It would be hard for any Louisiana campaign commercial to top Dr. Dwight McKenna's satirical ad in the 2010 Orleans Parish Coroner's race. It caricatured his opponent, incumbent Coroner Frank Minyard, as a Yat-accented Dr. Frankenstein in a bloody lab coat selling body parts out of the coroner's office, commanding his assistant Igor to get "a hawt, a spleen and a liver for tonight's sale."
The current election also has yielded some creative ads, including an anti-David Vitter commercial titled "David Vitter: Bad for the Mission." It intersperses clips of Vitter against clips of HAL, the sentient computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey: "I can't do that, Dave ... This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it." (This comes on the heels of a Gumbo PAC-funded anti-Vitter ad featuring a crying baby in a diaper.)
But the best ad so far may be one for Mickey Murphy, a retired U.S. Army drill instructor and watermelon farmer who is running for State Senate District 12. Dressed in uniform, Murphy asks, "Don't you wish you could say this to Gov. [Bobby] Jindal? 'Governor! Where've you been!'" In his best drill sergeant mode, Murphy commands Jindal to "Drop and give me 49! For all those other states you've been visiting!" The camera (representing Jindal's point of view) obligingly simulates a vigorous series of pushups.
"Feel the burn, governor?" Murphy concludes. "We're gonna clean up your mess!"