Responding to the firestorm surrounding Mitt Romney's comments about moocher-Americans, the Romney campaign uploaded a video titled "Ann Romney to FOX31: Mitt Doesn't Disdain the Poor" to its official Youtube account. Then, just as quickly, the video was taken down.
But the catchy "Mitt Doesn't Disdain the Poor" chant should live on, if only in modified form. Here's logarithmic look at the devolution of Republicans political slogans and where they're likely to go next…
* Herbert Hoover, 1928: "A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage."
Tags: History, Mitt Romney
"This is the most important election of our lifetime," intoned space zoologist Newt Gingrich, dozens of time this year. Many of the delegates gathered in Charlotte certainly agree. And they may be right. No one knows for sure which elections are consequential until we're bombing some difficult to pronounce city into fine dust, making it important to vote even when the stakes don't seem so high.
But remember that for this election to be the most important in "our" lifetime, they have to be more than these most important elections…
Washington Post, October 25, 1980:
Nancy Reagan doesn't make speeches. She says that with the well-modulated, trained voice of an actress bearing no traces of regional accent. But here in Syracuse, she is suddenly on stage, making a speech. Spontaneously. "The most important election in my lifetime," she is saying, meaning 57 years at least.
The morning of November 4th marks the end Daylight Savings Time. It's an opportunity to set our clocks back by an hour to soften the blow of the following Tuesday when we set the clock back by at least a century.
Or so goes the snark, but how would the Republican Party remake American policy if it only followed the radical path of… previous Republican Party platforms? For each of the following, identify whether the plank is part of the 2012 draft platform or one of its antecedents…
1. The Nation's labor unions, comprised of millions of working people, have advanced the well-being not only of their members but also of our entire free-enterprise system. We of the Republican Party reaffirm our strong endorsement of Organized Labor's key role in our national life.
Tags: History, Republican National Convention, Republicans
Among presidents and other high-ranking politicians, narcissism isn't so much a hazard as a job requirement. Still, there's being self-centered and then there's… rewriting the history of the United States to include one's own accomplishments within the biographies of past American leaders.
The conservative Heritage Foundation and Commentary Magazine catches the White House doing the latter — enumerating Barack Obama's achievements within the biographical sketches of presidents past. Unfortunately, the President's communication team neglected a few key moments in history…
* When Jefferson assumed the Presidency on March 4, 1801, the crisis in France had passed. Today, President Obama communicates with the President of France entirely through apologies.
* On March 4, 1841 William Henry Harrison became the first president to have his photograph taken. Today, the most dangerous place in America is between President Obama and a live camera.
* Inaugurated on July 10, 1850, Millard Fillmore had a weird name. Today, Barack Obama has a weird name.
Tags: 14th Amendment, Barack Obama, Franklin Roosevelt, George Bush, Grover Cleveland, History, James Buchanan, Millard Fillmore, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Woodrow Wilson