You don’t have to watch SportsCenter or even ESPN to have seen quite a few of its classic ads over the years featuring athletes, network personalities, and team mascots in its Bristol, Conn. headquarters. Over the last 20 years or so they’ve become iconic reminders of who the undisputed champion of cable sports programming is. So it isn’t at all surprising that others would try to replicate or parody them.
This now includes the Republican National Committee, which has released an ad so strange that before watching it you should put a hat on, lest you draw blood from scratching your head too hard:
That’s a squirrel. Or a chipmunk. Whatever it is, this vermin — which apparently was hired by the Republican Party — is so aghast upon hearing Hillary Clinton’s claim that she and Bill were broke upon leaving the White House that he fires off a bunch of fliers from the copier to spread the news like an 1890s town crier. Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! Ironically, his computer — presumably with internet connection and email functionality — was right in front of him.
By the way, that’s RNC chairman Reince Priebus putting his personal stamp of approval on the ad by making a cameo (“I like that work ethic.”)
But wait! There’s a mysterious discrepancy in the ad. Did you catch it?
But then here’s the next shot:
They’re two different documents! Benghazi! Fast and Furious! IRS! Stop Hillary! Scandal!
It’s not clear what the RNC was going for in this ad, though it’s quite possible that a party that nominated George W. Bush twice is simply advertising over our heads.