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Mar242012

Rick Santorum's Dystopia of the Year 2014

According to Rick Santorum, if Obama is re-elected Americans will be forced to fill up their heads with gasoline

Probably inspired by Hunger Games mania, Rick Santorum recently released the most dystopian campaign video we've seen in quite a while. Called "Obamaville," the video depicts the bleak world of 2014: President Obama has been re-elected, the playgrounds sit empty, freedom of religion is under attack, and apparently we're all cyborgs powered by putting gasoliine directly into our heads. THANKS A LOT OBAMA!

As a fan of apocalyptic fiction, I watched closely and noticed a few interesting images that the campaign chose to include in the video. Some of the weirder images are below. If you notice the same timecode for some images it's because these images were only up for 2 or 3 frames, and trust me, that's where the gold is!

You can watch the entire video here, though it's labeled as "unlisted" for some odd reason.

Men smoking! Indoors, no less! (00:13)

Wait, are those Bob Casey posters behind them? Casey was the guy who unseated Santorum in 2006, but something tells me this is a photo staged by the Santorum campaign.

Hooverville, USA (00:22)

The Santorum campaign is clearly trying to make "Obamaville" into an everyday term in the way that Hooverville was a term critical of President Herbert Hoover during the Great Depression.

Old media! (00:38)

Whoever lives here really loves newspapers and old televisions and are those... vinyl records? I can only assume that this is the episode of Hoarders where the law student is studying Texas v. Johnson.

Termination notice (00:48)

Wait, is that Latin? Pig Latin? Oh, it's filler text that designers use!

Another smoking guy (00:52)

This video sure has a lot of smoking, but I'm not sure what the message is here.

Piggy bank (00:52)

If Obama is re-elected he will literally come to your house and smash your child's piggy bank on the floor. And there's nothing you can do about it.

Chasing children through the woods (00:52)

In one of the creepiest shots from the video, we're watching from the perspective of someone chasing a child through the woods.

Meat grinder (00:53)

This video just keeps getting weirder and weirder. It's only a couple of frames long, but I'm not sure what this meat is supposed to represent in Santorum's dystopia of the year 2014. Is he campaigning against pink slime?

General disgust (00:53)

Again, what's going on here? Just stock photos of people looking disgusted? This was supposed to be a hellish dystopia of the future!

We see four shots of Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the video. On two of those four occasions an image of President Obama is flashed in juxaposition to Ahmadinejad.

Santorum spokesperson Hogan Gidley said it was "absurd" to think that the Santorum campaign was comparing Obama to Ahmadinejad. If you're going to make a video saying that if President Obama is elected that the United States will become a dystopia of epic proportions I'm not sure why you wouldn't just own that comparison. Which they're clearly making:

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Frankly I think every politician should make a scary apocalyptic campaign video. If you've ever seen LBJ's "Daisey" ad from 1964 you know that at least they're not new.

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Reader Comments (10)

Think the reference may be to Potterville, of It's a Wonderful Life.

March 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRon Martinez

And for how the world would look like if Santorum became POTUS, read "The Handmaid's Tale".

Or better don't, seeing as the prose is horrible and the worldbuilding broken, but you know the religious right wingnuts want this to be.

March 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeterWattsFan

There's also man-carrying-plant-in-cardboard-box-through-home at 0:48

I really don't know what that's supposed to represent.

March 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterK

@PeterWattsFan Yup. When I first read The Handmaid's Tale I thought it was pretty good but a tad over the top. Turns out, nope!

March 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterZeroneight

It seems appropriate that the Handmaid's tale is as it is: if the wingnuts had their way, you can bet the prose would be as turgid.

March 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTortillaTheHun

Except for the parts about Iran, I could imagine how this could be repurposed with narration from a more progressive candidate. Small towns in 2012 devastated as a result of decades of harmful Republican policies, along their accomplices, moderate Democrats. Four years of good changes would have had a hard time correcting the course after 20 years of Reagan, Bush and Bush, and another 8 years of Clinton's neoliberal policies. If Obama could be held responsible at all, it's because the stimulus didn't go far enough, or it helped banks and auto investors and rich people instead of enacting New Deal type policies or job programs that could have helped small towns and working people.

Any Republican holding Obama responsible for the current economy, or even the economy over the next two years, is like the captain of the Titanic sitting in a lifeboat and complaining that his first mate is failing to keep the ship afloat.

March 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeidzoeb

Only one word is appropriate: psychedelipocalyptic-expialidocious!

March 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterargillic

jesusfuckingchristamerica

March 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSave

There's also an Evil Tree with angry glowing eyes around 0:48. Maybe it's the tree from Poltergeist.

March 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMandy Moon

Why are there are no black people in Obamaville?

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterzakur

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