A few months ago I wrote about the Split Screen Presidency.
Today, I'd like to propose to the Republican Party and all of its presidential candidates a Split-Screen Ad Campaign. The theme: Don't believe the Democrats when they promise to make things better. Even though it slams President Barack Obama, it can suggest that the same misguided policies and dire consequences will befall us if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency in 2016.
Here's how it works: Simply juxtapose President Barack Obama's statements, promises and plans with the disastrous realities resulting from his "leadership." Keep running the devastating pieces of indictment for 30 or 60 seconds.
- For starters, how about showing then Sen. Obama whining in 2008 about President George W. Bush increasing the national debt by $4 trillion during his two terms in office:
"The problem is that the way Bush has done it in the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion from the first 42 presidents. No. 43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome. So we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back. $30,000 for every man woman and child. That's irresponsible, that's unpatriotic."
Freeze-frame Obama speechifying on the left (pun intended), and flash across the right side of the screen the fact that Obama has doubled the national debt to $18 trillion in six years, yet still economic growth is anemic, and the middle class is floundering.
- On the left side, run a loop of the O-man stating, "If you like your health plan, you can keep it," and "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor." Freeze-frame the empty rhetoric, and on the right side of the screen, show a report like this one, augmenting it with a few sounds bites from disgruntled healthcare consumers being interviewed about how Obamacare screwed them up royally.
- Left side: "GM is alive and bin Laden is dead," plus "Al Qaeda is on the run." On the right side, flash a quick listing of terror attacks committed by al Qaeda and its offshoots in the past four years, augmented by a map of Europe, the Middle East and Africa with red dots wherever this terror organization has struck. Perhaps it wouldn't hurt to show how GM's bond holders got the shaft, and how the corporation faces a $10 billion class action suit for dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries due to its calloused and bungling treatment of faulty ignition switches in its vehicles.
- Left side: Vice President Joe Biden in 2010 boasting with his usual twaddle:
"I am very optimistic about Iraq. I mean, this could be one of the great achievements of this administration. You're going to see 90,000 American troops come marching home by the end of the summer. You're going to see a stable government in Iraq that is actually moving toward a representative government."
Fade out with an unflattering photo of the buffoon on the left, and hideous images of ISIS savages preparing to behead victims, suicide bombers, burning buildings and fleeing refugees in Iraq following the U.S. troop pullout.
- Left side: The O-man making a superficial and callow statement about ISIS being the "Jayvee" team. Right side: A map of Iraq depicting the swaths of territory controlled by ISIS, plus even more horrifying images of the black-clad monsters, with bold-faced words flashing their evil deeds: Beheadings, crucifixions, rapes of little girls, torture, burning victims in cages.
- Left side: The O-man bragging in September 2014 about how effective his policies have been in Yemen, and what a success story that nation was for his Predator drone campaign. Right side: Headlines reporting recent violence and a coup de' e´tat in the capital city of Sana'a, and footage of Islamofascists surrounding government buildings and taking control.
Well, I'm on a roll, and could probably pick many other pieces of low hanging fruit, but I have to wrap this up because I have other matters at hand. (Chances are, as I am lying in bed getting ready to drift off to sleep tonight, I'll think "Darn! Why didn't I use such-and-such for the split-screen?") There's really a wealth of material to work with. Tonight's posting practically wrote itself.
But to use that old baseball metaphor about the slow pitch right across the plate, the dim bulbs of the Republican Party are likely to sqander their opportunity by hitting a weak grounder to the pitcher, or whiffing entirely. Frustrating as heck, but a sad reality.