As regular readers know, both Burt and I are huge fans of bad political ads. 2014 being a midterm year, the question hasn’t been if we were going to get a slough of wonderfully awful ads so much as when they might begin.
Turns out, they start today! Huzzah!!!
This one is a dandy. It was made by Chris McDaniel, the Tea Party hopeful trying oust Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran. Among the highlights: a pro-Tea Party Ghost of Abe Lincoln voice over, a bizarre attempt to hawk books by Mark LeVine, a male actor who makes the worst actors on Babylon 5 look like Olivier, and a cute but talentless female staffer who I have to assume, should they win the seat, will be the subject of a future press conference in which McDaniel explains that Jesus and his wife have forgiven him about things that aren’t any of our business anyway.
Mostly, though, the ad features the vocal stylings of the Boomers, a vaudevillian singing group that features men in Elvis wigs and women wearing some kind of Communist-Party-Van-Trapp dresses that might well be the female equivalent to lederhosen. They sing a kind of parody of Won’t You Come Home Bill Bailey, but — and this is the clever bit — they replace “Bill Bailey” with “Thad Cochran!”
Dear god I love this season. Enjoy:
(h/t Andrew Sullivan)