Awesome: “Aqua Buddha” reincarnated as attack on originator

posted at 5:47 pm on October 21, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

It was one of the most despicable attack ads of the 2010 cycle — and now it’s returning to haunt the man who launched it. Republican Todd P’Pool will challenge sitting Attorney General Jack Conway in Kentucky, who lost to Rand Paul in the Senate race by twelve points after getting blasted for running his “Aqua Buddha” ad that turned a college prank into a weird smear over Paul’s religious beliefs. Conway’s allies have already gone on the attack against P’Pool, but the Republican is reminding Kentuckians about Conway’s record of smears in his new ad:

One of 2010′s most controversial attack ads is back in 2011. And it’s being used against the candidate who launched it last year.

Nationally, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is best known for his 2010 Democratic Senate campaign that fell short against now Republican Sen. Rand Paul. But Conway’s running for reelection this year, and his GOP opponent is referencing a commercial the Democrat’s 2010 campaign used to attack Paul’s religious views.

This isn’t just a web ad, either:

P’Pool’s ad, running in several Kentucky markets, says Conway embarrassed Kentucky nationally with the personal attack. The ad claims that Conway and his allies are “lying again” — this time about P’Pool’s record.

P’Pool’s ad is meant as a defensive against an outside interest group that criticized the Republican’s work as a trial lawyer and Hopkins County attorney. The group claimed instances when P’Pool improperly billed state government while working on child-support payment cases and raised a client’s fees in the middle of the case. P’Pool says the attacks are false.

Campaign manager David Ray said the Republican brought up the Senate ad because it “highlights Jack Conway’s poor judgment.”

After that Aqua Buddha attack, Jack Conway should have been run out of politics altogether.  It looks like P’Pool wants to finish the job Paul started.

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The hell kinda surname is P’Pool? I wouldnt vote for him. =|

Jeddite on October 21, 2011 at 5:51 PM

ditto that…what the **** is P’Pool?

Aqua buddha….HE LIVES!

ted c on October 21, 2011 at 5:53 PM

There is an alternate universe… in which I am Aqua Buddha!!

JohnGalt23 on October 21, 2011 at 5:54 PM

…P’Pool?

P’Pool?

No true conservative would live with that name.

MadisonConservative on October 21, 2011 at 5:56 PM

The hell kinda surname is P’Pool? I wouldnt vote for him. =|

Jeddite on October 21, 2011 at 5:51 PM

What kind of bigotry is this? Insulting a man for his name? I have seen it all today on Hotair.

Chudi on October 21, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Why are you guys attacking the man’s name?

Chudi on October 21, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Chudi on October 21, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Are you still sore because AP growled at you?

Jeddite on October 21, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Todd “P’Pool” – LOL

lorien1973 on October 21, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Why are you guys attacking the man’s name?

Chudi on October 21, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Welcome to our ool. Notice there’s no P in our Pool. Let’s keep it that way.

lorien1973 on October 21, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Wasn’t “Aqua Buddha” with the Legion of Doom on Super Friends?

Wonder Twins powers activate!

The Chewbacca Defense on October 21, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Plus it helps that Rand Paul has been a rockstar lately.

John the Libertarian on October 21, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Welcome to our ool. Notice there’s no P in our Pool. Let’s keep it that way.

lorien1973 on October 21, 2011 at 6:00 PM

AD HOMINEM! AD HOMINEM!!

Jeddite on October 21, 2011 at 6:04 PM

I’ve finally seen a name that’s funnier than Dick Trickle.

Mark1971 on October 21, 2011 at 6:06 PM

What is Soylent Green is really made out of P’Pool ?

lorien1973 on October 21, 2011 at 6:07 PM

I live in Lexington … It’s a totally hilarious name. I say like ‘Puh-Pool’ or something. But Todd, really says his name “Hey, I’m Todd Pee-Pool”.

preallocated on October 21, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Did Herman Cain Borrow His 9-9-9 Plan From A ’96 Report? Ron Paul Supporters Think So

Spathi on October 21, 2011 at 6:09 PM

You lie. Ron Paul supporters don’t think.

lorien1973 on October 21, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Conway’s “Aqua Buddha” ad

Christien on October 21, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Yeah, that and the Alan Grayson one were just disgusting. Some people have no shame.

