Mark Block Smoking in New Herman Cain Ad: Why?
Why is Mark Block Taking a Smoke Break in New Herman Cain Ad?
Evidence is mounting that the Herman Cain campaign is an elaborate troll on all of us. First, Herman Cain comes up with 9-9-9, which spits in the face of basic arithmetic. Then he's pro-choice while being vehemently pro-life.
Now Herman Cain has released a new campaign commercial that seems designed for the sole purpose of making you question the purpose of its existence.
The ad features Mark Block, Herman Cain's chief of staff, speaking for around 35 seconds about how Herman Cain is going to take America back (from what/whom?). Then he stares into the camera and takes a drag from his cigarette.
Once Mark Block is done with his smoke break, we get a close-up of Herman Cain himself, as he leers into the camera. Nothing about this ad makes Cain look like a desirable candidate.
Well, maybe it's a shout-out to the tobacco industry, on whose behalf Cain worked while head of the National Restaurant Association: he was against smoking bans in restaurants. Herman Cain is associated with Americans for Prosperity (AFP, i.e. the Koch Brothers), which has strong ties to the tobacco industry.
Indeed if Herman Cain worked as hard on researching before debates as he did on lobbying for the tobacco industry, he'd be made fun of a lot less.
Maybe the ad doesn't go for symbolism at all, though. Maybe someone involved in the production just thought that Mark Block smoking a cigarette in close-up would look cool. That person, alas, was wrong.
Mark Block, by the way was Wisconsin's state director for AFP before he joined the Cain campaign. For now, though, he's clearly on a fifteen-minute break.
Meanwhile, the new Herman Cain ad is destined to go viral, but not for the intended reasons. In fact, the final seconds by themselves would make a fantastic animated GIF... Oh, wait. someone already gave it the GIF treatment.
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