DFLers are whining because Kurt Bills – GOP-endrosed US Senate candidate – released an ad that paid homage to an ad that Paul Wellstone ran during his first campaign.
Here’s Wellstone’s ad:
Pretty much a shot-by-shot remake, if you leave out the whole “liberty versus onerous socialism” bit, huh?
Many liberals are outraged to the point of losing bodily functions and popping blood vessels in their brains over this campaign.
They are wrong.
Let’s address some of their arguments:
“You shouldn’t parody Wellstone”: Why? For starters, it wasn’t a “parody” – it was a completely respectful homage, coming from a candidate with different political beliefs than Wellstone (thank God) but a very similar political challenge; upset an incumbent who is an overwhelming favorite with boundless resources (Bills has one additional challenge – a media that was in the bag for Wellstone, but will work even more tirelessly as Klobuchar’s Praetorian Guard than for most DFLers; she’s the daughter of one of their own, long-time Strib columnist Jim Klobuchar).
“What would you think if the left mistreated the memories of your heroes?”: Right, because the left never parodied Reagan and every other conservative that ever got into a position to change things for the better. Sometimes with intense, gratuitous cruelty, especially in Reagan’s case (don’t make me break out the list of libs who cracked Alzheimers jokes) unlike Bills’ treatment of Wellstone.
By the way – nobody parodied Wellstone’s demise like the left itself: