GOP Video Salutes Radical Guy Fawkes—Or Not

Left and right disagree on message of Republican governors
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2010 2:48 PM CDT
GOP Video Salutes Radical Guy Fawkes—Or Not
An illustration of Guy Fawkes being arrested when his plot failed in 1605.   (Getty Images)

This much is clear: The Republican Governors Association has put out a new anti-Obama video that can be seen at Young RGA staffers put it together, reports the Daily Caller, which calls the video's production "top notch." Most agree it's pretty slick, but then things get a little confusing: The left thinks it's a tribute to Guy Fawkes—who tried to off the king of England in 1605—and the right says no way.

Time makes the case for the Fawkes connection here, noting the old rhyme of "Remember, Remember the Fifth of November." Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo finds it "bewildering" that Republicans are honoring a guy who "tried but failed to pull off a mass casualty terrorist attack." Steve Benen agrees at Washington Monthly. Still, there's no overt reference to Fawkes in the video, and Lori Ziganto at Red State thinks the left is way off base. Maybe RGA chief Haley Barbour can clear things up?
(More Republican Governors Association stories.)

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