Just checking. This ad is supposed to make me feel guiltyI was at Woodstock? It didn’t.
what % of the population embraced the stereotypical Woodstock 60s back in the day?
McCain typically does better with older Americans, yes? Are the straight arrows from the 60s who didn’t board the hippy train, a large enough segment of the US to chase?
There’s a lot of resentment out there from those who were too square to enjoy the ’60s…which lasted until about 1974 or so… It’s become very fashionable to bash that era, forgetting a lot of the good that came out during that time. It would certainly seem that our host here was a product from then who had his fun and still remembers it as fun. Ditto for me… And I ain’t done yet…
Watching the ad, I think the point is to qualify notions of “change” and “hope.”
Why would you feel guilty about Woodstock?
Morgan’s right, it’s a pitch to the “Republicans = better warriors” meme, rather than anti draft dodgin’ hippies. It frames it with the Republicans “do” rather than “talk grand talk” spin.
You would think this “do” thing would be easy to counter with all the shattered standard Repub pitch points that went down in flames during Chaney’s regency government.
Smaller government? Check. (DHS doesn’t count, it was necessary).
States rights? Check (as long as they comply with the right way to do them).
Government out of individuals lives? Oh yeh check (as long as you’re not a heathen).
Tax cuts? Check (if you’re wealthy).
You get the drift. But like people buying SUVs because of the illusion of safety, rather than the substance, this ad will resonate with a lot of Americans. And the brief anti-60’s jab will help rather than hurt.
As long as you’re not a heathen, don’t go to the library, or use a telephone, or surf the internet, or make phone calls, or travel, or use a credit card, or have a name that is even vaguely similar to one of the zillion names on the Terror Watch List, or have a last name ending in Z, or attend a public school, or, worst of all, smoke pot to relieve the pain of cancer or glaucoma.
Otherwise, the federal government is totally out of your life.
I saw it and sat there, stunned. I’m either hopelessly naive or hopelessly optimistic (or both). I keep thinking that this ad would have to be counterproductive…what with so many people in this country (even those who haven’t read 1984 recently) saying in polls that our constant state of war is bankrupting our state (morally and financially).
Maybe he’s appealing to my Dad, who is his age (and who was not a hippy). My dad told me, during the primaries, that he didn’t think Obama would be ‘tough enough’ on foreign policy. I asked him point blank “Is ‘tough’ what we really need? Has ‘tough’ served us well over the last eight years? Maybe we need to stop worrying about getting a Clint Eastwood wannabe in the Oval Office and try to get a thinking adult.” I still think he’s voting for McCain.
I’m guessing, Jon, that you had a more interesting time at Woodstock than most.
Well that true Rachel. But I still don’t feel guilty.
The phrase “beautiful words” is telling. I wonder if his campaign understands how that sounds. “We don’t need a president who can speak well. We need a president who can put food on your family.”
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