Scrappy on October 21, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Ron Paul supporters think a lot of things no one else does. Like Alex Jones is cool for eaxample. . .

Dawnsblood on October 21, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Spathi on October 21, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Seems favorable to me. ;)

“What’s really sad is that the 1996 document is so much better done–all of the charts have explanations and seem to make sense–unlike the copy on Cain’s website.” — ChromiumL

lorien1973 on October 21, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Apparently P’Pool is an 18th- or 19th-century corruption of the English surname “Pettypool.” Fascinating.

steebo77 on October 21, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Okay, so from what the geneological record tells us, this man’s family started out with a perfectly normal name: Pettypool. At some point in history, they apparently decided that it was too onerous to have to write e, t, t and y and placed a time-saving apostrophe there instead. What an unfortunate decision. Still, if a politician can rise to be in the running to become the Attorney General of his state, you have to acknowledge that he must be really good at what he does. I’d totally vote to keep the P in the Pool in Kentucky.

cynccook on October 21, 2011 at 6:25 PM

“…..are the luuuuckiest P’Pool in the world.”

tommyboy on October 21, 2011 at 6:26 PM

The hell kinda surname is P’Pool? I wouldnt vote for him. =|

Jeddite on October 21, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Vulcan, he’s T’pols cousin twice removed.

Chudi on October 21, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Are you still sore because AP growled at you?

Jeddite on October 21, 2011 at 5:59 PM

I’m sorry I missed that, do tell.

cozmo on October 21, 2011 at 6:27 PM

People who need P’Pool are the luckiest people in the world.

lorien1973 on October 21, 2011 at 6:30 PM

OK…

… Who pee’d in the pool?

/

Seven Percent Solution on October 21, 2011 at 6:30 PM

cynccook on October 21, 2011 at 6:25 PM

I dunno, dude isn’t that old. Surely he’s been mocked for this name since he was a kid. I would have changed it to “Pool” if only for sanity reasons.

lorien1973 on October 21, 2011 at 6:30 PM

“…..are the luuuuckiest P’Pool in the world.”

tommyboy on October 21, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Thread winner!

disa on October 21, 2011 at 6:32 PM

I dunno, dude isn’t that old. Surely he’s been mocked for this name since he was a kid. I would have changed it to “Pool” if only for sanity reasons.

lorien1973 on October 21, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Or why not honor your esteemed ancestors and revert to the original form? Still, like I said, someone with a name like that has probably always had to work harder. Man. I can only imagine what the jerks in my high school could have done with that much ammo.

cynccook on October 21, 2011 at 6:33 PM

What P’Pool has here is a failure to communicate.

lorien1973 on October 21, 2011 at 6:34 PM

If we can’t make fun of each others’ names, the terrorists have already won.

mikeyboss on October 21, 2011 at 6:36 PM

cynccook on October 21, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Thank you for the link. I had to know how such an odd name evolved.

Disturb the Universe on October 21, 2011 at 6:37 PM

I hope he has presidential aspirations.

Disturb the Universe on October 21, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Thank you for the link. I had to know how such an odd name evolved.

Disturb the Universe on October 21, 2011 at 6:37 PM

:-D

But imagine the dilemna for someone who probably has deep love and respect for his father, grandfather, great-grandfather, etc. To simply discard the name they have passed on to you would have to feel very wrong. I have to admire this man.

cynccook on October 21, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Republican Todd P’Pool will challenge sitting Attorney General Jack Conway in Kentucky, who lost to Rand Paul in the Senate race by twelve points after getting blasted for running his “Aqua Buddha” ad that turned a college prank into a weird smear over Paul’s religious beliefs.

That’s probably one of the strangest sentences I’ve ever read. It’s going to be a long political season, isn’t it?

Bill Ramey on October 21, 2011 at 6:40 PM

I’m sorry I missed that, do tell.

cozmo on October 21, 2011 at 6:27 PM

I’m guessing he’s referring to this thread:

What kind of stupidity is this. Obama is trying to destroy this country, and this crap is what hotair is promoting. I have always know that this site is n the tank for Perry, but I didn’t know how far they will go to prop him up.
Yeah, that’s why we’ve suppressed all criticism of Perry’s moronic “heartless” gaffe, his terrible debate performances, etc. You’ve never read a harsh word about that on this site. Ever.

