A verdict in the McConnell/Duke vs. Sonka case, and other Senate race stupidity in Kentucky (UPDATE)

Three weeks ago, Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign tried to scrub the internet tubes of the infamous #Dukeghazi video, requesting to YouTube that they remove the video I saved and re-posted back in March before his campaign tried to send it down the memory hole:

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mitch duke crybaby

I immediately submitted a counter-notification to YouTube, as my video was clearly covered by Fair Use law for journalistic purposes, and McConnell’s attempt was clearly just the act of a politician who’s afraid of people watching his campaign accidentally celebrating with the Blue Devils.

YouTube sent their verdict back in this week, and the winner is… me:


In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we’ve completed processing your counter-notification regarding these video(s):

This content has been restored unless you have deleted the video(s). Your account will not be penalized.


The YouTube Copyright Team

McConnell’s campaign obviously believes that their mistaking of Duke basketball for Kentucky basketball was a simple error, and does not have any great significance or mean that he secretly loves Duke and hates Kentucky. Sure, they tried to scrub it from the internet tubes, but they take the stance that anyone who tries to take advantage of such a trivial mistake is engaging in a juvenile game of political gotcha in order to score points and avoid important issues.

Haha, never mind, just kidding:

A European male model pretending to be a coal miner appears prominently in a newspaper advertisement released by Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.


The stock photograph could undermine Grimes’s messaging as Republicans raise doubts about the authenticity of her pro-coal position.

That last sentence — a truly amazing sentence — was actually written by the Politico reporter and not the McConnell campaign. However, Team Mitch was happy to immediately tout how this showed GRIMES DOESN’T KNOW KENTUCKY COAL MINERS AND SECRETLY WANTS TO DESTROY THEM WITH OBAMA:

If you’re wondering if the U.S. Senate campaign in Kentucky can get any stupider than the past week, I regret to inform you that we’re not even close to the bottom of this mine shaft…

***** UPDATE *****

Your cherry on top and Moment of Zen, from Team Mitch:

grimes euro model coal

***** UPDATE #2 *****

Actually, we get two cherries on top of our Stupid Sundae.

It appears that while Mitch McConnell SAYS he’s for protecting the 2nd amendment rights of Kentuckians, he actually secretly hates them and wants to grab their guns or something, because he likes to use stock photos of Europeans. EUROPEANS!!!

Here’s Mitch’s NRA endorsement graphic:

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And here’s the Danish (DANISH!) dude on Shutterstock; taken by a Danish (DANISH!) photographer:

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And here’s Mitch’s 2nd Amendment graphic:

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And here’s the Slovenian (SLOVENIAN!) dude from a Slovenian tourism website that Mitch grabbed up:

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This can obviously mean only one thing: While Mitch McConnell SAYS he identifies with and advocates for hunters in Kentucky, he’s just faking it because he doesn’t know the difference between salt of the earth Kentucky hunters and EUROPEANS, so he probably wants to grab your guns and promote Slovenian tourism.

OR, it just means that almost every campaign in America uses stock photos, and it’s no big deal and does not reveal any secret hidden agenda lurking in the hearts of candidates.

As I said, we’re not even close to the bottom of this mine shaft…


  1. Merlin1963
    Posted June 5, 2014 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    This is what it has come down to? McConnell’s campaign is talking about stock footage? And we are going to be hugging coal miners like a child’s doll for the rest of the campaign. Not to get all nit picky with McConnell, but has he ever been near a Kentucky coal miner in the last 30 years? If so, where is his pic of him shaking hands with one?

  2. Greg Leichty
    Posted June 8, 2014 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    “History repeats itself: the first as tragedy, then as farce”, Karl Marx