Trying to Compete Against the Rightwing Noise Machine
This article is about Sarah Palin, but it applies to the teabaggers, Fox News, talk radio shouters and rightwing nutjob candidates in general. Logic and intellect aren’t stopping them. Rational discussion? Good luck.
Sarah Palin talks like a hyperactive 8-year-old, can’t name a single news publication she reads, and only talks to pre-selected audiences. She’s been the butt of more jokes than Dan Quayle and Michael Dukakis put together. And yet she has more influence than ever.
Sure, it’s entertaining to make fun of crazed rightwing demagogues and the millions of inbred dunces who hang on their every word. It’s a guilty pleasure. But it hasn’t accomplished a F$&#in’ thing.
Millions of vapid TV watchers and radio listeners are unable to think any deeper than “Ugh! Taxes! Bad!” “Ugh! Want! More! Beer!” And rightwing demagogues have the perfect soundbites for these people: “Lock and load!” “Take Back Our Country!” “Not ‘no’ but Hell No!” “He’s a MUSLIM!”
And Democrats are supposed to counter this by, what, using logic? Reasoning? Talking about the economy using complete sentences with multi-syllable words?
It’s a long-running cliché that the public usually agrees with the Democratic candidate on the issues, but they vote for the Republican because the Republican campaign has better slogans, and/or the Republican candidate is somebody you’d like to go have a beer with.
Whatever you’d call that syndrome, it’s worse now than ever. Rightwing soundbites are getting sharper and more focused, and the Democrats try to counter them with long dry speeches about how the economy is gradually improving.
What to do?