Wednesday, March 12, 2014

TPM: Mitch McConnell's Awkward Campaign Ad Will Make You Cringe

After the goofy smiley shots, the ad just seems boring to me. Talking Points Memo, though, comes down pretty hard on the goofy smiles:
The latest campaign ad for Senate Minority Mitch McConnell (R-KY) starts out a bit strangely.

The video starts out with a series of shots of McConnell smiling at the camera, first at a desk, then with his wife, then in front of a flag, and finally with his campaign staff.

The shots are a bit stiff. In the first few seconds of the ad, called McConnell Working For Kentuckians, McConnell somewhat robotically looks up, then smiles. In each successive shot it takes the top Senate Republican a few moments to smile.

The ad was posted to YouTube on Tuesday.

After the first 15 seconds or so though the ad shifts. McConnell is seen looking more serious and talking with voters, staff, and appearing at campaign events. He doesn't do much more smiling straight into the camera.

The first bit of the ad already won a gif, via journalist Chris Moody:
If you make it all the way through this two minute plus clip, there is no way you have ADD.



  1. Every time I see Mitch McConnell I can't help but think of Fat Bastard talking about having a "turtle head poking out".

    Is it just me, or does Benton actually seem borderline incompetent in running McConell's campaign? I mean, sure he might win anyway...but doesn't there seem to be awkward moment after moment going on in his campaign?

  2. McConnell gives me the creeps. No wonder he's been such a fixture in Washington.

    1. Me too! It's that goofy looking contrived facial expression or something, I dunno... but whenever I see a picture of him I think of him with slobber dripping from the corners of his mouth getting ready to say, "why don't you come over here, little girl, and sit on grandpa's lap for a while." Yuck.