...call me touchy. But there's a Fidelity Investments TV spot that's been airing since sometime last year. You may have seen it. Appears to be aimed at baby boomers. Features a supposedly typical or archtypical example, and takes us through the stages of her life through voice-over words and a montage of fast-changing images. Goes something like this:
"Meet Carol: Hippie...Preppie...Yuppie...Protester...Democrat...Republican...Mom...CFO...CEO...Cancer Patient...Cancer Survivor...Fundraiser...Spokesperson...Caregiver...And soon to be world traveler."
It clearly is meant to represent a progression of increasing succcess, maturity, responsibility, and wisdom. With that in mind, note the order of "Democrat" and "Republican."
Don't try telling me that was random or merely alphabetical. As though Fidelity Investments isn't one of the firms that would benefit most from the Bushies' Social Security privatization scheme; as though the financial services industry didn't overwhelmingly support Bush for that very reason--as though it wasn't in fact his largest source of contributions among all industry groups in 2004; as though this ad isn't in its modest way a product and piece of the vast right-wing conspiracy... And as though, when you watch the ad frame by frame, you don't intermittently see letters that flash for a brief instant and spell out O-P-U-S D-E-I....Okay, I made that bit up.