“While It Might Seem Totally Impossible…”

In case you haven’t see the following video, I post it here for the simple reason that it explains very well what “the GOP strategy” is for this election, a strategy we have discussed on this blog many, many times.

But in four lively minutes you get an overview of what’s been going on, what is going on now, and what Republicans intend to do moving forward:

1. Republicans have deliberately sabotaged the economic recovery and now blame the resulting sluggishness on President Obama.

2. Outside conservative groups with gazillions in cash have smeared and will continue to smear Mr. Obama with misleading and dishonest ads.

3. Republican governors and legislators are attempting to suppress the votes of  Democratic constituencies, particularly folks of color.

I challenge all you conservative or independent lurkers out there to explain any flaws you think you see in the arguments made here:

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  1. What about the R&R (RomRyan) current strategy of doing one thing or pledging to do one thing (end Medicare, end welfare, etc) in order to excite their base but when called on it they say “Oh THAT isn’t OUR plan – that’s what the OTHER SIDE is going to do if kept in power!” And brainless Americans BELIEVE THIS SHIT! It is maddening to witness especially when the Dems then don’t mount an effective strategy AGAINST IT to stop the Repuke’s insane lying! Didn’t they learn from the Kerry Debacle that you cannot sit idly by and ASSume the electorate will see for themselves that it’s all lies! It is so maddening & depressing to witness!


  2. Treeske

     /  August 23, 2012

    Even if the electorate wises up, who knows what Karl Rove has up his sleeves!


  3. Duane,

    The conservative “strategy”, if you want to call it that, and the message in this video is consistent with the warning in John Dean.s 2006 book, “Conservatives Without Conscience,” where he writes: “Conservatism has noticeably evolved from its so-called modern phase (1950-94) into what might be called a postmodern period (1994 to the present), and in doing so it has regressed to its earliest authoritarian roots. Authoritarianism is not well understood and seldom discussed in the context of American government and politics, yet it now constitutes the prevailing thinking and behavior among conservatives. Regrettably, empirical studies reveal, however, that authoritarians are frequently enemies of freedom, antidemocratic, antIequality, highly prejudiced, mean-spirited, power hungry, Machiavellian, and amoral. They are also often conservatives without conscience who are capable of plunging this nation into disasters the likes of which we have never known.”

    I think I posted this quote here a few months ago. So, in a way, this is old news. It’s just that Dean’s analysis is so prescient and revealing about today’s radicalization of the right wing nuts that it ought to scare the bejesus out of all of us, including the mainline Conservatives, who are usually just insulted by the far right with the tag, RINO.

    I would also disagree that there is, implicitly, some kind of conspiracy going on here. I just think they are all like-minded and share a common cause. The problem arises when these folks are also rich. That’s where the trouble starts. Combine that with the old axiom that we can never underestimate the ignorance of the American voter, and we’re likely headed for a disaster in November.

    I mean these are the guys who, last year about this time, were willing to let the country default on its debt rather than follow their pledge to honor the Constitution. And this year it’s about what constitutes “legitimate” rape. Holy Shit!!!



    • I agree, Herb, that it’s not some kind of conspiracy (except between the two Koch brothers and perhaps the five SC justices who foisted Citizens United on us), but the hatred (not too strong a word, I submit) goes so deep that the Tea Party will without thinking twice forfeit the nation’s interest to defeat their political foe. Authoritarians have a paternalistic attitude – they know in their hearts what is good for the rest of us and knowing that justifies their means for effecting those ends. The Iraq war has to stand out as a prime example.

      I liked your column in this morning’s Joplin Globe in which you point out the relative political weakness of the Presidency as compared to that of the Congress. I only have one criticism of it, which is the looming importance of several likely retirements from SCOTUS during the next four years. If the SCOTUS gets even more conservative, God help us (pun intended).


    • Also, Herb, thought no. B on the subject. Even if Obama won a second term and he appointed Scalia’s twin brother to the SC, I don’t think the Tea Party would consent to it.

      (They might though if he picked Todd Akin or Billy Long. 🙄 )


      • Jim,

        I didn’t address SCOTUS because if I did, the piece would run too long. Even at that I edited out a whole lot more, including our standing in the world in various areas: In education, we rank 14th in reading skills, 17th for science, and 25th for mathematics; we rand 10th in the “Index of Economic Freedom” produced by the conservative Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal, down from 3rd place in 2002. In other stats, the U.S.A. ranks 151st in the world in child mortality, 46th in civil liberties, 17th in democracy, 167th in GDP growth, and 50th in Life expectancy at birth. But we are first in the world in incarceration rate per 100,000 residents and in energy consumption per person. No surprise then that, in spite of the fact that we invented the smiley face and the Happy Meal, we are only 11th on the happiness index.

        That said, you and I are on the same page with SCOTUS. Therefore I urge you to submit an op-ed to Carol on that subject. You best tread lightly however. IMO, the readership of the Globe consists mainly of hardcore Republicans and if you are too harsh, your piece may not see the light of day.



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