You’re a Romney supporter, aren’t you, Chudi? Wouldn’t a Romney supporter much prefer to face Cain in a showdown that the better funded, more experienced Perry? But, see, I’m the one who has the agenda here. Not you.

Allahpundit on October 21, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Carries on through the second page of comments as well.

cynccook on October 21, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Why are you guys attacking the man’s name?

Chudi on October 21, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Aqua Buddha made me.

kim roy on October 21, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Why are you guys attacking the man’s name?

Chudi on October 21, 2011 at 5:58 PM

I kind of like it.

P’pool for the People!

Disturb the Universe on October 21, 2011 at 6:54 PM

I live in Lexington … It’s a totally hilarious name. I say like ‘Puh-Pool’ or something. But Todd, really says his name “Hey, I’m Todd Pee-Pool”.

preallocated on October 21, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Pee-Pool? YGTBFK. That’s even worse. Must be a good lawyer and candidate to have risen this far, despite his surname challenge. In law school, I had a professor who, when calling on us for our regular drillings and grillings, would always call your last name first, first name last, instead of a simple Mr. or Ms. Blank. It would’ve turned into Animal House, if he had called on a guy named, Pee-Pool, Todd.

TXUS on October 21, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Carries on through the second page of comments as well.

cynccook on October 21, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Thanks, I’ll go catch up.

cozmo on October 21, 2011 at 7:00 PM

P’Pool? egads, poor bastard, doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue now does it?

maineconservative on October 21, 2011 at 7:01 PM

“With a name like P’Pool, he has to be good.”

L.N. Smithee on October 21, 2011 at 7:03 PM

It’s an unforgettable name. In politics, that can’t be bad.

Disturb the Universe on October 21, 2011 at 7:06 PM

When I was in junior high, one of the regular substitute teachers was named James Dickey. He would put his name on the blackboard, and begin his makeshift lesson, and inevitably, someone would put his or her hand in the air and shout, “Mr. Dickey! Mr. Dickey!” He would reply in a calm voice, “Please, call me ‘James.’”

L.N. Smithee on October 21, 2011 at 7:07 PM

Spathi on October 21, 2011 at 6:09 PM
Spathi on October 21, 2011 at 6:11 PM
Spathi on October 21, 2011 at 6:13 PM
Spathi on October 21, 2011 at 6:15 PM

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Couldn’t find a Ron Paul thread to comment in so you highjacked this one, huh? Can’t Mr. P’Pool get any respect?

ExpressoBold on October 21, 2011 at 7:09 PM

When I was in junior high, one of the regular substitute teachers was named James Dickey. [...]
L.N. Smithee on October 21, 2011 at 7:07 PM

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Was he an author in his non-teaching time, and a poet, perhaps?

ExpressoBold on October 21, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Why are you guys attacking the man’s name?

Chudi on October 21, 2011 at 5:58 PM

My first name is Alo, for Heaven’s sake, and even I think P’Pool is a bizarre name. What the …?

OhioCoastie on October 21, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Was he an author in his non-teaching time, and a poet, perhaps?

ExpressoBold on October 21, 2011 at 7:13 PM

A no on both counts. In retrospect, it was silly to think a best-selling author would need to moonlight as a substitute teacher. But I explored the possibility.

L.N. Smithee on October 21, 2011 at 7:30 PM

What I believe is the ultimate real name for a politician was bestowed on a 1980′s California member of Congress: Ernest Konnyu.

L.N. Smithee on October 21, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Apparently P’Pool is an 18th- or 19th-century corruption of the English surname “Pettypool.” Fascinating.

steebo77 on October 21, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Sounds kind of, well, Vulcan to me!

massrighty on October 21, 2011 at 7:57 PM

P’Pool? Oh I remember…
http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/256713/its-a-da-pee#searchterm=pee

Kermit on October 21, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Why are you guys attacking the man’s name?

