Given current weather conditions, I think we all could use a little levity in our lives at the moment. My thoughts are with those under evacuation orders, without power and otherwise endangered by the storm (including some of our own staff), as well as those who may be anxiously waiting for word from family and friends.
I've been spending a lot of time on YouTube spirals of political parody videos, because, well, YouTube is where I go when I'm trying to avoid doing actual work, and consequently, I've viewed many hours worth of the things, ranging from the very funny to the very awful. For your delectation, I've curated a few of my favorites -- but before we plunge into election 2012, I feel like we might could do with a little blast from the past.
We all remember Obama Girl, right?
We don't? OK, well, here's a refresher:
It's the video that sparked rather a lot of controversy (not least from the then-candidate himself, who wasn't exactly amused). Now do you remember? Yeah, that's right. No one seems willing to go there this election cycle, and I for one am thankful for that.
And, in the interest of parity, Hott 4 Hill. She didn't make it to Capitol Hill, but she seems to be doing all right over at the State Department!
Seriously, how about the bumper crop of amazing political videos this year, though? I'm a big fan of a get-out-the-vote effort that actually engages people, and getting a video to go viral is a fantastic way to get people thinking about actually going to the polls and filling out their ballots. Sometimes that's not actually the goal of the creators, but I'll take "unexpected side effects" if they include voting.
You've got Lena Dunham talking about her first time, uh, voting in an official video for the Obama campaign.
Joss Whedon explaining why he's backing Romney in an excellent video that also includes some zombie apocalypse preparedness tips. (Also useful for hurricane preparedness! Two for one!)
Samuel L. Jackson telling you to WAKE THE FUCK UP, also for the Obama Campaign. Seriously, listen to this man.
"You Didn't Build That" by MC 'Bama is a political video in the grand remix tradition.
And it wouldn't be a viral video roundup without a "Downfall" parody, am I right?
So, what's your favorite election video? Want to throw me some good conservative videos to balance out this highly biased list? Come on, I know they're out there.
And, more importantly, are you voting on Tuesday (or have you done it already via absentee ballot or early voting)?