So, I thought I’d read the republican reaction to this video BEFORE I watched it. That way I would be pre-disposed to view the video coming from a place duly influenced by the words put forth by the republicans.(link at bottom of post)
Well, I have some words for you, “Holy Shit!”. And I use “Holy” based on some republicans invoking God, Hell Fire and Satan.
I truly thought I was going to see some video with Lena cozying up to some half-naked women or, God forbid, some “Thunder from Down Under”, MEN! After reading the words of RedState.com’s Erick Erickson, “further proof we live in a fallen world destined for hell fire” coupled with FOX News’ Monica Crowley calling it “vile, stomach-churning, super-gross”, I was prepared for just about anything. BTW–’super gross’? What, are we in junior high?
But actually, the junior high comment wasn’t just me being a wise-ass. If you look at the debates, all three of them. I’ll point out the seminal difference between the Republicans and Democrats.
When Presiden Obama ‘bombed’ the first debate, Dems didn’t say…”oh, it was Jim Lehrer who screwed us! What kind of moderating was THAT? Etc…”. No, Dems said, “WTF was wrong with the President? He SLEPT through the debate. What a bone=head! (yes I did hear that, and yes, it reminded me of junior high).
When Romney lost debate #2, the Republicans blamed it on Candy Crowley. There were even “Candy Crowley conspiracy theories” thrown out by the Republicans. Just admit your guy had an ‘off-night’ and move on. Look, having that many kids and that many wives could distact even the best of us. Oh, wait, I was thinking of Bill Paxton’s character’s campaign on HBO’s “Big Love”. (incredible series)
Back to the video at hand. Lena’s cute and different take on voting for Obama and how “your first time” voting should be special etc is actually very TAME. And I disagree with John (don’t call me Nick) Nolte, of Breitbart.com, who tweeted, “How could a president with two young blossoming daughters release an ad as disgusting as this?”. (Blossoming?)
First off, in the real world, it’s far from disgusting.
Second, Malia and Sasha Obama are 14 and 11, respectively. I doubt it offends Malia. Remember, what we adults think a 14-year-old is and what she REALLY is are VASTLY different. I always tell friends with kids, just add three years, and that’s how old they really are in this day and age. So, Malia’s really 17.
I’m sure she could handle the video much better (and without such fear mongering and distortion and PUFFERY) than some of the republicans who are tweeting and shouting that this is the END of all things pure and hell is coming followed by some sort of fire.
If you actually pay attention to Lena’s video, you know by the 12-14 seconds that she’s talking about voting.
Could the Obama Campaign have picked a better young person to speak to young voters? Who knows. I don’t. I’m not 18-24.
But here’s the real capper the republicans dont’ understand about the world in which we live. Their outrage at the video has helped it go viral. Yep, it now has more than 1,617,900 views in less than 48-hours.
And here is the great by-product of her video. It’s garnered a discussion. It has also strongly divided those who have watched the video in the ‘like’ and ‘dislike’ category.
Social media. Gotta love it. And I swear, Candy Crowley had nothing to do with Lena’s video altho, if I may say so, I do see some of the folksiness of Jim Lehrer in there.
Lena Dunham: Your First Time – YouTube.