Wednesday, January 20, 2010

When even dreams are dreams

In an unfortunate bit of timing, the DCCC's latest fundraising ask, invoking the name and memory of Ted Kennedy, arrived in email inboxes this morning. It was written before yesterday's Massachusetts Senate vote but milks the prospect of it just the same, beginning with its subject line--"The Dream Lives On"--and starting off in the body with this:

"The work begins anew. The hope rises again. And the dream lives on."

Those were the words of the late Senator Ted Kennedy during the campaign of 2008.

It's a little cheeky of the DCCC to introduce that quote (from a speech given one year to the day before his death at the end of the August of No Return for health care reform), especially considering that both his Senate seat and his dream of universal health care for America have been surrendered into unloving Republican hands.

But my favorite moment from this fundraiser email is this fever-dream image, near the end:

The Tea Partiers are revved up and hoping to swift-boat their way into bringing back the Bush-Cheney economic Stone Age for America.

In a single string of mixed memes, they seem to be swinging wildly at bogeymen from 2009, 2004, 2000, and 1968.

Do they even know which election they're fighting? Wake up, folks.

(Hat-tip to Doctor Beyond.)

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