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:

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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:

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Oops.

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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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.e., 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.

Can’t Saatchi & Saatchi say something about this?  They couldn’t even be arsed changing ‘unemployment office’ into department of labour.

I can’t really blame Romney’s peeps for rummaging through the recycle bin for a message—they can’t get an original one until the candidate helps them provide one.  Good luck, there. Criticizing Obama for the economy still being off-keel is not a bad tack, but I don’t think we’ll get anything more specific than what reporters heard incidentally and off the record. As for everything else, Romney’s policies are “Not Obama’s”.  This is great—I think I’ll go to 31 Flavors for an ice cream and ask the guy at the counter for “Not Rocky Road.”

Romney is a natural straddler—he reminds me of the Warner Brothers’ cartoon where a poor chameleon changed colors at every turn, but was exhausted by plaid. It’s not that he’s a fair-minded person who wants to hear both sides of an argument—it’s that he just doesn’t understand why he can’t have things both ways. The best strategy Obama’s folks have against him is to define him before he can define himself and make him “own” any position he happens to take, including “All of the Above.”

I’ve been wondering who his cluelessness reminded me of and then I realized: he’s Dan Quayle without a sense of humor.

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?

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.

The real question is, “How do I hop on this gravy train?”

That’s the problem - I bet you have to be from the right family or crony-set.

For American Boomers, there appeared, in the Sixties, a fork in the road . . .

Beatles or Rolling Stones?

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