2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
Local media in Kentucky are following up on the cring-inducing story of Mitch McConnell’s conservative campaign chief, who is still on the job despite getting caught on tape saying he was “holding his nose” for a couple years to reelect the Senate minority leader.
I’ve seen a few people focusing on Benton’s sad but humanizing comment on what must have been a very tough conversation with McConnell: “He wasn’t angry, he wasn’t upset, but I could see the hurt in his eyes.”
But for my money, the really revealing moment comes here, where he explains why the campaign released a photo of McConnell and Benton making light of the comment: “I think we were trying to have some fun and crack a smile on what was a tough day …”
Maybe it’s just a heartwarming tale of a leader trying to boost his sidekick’s morale. But intentionally or not it underscores the point that McConnell needs Benton more than Benton needs McConnell. The broader public doesn’t care if a staff row has left campaign staffers feeling down in the dumps. But the GOP right does (remember, Benton is a Ron and Rand Paul guy). And McConnell can’t be seen — or even assumed — to be throwing one of their own under the bus.
Brian Beutler is Salon's political writer. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter at @brianbeutler.More Brian Beutler.
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.