“Baked potato: now that’s refreshment!”
Just a line from a long-cancelled and not-very-good sitcom that’s stuck with me over the years. The speaker was an advertising exec, coming back to a company in order to save it from just that kind of counter-intuitive and ineffective branding.
At the time, I thought: if he was really good, he’d be able to make that stick. To convince America that, yeah, baked potatoes are refreshing.
And why not? Liberal America has convinced itself that libertarian is synonymous with totalitarian. Ed Driscoll excerpts Richard Cohen, and notes:
…nice bit of Orwellian doublethink to call the grass-roots, libertarian-oriented Tea Party “Totalitarian.” This has to be the first “Totalitarian” movement in the history of mankind that, if it gets everything it wants…will leave you the hell alone.
Damn those Tea Partiers, trying to force us to live our lives however we choose!
Hat tip Instapundit.
More: the World’s Only Rational Man spotted another one, except the word is “tyrant” there.
These last few months, much of the country has watched in horror as the Tea Party Republicans have waged jihad on the American people.
…For now, the Tea Party Republicans can put aside their suicide vests. But rest assured: They’ll have them on again soon enough.
Okay, so I’m equating radical Islamic jihadists with “totalitarianism” and with tyrants. Not all that much of a stretch, I don’t think. Plus, y’know, the new tone.