Presidential election cycles are exciting times.

Normally, we like to focus on the “important issues” facing our candidates—the sorts of things that can really make or break a candidacy like policy, polling numbers, or debate prowess (or lack thereof.)

Too often we get wrapped up in the things that actually matter and forget to enjoy the human circus that parades before us for years before the polls finally open, bringing an end to our long national nightmare. Sometimes the best stories are the ones that come about as candidates try—sometimes insultingly, sometimes hilariously—to fit in with voters in different parts of the country.

Back in 2007, Hillary Clinton made a campaign stop in Selma, Alabama, and faked what would become the southern accent heard ’round the world:

It wouldn’t be so sad if she hadn’t lived in Arkansas for two decades.

At home, liberals used science to explain away the awkward. Overseas, the Guardian looked on from afar, and tried to salvage the remains:

Out on the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton is having a bit of difficulty with her accent, which becomes, critics say, alarmingly Southern in front of Southern audiences, particularly in front of African-American audiences, to the extent that pundits are calling it her “black-cent” and accusing her of patronising her audience.

Whether the precise accent she puts on could be described as “black” seems slightly beside the point – not all black people speak with Southern accents; Barack Obama doesn’t – and the criticism in the letters pages of American newspapers is largely of the “if I were an African-American, I would be insulted” variety.

No. Just stop. It was fake, it was awful, and you will laugh at it!

The 2 year-long stupid human trick that is a presidential campaign will never reach the finish line unscathed—which is fortunate for us as political bloggers, considering the majority of us already need a break from the insanity that is the 2016 cycle.

Happy Friday, y’all.


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