At least we're in good company.
The Fix, the Washington Post's political blog, issued a list on Tuesday outlining the nine most ridiculous campaigns of 2014 – and it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone here that The Battling Toms made the list.
Specifically, the scandal over pornographic emails that circulated through the office of the state attorney general while Gov. Tom Corbett served that post is what attracted the attention of the Post and, really, who can blame them? It's already forced several resignations – Randy Feathers, a former prosecutor who was appointed by Mr. Corbett to the state parole board, is the latest – prompted an investigation by the chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and forced Mr. Corbett to spend as much time talking about porn as he does energy policy or pension reform. And while Mr. Corbett squirms, his challenger, Democrat Tom Wolf, can sit back and look concerned while clucking about things like leadership and setting the tone from the top.
And that was good enough to rate the race between The Battling Toms as the eighth most ridiculous race in the country. For the sake of context: what other campaigns made the list? They are all doozies, but we're especially fond of a couple, starting with this, from the race for Texas lieutenant governor:
And poor Mitch McConnell, the U.S. Senate minority leader from Kentucky, who very much wants to switch places with U.S. Sen. Harry Reid once the Republicans win the majority in the Senate. But there's a problem – Mr. McConnell is clinging to a 4-point lead over Democratic challenger Alison Grimes and in at least one instance, he hasn't done much to help himself. In an ad filled with iconic Kentucky images, there is a snippet of a college basketball team celebrating a championship. The bad part is that the team is not the Kentucky Wildcats.
It's Duke. Whoops.
The Kentucky race reaches an even higher level of ridiculousness with an ad from Ms. Grimes, in which she touts her Kentucky-ness while shooting skeet; the kicker for that ad comes in a photograph of Mr. McConnell holding a rifle over his head, Charlton Heston style – and Ms. Grimes chides the senator for holding the rifle incorrectly.
The back-and-forth in the Kentucky race was good enough to rate it as the most ridiculous race in the country. But with three weeks left before Election Day, we can still hope that The Battling Toms can crack the Top 5.