Macklemore and Senator Cantwell

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A U.S. senator has done the worst thing in the healthcare debate: Invoke Macklemore

Then again, maybe more Mackle isn't so bad.


David Covucci

Internet Culture

Posted on Mar 22, 2017   Updated on May 24, 2021, 7:59 pm CDT

Being a politician in 2017 is a lot like being a brand online in 2017. For people to like you—or at least not actively hate you—you have to be this almost impossible blend of inoffensively charming, seemingly guileless, as well as hip without looking like you are trying to come across hip.

Which is why Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) is the belle of the internet. In trying to insult Donald Trump’s healthcare bill and opining on the vote to prevent Obamacare’s repeal, Cantwell (D-Wash.) referenced Macklemore.

It’s… perfect. The burn is a little stilted, and she calls him “Mr. Macklemore.” But what would you expect from a 58-year-old? It’s cute, and a good joke. The Heist!

It also started a wonderful riff on her construction.

Keep doing you, Sen. Cantwell. It’s what Macklemore would want.

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*First Published: Mar 22, 2017, 8:32 am CDT