Friday, February 20, 2009

CNN or The Onion: when reality is weirder than fiction

CNN posted an article yesterday with the title RNC chair plans 'off the hook' campaign, tells critics to ‘stuff it’. Reading the article -- I mean c'mon, who wouldn't want to read an article about an RNC chairman telling people to "stuff it"? -- I have to say, the opening paragraph made me laugh. I can't believe that the GOP is going be able to modernize it's image to make conservativism appeal to urban-suburban hip-hop audiences. But wow, I want to see them try. As a friend said, "I want to see Cheney in a do-rag."

I still find that article absurd. While reading lines like:
“We want to convey that the modern-day GOP looks like the conservative party that stands on principles. But we want to apply them to urban-surburban hip-hop settings.”

He added, jokingly, that “we need to uptick our image with everyone, including one-armed midgets.”

and
“I don't do 'cutting-edge,’” he said. “That's what Democrats are doing. We're going beyond cutting-edge.”
I find myself double checking the web address and all links on the page to make sure none of them cite The Onion as their source. While I applaud the new chairman for having the stones to go against the traditional old, rich, white guy Republican image and to try and be more modern, it's sad to watch.

"Hold still, this'll be totally rad."

It's like watching George W. Bush try to fist bump someone. It's not their generation, it's not their thing. The GOP should stick to what they know: military, religion, and predicting changes in the weather when their knees start acting up.

I really don't know what else to say. It's February 19th. So either this is really happening and the RNC is actually throwing a "Hail Mary," or CNN published their April Fool's article a month and a half early.

That being said, I think we need to start a betting pool for when Cheney will finally appear in a do-rag.

1 comment:

--jeff * said...

i'm reminded of the brainstorming session on "the office" where andy suggested a "a new and fresh image." michael loved it until jim tossed out "an even newer and fresher image", which michael thought was even better.