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Meet Joel Demos, Minnesota’s Artisan Monster Truck-Puller

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Republican Congressional candidate Joel Demos is a father, a fixer-upper owner, a working man — you know, just a Regular Guy from MicheleBachmannsota who does Regular Guy Things, like…pull huge-ass monster trucks toward pretend finish lines to meet potential supporters and make friends. Errr, maybe he should try using a gas product to move that thing? To make a statement about being “efficient”?

It’s just a thought! And possibly a presumptuous one, for apparently Demos isn’t loaded like his Democratic contender, Keith Ellison, so maybe his campaign can’t afford petrol. Especially now that Demos seemingly dropped a lot of cash on making this fancy art-house movie. But he is getting financial support from Governor Tim Pawlenty’s Freedom First PAC, so it could be time for Demos to hit up Paw-Paw for some gas money. Oh, and some extra, for a Trucknutz and tree-shaped air freshener, can’t forget those things. [Minneapolis Star Tribune/KTTC]

About the author

Lauri works at the Chicago Reader, and also writes and makes art-pictures for Wonkette. Her creative projects—including a now-defunct blog about finding clothing in the trash and wearing it, and an exhibition of portraits of all 50 Chicago aldermen made by 50 different artists—have been featured by NBC's Today Show, the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, BUST Magazine, and other media outlets. She's written things for the Austin Chronicle, Texas Observer, In Pittsburgh Weekly, The Black Table, and other places, and taken photos for various nonprofits, bands, and publications. (She also has a law degree, for some reason.)

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  • Dumptruck

    Can we also work to stop Joel Demos’s cheeseburger addiction?

  • proudgrampa

    A “Demo” is a Republican? I haz confooshun.

    Oooooh. Never mind.

  • Tundra Grifter

    “…Minnesota’s Artisan Monster Truck-Puller.”

    That’s very funny stuff! WIN !!!

  • Mr Blifil

    He has all the adipose tissue he needs to get the job done.

  • meufchelou

    Man, I was so disappointed by this. I was hoping he was pulling a large stone letters spelling “Our Hopes and Dreams”. And you know the truck was helping a bit.

  • Autochthon

    I dunno – a pasty, pudgy white guy manually dragging a obscenely big truck behind him seems like a pretty apt analogy for the Repug platform these past 8 years or so…

  • 13ollocks To The Rules

    Screw running for Congress – he should just get out and run – chubby bastard looks like he could clean out the Capitol cafeteria in one sitting.

  • 13ollocks To The Rules

    A little vision of the future – Real ‘Merkins hauling their big-ass gas-guzzlers around – they can’t afford the $10/gallon gas, but there’s NO FUCKIN’ WAY they’re givin’ up their trucks (and freedomz).

  • edgydrifter

    His pine tree air freshener is a pine tree.

  • Crab1

    The only minorities in that ad were Keith Ellison and Barak Obama. Also, he wears liberal glasses.

  • Toomush Infermashun

    There’s just so much wrong with this – from the “Demo”/Demo confusion, from the frayed , dragging working class blue jeans (liberal), to the out-of-shape supporters(most of whom look like libs),to the marxist rusty chains, which his supporters seem loathe to touch, much less pull, THIS IS MINNESOTA POLITICS AT ITS ALMOST FINEST!!!…

  • Baby who ate the Dingo

    Dr. Pezhead says he needs LabiaNutz (copyright thingy) not TruckNutz.

  • Baldar T Flagass

    [re=633439]13ollocks To The Rules[/re]: but there’s NO FUCKIN’ WAY they’re givin’ up their trucks (and freedomz).

    Or, of course, the inevitable trucknutz.

  • JackDempsey

    Joel Demos—–
    work smarter, not harder

    This message from Keith Ellison for Congress.

  • Melissa511

    I love how the genteel white ladies are “pushing” the monster truck wheels.

  • Mr Blifil

    Also why have that one woman’s jeans been shredded up an down her thighs? Is Demos offering to carry the porn star/stripper segment of the tea party demos-graphic on his rust-stained back? Were his wife and two kids at the video shoot when this obvious fluffer showed up?

  • norbizness

    “Joel, nothing’s more important to me than the health and well-being of my freaks. I’m sending you to a vet.”

    P.S. Moratorium on the use of the letter “z”

  • queeraselvis v 2.0

    Fatty McTubbypants/Vaginal Laxity 2012!

  • SayItWithWookies

    Hey Joel — your load would be a little bit lighter if you took all those full gascans out of the back of the truck. But then you teabaggers love doing everything the hard way, so carry on.

  • WhatTheHeck

    I loves me some huntin n fishin, some truck pullin, some Nascar too.

    WhatTheHeck for congress.

    My opponents don’t subscribe to this kind of Merikun manliness. They’re pussies.

    I approve this message.

  • OldOneEye

    I’m confused. Does the monster truck symbolize Keith Ellis and his ability to raise funds and vote to pass legislation? If that’s the point than Ellis is very patriotic. “The USA – 1” to the American flag and the fact it’s a gas guzzling mass of stupidity (what’s more American?) all point to the pinnacle of America. I’d vote for Keith Ellis if he’s a giant monster truck that loves America. So would my 7 year old nephew.

  • edgydrifter

    OK, I watched this without sound so maybe I missed something, but what I got from the imagery is this:

    Obama + Ellison = a solid wall of cash money, nice suits and good times
    Joel Demos = soul-crushing manual labor, shitty clothes and obesity

    Who to vote for, who to vote for… so hard to decide!

