Funny how tea partiers, Fox News-ers, and most movement conservatives have not been protesting the new Arizona immigration law that’s stirred widespread fears of a jackbooted police state grabbing people off the street, taking away their rights, and ending the American dream. Maybe these Don’t Tread On Me types simply can’t imagine this happening in a GOP-dominated state government because they’re so focused on the federales–after all, it’s Obama who’s grabbing people off the street, taking away their rights, and ending the American dream, right?
That, at least, is the message of this web ad, posted on a new site called Remember November, which is run by the Republican Governors Association (of which AZ Gov. Jan Brewer is, of course, a member and a fundraising beneficiary):
The Republican party has been struggling to find a voice that will please what it believes to be the all-powerful Tea Party movement and its paranoia, while at the same time quashing Obamaoid optimism. John Boehner overshot the mark with his orange-red-faced "Hell no, you can’t!" speech right before the House passed health care reform. For his trouble, his chorus of "No, you can’t!" was injected into a funny mash-up of Will.i.am’s pro-Obama "Yes, we can" video. Now, in a scarier mash-up, red state govs are injecting Obama’s "Yes, we can" before the printed words "BANKRUPT OUR COUNTRY," "CORRUPT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES," and "END THE AMERICAN DREAM."
None of this doom would feel quite as frightening, however, without that music you hear thumping in the background. It sounds a lot like "O Fortuna," the classical cliche to signify eschatological terror. Carl Orff’s 1935-1936 movement has been used or imitated in movies (Excalibur, 300, Demons and Angels to name a few), commercials (Carleton beer), and in an earlier GOP ad (the spot that scared Senate Democrats away from transferring Gitmo prisoners to the U.S. may be "O Fortuna’s" greatest performance, as Rachel Maddow pointed out last year.). Orff’s classic isn’t just horror-movie scary, like the creepy ringing tones of the "Excorcist" theme. "O Fortuna" suggests an end-times terror, the kind you get when worlds collide, gods fall, or a black Muslim socialist rules a white Christian nation by fooling all of the people all of the time.