I don't even know what to say about this.
Well, I can say a couple of things. One, it's not an "elaborate goof." Politicians don't do internet pranks - Nancy Pelosi excepted, apparently - and were they to do so, they're accompanied by press releases and speeches belaboring the point they're trying to make. Which in this case is something about corruption? Possibly in Illinois, which naturally would put it right in the crosshairs of a state senator from Charlotte?
It's always the Carolina fans that didn't make it into the school, isn't it?