Romney’s Campaign Staff Isn’t Working
It’s been apparent for a while now that despite the vast wealth at his disposal, Mittens’ campaign is a few sammitches short of a picnic. Heck, all that money doesn’t even buy you any new ideas.
Witness the shameless “borrowing” of a legendary UK Conservative Party poster from way back in 1979—the fateful election that brought Margaret Thatcher to power. Here’s Mittens’ minions’ version above the original one:
The repurposed poster misses a few tricks in the original: the pun on “Labour” not “working” is replaced by a bland personalization and a revisiting of Romney’s recent theme that President Obama should forgo playing golf and family vacations at the locations of his family’s choice because too many Americans—Mitt Romney being one—are currently unemployed.
The original poster has been credited with winning the election for Thatcher, and Campaign magazine voted it “poster advertisement of the century.”
But there’s one little detail Mittens’ team has overlooked. What happened to unemployment in the UK once this magnificently clever ad won the election for the Conservatives? Here’s a little graph:
Anyway, this is all so last century, Mitt. The word on the street in swinging London nowadays is “Austerity isn’t working.”
Jason Linkins at Huffpo delves a little into the Romney campaign’s appropriation of this slogan, last seen on a banner behind Romney onstage in Ohio.
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Posted by YAFB on 04/20/12 at 06:13 PM • Permalink
This kind of thing is why I think Citizens United, as appalling as it is, is not as dangerous as it seems. (Don’t get me wrong; it’s still plenty dangerous, but it’s not the Republican slam-dunk the Supreme Court assumed.)
I think it would be dangerous if they didn’t have such a personality-free, unpleasant candidate. A smooth-talking, charismatic sociopath who presents well would be dangerous, backed with that money.
When there’s that much money floating around, especially among conservatives, someone or several hundred someones will show up to “consult”, deliver a crappy (and here, plagiarized) product, and line their own pockets. There is no honor among thieves.
The real question is, “How do I hop on this gravy train?” How can I make BIG BUX by providing shitty, counterproductive product to these awful, awful people?
Comment by Big Bad Bald Bastard on 04/20/12 at 10:49 PM
For American Boomers, there appeared, in the Sixties, a fork in the road . . . one path led to psychedelia, free love, loud music and fun. The other led to the Young Republicans recruitment office where conscripts were issued crew cuts, blue suits, photocopies of Dad’s portfolio and a weeks worth of really skinny ties.
Blessedly, most boomers continued to evolve into fairly average human beings when the realities of work, war and families bore down. However, a small minority on both ends of the spectrum were stuck in time, like bugs in amber and exist in a state of arrested development to this day . . . old Hippies and Old Republicans.
Willard, of course, is representative of the latter . . . imagination-less, shape-shifting and smug, into the bargain, with the charisma of a garden gnome.