“It was funny,” he said. “But I think there’s a point of diminishing returns. You have to make sure that you don’t become the parody by putting out stupid stuff all the time. You can’t constantly do these kind of ads or else you won’t be taken seriously.”
For Mr. Ehlinger, of course, serious is a relative term. Given the opportunity, he said, he would love to make videos for the current Republican presidential candidates.
Picture Newt Gingrich as Dr. Evil from the “Austin Powers” film franchise, he said, flying around in space, building moon mirrors. Or Mitt Romney as Robby the Robot, receiving his instructions from bankers and health insurance companies.
“The problem is that political people are calm, stable and cool-headed,” Mr. Ehlinger said with a laugh. “Videos like mine require talent, but also a little bit of crazy.”