If you follow national politics and use the internet, you’ve probably already seen Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain’s YouTube campaign ad that consists almost entirely of Cain’s chief of staff talking up his boss and then taking a drag from a cigarette. In case you haven’t, or in case you want to revel in the head-scratching weirdness again, here it is:

Yesterday, the left-leaning political group S.C. Forward Progress released a spoof video that played up the original’s odd editing, discursive talking points, and odd musical selection — oh, and the smoking.

According to the S.C. Forward Progress website, the group’s purpose is “to expose the gaining influence of right-wing extremism in South Carolina politics, how such extremism relates to and affects the Republican presidential nominating process, and how it is affecting legislative discourse in Columbia.”

A recent NBC poll of S.C. voters put Cain at the head of the pack, with 30 percent of likely GOP primary voters supporting him as a candidate in the 2012 election. Mitt Romney came in second place with 26 percent, followed by Rick Perry (9 percent), Newt Gingrich (6 percent), Michele Bachmann (5 percent), and Ron Paul (5 percent).


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