* This Funny or Die video called "Romney With Balls" would be NSFW even if you worked in a cussing factory.
* Newt Gingrich has a strategy for Mitt Romney, from The Onion.
* God's Craigslist ad for a new GOP candidate to endorse.
* Jimmy Fallon on the pros and cons of a theoretical Romney presidency.
* White house pictures, reinterpreted.
Tags: Barack Obama, Christianity, Daily Links, History, Jimmy Fallon, Michelle Obama, Newt Gingrich, The Onion
"American exceptionalism." It's a phrase Republicans love to throw around, especially on the campaign trail. Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney pepper their speeches with references to United States' unique national character. And Newt Gingrich even included it in the title of one of his books.
It turns out the candidates are just quoting a big ol' Communist…
Although a superiority complex has long pervaded the national psyche, the expression "American exceptionalism" only became big a few years ago…What's more, Tocqueville didn't invent the term. Who did? Joseph Stalin.
In the 1920s… America's radical left considered the national condition, contrasted it with Europe, and concluded leftism would be a hard sell stateside thanks to characteristics forged along the frontier. Americans were different: individualistic, profit-crazed, broadly middle class, and as tolerant of inequality as they were reverent of economic freedom…
In 1929, Communist leader Jay Lovestone informed Stalin in Moscow that the American proletariat wasn't interested in revolution. Stalin responded by demanding that he end this "heresy of American exceptionalism." And just like that, this expression was born.
The GOP might have to dial back their rhetoric a bit. It's hard to call the President a lefty radical who wants to spread the wealth around when you're the one quoting the world's most famous communist dictator.
Then again, maybe voters won't notice. If Rick Santorum gets his wish and young people stop going to college, no one will even know who Stalin is. Or what big words like "exceptionalism" and "hypocrisy" mean.
Tags: Communism, History, Republicans, Russia, Socialism
As my colleague and ally Jess reported recently, Rick Santorum may be the next George Washington. (It seems especially likely if you don't know much about George Washington.) Which got me wondering, what are some other historical counterparts to our modern political leaders?
Tags: George Washington, History, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul
Well, it looks like Newt Gingrich no longer has a monopoly on absurd historical comparisons. Newt may be the magical offspring of Ronald Reagan, Winston Churchill and an albino lion, but Rick Santorum is the next reincarnation of George Washington…
In the latest bio spot running statewide on TV in Michigan, pictures of Santorum and stirring music plays beneath silent quotes from conservative leaders and media clips praising the former Pennsylvania senator. The second quote on the list stands out the most.
"'Santorum is the next George Washington.' – Glenn Beck" the ad reads.
You can watch the whole video below …
Tags: George Washington, History, Michigan, Newt Gingrich, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Santorum
Newt Gingrich is well-known for his novels of historical fiction, but even a professional historian of his caliber needs help to craft the ultimate in alternate universes: one in which Newt Gingrich isn't just a thrice-married adult baby with serious ethics issues, who delivers lectures on the meaning of America from his favorite table at L'Auberge Chez Francois and expounds on fiscal discipline while maintaing a $500,000 credit line at Tiffany's.
Luckily, Gingrich has in his employ Joe DeSantis, who apparently spends all his time as the campaign's communications director making minor edits to Wikipedia and arguing on the site's Talk page…
Wikipedia records show DeSantis has made over 60 adjustments to entries in the online, publicly-edited encyclopedia to the biographical entry on Gingrich, the similar page on his wife, Callista, and a separate page on one of their books, Rediscovering Good in America.
DeSantis has actively lobbied for changes to the articles since mid-December in a discussion forum called "Talk" on the site, and previously from May to June of last year, though his most recent direct edit to the site was in June of 2011.
Because nothing says "communication strategy" like "I'm sorry we haven't put out that press release yet…someone is WRONG on the Internet!"
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Tags: History, Newt Gingrich, Primaries, Republicans, Wikipedia