Political campaigns exist for a long time already. Each year different political parties start this elegant ‘war’ to win their place under the sun. In this list, we present to you 5 most famous, unusual and successful political campaigns that ever existed. Enjoy!
1. Jon Gnarr, Iceland
You definitely heard of this person if you ever visited Iceland or maybe even lived there. Probably the most controversial politician that this country has ever seen, he, nevertheless, managed to become a mayor of Reykjavik. What is so controversial about him, you might ask? Well, to begin with, he is a founder of the ‘Best Party’ of Iceland. Yes, it is a real thing and they even won 6 out of 15 seats in Reykjavík City Council back in the day. Their political campaign included promises like providing free towels in all swimming pools, buying a polar bear for the local city zoo, prohibition of drug use in the parliament and many more. Despite the controversy, the party and Jon Gnarr won.
2. Tiririca Clown, Brazil
Political campaigns in Brazil have always been fun to watch, especially when this guy showed up. Being a professional clown, a man, whose real name is Francisco Everardo Oliveira Silva, decided to pursue his career in politics. His political campaign was based on honesty and the ability to relate to his electorate. He honestly claimed that he knew nothing about politics and surprisingly he got his place at the Congress. As time went by, he turned out to be one of the most well-disciplined politicians out there.
3. Stubbs Cat, Alaska
This candidate’s political campaign was quite simple. All he had to do was to look cute and fluffy. Sounds weird, right? The thing is that this politician is…a cat. Years ago, citizens of Talkeetna decided that they were fed up with human politicians and voted for a cat to be their mayor. Since then, this fluffy guy has been re-elected several times already.
4. Darth Vader, Ukraine
A few years back, the world was shocked to know that the famous Star Wars character called Dart Vader became a politician. It may considered as a joke yet there was indeed a men – as a member of ‘Ukrainian Internet Party’ – who was claiming to be Darth Vader. He was trying to run for president and later prime minister of Ukraine. He failed but we thought that it would be unfair not to include him in this list as his political campaign was really outstanding. And why would not it be? Using this character as a part of political campaign website builder would definitely bring your party to the big audience. Or at least that is what they probably thought.
5. Lyndon B. Johnson, USA
The 36th President of the United States won the election while his investments in political campaign was minimal – there was only one video that was showed only once. Now that is some professionalism! His famous ‘Daisy’ ad is now considered one of the best political advertisements ever. In this video, he decided to throw some shade on his political opponent, who was a Republican, rather than to claim how great of a politician he was himself. Surprisingly, that worked.
So this is a list of 5 most unusual political campaigns in the world and politicians, who led them. It seems that sometimes a little bit of unorthodox approach would only bring your chances higher. So who knows, maybe with time political world will become more “human-like” and understandable for every person.
You’ve got to wonder if they were lucky or had a renowned political strategist like crunchbase.com working behind the scenes on these campaigns.