Who Hijacked Our Country

Friday, March 05, 2010

Pay No Attention to the Mouthbreathing Rightwad Behind the Curtain

If you read “liberal” news sites, you’ve already known for the past year about the sickfuck twisted devious methods of Republican strategists. But then, if you go to those sites, you’re probably a liberal anyway — aka “preaching to the choir.”

But now — finally! — the mainstream media is actually waking up. For this brief moment, the general public is finding out what the rest of us have known all along.

You already knew that Republicans eat their young. The GOP is nothing but a gang of slippery lowlifes who will do anything — whatever it takes! — to keep their corporate masters propped up. And now John Q. Public knows it too.

Even with the public’s notoriously short attention span — Hey! Quit Looking Around! — this might be a case of not being able to put the toothpaste back into the tube (as one of the Watergate conspirators put it).

After all, when you find out how a magician does his tricks, you’re no longer gonna go “Wow! He pulled a rabbit out of his hat!” Hopefully some of the independent/swing voters will consider the source when they hear the next outburst of “Socialism!” “Government Takeover!” “Muslim!” “Born in Kenya!” And just maybe, some of the top GOP donors will be a little less “giving” after seeing themselves described as “ego-driven” and “easily pacified with tchochkes.”

Rolling Stone is another vehicle for reaching millions of people who probably don’t read DailyKos, AlterNet, Think Progress, etc. Matt Taibbi’s articles and exposés have been a Godsend. And the newest Rolling Stone has The GOP’s Dirty War by Tim Dickinson. Come on people, get informed.


And now, calling all elderly Dinosaurs: Ron Banks, lead singer of the Dramatics, died of a heart attack yesterday. The only song I remember from them was “What You See Is What You Get.” That song just killed. It was one of the few radio hits that I never ever got tired of, no matter how many times it got played.


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Blogger Holte Ender said...

The old chestnut . . . Keep telling the lie often enough and eventually everybody will believe it . . . has a cousin . . .Keep telling the truth and maybe somebody will believe you . . .

March 5, 2010 at 1:29 PM  
Anonymous Thomas said...

Unfortunately, I don't really see this hurting the GOP over much. They're lying bastards and even their base knows it, or at least their base will accept any tactic needed to win politically.

March 5, 2010 at 1:45 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Holte: It's worth a try.

Thomas: It won't have any effect on the GOP base. But I'm hoping moderate and independent voters will take a second look.

March 5, 2010 at 2:40 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Totally what Thomas says. These people could barbeque babies during rush hour traffic in the San Francisco area and the lemmings would give them recipes for the sauce.
The independents are already running from them from some of the polling I have seen. There was one poll done in Grayson's district recently, Florida and he is more popular among republicans than his 12/13 closest republican challengers. He is more popular then Crist is there and Crist is quite popular. I guess they are wanting strong willed people and I wish there were more Graysons and Weiners(Jess' boyfriend he just does not know it yet) in congress to take on the good old boys. A girl can dream can't she? Maybe by the time I am like 60 there will be strong people in office, I can wait the ones in there out, right now.

March 5, 2010 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

I know it's an obvious question, but when hasn't the GOP used fear to meet it's goals?

March 5, 2010 at 4:51 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: I still have hope for independents and swing voters. For the hard right wackjobs, it's just like you said, "These people could barbeque babies during rush hour traffic in the San Francisco area and the lemmings would give them recipes for the sauce." LOL.

But for the swing voters that are threatening to vote Republican this November, this might be a wakeup call.

Lew: There's nothing new about Republican sleaze. But getting caught redhanded, and the media actually reporting on it -- I hope this will wake up a few voters who were starting to lean to the right.

March 5, 2010 at 5:48 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Thomas makes a good point. By the time Bush left office, there was still that 23 percent who believed he was a great president, did a fine job, was unfairly dumped on by the liberal media, etc. Something like this revelation about the GOP's low regard for its backers isn't likely to run that many of them off. I would add, though, that along with wanting to win and control, they want to spite and demonize their enemies — and enemies is the way they look at it.

The one thing that would run some of them off is if Republican pols continue to lose elections and keep being involved in scandals, a la Wide Stance Larry. GOP big-money backers expect large-scale return on investment, and quickly. Resenters want to stick it to the other side, and to keep sticking it. Vengeance delayed is vengeance denied, and they have little patience for that. They can't stand to lose and have little patience with pols on their side who lose elections.

I hope this really bad PR blunder will cause independents who generally identify with and vote for Republicans to be put off enough to not donate to the GOP and either not vote or not vote Republican this time around.

March 5, 2010 at 9:56 PM  
Anonymous Christopher Radulich said...

From your article

playing up alleged GOP plans to kill Social Security to rally voters behind a popular entitlement program.


from their roadmap http://www.roadmap.republicans.budget.house.gov/plan/#Healthsecurity

Individuals 55 and older will remain in the current system and will not be affected by this proposal in any way: they will receive the benefits they have been promised, and have planned for, during their working years. All other workers will have a choice to stay in the current system or begin contributing to personal accounts. Those who choose the personal account option will have the opportunity to begin investing a significant portion of their payroll taxes into a series of funds managed by the U.S. government. The system would closely resemble the investment options available to Members of Congress and Federal employees through the Thrift Savings Plan [TSP]. As these personal accounts continue to accumulate wealth, they will eventually replace the funding that comes through the government’s pay-as-you-go system. This will reduce the demand on government spending, lead to a larger overall benefit for retired workers, and restore solvency to the Social Security Program. 

March 5, 2010 at 10:04 PM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

What up?

Tom, you still have hope? Oh, the naive and young.

March 6, 2010 at 6:52 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: My only hope is that moderate/swing voters will be put off by this news leak. The 23-percenters won't be swayed no matter what. Even during Watergate, the hardcore Right kept insisting that the whole thing was a media conspiracy, or even a vendetta against Christian Scientists, since so many Watergate conspirators happened to be Christian Scientists. (Not that I'm comparing this news leak to Watergate, in terms of magnitude.)

The reason Obama has fallen in the polls is that so many of the people who voted for him are now turned off to Obama and the Democrats. And now, maybe some of those same voters will be even more put off by the GOP.

Christopher: The linked article is from Yahoo.com and Politico, which both have a conservative bias (especially Politico). To me, this makes the story even more significant; the fact that a right-leaning/mainstream news source is covering it. Leftwing news sites have been covering these stories for years, but now that the mainstream sources are covering it too, I hope a lot more people will become aware of just how sleazy and corrupt the GOP is.

Randal: But hope is so, so intoxicating. And it's free.

March 6, 2010 at 9:15 AM  

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