If you weren’t convinced we’re squarely in Silly Season for the 2016 presidential election, this should put all your doubts to rest. People are making goofy attack ads about Marco Rubio’s shoes.
Last week, the Republican senator found himself in one of the weirder campaign scandals ever when people noticed he was wearing shiny Cuban-heeled boots one day, which for GOP voters apparently means he’s a) girly and b) short, which makes him less qualified to be president.
Senator Ted Cruz’s communications director, Rick Tyler, wrote on Twitter: “A Vote for Marco Rubio Is a Vote for Men’s High-Heeled Booties.” “Rubio has those cute new boots and I don’t want to be outdone,” Senator Rand Paul said before an appearance on “The View.” Carly Fiorina posted a Twitter message with a photograph of her own pair of high-heeled boots, with the message “Yeah, @marcorubio, but can you rock these?”
Now Right to Rise, a political action committee created in support of Jeb Bush, has created a new ad about it - a bizarre parody of the 1966 Nancy Sinatra song, “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’.”
It's about Marco Rubio's history of changing his mind on important issues and being absent from important votes, but more importantly it’s a dude in shiny girly boots dancing around in front of a technicolor background. “You keep spinnin’ when you oughta be truthin’ / You keep flippin’ when you shoulda not flop!”
Really kind of takes the sting out of accusations that Rubio is neglecting his civic duty, I think.
The internet had an overwhelmingly negative and sarcastic response to this ad, for kind of understandable reasons. Our host Jay Walker has more: