Herman Cain's Campaign Sends Up Strange Smoke Signals

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If you thought the whole Herman Cain phenomenon couldn't get any stranger, think again.

A new Cain campaign video shows Mark Block his campaign chief of staff delivering a soliloquy into the camera. He says, in part:

"We've run a campaign like nobody's ever seen. But then, America's never seen a candidate like Herman Cain..."

Moments later, Block takes a drag from what appears to be a hand-rolled tobacco cigarette (or a marijuana joint; it's hard to tell. Is this a Cain making a play for Rep. Ron Paul's libertarian voters?) Cain appears at the end, breaking into a smile and looking like the cat who ate the canary. He's clearly having fun.

It rises to the top of the list of weirdest political ads ever made. Some are also placing it high on the list of worst political ads ever made, too.

Maybe Cain just wants to remind America that it needs to learn how to take a joke.

P.S. @12:43 pm — A colleague turned me on to yet another bizarro Cain ad which she says makes the above "smoking" ad seem positively mainstream. And she's right.

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