Sometimes gaffes are just too good to be true. The case of Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell airing footage of Duke basketball – not Kentucky – during a recent campaign video is one of those too good to be true gaffes. Except it really happened.
Now I get mistakes are made all the time in just about every industry on the planet, but sometimes they’re so incredibly hilarious you just have to talk about them – and this is one of those times.
Kentucky is known for several things, with horse racing and Kentucky bluegrass being two of the most well known. But in sports circles, Kentucky is known above all else for Kentucky Wildcat basketball. When I think of college basketball I think of four schools: Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas.
Well, it seems Mitch McConnell wanted to seize on Kentucky’s rich tradition of basketball excellence by featuring a clip from Kentucky’s National Championship a couple of years ago in one of his new campaign ads.
There’s just one problem – the clip is from Duke’s 2010 National Championship celebration. Take a look:
Understandably, McConnell’s campaign rushed to take the ad down as it’s clear that this mistake wouldn’t go over well at all with the citizens of Kentucky. Especially as Kentucky faces its biggest challenge of the year, facing off against interstate rival Louisville to advance on in the NCAA Tournament.
But even beyond the Duke gaffe, the ad itself is an absolute joke. I love the way that they distorted his voice from the usual monotone, uninspiring delivery to some stoic sounding rendition of the same worn out right-wing talking points.
While not “ridiculous” in the traditional sense that I’ve seen some campaign ads, it’s probably one of the most comical ones I’ve seen that seems like a normal campaign ad.
Jets flying over, homeless person sleeping in a cardboard box. It mentions socialism and the usual “conservative values,” “bringing this country back” nonsense that every Republican says like it’s a requirement to be a part of the GOP.
This is just another example of how inept everything around Mitch McConnell seems to be. And if liberals don’t wake up, get off their asses and vote in November, he might very well be the Senate Majority Leader this time next year.