MSNBC's Papantonio: Romney's A Nuclear Madman
Libtalker Declares Nuclear War On Romney
Are there any original ideas left in politics?
As they continue to road-test campaign tactics, our enlightened, always civil libtalk friends are recycling ancient scare tactics. The latest: "progressive" MSNBC contributor / radio host / trial lawyer Mike Papantonio has reached into LBJ's 1964 playbook to portray Mitt Romney as a nuclear madman.
It's O-tomic warfare!
Attempting to restrain his giggling at one point, "Pap" seems to know his rhetoric is absurd. But that doesn't stop the Romney = Goldwater mantra from being chanted several times during the Ed Schultz Show (where he's a regular TV / radio fill-in host).
From Friday's syndicated radio broadcast:
MIKE PAPANTONIO (19:03, initially referring to caller): Will, I gotta tell you, this is an important election. It's not just about the economy. I am telling you. Imagine, imagine a, a, a big mushroom cloud in the background of Mitt Romney every time you look at him, because he has surrounded himself with people who would do that in a second.
PAPANTONIO (28:46): When I see this guy give a speech, I visualize a mushroom cloud behind his head, because that's what he's about! I mean, if you think about it, that's what he's about!
And here's LBJ's infamous, yet highly effective 1964 anti-Goldwater ad:
Watch for more of this kind of rhetoric to be woven into O's campaign over the coming weeks.