Chudi on October 21, 2011 at 5:58 PM

A. It’s mindless fun.
B. We all have foibles; it’s OK to poke harmless fun at stuff like this.
C. Note that we are not disqualifying him because of his funny name. There’s a difference between discernment and discrimination.
D. It’s a funny name.

massrighty on October 21, 2011 at 8:01 PM

I’ve finally seen a name that’s funnier than Dick Trickle.

Mark1971 on October 21, 2011 at 6:06 PM

New Hampshire entrepreneur and politician Richard “Dick” Swett has that one beat.

massrighty on October 21, 2011 at 8:02 PM

I’ve finally seen a name that’s funnier than Dick Trickle.

Mark1971 on October 21, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Mark, when I was a kid, we had a guy run for Governor of West Virginia named Peter Beter Not sure how HE pronounced his name, but everyone I knew said “beat-er.”

TugboatPhil on October 21, 2011 at 8:09 PM

But imagine the dilemna for someone who probably has deep love and respect for his father, grandfather, great-grandfather, etc. To simply discard the name they have passed on to you would have to feel very wrong. I have to admire this man.

cynccook on October 21, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Well if P’Pool is a shortening of Pettypool, someone f’d his ancestors over at some point. Why not just un-f the name? Or is it in-f’able?

alexwest on October 21, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Good theme song for P’Pool:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wZ3ZG_Wams

OxyCon on October 21, 2011 at 8:22 PM

How did P’Pool (ph: ‘pee pool’) ever survive Junior High School???

landlines on October 21, 2011 at 8:36 PM

“…..are the luuuuckiest P’Pool in the world.”

tommyboy on October 21, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Just a word of advice… singing Streisand around here is justifiable cause for summary execution…

JohnGalt23 on October 21, 2011 at 9:01 PM

So this must mean that Rand Paul is now pretty popular in Kentucky huh?

Well – he’s popular with me too.

HondaV65 on October 21, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Spathi on October 21, 2011 at 6:09 PM
Spathi on October 21, 2011 at 6:11 PM
Spathi on October 21, 2011 at 6:13 PM
Spathi on October 21, 2011 at 6:15 PM

The HA Ronulan Super Spammer
He can leap tall tales with a single bound!
He jumps to conclusions faster then a speeding train!
He can Deflect facts like bullets from a machine gun!
He can put up links from Liberal sites with the strength of 10 bloggers!
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, nooooooo it’s Spathi, Super Spammer!/

IowaWoman on October 21, 2011 at 10:04 PM

How did P’Pool (ph: ‘pee pool’) ever survive Junior High School???

landlines on October 21, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Probably by telling other kids that one day he’d be a lawyer and threatening to sue them.

Jeddite on October 21, 2011 at 10:07 PM

New Hampshire entrepreneur and politician Richard “Dick” Swett has that one beat.

massrighty on October 21, 2011 at 8:02 PM

My great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother’s name was Experience Bliss.

steebo77 on October 21, 2011 at 10:12 PM

PpppPOOL. Eww.

leftnomore on October 21, 2011 at 11:17 PM

My great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother’s name was Experience Bliss.

steebo77 on October 21, 2011 at 10:12 PM

I like that name!
My real name sounds more like a moniker then a legal name. I shall refrain from making fun of Mr.P’Pool’s. When you say it it sounds like people or am I pronouncing it wrong?

IowaWoman on October 21, 2011 at 11:18 PM

How did P’Pool (ph: ‘pee pool’) ever survive Junior High School???

landlines on October 21, 2011 at 8:36 PM

omG.

leftnomore on October 21, 2011 at 11:18 PM

I’d totally vote to keep the P in the Pool in Kentucky.

cynccook on October 21, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Let’s all P in the Pool!

leftnomore on October 21, 2011 at 11:23 PM

Man. I can only imagine what the jerks in my high school could have done with that much ammo.

Oh, they don’t have to wait that long. My mother still remembers a girl she went to elementary school with whose last name really was Hogg. Then her parents compounded the felony by naming her Imogene… which shortened to Ima.

SDN on October 22, 2011 at 11:41 AM

P’Pool.

Yeah….that’s truly unfortunate. It sounds like Obama stuttering “off-prompter” trying to say the word “people”.

Time to drop the P’…….I’d go with Pool and call it a day.

Tim_CA on October 22, 2011 at 12:51 PM