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Bringing back the ’50s sounds OK

POLITICO reported that Democrats want to portray Mitt Romney as Don Draper, a character on "Mad Men," a TV show about an advertising firm in the 1960s.   

Unlike "Bewitched," this is a drama that wins tons of awards. Unlike "Bewitched," not many people watch it, as it averages fewer than 1.5 million viewers a week.

"Democrats, despite the potential perils of such a strategy, remain determined to paint Romney as a throwback to the 'Mad Men' era — a hopelessly retro figure who, on policy and in his personal life, is living in the past," Politico reported.

Let's see, rich, handsome and popular.

No, I cannot think of a single man in America who wants to be any of those things.

And the press says Romney is out of touch?

"President Barack Obama has noted the presumptive GOP nominee uses archaic turns of phrase such as 'marvelous' and warned in an email to donors Thursday that his rival would usher in 'a social agenda from the 1950s'," Politico reported.

That is the Democratic strategy?

Obama will not run on how his $787 billion stimulus worked?

Obama will not run on how his Obamacare health insurance plan worked?

Obama will not even run on how he won the Nobel Peace Prize and how he single-handedly made the decision to allow the Navy SEALs to go ahead and kill Osama bin Laden?

The campaign strategy is to have Obama spend the next six months mocking Mitt Romney because he is rich, handsome and popular?


Because while all these eggheads from the Ivory Towers of the Ivy League are chortling over the 1950s, baby boomers will be recalling the 1950s were a far better time than the 1930s, which Obama's economic policies have taken us to.

The baby boomers who will decide the election were kids then. Their memories of the 1950s are in sepia photos from the family Brownie — and one professionally taken photo.

Is there any boy in his 50s or 60s who did not sit in his cowboy hat atop that pony? That was the most photographed pony in equine history.

TV was new. The 1950s were a time of Buffalo Bob and Howdy Doody. Boys wore coonskin caps and sang the "Ballad of Davy Crockett."

Killed him a b'ar when he was only 3.

Cars were huge, with fins that made them both exotic and elegant.

Charleston residents remember how special it was to go to Shoney's for a Big Boy. Today, a home-cooked meal is the special treat.

I do not want to make this a nostalgia column.

My point is we all have memories of simpler times from our childhood because childhood for most people is a simpler time.

Grown-ups had the worries. We had the bicycles. Bring those days back.

Democrats correctly point out that in the 1950s, segregation was rampant — and not just in the South, as I remember.

But the 1950s were the time when America slowly ended the second-class citizenship of black people.

The Supreme Court reversed nearly 60 years of judicial orthodoxy and unanimously reversed "separate but equal" in 1954.

That ignited a civil rights movement that would finally enforce the 14th Amendment as she was written.

Voters of a certain age remember the '50s fondly.

We were kids. We remember the fun, the baseball in the street, the bicycles without the helmets and the wonders of growing up.

The crime rate was low, drug use was rare, streets were safe at night, and marriage was the norm.

People did not have as much back then but they seemed, through a young boy's eyes, to be happier.

Nostalgia for an earlier time is not unusual, particularly when politicians have led the people into a dead end.

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