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Friday, September 30, 2016

One day after Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) announced her intention to run for U.S. Senate in 2014, incumbent Mitch McConnell (R-KY) welcomed her to the race with one of the most bizarre campaign videos in living memory.

The ad, a 1:42 long autotune mashup of Grimes speeches, is so odd that it would make Carly Fiorina blush.

In a press release, McConnell’s campaign manager Jesse Benton said “Alison Lundergan Grimes spent months agonizing over whether she was interested in a Senate run, but after doing her ‘due diligence,’ she failed to prepare any materials or message to announce her campaign. She had no signs, no website, no speech, no policy positions, nothing.”

“We, at Team Mitch, are nothing if not magnanimous, so decided to welcome her to the race with what we imagine her campaign theme song might be,” he continued. “The song highlights her signature initiative to ‘preserve, protect, and promote Alison Lundergan Grimes,’ and is entitled ‘What Rhymes with Alison Lundergan Grimes?'”

The bad acid trip of an ad is the latest in a series of efforts by the McConnell campaign to reach out to young voters. And while “What Rhymes with Alison Lundergan Grimes” doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, at least it’s catchier — and slightly less embarrassing — than the Team Mitch Harlem Shake:

Hat-tip: Andrew Kaczynski, Buzzfeed.

  • docb

    The turtle is strange, why are we surprised that he would authorize such utter nonsense! Scared — isn’t he!

  • Dominick Vila

    This ad is a wonderful representation of what is in Mitch McConnell’s head: hot air.

    • Independent1

      It has to be either hot air or solid stone – there sure isn’t any thinking going on inside Mitch’s head!!

  • Catskinner

    Wow! That was a really effective ad.

    • JSquercia

      Surely you JEST . I loved the comment about it being another example of Republican outreach . Thankfully the Republican base of Old White Misogynists
      Bigots is dieing out

      • Catskinner

        Actually, I just thought it demonstrated who totally self-centered she is.

        • stcroixcarp

          “who” did it do that?

          • Catskinner

            Oops–“…how totally self-centered…”

  • coxel

    A do nothing ad from a do nothing cad.

  • hjs3

    Oh Dear!

    More Repuke outreach?

  • latebloomingrandma

    That was really juvenile. I guess when you have been a totally ineffective senator except for obstructionism, it’s hard to climb out of bottom feeder status. I am recovering from a hip replacement, but if/when McConnell loses, I will be dancing a jig. We need to get that Senate to at least 50% women.

  • JSquercia

    So MITCH where is the Republican Jobs plan ???

    • Kathi Geukes

      What Republican jobs plan?????

      • JSquercia

        EXACTLY

      • 1standlastword

        The republican jobs plan is that all working class Americans should have 3 jobs none of which pay a living wage or provide any benefits…especially health insurance.

  • Lovefacts

    It’s long since time Mitch retired. Since he won’t on his own, here’s hoping the Kentucky voters do it for him.

  • dpaano

    I personally think he’s a little scared that she might actually win! Let’s keep our fingers crossed….we don’t need ol’ lemon face for another term! I think he died a couple of years ago, and they just stuffed him, put in a talking mouth, and that’s why he spouts the Tea Party mantra! Anyone else agree with me?

    • hilandar1000

      It’s hard to imagine that anyone would disagree with you, although the tea-partiers seem to have a boundless capacity for ignorance!

      • dpaano

        And…..they aren’t getting any smarter despite all the comments that are being made in the media about their obstructionism…..it’s like they can’t read or don’t comprehend what they’re doing to the GOP! Oh well, more power for the Democrats.

  • Jim Myers

    It’s just too bad that the Great State of Kentucky saw fit to unleash Mitch on the rest of the United States.

    Hopefully, they will correct that drastic mistake this time around.

    • Kathi Geukes

      Since when has Kentucky been considered a “great state”? With people like Mitch coming out of it…it seems hard to believe that it’s anything but ignorant….don’t like my comment??? Prove me wrong!!! Vote his arse out!!!!!!

      • Jim Myers

        I was referring to some of the great people who came from Kentucky.

        People like Abraham Lincoln, James Bowie, Jefferson Davis, Patricia Neal, Diane Sawyer, etc.

        People who would likely hang their heads in shame when they saw the likes of Mitch McConnell.

  • IBMaxine

    What I got from this was; 1) really dumb, 2) I now have a face with the name, 3) Mitch doesn’t have the brightest bulbs in the box working for him. Mitch, I think it is time to exit, stage right…

  • stcroixcarp

    Does she get to make a counter ad, “What rhymes with Mitch”? I can think of a number of punch lines.

  • catnip2430

    Both of those adds were in a word: Sad. Really what were they thinking?

  • tobyspeeks

    The old white guy party should stick with power point. It’s called baby steps.

  • tobyspeeks

    The best part is yet to come. The sunday morning fox news talking heads defending it.

  • AlfredSonny

    This proves ANYthing other than Mitchey McMouse is a big improvement for Kentucky and America!

  • Theresa Champlain Webb

    Childish!