Friday, March 14, 2014

Jon Stewart launches the comedic genius of #mcconnelling

By Michael J.W. Stickings

Last night, as part of one of the best Daily Shows in recent memory, Jon Stewart introduced us to #mcconnelling -- that is, setting a new ad for Republican Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader running for re-election this year (against a formidable Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes), to music.

Pretty much to any music. It all works. Stewart went with Simon and Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence" and The Who's "Behind Blue Eyes," both of which worked really well, but of course it's all gone viral since then, as Stewart wanted it to, and now YouTube in particular is full of #mcconnellings, many of them very amusing.

Of course it helps that McConnell himself is such a laughable creature, and in this ad he is shown acting like a regular guy / authoritative CEO just takin' care o' bizness -- and he's neither; he's really just a partisan obstructionist and giant fool -- but also smiling like a fucking idiot.

Here are two of the best videos I've come across, set to Lionel Richie's "Hello" and The Offspring's "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)." Sometimes the Internet is just so awesome. Enjoy!

And here, by the way, is the ad itself:

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  • You're right, the whole episode was great--perhaps the best ever. The A segment was particularly great. And we got a two-segment interview that for once was deserving: Anita Hill. I still don't understand why he gives idiots like Andrew Napolitano so much time.

    Oh, and if you liked "Skippy and the Tick," I got an artist friend of mine to straighten out the graphic.

    By Blogger Frank Moraes, at 12:01 AM  

  • Yes, Jon is a genius...I just finished one...

    By Blogger Buford, at 10:00 AM  

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