For most of the last 20 years, two men dominated the role of America’s designated enemy. Two names were constantly at the top of “greatest foe in the world.” Those two men were Saddam Hussein, dictator of Iraq, and Osama Bin Laden, leader of the terrorist group Al Qaeda.
So, in response, in 2008, Americans elected as president a black Democrat named Barack Hussein Obama.
Obviously, the Republicans had to fight back. They needed a leader of their own who could counter the obvious advantages Obama had. So they figured they could best use a black man of their own, so they chose Michael Steele to head up the Republican National Committee.
Unfortunately, Steele was mediocre at best. So, after two years, they decided they’d focused on the wrong aspect of Obama as the source of his mojo. Steele was set aside, replaced by a man with an even more unusual (if not downright sillly) name of Reince Priebus.
I presume it was because Millard Fillmore was unavailable and Engelbert Humperdinck was not interested.
Hey, it could work. Here in New Hampshire, the Democrats were quite successful using that gambit. In the 1980’s, a state rep named Dudley Dudley ran for Congress, under the slogan “Dudley Dudley — Worth Repeating” and “Dudley Dudley — Congress Congress.” She was doing pretty good, too, until her opponent tagged her with “Dudley Dudley — Liberal Liberal.” And then a couple of years later, we actually did elect for a couple of terms “Dick Swett.”
Honest. He’s a devout Mormon, and his father-in-law was the late Tom Lantos. Look it up.
The Republicans tried to fight back, but Fergus Cullen and Ovide LaMontagne didn’t quite get as far as Swett.
So good luck, Chairman Priebus. Hopefully, your opponents will be too busy learning how to spell and pronounce your name to foil your plans.