The 11 Most Over-the-Top Campaign Ads of the Republican Presidential Primary — VIDEO

March 27, 2012, 2 a.m.

Over the week­end, former pres­id­en­tial can­did­ate and pizza “god­fath­er” Her­man Cain’s Sick of Stim­u­lus group came out with a fol­low-up to its first vir­al ad. This time, in­stead of killing a gold­fish, the group tar­gets — al­beit with shoddy graph­ics — a rab­bit as a meta­phor for fed­er­al taxes. Cue the cata­pult and shot­gun.

Sub­tlety has ob­vi­ously not been the goal of Re­pub­lic­an pres­id­en­tial can­did­ates’ ad­vert­ising teams in this elec­tion. From ads that took pages straight out of Trans­formers dir­ect­or Mi­chael Bay’s play­book to the just plain bizarre, the GOP field is put­ting out spots that would make even the “Daisy Girl” ad’s cre­at­ors raise their eye­brows.