Wow - just how puritanical has America become? Talking Points Memo noted that Redstate's Erick Erickson freaked out over HBO star Lena Dunham's video for Obama for American, writing: "If you need any further proof we live in a fallen world destined for hell fire, consider the number of people who have no problem with the President of the United States, via a campaign ad, ridiculing virgins and comparing sex to voting."
Yeah, but, TPM points out, such sex talk may have originated with Ronald Reagan:
The Washington Post reported on Nov. 1, 1980, on Reagan's outreach to blue-collar voters:
What Reagan was trying to do in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio was to harvest usually Democratic blue-collar votes -- the consistent target of his personal campaigning in the Great Lakes states. Whenever he is near voters who might possibly be Democrats, Reagan likes to remind them that he came from that side of the political tracks.
On Thursday night, at a working class bar in Bayonne, N.J., Reagan said, "I know what it's like to pull the Republican lever for the first time, because I used to be a Democrat myself, and I can tell you it only hurts for a minute and then it feels just great."
I prefer Lena's approach.