April 24, 2010

Remember, Remember...

Jim Treacher has spanked Michael Scherer for his bed-wetting in Time's Swampland over the new (and brutally effective) ad from the Republican Governor's Association and their new site,

Scherer bleats:

The politics and substance aside, this strikes me as a remarkable bit of political messaging, not just for its cinematic quality. The RGA, under the control of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, is clearly stepping out of the stodgy, safe territory it normally inhabits. It is aiming to tap into the vast well of anti-government fury now coursing through the nation. Who would have guessed that Barbour would embrace the symbolic value of the same would-be mass murderer as the Wachowski brothers?

It's amusing to consider how the left absolutely adored the anti-government message of V for Vendetta when it came out during the start of George W. Bush's second term as they attempted to portray him as a fascist, but are now offended that anti-statist rhetoric is proving effective against the real statist bent of the Obama Administration and the corrupt liberal Congressional leadership.

There isn't anything, of course, remotely close to a call for violence in the RGA message, just a rallying cry to raise funds for electoral justice.

That liberals such as Scherer are reduced to trying to message an effective ad into something else is merely a measurement of just how effective the ad truly is.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at April 24, 2010 10:46 AM

I presume Scherer is outraged at the use of iconography in the ad. Such anger could only come from someone who had seen, and perhaps fetish-ized, V for Vendetta.

For him to suggest that "November" is a reference to anything other than the mid-term election is ludicrous. Some Americans may know who and what Guy Fawkes was, but I doubt one in a hundred would know that his plot happened in November.

I'm a history guy, and I would never have made any such connection to the RGA ad, and I don't think the RGA's target audience is going to make that connection, either.

Scherer is a tool.

Posted by: Russ at April 24, 2010 12:27 PM

And I would add that Guy Fawkes Day is November 5, not November 2, Election Day, which the ad clearly references- "Eleven Two."

Posted by: Bohemond at April 24, 2010 04:15 PM