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Billionaire Joe Ricketts’ “black, metrosexual Abe Lincoln” ad was mercifully killed, but it wouldn’t have been the worst this year. Here we present the 2012 cycle’s eight most outrageous ads, to date:

Jon Huntsman Is The Manchurian Candiate

Just before New Hampshire’s primary, an outside group supporting Ron Paul released this ad insinuating that Jon Huntsman is a Chinese agent.

Asian Stereotypes Love Debbie Stabenow

Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI,) a candidate for Senate in Michigan, attacked incumbent Debbie Stabenow during the Super Bowl with this weird racist ad.

Rick Perry: Celebrate Christmas, Not Gays

“There’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas,” said Perry —  wearing the same jacket seen on Heath Ledger in “Brokeback Mountain.”

Mitt Romney Is A Serial Killer

Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC created this satirical ad about Romney’s lethal assaults on corporate “persons.” 

Seriously, Mitt Romney Is Evil

Unlike Colbert’s ad, the Newt Gingrich-aligned Super PAC’s movie about Bain Capital was completely serious — and seriously misleading.

Mitt Romney Forced Holocaust Survivors To Eat Non-Kosher

Desperate to win the Florida primary, Gingrich robocalls claimed “Romney thought $5 was too much to pay for our grandparents to eat kosher.”

President Obama Will Cause The Apocalypse

This Rick Santorum ad, hard to distinguish from a standard zombie film, says re-electing Obama would end the world as we know it.

Herman Cain Is Completely Insane

Herman Cain released several blatantly crazy ads in 2012 but this one — featuring an unfortunate rabbit — was truly sick.

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Sean Parnell, the Trump-anointed candidate for Senate in Pennsylvania, dropped out of the race a week ago after a custody hearing that featured lurid details of his relationship with his ex-wife. Laurie Snell alleged that Parnell had struck her, choked her, left her by the side of the road and hit one of their sons hard enough to leave a welt on the boy's back. Parnell countered that she had invented all of it.

Custody battles are infamous for exaggerated accusations and heated denials, and it's difficult for outsiders to know whom to believe and how much. But Parnell's comments off the witness stand didn't burnish his credibility. Appearing on Fox Nation, for example, Parnell opined, "I feel like the whole 'happy wife, happy life' nonsense has done nothing but raise one generation of woman tyrants after the next." He wasn't finished. "Now there's an entire generation of men that don't want to put up with the BS of a high-maintenance, narcissistic woman." Well. Someone seems to be dealing with anger issues. The would-be — er, rather, won't-be — senator concluded with a short sermon on biology: "From an evolutionary standpoint, it used to be, you know, women were attracted to your strength because you could defend them from dinosaurs." Where does the GOP find these geniuses?

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