Remember last fall when Ohio was besieged with robocalls from ’50s teen idol Pat Boone, aimed at protecting union-busting SB 5 from repeal?
The importuning of the squeaky clean pop singer, famous for swiping and sanitizing songs first recorded by rhythm & blues stars, didn’t have much impact — SB 5 was repealed in a landslide. It's tough when half the people getting your call say, "Who is he?" and the other half say, "He's still alive?"
Boone has made quite a career of recording such robocalls and ads for conservative candidates, most of whom lost. That’s good news for Senator Sherrod Brown. Because, according to today’s Columbus Dispatch,
Boone, a spokesman for the 60 Plus Association, a conservative alternative to the AARP, launched an ad campaign Monday that spends $720,000 hitting Brown on the health care bill. Boone has been featured in prior ads critical of Brown, including one that aired in November of last year. The ad specifically focuses on the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a 15-member panel tasked with reducing Medicare costs. The 60-Plus Association worries that it will lead to rationing care for seniors.
“This IPAB board can ration care and deny certain Medicare treatments so Washington can fund more wasteful spending,” Boone said in the ad.
Of course, the IPAB is specifically barred from doing that. But when you were the Justin Bieber of your era, I guess you've learned that a smile and a croon can make any message sound convincing — whether it's telling a roomful of screaming girls they are the most beautiful girls you've ever seen or telling those same girls 55 years later that the Kenya-born, anti-Christian, Arabian-speaking Muslim in the White House (all actual Boone claims about President Obama)) wants to take away your health care. — Anastasia Pantsios