  • Lascauxcaveman

    Joel looks like a fat, gay librul in those clothes (and especially those glasses.)

  • edgydrifter

    One more thing—if you’re struggling so hard to pull that truck that you’re on the verge of stroking out, shouldn’t the rusty chains be, uh, taut? Nice video work, Slim.

  • Jumping Jim

    Sisyphus and his truck…

  • Toomush Infermashun

    And, by the way – do the folks from the rally know he’s stealing that monster truck…?

  • just pixels

    I get it. He’s a modern day Sissyphus!

    Personally, I find turning the key and pressing the gas pedal a 1/4 inch is much easier than strapping on some chains. That’s why I like petroleum. It may destroy the entire planet and god’s miracle of life, but it makes moving my truck more like fun.

    (Isn’t Keith Ellison the muslin guy with the Koran Bible who goes to a mosque that’s only 973 miles from Ground Zero?)

  • Allyson

    Demos will be needing that Obamacare for his back after towing that monster.

  • BlueStateLiberal

    I likee how the Repubs keep just getting crazier and weirder. Obviously the idea that a BLACK MAN is in the White House and he’s not the maintenance man is completely addling what’s left of their brains.

  • bago

    USA – 1? USB?

  • CrazyDrumGuy

    It’s a sad, sad day when our Wonkette feels the need to put an explanatory link on Trucknutz.

  • springfield_meltdown

    Considering Demos hasn’t accused Ellison of being a Muslin terrorist, he is one of Ellison’s more dignified opponents.

  • norbizness

    [re=633517]CrazyDrumGuy[/re]: Or even mention it, really.

  • just pixels

    [re=633498]Allyson[/re]: He doesn’t need Obamacare. He has RepubliCare. Just says “no” and then he’ll feel better.

  • Native of SL UT

    Why would we want to elect someone who is so dumb he cannot even start a truck? Start the truck, Dumbfuck!

  • drpangloss

    Anyone else notice that he is “pulling” the truck to the left. I guess someone missed symbolism in political art theory class at Whatsamattah U.

  • BobTheBuilder

    OMG – look at 1:28. His American flag has a GOLD FRINGE on it.

    Commie bastard.

  • Felix

    Demos is just a Regular Guy who believes some nutty stuff:

    ….He says the Iraq war was necessary because “the spirit of the anti-Christ is on the rise,” and has said, “I believe God has planted us in what you might call ‘enemy territory’” — in Golden Valley where his church is located.

    “I believe that we are seeing the signs of the times,” he said in a January 2009 sermon at his church, Christian Life Center. “We are seeing things unfold in the world that are opening the door for the new world order which we see in end time prophecy.”

    “We may in 2009 witness a new heaven,” he said. “We may witness the very last days of this world in this very year. We don’t know what 2009 will bring in our lives.”

  • Extemporanus

    Did you know that in some parts of Minnesota, it’s illegal to purchase alcohol on SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUUNNNDAAYYY!!!?

    It’s true!

    You have to drink gasoline, which explains why “Chains of Lard” & friends are giving his pooped hoopty the ol’ rub n’ tug gang bang treatment.

  • GOPCrusher

    It’s pronounced DO-MASS!

  • springfield_meltdown

    [re=633670]Extemporanus[/re]: You can still get 3.2 beer on Sundays, but really you are better off trying to drink mouthwash.

  • DemmeFatale

    [re=633670]Extemporanus[/re]: “Chains of Lard” wins the week!
    (Join oldies but goodies: “Walnuts,” “Guano Faucet” and “MoDo Rising!”)

  • america

    Interesting, those slamming Joel for his size are the same ones that go ape when someone even MENTIONS Ellison’s religion…a little bit of the pot calling the kettle black? Things that make you go hmmm…

  • america

    oh and felix thank goodness we can assume that every blog out there is a fact and we don’t have to worry about fact checking…wouldn’t THAT be a waste of time?

  • edgydrifter

    [re=633921]america[/re]: So true. The pot shouldn’t be calling the kettle black, because that would be racist. Confusing, though, because they’re both steel which usually isn’t black at all. Maybe you mean the pot is maligning the kettle’s ancestry as being too africanish despite outward appearances. That would be pretty low.

    Wait! I got it! The pot and kettle are both steel–as in Michael Steele, who is known to be black! It was the Arsenio reference at the end of your post that jogged my memory. Hmmm, indeed!

  • Enslave the Whales

    Holy shit, that music.

    But altogether, not a bad entry in the slightly-wacky-to-get-remembered political ad genre.

    The symbolism of the monster truck is a bit obscure, but I’m sure the guy is mostly looking for name recognition.

    I thought they handled the Muslin slam very tastefully — “Keith Ellison made history…” as the first CongressMuslin, with a nice photo of him with the Muslin President. Republicans will be able to decode that easily. Of course, there must be some Demos-crats in the district, since Ellison did get elected last time. They may not be as thrilled.

    Oh, and nice animation, ’cause you know that fatboy wasn’t actually pulling a truck that size.

  • Enslave the Whales

    [re=633936]america[/re]: So, what facts are you having a problem with? Demos is displayed on the CLC website as Assistant Pastor (and in charge of music, so maybe that explains the soundtrack). Felix’s link shows various excerpts from Demos’s speeches/sermons. Seems pretty fact-y to me.

    Be specific or GTFO.