Mitch McConnell's latest campaign ad faux pas — mistaking the universally reviled Duke Blue Devils for the University of Kentucky Wildcats — made the front page of one of Kentucky's biggest papers on Wednesday morning. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that McConnell's camp pulled the ad after his attempt to replace the Duke scene with a Kentucky player was challenged by the university.
It's a bad time to mistake the two teams: everyone hates Duke, including Kentucky fans who are still bitter about the team's narrow loss to the Blue Devils in 1992. But, if we're being honest, this isn't the weirdest ad McConnell and his supporters have put out. McConnell has a long history of trying to latch on to the latest trend (in this case, March Madness) that hasn't always panned out.
Rosie the Riveter and Abe Lincoln do the Harlem Shake
Last March a bunch of college students thought it would be cool to make a Harlem Shake video on behalf of Mitch McConnell. And while there's something to be said about Rosie the Riveter's ability to repeatedly flex her muscles for 30 seconds, we think Lincoln would be more likely to go on "Between Two Ferns" than do the Harlem Shake. Mediaite, The Week and several other outlets declared it the death of the meme.
Not much rhymes with Allison Lundergan Grimes
In July of last year Team Mitch posted a video criticizing Grimes, the Democrat after his Senate seat. But instead of just the standard attack ad, the video auto tuned her recent appearances to give us the catchy pop song "What Rhymes With Allison Lundergan Grimes?" The problem is, "left wing mime" doesn't actually rhyme with Grimes. Neither does "not ready for prime time." And "sticks to party line" isn't even close.
"It’s God awful and a far cry from this well-produced and effective digital ad attacking the Obama White House over the IRS targeting scandal," Noah Rothman wrote at Mediaite. "However, it does have a catchy beat." Can't deny that.