Stuck in the past

STUCK IN THE PAST…. A friend of mine just passed along the latest fundraising email from the National Republican Senatorial Committee, in this case, signed by Utah’s Orrin Hatch. The message almost reads like a parody, but this is the actual text of the appeal:

Dear Fellow Conservative,

You’d think it was the 1970s all over again.

Liberals are resurrecting Jimmy Carter’s failed tax, energy and economic plans.

Iran is saber-rattling against the West.

And Hanoi Jane Fonda is stumping for liberal Senate candidates.

That’s right, last Saturday night, Jane Fonda and all of her far-left Hollywood liberal friends raised $1 million for Democrat Senate candidates with one goal in mind — to break our Senate firewall and seize total control of our government! […]

These Hollywood liberals understand the stakes…. Hollywood may not be on our side, but we have you!

When I talk about the modern Republican Party being intellectually bankrupt, and lacking anything even resembling new ideas, this is a helpful illustration of my point.

Orrin Hatch and the NRSC, in the midst of a Wall Street crisis and with voters demanding change, believes their best pitch to fill their coffers is to talk about Jimmy Carter, “Hanoi” Jane Fonda, and Hollywood liberals. Seriously.

Now, I suspect there are probably a handful of Republican donors who’ll get this email and think, “Jane Fonda? I better get my checkbook!” But I also suspect this group is fairly small.

Just yesterday, Sarah Palin suggested voters are going to choose “new ideas, new energy” this year. Republicans had better hope she’s wrong.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.