Monday, January 16, 2012

Preserving the record

In the interests of historical accuracy, it would be a shame to lose the remarkable series of political advertisements produced by the Huntsman campaign. Huntsman's campaign was responsible for some of the highest quality work generated by any of the Republican candidates, work that for the most part elevated the debate and contributed to its honesty. Yet now we learn that as the Huntsman campaign folds its tents, they are in the process of attempting to remove their efforts from easy public access. Say it ain't so, Jon! It is disappointing to learn that you have so little concern for preserving the historical record. Someone with more technologically savvy than I should create a permanent archive for this priceless material.

In the meantime, I can at least re-post a few items. Let's not forget, for example, the flip-flopping monkey ad:

And even if Huntsman's and Romney's people can scrub the web of such campaign commercials, they will still have a hard time burying public interviews, such as the "Waffle House" statement:

And of course his remarkable debate retort when Romney had the nerve to attack Huntsman for serving his country as ambassador to China.

Last but not least, we must never forget the Huntsman daughters:


I should have known we can count on the Democratic rapid response machine to get out a compilation of Huntsman quotes:


  1. Regarding the MLK statue above, did you pay the requisite fees to the King family before publishing His likeness on your blog?

  2. They don't really do that, do they? Anyway, there are already thousands of pictures of the King memorial statue on the web. And by the time anybody might complain about the one I borrowed (see the section of the Copyright Act entitled "Fair Use"), it will be gone.

  3. I wanted to do my part in preserving the record. MLK was a life long Republican. From the time he could vote until the day he died he was a Republican. History suggests that the massive, on going efforts to undermine him was led by the Dems. I stop short of laying blame.

  4. Kevin, you read too many right wing websites. The history is a bit more complicated than that. It is true that King's FATHER was a lifelong Republican, coming from that black middle class background that going back to Reconstruction, favored the Republicans. But King, Jr. did not express a party preference, and had his issues with both Republican and Democratic leaders over the years. It's also simplistic to argue that efforts to undermine him were led by the Democrats. Certainly the Southern Democrats, which were well on their well to constituting almost a separate party after the Democrats nationally endorsed civil rights at their convention in 1948, fought against King. On the other hand, Lyndon Johnson broke with his fellow Southern Democrats and led the national Democrats, along with some moderate Republicans, to adopt the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. And after that happened, we know that nearly all whites in the south moved over the Republican Party, and blacks nationwide virtually all affiliated with the Democrats.

    What you are reading are efforts by Republican-sponsored groups to persuade minorities to register Republican, by trying to claim King as one of their own. I would be suspicious of such efforts, because they involve a significant re-writing of history. Republicans today would like to try to argue that their party was in favor of civil rights, but the truth is that the Republican Party essentially did not exist in the South during the Civil Rights struggle. And many Republicans were happy to oppose civil rights in the 1960's and 1970's precisely in order to enable the Republican party to take over the South, which is what has enabled Republicans to capture the presidency in so many elections after 1968.

    Politifact rates the statement you made as FALSE.

  5. I know you make good points. As you said "The history is a bit more complicated that that." That applies to both of our views of history. History is not a math equation where 1 + 1 equals 2. Best to preserve that record. Please, lets not give Politifact the last word!

    Politifact voted that in 2011 the "lie of the year" for 2011 was a statement by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) that a 2011 budget proposal by Congressman Paul Ryan, entitled The Path to Prosperity and voted for overwhelmingly by Republicans in the House and Senate, meant that "Republicans voted to end Medicare." That is something you have reported on this blog.

  6. It was reprehensible for Politifact to award the lie of the year to Democrats stating that Republicans want to end Medicare, but it was understandable if Politifact's goal is to make themselves more credible. They can only do that by calling out both sides for lying, and by appearing to be evenhanded, but that is hard to do since in these times, most of the lying is coming from the right! And that is just a fact.

    But the point in citing the Politifact story is not that it was Politifact, but that it seemed like a fairly well-researched piece that examined a number of sources of the historical evidence. And if you do that, I think it's impossible to say something as simplistic as that Martin Luther King, Jr. was a lifelong Republican, or that it was only Democrats who opposed his efforts.