Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Study in Contrasts

You just knew this was going to happen, right? Some bright YouTube user has modified rapper Will.i.am’s pro-Barack Obama, “Yes, We Can” video from the 2008 U.S. presidential election to demonstrate the sharp contrast between Obama’s hopeful message for the country and the Republican’ts’ blanket negativity toward every change he and his fellow Democrats try to make.

The screaming little man who repeatedly interrupts Obama and his supporters in this version of the video is House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), shouting in anger, frustration, and cynicism on the House floor last Sunday as he tried desperately--but futily--to derail Obama’s health-care reform legislation.

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(Hat tip to Salon editor Joan Walsh).

READ MORE:An Attack on Inequality,” by Ezra Klein (The Washington Post); “A Muddled Repeal Message,” by Steve Benen (The Washington Monthly); “The Surging Popularity of Health-Care Reform,” by Michael J.W. Stickings (The Reaction); “Nasty Parties Don’t Win Elections,” by Anne Applebaum (Slate).

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