The GOP Can't Quit Michael Bay
Posted by Adam Blickstein
So House Republican Minority Leader John Boehner (as in only 20% of Americans agree with his political affiliation Minority) released a new web video today declaring that after 100 days, it's clear that President Obama and the Democrats have made America less safe. Well, before fisking the video itself, let's actually look at what the American people (80% of which don't identify as agreeing with the Republicans ) actually think:
Ok, so 80% of America doesn't align with the Republican Party, and 72% of America disagrees with the Republican Party claim Obama has made America less safe. By my calculations, that makes the chance that the video will actually be effective falling somewhere on a scale between the mortality rate of a wolf being raised by Sarah Palin and the likelihood of a post-surgical patient actually receiving his pain medication from a pharmacist named Rush Limbaugh.
And now on to the video itself (I would link to it but you've probably already seen Team America and why give Boehner's video the traffic). Auspicious, haunting music? Check. Zoom in on scary headlines declaring that Obama was wrong to ban torture and is going to unleash terrorists from Guantanamo across America? Check. Grainy pictures of training camps in the mountains featuring terrorists in masks running around with machine guns and climbing over obstacles while declaring jihad on the infidels? Check. Haunting music transitioning into crescendoing violins which get louder and louder as the word "al Qaida" flashes on the screen, followed by photographs of Obama bowing to Saudis, shaking hands with Chavez, burning American flags, a ski-masked man holding rocket launcher, fireball explosions, and then...the still smoldering ruins of the Pentagon on 9/11!?! Check.
It's 2009 and I can only imagine that this original and one of a kind political ad is destined to be looked upon by historians as the definitive moment where the Republican Party was born anew. I mean, the last Congressional race where the GOP aired a very similar ad featuring auspicious music, terrorists, and 9/11 won the race for Republican candidate Jim Tedisco right? Oh wait, he lost. Just like in 2006 and 2008 when Republicans employed the same Michael Bay ad strategy across the country and still managed to get destroyed. Seems like the only thing this is a winning strategy for is making sure that 20% eventually become 2% sometime in the near future.