Super Tuesday has arrived, and with it, a hope that today's results could provide some clarity to a muddled Republican primary contest. But one thing is clear: The long primary season has provided plenty of fodder for Internet jokesters to make memes out of the candidates’ attire, quotations and ideals. Here are some of the best so far:
Bad Lip Reading: The popular series has turned its attention to each of the remaining candidates. See the words they put in their lips below (each video contains some crude humor).
• Newt Gingrich — sample quote: “And a midget comes in and he’s messed up and he just wants us to come up with a plan of something.”
• Rick Santorum — sample quote: “I’m crazy, and I’m right.”
• Mitt Romney — sample quote: “I will force spiders and badgers on the enemy.”
• Ron Paul — sample quote: “I’ve got many fake books, since I’m a leprechaun farmer who’s a gambler.”
Caption memes: Images of candidates bore user-created captions, flattering or otherwise.
• When Gingrich’s second wife, Marianne Gingrich, claimed that the candidate asked to have an open marriage while having an affair with the woman-who-would-become his third wife, Callista, critical meme-makers captioned images of Gingrich with sayings such as, “Wants to preserve the sanctity of marriage ... with his third wife.”
• The captions on Ron Paul images have been more flattering, thanks to his strong support from many Internet dwellers. An example: “Running for president ... still doing his duty as a congressman by proposing legislation to repeal indefinite detention.”
Quote quizzes: Meme-makers had fun with quotations from the numerous debates that candidates have participated in throughout the election season so far:
• Rick Santorum or Heavy Metal?: A quiz that examines the parallels between Santorum’s ideas about Satan and death with those of heavy metal musicians, after Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine endorsed the candidate.
• Newt Gingrich or supervillain?: A quiz that asks viewers to guess between Gingrich’s grand ideas and plans for the moon, and those of cartoon villains.
Sweater Vests: A pro-Santorum meme that imbues the candidate’s ever-present sweater vests with magical, victorious powers. It’s one of the few memes out there that’s actually flattering toward a Republican candidate. We wrote about Santorum’s vests back in January.
@GingrichIdeas: A Twitter feed that spouts comical and fictional ideas from the candidate, such as these:
Self-imprison criminals in their own minds using hypno-beam.— Newt Gingrich Ideas (@GingrichIdeas) February 2, 2012
Hide in a voting booth and pretend to be the voice of God.— Newt Gingrich Ideas (@GingrichIdeas) January 31, 2012
Ron [Paul] Swanson: Quotes from the macho meat-loving libertarian “Parks & Recreation” character Ron Swanson are a perfect pairing with images of Ron Paul.
Pinterest: Humorist Eric Spiegelman started a parody Pinterest account for Romney, pinning expensive luxury items to mock the candidate’s expensive tastes. However, Pinterest changed the name of the account to “fakemittromney” after it was contacted by the Romney campaign, who objected to the parody. Later, Romney’s wife joined Pinterest.
Santorum headlines: The Google prank that Dan Savage perpetuated on Rick Santorum years ago for his remarks about gay people endures (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, look at the first page of Google results for Santorum — one of the links will stand out. It’s not safe for work). The double meaning of the word has resulted in newspaper headlines with unintended meanings. Romenesko wrote about one of the most popular headlines, “Santorum comes from behind in Alabama three-way.”
Have we missed any memes relating to the Republican candidates? Tell us in the comments.