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The first two were quite entertaining.
posted by ageispolis at 12:18 PM on June 28, 2008


"Blue Suede Shoes" and "Vogue" were funny. "Star Wars" was OK. "Samuel L. Jackson is about to murder John McCain in cold blood while endorsing Barack Obama" was absurdly distasteful.
posted by Flunkie at 12:18 PM on June 28, 2008


What Flunkie said.
posted by miss lynnster at 12:20 PM on June 28, 2008


The Colbert Nation blog has had more of these:
http://www.colbertnation.com/?cat=24

This one for sheer goofy factor.

Super McCain Bros.

But almost certainly, the best one is this:
Bestest EVAR.
posted by JHarris at 12:29 PM on June 28, 2008 [1 favorite]


Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope.
posted by Parallax.Error at 12:30 PM on June 28, 2008 [1 favorite]


"Samuel L. Jackson is about to murder John McCain in cold blood while endorsing Barack Obama" was absurdly distasteful.

Although it does illustrate that John McCain stands his ground even in the presence of heavily armed thugs and doesn't take cover under the table like you-know-who.
posted by sour cream at 12:30 PM on June 28, 2008


Samuel L. Jackson is about to murder John McCain in cold blood while endorsing Barack Obama

Well, that was the scene in the diner where Jules lectures the guy robbing the diner, before letting him go and giving him (iirc) $10k.
posted by delmoi at 12:30 PM on June 28, 2008


Actually, I thought the PULP FICTION one was awesome until they put the OBAMA 08 splash up at the end. That was not cool.
posted by Justinian at 12:33 PM on June 28, 2008


They were all really clever, except for the Star Wars one because seriously the Star Wars parodies are so old my granny thinks they're played out.
posted by nola at 12:40 PM on June 28, 2008


The Vogue version is fabulous, though I can't find a working version (including the one linked above . . . "We're sorry, this video is no longer available.").But this one is just disturbing. And I think the one with Rick Astley would be better if either Rick or the senator were placed off-center so you could see them both.

I would like to see one set to "Afternoon Delight." And I would especially like McCain's head to be placed atop M.C. Hammer's body in the "U Can't Touch This" video. Come on, internets. Don't fail me now.
posted by the littlest brussels sprout at 12:44 PM on June 28, 2008


Good, but would have been better had it had silent film intertitles instead of him actually talking.

Caught between "WTF?" and "WOW!"
posted by Flunkie at 12:45 PM on June 28, 2008 [1 favorite]


Oh, and Through the Matrix was strangely compelling.
posted by Flunkie at 12:47 PM on June 28, 2008


yes, the early film video would have been awesome if it had been converted to silent film titles, perhaps with many exclamation marks (as the whole point was to make McCain more exciting) - even the end crowd could have been all "Yaaaaaaay!"
posted by jb at 12:56 PM on June 28, 2008


bad taste or not, the Samuel L. Jackson clip was the best... Except the ending well, disappointing...
posted by HuronBob at 1:00 PM on June 28, 2008


This one is the best ever
posted by rtboo at 1:33 PM on June 28, 2008


Blue Suede Shoes looks amazing!!!
posted by Pendragon at 2:32 PM on June 28, 2008


Watch and be amazed: "McCain Owl Attack"
posted by skammer at 2:45 PM on June 28, 2008 [2 favorites]


If you're jonesin' for more Colbert video fun, here's his Star Wars green screen challenge. I love it when VFX people have too much time on their hands!
posted by skammer at 2:48 PM on June 28, 2008


Why was this broadcast with the green screen intact? Laziness?
posted by public at 3:15 PM on June 28, 2008


Make McCain exciting.

Bring out the Gimp.
posted by three blind mice at 3:21 PM on June 28, 2008


Why was this broadcast with the green screen intact? Laziness?

There was no green screen originally. McCain's speech just happened to have the world's most unflattering backdrop.

Colbert was just among the earliest to realize what a remarkable opportunity this presented for the nation's After Effects jockeys.
posted by skammer at 3:24 PM on June 28, 2008 [1 favorite]


And I would especially like McCain's head to be placed atop M.C. Hammer's body in the "U Can't Touch This" video. Come on, internets. Don't fail me now.

Oh, like the internets would ever fail you. Here you go.
posted by miss lynnster at 3:30 PM on June 28, 2008 [9 favorites]


Oh, like the internets would ever fail you. Here you go.

I love you, internets.
posted by skammer at 3:47 PM on June 28, 2008


Hey! It's Little McCain Superstar!

Actually, the Wizard of Oz and Oscar editions kinda cracked me up. Gwyneth looks like she's in love. And he plays a pretty good banjo too.
posted by miss lynnster at 3:48 PM on June 28, 2008




No McCain as Voldemort yet?

