KEEP ON TRUCKIN'  11:05 am August 6, 2010

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

by Lauri Apple

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]

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Dumptruck August 6, 2010 at 11:13 am

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

proudgrampa August 6, 2010 at 11:21 am

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

Oooooh. Never mind.

Tundra Grifter August 6, 2010 at 11:21 am

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

That’s very funny stuff! WIN !!!

Mr Blifil August 6, 2010 at 11:22 am

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

meufchelou August 6, 2010 at 11:24 am

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 August 6, 2010 at 11:25 am

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 August 6, 2010 at 11:25 am

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 August 6, 2010 at 11:29 am

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 August 6, 2010 at 11:33 am

His pine tree air freshener is a pine tree.

Crab1 August 6, 2010 at 11:33 am

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

Toomush Infermashun August 6, 2010 at 11:33 am

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 August 6, 2010 at 11:36 am

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

Baldar T Flagass August 6, 2010 at 11:37 am

[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 August 6, 2010 at 11:37 am

Joel Demos—–
work smarter, not harder

This message from Keith Ellison for Congress.

Melissa511 August 6, 2010 at 11:37 am

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

Mr Blifil August 6, 2010 at 11:41 am

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 August 6, 2010 at 11:44 am

“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 August 6, 2010 at 11:47 am

Fatty McTubbypants/Vaginal Laxity 2012!

SayItWithWookies August 6, 2010 at 11:50 am

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 August 6, 2010 at 11:53 am

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 August 6, 2010 at 11:55 am

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 August 6, 2010 at 11:56 am

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 August 6, 2010 at 11:59 am

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

edgydrifter August 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm

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 August 6, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Sisyphus and his truck…

Toomush Infermashun August 6, 2010 at 12:11 pm

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

just pixels August 6, 2010 at 12:14 pm

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 August 6, 2010 at 12:15 pm

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

BlueStateLiberal August 6, 2010 at 12:22 pm

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 August 6, 2010 at 12:22 pm

USA – 1? USB?

CrazyDrumGuy August 6, 2010 at 12:26 pm

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

springfield_meltdown August 6, 2010 at 12:40 pm

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

norbizness August 6, 2010 at 12:53 pm

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

just pixels August 6, 2010 at 12:53 pm

[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 August 6, 2010 at 1:18 pm

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

drpangloss August 6, 2010 at 1:29 pm

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 August 6, 2010 at 1:37 pm

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

Commie bastard.

Felix August 6, 2010 at 1:59 pm

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 August 6, 2010 at 2:03 pm

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 August 6, 2010 at 3:33 pm

It’s pronounced DO-MASS!

springfield_meltdown August 6, 2010 at 3:40 pm

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

DemmeFatale August 6, 2010 at 3:58 pm

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

america August 6, 2010 at 5:20 pm

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 August 6, 2010 at 5:34 pm

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 August 6, 2010 at 5:56 pm

[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 August 6, 2010 at 5:57 pm

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 August 6, 2010 at 6:08 pm

[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.

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