Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Willard Proves He's Real Gone With the Wind

I'm a big fan of I Love Lucy. Not as much as one of my cousins, however. She can recite dialogue from every episode by heart, so I had to consult her by e-mail in my research for this particular blog.

Do you remember the episode where Lucy wrote a novel? It was entitled "Real Gone With the Wind" and featured unflattering characterisations of Ethel, Fred and Ricky. If you can't remember the episode and you're in the US, you can watch the twenty-six minute spectacular here.

The twist in the tail is at the end. Ricky, Ethel and Fred have just about convinced Lucy to scrap her manuscript, when - out of the blue - a publisher contacts her. He pays a visit to the Ricardos' apartment, where he tells Lucy, much to the chagrin of her husband and neighbours, that his publishing firm would be very much interested in Lucy's work ... but only the first chapter. It seems the publishers want to use the first chapter of "Real Gone With the Wind" in a writers' textbook - as an example of how not to write a novel.

Well, today, Willard gave a masterclass to all future Republican politicians, especially those who seek higher office and want to recruit to the Republican Party more people from diverse racial and/or ethnic backgrounds. He was invited to address the annual conference of the NAACP, one day before Vice-President Joe Biden was scheduled to do so.

Here's a condensed video account of what transpired:-

This was the "Real Gone With the Wind" moment of Willard's campaign. He's speaking at a conference of African-Americans, an esteemed American politician and the son of a man who marched with Civil Rights' campaigners and who walked out of a GOP convention in 1964 when it refused to endorse a platform for Civil Rights. And he is booed. In short, Willard was an epic fail, a masterclass in how not to pander to a demographic whose votes you crave.

First, don't refer to the Affordable Care Act as "Obamacare" - especially since "Obamacare's" blueprint design was lifted from your own successful "Romneycare" plan.

Second, don't say you're going to repeal it - at least, not unless you're prepared to say with what you're going to replace it.

And third, don't walk into a conference of people whose demographic overwhelmingly supported the President in 2008 and who, for the most part (yes, I'm looking at you, Messrs Smiley and West) consistently support him still, and brazenly announce that the President has done nothing in the past four years.

Because that's a lie, and you know it; and furthermore, your audience knows it, and they know your entire demeanor smacks of selling the American people a bill of goods.

Well, if Willard wants to loosen up and convince people who would normally vote Democratic that he's their man, maybe he needs to take another tip from I Love Lucy and stock up on the old Vitameatavegamin ...

Willard knows he's "unpoopular," and he really needs to start "popping" out of the Republican Party.

1 comment:

  1. Romney doesn't give a shit about the black vote. Today's speech wasn't about the black vote, it was about motivating the racist white vote to finally come out and support him and this footage will be looped on cable entertainment shows 24-7 to show White America how racist black people are, so please vote for America so you can have your country back.