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Our Favorite Videos of the Week: The Best Primary/Caucus Moments So Far

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, January 25 2008

Friends, it’s Friday again and time for you to indulge in a little political web video action. This week, watch as PoliticsTV recaps some of the top moments from the primary/caucus races, Mitt lets the dogs out, the candidates join David Bowie in a call for change, Bill gets sleepy, Hillary and Barack go at each other, and more.

Also, YouTube YouChoose ‘08 is asking for your political opinions, analysis, commercials, or campaign trail footage in the run-up to Super Tuesday, so send in your stuff!

9. PTV’S TOP 10: Best Primary/Caucus Moments So Far

Dan Manatt’s PoliticsTV rounds up some crucial moments from the campaigns thus far. The compendium — which includes already canonical moments like Hillary’s cry, Huck’s cross, and Obama’s “you’re likable enough” — is a real treat. About 700 views on YouTube.

8. A message from Eli

MoveOn.org Executive Director Eli Pariser steps out from behind his computer and sends a video message to MoveOn members: vote! Like most MoveOn missives, the video has flown under the radar but has reached a ton of people, with almost 200,000 views on YouTube.

7. Romney “Who Let the Dogs Out” on MLK day!

When Mitt puts his arm around a black teenager and says, “who let the dogs out, who, who,” it’s unclear if he’s being inappropriate or if he’s just really, really out of his element. Either way, we can’t watch it without squirming. Almost 40,000 views on YouTube.

6. David Bowie - Changes

I’m sorry, what’s the keyword of the race? Could you say that again? About 6,700 views on YouTube.

5. As Obese Population Rises, More Candidates Courting The Fat Vote

The fearless newsmongers at the Onion have launched the “War for the White House,” and in this video document how the candidates are pandering to yet another interest group.

As Obese Population Rises, More Candidates Courting The Fat Vote

4. Web Ad: Mittsurfing

Remember that other windsurfing candidate from Massachusetts? Does McCain they have to pay royalties to Bush ‘04 for the blatant rip-off? About 1,700 views on YouTube.

3. Clinton Caught Nodding Off During MLK Service

The rigorous campaign schedule sure catches up with you (oh, wait, Bill isn’t running…)! The best part is when Bubba cups his hand to his ear in an effort to pretend he’s listening. About 500,000 views on YouTube.

2. Barack Obama Speaks at Dr. King’s Church

This video of Obama’s speech on Martin Luther King, Jr. day at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta has become hugely popular. That’s impressive for a 34-minute-long video on YouTube, and it’s testament not only to Obama’s oratory skills but also to the ability of YouTubers to pay attention for 30 minutes at a time. About 490,000 views on YouTube.

1. Tensions Flare Between Obama and Clinton at SC Debate
Remember when they called a truce? More than 250,000 views on YouTube.