Earlier this week, we had the best campaign video with Ben Gilroy, due to the bizarre yet hilarious nature of it, but now we have one on the opposite end of the scale. Maria Walsh released her campaign video today, and it is pretty much the worst thing ever. The former Rose of Tralee is running in the midlands north-west constituency for Fine Gael.
Given how much bad press Fine Gael are getting lately, thanks to Eoghan Murphy having a very tenuous grasp on reality, this is quite badly timed.
If you remember Tamagotchis, Polly Pocket and wanted to be a member of B*Witched, then this video is for you!
On Friday, please vote No. 1 Maria Walsh. #MariaWalshEU #EE19 #EP19 pic.twitter.com/mjRIpldvgG
— Maria Walsh (@MariaWalshEU) May 22, 2019
Appealing to our nostalgia, Maria asks us to remember back to a certain time when some things happened. There were sweets in shops and artists released music. All things crucial to a political campaign. Most importantly, she asks us do we remember when Mary Robinson was elected. It's impressive that Maria Walsh does, considering she was barely three years old when it happened.
People on Twitter really were not having it.
"Vote for me. Im the best candidate for Europe cos I was born at some point in time and some stuff happened.
Precisely the type of guff we all now expect from anyone who looks at Eoghan Murphy, Varadkar and FG and decides "Im one of you"
It's privilege dressed up as politics.
— Mark Malone (@soundmigration) May 22, 2019
Someone, somewhere, thought this was a good idea
— Cillian (@funglegunk) May 22, 2019
Is this a real person? Or did a BuzzFeed quiz gain sentience and a corporeal form?
"Remember the 90's? Vote 4 me and I'll tell you which two Nickelodeon cartoon characters make up your personality!"
— a confederacy of lunches (@TriplesodC) May 22, 2019
Thanks Maria, the kids are crying now. pic.twitter.com/TbVeOGbvEu
— Nathan (@NathanCMcDonagh) May 22, 2019
Not a good look at all for poor Maria. So badly timed, given the party's reputation currently, it really could've waited. Better yet, someone could've realised what a terrible idea this was.