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Hearts broke on the Saturday morning Herman Cain announced he was suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. There he was – pizza CEO turned lobbyist turned motivational speaker turned frontrunner who didn’t know China had nuclear weapons – praising his wife and declaring he would have won the White House…if it wasn’t for those pesky sexual harassment accusations and that female friend he was financially supporting.

The party of Lincoln and Eisenhower, it seemed, could sink no lower than to become the party of Palin. But Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Herman Cain kept digging.

The 2012 campaign has been an endless gift to those who enjoy laughing at right-wing slapstick comedy.

From every GOP candidate raising their hand to say they would reject even a penny of tax increases to the GOP convention turning into a dialogue with furniture, the 2012 election will always be remembered for the metaphor of a clown car. Even when the “safest” nominee won the primary, the comedy never took more than a few days off.

To celebrate Mitt’s leaked video/standup special, here are the six biggest LOLs of the campaign thus far.

Photo credit: AP Photo/Chris Carlson

Slideshow images by: DonkeyHotey

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