In my opinion, political ads are typically an annoyance. At best, shameless pandering, at worst, vicious mudslinging, they’re something to fast forward or fact check, or both. Once in a while, a political ad comes along and makes a big impression. This is usually because it outrages some people, but sometimes, it’s because it is truly epic. Enter Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
This wordless ad features McConnell doing many things but, primarily, smiling. It gained immediate attention from various sources, including McConnell’s Tea Party opponent, Matt Bevin, who responded by remixing it into an attack ad. It didn’t go viral, though, until Jon Stewart pounced on it, changing the background music to a variety of different songs, and challenging his Daily Show audience to find still more musical variations, posting them under #McConnelling. Now that people everywhere have risen to that challenge, I can’t decide which one is my favorite! I thought maybe the Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song, but now I’m torn between that one, Pretty Fly for a White Guy, and the one that incorporates both Taylor Swift and a screaming goat.
UPDATE: Some of the videos below may get pulled from YouTube due to copyright.
— Johnny Mack (@robbiehart21) March 15, 2014
— Pat (@patmelb8) March 18, 2014
— Chris Moody (@moody) March 14, 2014
There are just so many to love, though! Nicely played, internet.
— Jess Potish Whitish (@JessieWhitish) March 16, 2014
— Cinnamaldehyde (@cinnamaldehyde) March 17, 2014
— David Gammill II (@Gammillionaire) March 16, 2014
— Justin Albrecht (@jalbrecht2000) March 16, 2014
— Alex Fitzsimmons (@AlexFitzsimmons) March 17, 2014
— Stephen Asbel (@StephenAsbelLaw) March 18, 2014
— Slick (@Vallecitizen) March 18, 2014
— A (@gotsoymilk) March 17, 2014
— Matt Patches (@misterpatches) March 18, 2014
— Jack Kimble (@RepJackKimble) March 14, 2014
— Nicki Carroll (@NickiCarroll2) March 18, 2014
What do you think? Have you done any #McConnelling? What’s your favorite? Share your selections with us!