I have renewed faith in humanity.
That video recorded more than 1.6 million views and earned mentions on CNN and on ABCâ€™s â€œGood Morning America,â€ with people alternately mocking it and wondering who was responsible. The singers seemed intentionally bad, which led many bloggers and YouTube commenters to assume that it was meant to insult Mr. McCain. The liberal blog Eschaton put it this way: â€œI believe the YouTube era begins the age when it is impossible to tell parody/irony/performance art from completely sincere product.â€
Drum roll, please: The creators of the McCain Girls turn out to be the comedy team behind 23/6, a five-month-old Web site owned by an affiliate of IAC/InterActiveCorp that parodies the news. The site, at 236.com, uses the motto â€œSome of the news, most of the time.â€
Indeed, the videosâ€™ makers say they were trying to tread the line between sincerity and irony.
â€œWe wanted to parody the campaign-song phenomenon,â€ said Sarah Bernard, the president of 23/6. Because most of the so-called stars of YouTube are amateurs, the comedy site decided to take no credit for its creation.
Oh, they parodied it all right. And seriously, bravo. It was so bad/good/bad again I just couldn’t help but believe it was real. Especially after seeing “Hillary4U& Me.”
So here it is again Raining McCain fans. Enjoy!