is allowed to be on TV? I almost puked when I saw this ad, this is simply unacceptable, what about the children who will be watching the superbowl?! As an atheist I am so sick of having christian “values” shoved down my throat by the people who hope to lead our country. Our founding fathers believed in the separation of church and state for a reason, and republicans are constantly abusing this.

  • http://feministing.com/members/cassiopeia/ Cassie

    Why are politicians allowed to use biblical arguments in a country founded on the basis of the separation of Church and State?

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