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* NominatedAsAPrank: The reason Ralph is on the ballot in the first place is because the residents of Springfield are tired of the various politicians and pundits bothering them. So, they decide to support a candidate so ridiculous and absurd, that it will embarrass them. However, the media instead [[GoneHorriblyRight starts treating Ralph as a serious candidate]].


* BuffySpeak: Homer's reaction to Ralph winning the primary: "What I did made the TV happen."

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* BuffySpeak: Homer's reaction to Ralph winning the primary: "What I did made the TV thing happen."

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* BuffySpeak: Homer's reaction to Ralph winning the primary: "What I did made the TV happen."


Ralph is chosen as the Presidential candidate for 2008 after the town tires of the media hype about the elections and the empty promises from other candidates.

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Ralph Reluctantly facing the first day of a new diet, Homer decides to go on [[GluttonyMontage one final fast food binge]] at every restaurant on Fast Food Boulevard. As he passes the drive-up trash can at Krusty Burger, he throws out not only his piles of fast food containers, but a corroded car battery which leaks through the ground to a gas main... which is chosen then ignited when Homer lights a cigar and disposes of the match, causing a chain reaction explosion that takes out Fast Food Boulevard in its entirety. Getting the funds to re-build will require passing a bond issue, so Mayor Quimby announces at a town meeting that it will be part of the presidential primary ballot. When Lenny points out that the primary isn't until June, the mayor moves the primary to the following week, making it the first on the calendar for 2008.

The news that New Hampshire has been de-throned
as the Presidential candidate for 2008 after state to hold its first primary causes a circus of candidates, journalists, and pundits to descend on Springfield. The locals initially enjoy the town tires attention, but a combination of the media hype about the elections and their own vacuity, the empty promises from other candidates. the candidates, and the manipulation of the media soon cause them to grow frustrated. Homer suggests to a crowd at Moe's that they TakeAThirdOption and write in the most unqualified, unsuitable candidate they can think of: Ralph Wiggum.

Ralph wins the primary by a landslide, but instead of ending the media circus, this merely fans the flames; in next to no time, Ralph is being hounded by the press for his stance on major issues (which he seems typically clueless about) and courted by both political parties to stand as their candidate (since he has no party affiliation). Equal parts angry that Ralph's candidacy is being taken seriously and upset to see him being pulled apart by the political and media machines, Lisa heads over to the Wiggum house in the hopes of persuading Ralph to leave the race. However, he surprises her by winning her over with a demonstration that [[ObfuscatingStupidity he might not be as dumb as everyone thinks]], explaining that he hasn't chosen a party affiliation to get both parties to work together and using 8-year-old language to tout the value of diplomacy over military force to resolve conflicts ("When we get mad, we'll just use our words!"). The episode ends with a spoof campaign ad in which Ralph, seemingly mistaking the statue of UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln in the Lincoln Memorial for a department store Santa Claus, asks for toys and a better future for America.



* ArtImitatesArt: The couch gag of the episode is a sequence in the style of Art/{{the Bayeux Tapestry}} and depicts the Simpsons fighting a war with the Flanders over the Simpson family couch.

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* ArtImitatesArt: The couch gag of the episode is a sequence in the style of Art/{{the Bayeux Tapestry}} Art/TheBayeuxTapestry and depicts the Simpsons fighting a war with the Flanders over the Simpson family couch.


* ArtImitatesArt: The couch gag of the episode is a sequence in the style of UsefulNotes/{{the Bayeux Tapestry}} and depicts the Simpsons fighting a war with the Flanders over the Simpson family couch.

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* ArtImitatesArt: The couch gag of the episode is a sequence in the style of UsefulNotes/{{the Art/{{the Bayeux Tapestry}} and depicts the Simpsons fighting a war with the Flanders over the Simpson family couch.


* ArtImitatesArt: A whole segment imitates Art/TheBayeuxTapestry.

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* ArtImitatesArt: A whole segment imitates Art/TheBayeuxTapestry.The couch gag of the episode is a sequence in the style of UsefulNotes/{{the Bayeux Tapestry}} and depicts the Simpsons fighting a war with the Flanders over the Simpson family couch.

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* ArtImitatesArt: A whole segment imitates Art/TheBayeuxTapestry.

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* NoEnding: There's no resolution to the story; Ralph runs a candidacy ad on TV and then the credits roll.


''(a Photoshopped image of Aleppo and Al Mustaffi sharing the same drink appears)''

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''(a Photoshopped image of Aleppo and Al Mustaffi sharing the same drink appears)''appears)''\\


* AttackOfThePoliticalAd: The episode closes with a campaign ad for Ralph.
-->'''Ralph:''' ''(sitting on the lap of the Lincoln Memorial)'' I want a tricycle, a dog who won't chew my Hot Wheels and a brighter future for America. I'm Ralph Wiggum and I've been a good boy.

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* AttackOfThePoliticalAd: The episode closes with a campaign Parodied when Homer, Carl, and Lenny watch an attack ad for Ralph.
-->'''Ralph:''' ''(sitting on
in a focus group session:
-->'''Narrator''': Who should America elect in 2008? Former governor Vincent Aleppo said in
the lap New York Times, "I will protect the nation from attack." (...) But, in that same issue of the Lincoln Memorial)'' New York Times, they also printed an article about terrorist leader Nussaf Al Mustaffi.\\
'''Homer''': Dear God, what have
I want a tricycle, a dog who won't chew my Hot Wheels done?\\
'''Narrator''': [[InsaneTrollLogic "And you shall judge them by the company they keep."]]\\
''(a Photoshopped image of Aleppo
and a brighter future for America. I'm Ralph Wiggum and I've been a good boy.Al Mustaffi sharing the same drink appears)''
'''Homer''': ''(shocked)'' My God! They're going steady! Did everyone see that?!


* IdiotHoudini: Homer for destroying Fast Food Boulevard. But since it turns out they were all rated between Awful to Mediocre, Homer may have been doing the town a favor.


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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Homer for destroying Fast Food Boulevard. But since it turns out they were all rated between Awful to Mediocre, Homer may have been doing the town a favor.

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* InsaneTrollLogic: When Kent Brockman asks Ralph which political party he likes, [[TakeAThirdOption Ralph says]] [[Series/SesameStreet Elmo]]... which Kent ''somehow'' interprets as:
-->'''Kent Brockman''': Ah, Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, Richard Nixon's chief of naval operations. So Ralph's a Republican!

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* GluttonyMontage: Homer indulges in a binge on all his favorite fast foods after Marge imposes another diet on him.


* {{Homage}}: Fast Food Boulevard has parodies of the mascots [[Advertising/WienerschnitzelTheDeliciousOne Wienerschnitzel's The Delicious One]] and Mayor McCheese.

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* {{Homage}}: Fast Food Boulevard has parodies of the mascots [[Advertising/WienerschnitzelTheDeliciousOne Wienerschnitzel's The Delicious One]] and Mayor McCheese.[=McCheese=].

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* DidntThinkThisThrough: Why did Springfield even amalgamate all their fast food restaurants into one area rather than scatter them?


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* {{Homage}}: Fast Food Boulevard has parodies of the mascots [[Advertising/WienerschnitzelTheDeliciousOne Wienerschnitzel's The Delicious One]] and Mayor McCheese.
* IdiotHoudini: Homer for destroying Fast Food Boulevard. But since it turns out they were all rated between Awful to Mediocre, Homer may have been doing the town a favor.


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* ShoutOut: Bill Clinton complains at Hillary what did he ever do to deserve getting forced to put up signs promoting Hillary's 2008 presidential bid. Monica Lewinsky of course.

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