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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Politics is ugly business.

What I find most interesting about this is, there's no way of knowing (yet) if this is for real or not. My first inclination is to say, this has to be a parody. However, ther lead singer posted a short, salty, explicative laden follow-up video that has me thinking that this may be the real deal.

Plus, the story behind it makes me think this may be authentic. Apparently this sat on YouTube a little while until someone on Huffington Post discovered it. That still doesn't prove anything, but I'd think if this was an opposition party trick, it would have gotten more press before that.

The thing of it is, it doesn't really matter if it's authentic or not. It's out there and it's been spreading. Most people are likely to think about it whatever they want, so the issue of whether it's real or fake is almost irrelevant.

That's what I think is interesting about the time we are living it. It's practically a post-irony world. There's so much more information easily accessible than ever before but, at the same time, it's so much harder to separate the fact from fiction. And fiction still has a way of traveling faster than the truth.

Of course, it's also a commentary on the time we are living in that something like this even has the ability to be come known outside of a handful of people. The theory behind the internet's democratization of the means of distribution is that the cream will rise. Time and time again, it's the truly awful that become "internet phenomenon." I think there's something inherent in human nature that we must enjoy laughing at others. That's about the only way to describe 90% of what's popular on YouTube as well as "reality" TV and so many other things.

Either way, this video is pretty amazing. Though it wouldn't surprise me to find out a Hillary or Obama supporter is behind it, I just think the McCain Girls are a little too authentic to not be real.

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