Karl Rove is Baaack
Karl Rove is back with a vengeance — un-indicted — and he’s nastier and sleazier than ever. He’s ready to do some serious Swiftboating.
For six years, Rove has been pulling strings, defining the issues and framing the debates. Democrats have been trying vainly to counter Rove’s attacks. Mostly they just end up walking right into whatever trap Rove has set for them.
This column by Eleanor Clift is an excellent description of Rove’s shrewd/slippery tactics. Unless something changes drastically, Rove will be pulling all the strings again this year and the Democrats will again be dancing around like a bunch of spastic marionettes.
Clift says “Rove is following a time-honored tactic: hang a lantern on your problem. Iraq is George Bush’s biggest problem, ergo Rove’s strategy: showcase the war, frame the choice between victory and defeatism, put the Democrats on the defensive.”
She also says “It’s appalling that an administration led by chickenhawks dares to build an election strategy based on lecturing combat veterans, but it is devilishly clever, and it might work.”
Might work?? Ask John Kerry, John McCain and Max Cleland.
(Max Cleland was a senator from Georgia; a Vietnam veteran who lost three limbs in combat. In 2002 his chickenhawk opponent, Saxby Chambliss, ran a series of attack ads comparing Cleland to Osama bin Laden. The ads worked; Cleland was voted out. Dumbfuck voters!)
John McCain got slimed by Bush/Rove in 2000. Kerry got slandered and destroyed in 2004 by “Swiftboat Veterans for Truth.” If that gang of fucksticks has a single veteran in it, I’m Sylvester Stallone.
Clift also uses the term “reverse accountability” — blame Iraqmire on the Democrats even though the Republicans have been in total control during the whole fiasco.
As unconventional and counter-intuitive as Rove’s approach is, it sure has worked so far. Highlight your own weakest point (Iraqmire) and turn it into an advantage. Attack your enemy’s strongest points — the war records of John McCain, Max Cleland, John Kerry and John Murtha. And use Reverse Accountability to blame the Democrats — who’ve been completely out of power — for the Iraqi invasion, the killing of over 2,500 American soldiers and the continuing quagmire.
“Cut and Run!” will be this year’s “Gay Marriage!” Will the voters be just as gullible this November as they were in 2000, ‘02 and ‘04?
Good old Karl Rove. He may be the most slippery shameless shit-eating pusbucket that ever lived — but he’s brilliant.