Friday, June 18, 2004
The sound of imminent destruction
From the outside: a new Club for Growth ad airing on national cable and in a few spot markets directly compares Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush to John Kerry.
To wit: The ad dredges up a sound bite from Kerry's 1971 testimony on Capitol Hill, where Kerry says 'We cannot fight communism all over the world . . . ' and then plays Ronald Reagan's 'Tear Down This Wall' sound bite from 1987.
The final sound bite: President Bush, on the pile at the World Trade Center site, telling firefighters, "I can hear you, the rest of the world hears you, and the people who knocked down these buildings will hear from us all of us soon." It ends with a recapitulation of what Kerry said in 1971 and displays in chyron: "John Kerry. Wrong then, Wrong now."