We’ve often asked whether Ronald Reagan could survive in the modern Republican party, but what about Abraham Lincoln?
The Annenberg School, which is behind FactCheck.org, built a Web site called FlackCheck.org during the 2012 campaign (I totally missed it).
In that site, they have a wonderful series of videos looking at Lincoln’s handling of the Civil War, and how it would be treated by modern-day campaign flacks in the 1864 elections.
I suspect different videos were done by different students. But several in particular shine. The first takes Lincoln on for the Gettysburg Address and his obvious anti-Americanism. The video is spot-on. (November 19, 2013 is the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.)
And while I doubt they intended this to be a GOP primary video, the patriotism card is often played more by the Republicans than the Democrats (nowadays).
Here’s the ad on the Gettysburg Address, it’s pretty brilliant:
ANNOUNCER: Lincoln believes that America will perish from the earth.
LINCOLN ACTOR: “…perish from the earth…”
ANNOUNCER: And that our soldiers have died in vain.
LINCOLN ACTOR: “…died in vain…”
ANNOUNCER: Honestly, Abe, “died in vain”?
LINCOLN ACTOR (repeating loop, animated-gif style): In vain. In vain. In vain. In vain.
ANNOUNCER: Abraham Lincoln: Wrong on the war, wrong for the Union.
The second ad that does a pretty good job is one taking on Democratic 1864 re-elect challenger, Gen. George McClellan. It could be an ad from today.
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Just found a few more! Here’s one on Lincoln leading from behind:
Okay, the Steamboat Veterans for Truth is pretty darn funny too:
One final video, and this one is freaking brilliant. Possibly my favorite. It targets Mrs. Lincoln, the President’s wife: