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Republican Governors Association evokes Guy Fawkes (and a few images of scary black people) with ‘Remember November’ campaign

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The Republican Governors Association has embraced the symbolism of Guy Fawkes or is it Alan Moore, with the launch of  a rather striking website,, with a video that showcases far more Hollywood savvy than one can usually expect from Republicans.

Again, the Fawkes tale has been twisted a bit. This time, President Obama plays the role of King James, the Democratic leadership is Parliament, and the Republican Party represents the aggrieved Catholic mass.

The video also projects a healthy dose of racial, not racist, but racial imagery — out-of-context clips of Alcee Hastings and Al Sharpton – in an attempt to scare white folks.

For those of you who don’t remember your history, Guy Fawkes was the leader of the Gunpowder Plot. It was a failed attempt by Fawkes and Catholic sympathizers to blow up Parliament and assassinate King James I on November 5, 1605. If that strikes a vaguely familiar chord, it might be from the celebration that’s still held in England on November 5 as Guy Fawkes Night.

And history records that the Gunpowder Plot failed, Fawkes and his cohorts were captured, tried, and put to death.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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