Do you think it’s time for some new material?
Almost two generations have passed since Jane Fonda made her notorious trip to Hanoi, but she continues to be a weapon in the conservative arsenal.
Mitt Romney was perhaps the first 08 candidate to use it, invoking her name in a slam on Barack Obama during today’s ABC News-sponsored debate in Iowa. Per the AP, Romney said: “I mean, in one week he went from saying he’s going to sit down, you know, for tea, with our enemies, but then he’s going to bomb our allies,” said Romney. “I mean, he’s gone from Jane Fonda to Dr. Strangelove in one week.”
You may remember that Fonda was used against John Kerry in 2004, when a vintage picture, right, was sent around the media that showed Kerry sitting near Fonda at a Vietnam anti-war protest in Valley Forge, Pa. (You do have to look closely.) Not only was it guilt by association, it also took place in 1970 before Fonda visited Hanoi. What’s more, another picture soon followed that showed Kerry and Fonda sharing a podium at a rally. But the picture was clearly a hoax.Fonda has taken a more active role in politics recently, having shown up for an anti-Iraq war rally in Washington earlier this year, right with Sean Penn. But she has yet to contribute to any candidate.
“I haven’t spoken at an anti-war rally in 34 years,” Fonda said, adding, “Silence is no longer an option.”
Sure, she’s back, but Romney’s use of Fonda is a pretty stale piece of rhetoric. Doesn’t he know that Michael Moore is this year’s punching bag?