Most everyone is relieved that with the campaign season over, the airwaves are no longer cluttered with political ads. But some of us aren't ready to return to an endless stream of dog food advertisements and catheter commercials.
Previously, we looked back at the funniest ads in the 2012 House and Senate races. Today, let's celebrate state and local campaigns, the kind of races that have previously given us Basil Marceaux and restored our faith in democracy…
Best Relentlessly Upbeat Positive Ad
Campaign: Mike Weinstein (R-FL) for Florida state senate
The Ad: Titled "The Weinstein Slide," it features robot dancing, animal costumes and relentlessly earnest lyrics. It has to be seen to be believed. Sadly, Weinstein lost his senate primary bid against fellow Republican Aaron Bean.
Best Use of a Hammer
Campaign: Roland Sledge (R-TX) for Texas Railroad Commissioner
The Ad: Titled "Hammer the EPA." His last name is Sledge. SLEDGEhammer. Get it!?
Best Use of Pee to Make a Point
Campaign: Roland Sledge (R-TX) for Texas Railroad Commissioner. This guy again.
The Ad: Titled "Electric Fences," the ad somehow manages to reference Rod Blagojevich and folksy rural-isms. "Isn't it about time we elected political leaders," Sledge asked on his way to definitely not winning the Republican party primary, "that have sense enough not to pee on electric fences?"
Best Use of a Stripper Pole
Campaign: Susan Montee (D-MO) for Missouri Lt. Governor
The Ad: Titled "Fiscal Conservative." Yes, she lost too, but her ad featured the Republican incumbent Peter Kinder swinging from a stripper pole, so who is the real winner here? (Probably still Kinder.)
Most Gratuitous Use of Children
Campaign: Coalition for Sensible Government, largely funded by the San Francisco Association of Realtors, on behalf of David Lee for District One Supervisor (San Francisco), against incumbent Eric Mar
The Ad: Titled "Send Mar back to Mars," it features a lots of kids, supposedly angry over San Francisco's ban on toys in happy meals. Eric Mar won re-election.
Related: 5 Funniest Congressional Ads of 2012
Tags: Advertising, California, Florida, Missouri, State Legislature, Television, Texas