These five political parties, from both the U.S. and abroad, could never have really connected with their respective electorates:
Canadian Extreme Wrestling Party (CEWP), Canada
Any organization that determines its party leadership through a wrestling battle royale has to have at least some interesting ideas.
Founded in Canada by a group of wrestlers in 1999, the CEWP managed to run a candidate for the Canadian Parliament in 2000, Ed White, also known by his professional moniker, Moondog King. The party touched on a range of issues including gun control, the environment, national security and foreign affairs.
White lost the race in 2000 and re-ran in 2004 with a different party.
Established in Antwerp as a protest party, the NEE was established for voters who wanted to express general dissatisfaction with the entrenched political parties in Brussels. In other words, a vote for the NEE, which means "no" in Dutch, wasn't a vote for a particular platform, but instead a ballot cast against all others.
With that spirit in mind, the party doesn't so much campaign for votes as it does to draw attention, often through satire, to what it sees as dysfunctional system. The group's most famous stunt took place in 2007, which mocked other politicians' efforts to promise jobs to win voters' favor. The NEE candidate for a legislative seat that election, Tania Derveaux, posed naked on a billboard and promising to give 40,000 "jobs," a tacit nod to a certain sex act.