Barack Obama’s informercial last night reminded me of a simpler time in politics—1992—when Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot built his third-party presidential bid on 30-minute informercials.
Remembers these? I was 12, and Perot fascinated me.
He used small charts to show the massive growth of US debt and pointed at those charts with a voodoo stick. Yes! A voodoo stick that a woman on the campaign trail supposedly gave him.
Those infomercials weren’t nearly as well-produced as Obama’s, which John McCain said were paid for with “broken promises,” but Perot’s campiness will live on forever—thanks to YouTube.