Your Funeral, My Recall

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June 5 2012 3:00 PM

Your Funeral, My Recall

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This is the tweet of a confident man.

It also reminds me of one of the recall campaign's less-impressive sideshows: The efforts of the Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama. A spin-off from the Tea Party Express, the CBDO comes off like a way for former movement celebrities to prove that they're relevant. Scan their ad campaign, which eschews the "video of things voters might care about" theory for a new theory -- that voters want to hear what the founder of Tea Party Nation thinks.

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Anyway, the first people to use the "Gipper" formulation in this race were the CBDO'ers, who shot an ad with Reagan's son Michael -- the lone conservative activist in the second generation -- using phrases like "those days of yesteryear."

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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