The Kentucky Republican's re-election campaign released an odd, speechless ad Tuesday that began with about 15 seconds of footage of the senator staring straight into the camera and smiling. So Stewart played back that McConnell b-roll to everything from Simon and Garfunkel to The Who to Sir Mix-A-Lot. As he pointed out, the clip works with all of them -- particularly if the song mentions "eyes," although "I Like Big Butts" fit as well.
It's worth noting that images from the McConnell b-roll could be used by outside spending groups to produce positive ads without having to coordinate with his campaign, which would be illegal. Back in February, Roll Call noticed the campaigns for Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA), Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) all had made b-roll footage readily available for that kind of video sharing.
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This post has been updated.