I loved the Vogue one.
posted by Nattie at 4:37 PM on June 28, 2008


I'm beginning to love America. Just a little bit.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 4:38 PM on June 28, 2008 [2 favorites]


I'd really like McCain as the acromegalic 'wind' character in that French (?) wind power commercial.
posted by a robot made out of meat at 4:58 PM on June 28, 2008


This
posted by a robot made out of meat at 5:03 PM on June 28, 2008 [6 favorites]


Oh, like the internets would ever fail you. Here you go.

Oh my sweet lord. It's beautiful. Thanks, miss lynster.
posted by the littlest brussels sprout at 5:43 PM on June 28, 2008


Gray ambition is by far the best
and most perfectly synchronized
of the bunch.

My kids are sitting right next to me
and demanding I let you all know
they give it 8 thumbs up.
(They're counting their big
toes as thumbs :)

posted by liza at 7:01 PM on June 28, 2008 [3 favorites]




Admittadly this is just blathering at this point, but a small part of me thinks that in a way this silliness is going to go a ways towards McCain not winning the election in Nov. If it had been a one-off, something that lasted a week or so, then it would be no big deal, but an ongoing, popular, national outlet that just keeps on making fun of McCain in this manner will (I think) undermine McCain bit by bit. Another week or so will make it near a month's worth of high tech mockery.
posted by edgeways at 8:49 PM on June 28, 2008 [2 favorites]


Well someone has to do it. It used to be the press that pointed out political absurdities.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 9:09 PM on June 28, 2008


It pulls the rug out from underneath McCain's big advantage: his "Presidentialness." Many who are going to vote for mccain cant give any reason other than they just see him as more trustworthy and fit for office. Seeing one or two of these clips will undermine that, at least on a subconscious level.

Have these Make McCain Interesting clips made it to the mainstream news outlets at all?
posted by Parallax.Error at 11:22 PM on June 28, 2008


Gray ambition is by far the best
and most perfectly synchronized
of the bunch.


Captain McKirk is not bad either.
posted by CynicalKnight at 2:45 AM on June 29, 2008


If it had been a one-off, something that lasted a week or so, then it would be no big deal, but an ongoing, popular, national outlet that just keeps on making fun of McCain in this manner will (I think) undermine McCain bit by bit.

GOOD.

No one in power, or aspiring to it, should be immune to mockery. EVER. It takes the paternal edge (what you called "Presidentialness") off of candidates and makes it possible to relate to them as people. Our 'dent shouldn't be our daddy, but our lackey.

A lot of the shine on the American experience has faded as of late, but at least we still have a healthy spirit of mockery towards our rulers. As long as that remains there is a little hope.

And what is this really? It makes fun of McCain being boring, not exactly a strong charge. That's about the most toothless thing one could attack him for. And these days seeing McCain superimposed upon a Rickroll might even help him, who knows.
posted by JHarris at 11:57 AM on June 29, 2008 [1 favorite]


a small part of me thinks that in a way this silliness is going to go a ways towards McCain not winning the election in Nov

I'm pretty sure the Comedy Central / YouTube crowd does not form a large part of McCain's constituency.
posted by salvia at 4:12 PM on June 29, 2008


I'm pretty sure the Comedy Central / YouTube crowd does not form a large part of McCain's constituency.

Well certainly not his core constituency. But in American presidential politics, especially in the last 20 years, who wins the middle wins the election. Given that all the candidates, McCain too (numerous times), have appeared on The Daily Show, that 1st tier representatives appear on the Colbert Report I think they (these popular shows) play a factor, especially in the middle ground. Yeah, it's not going to win or lose the election but I think it could help push it one way or the other, especially if McCain is increasingly seen as a figure to be mocked.

Just my opinion
posted by edgeways at 5:09 PM on June 29, 2008


Hmm, like what happened to Bob Dole. You might have a point.
posted by salvia at 5:36 PM on June 29, 2008


Oh, there's a longer version of the MC Hammer video now.

And here he is doing Chocolate Rain. (FYI: he moves away from the mic to breathe in.)
posted by miss lynnster at 6:35 PM on June 29, 2008


Plus Colbert could affect how the other news organizations relate to the McCain campaign. McCain is a pretty revered figure among all the major outlets, but Colbert is shaping up to be a pretty major force. It won't shape the election or anything, but it could nudge it.

So uh... no Colbert bump over this I'm assuming.
posted by Parallax.Error at 6:40 PM on June 29, 2008


> Oh, there's a longer version of the MC Hammer video now.

Oh, what a missed opportunity at 0:18!
posted by salvia at 7:15 PM on June 29, 2008


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