February 27, 2007

The Party that demands "civility" and "bipartisanship" already going ugly

Republicans have the jump on Democrats once again in an area that they've made a dependable foundation for their entire reason for being; the negative, bumper sticker style smear.

Here's GOP.com's new guide for right wing yakkers who wish to have the right words to instantly conjure up the most negative image possible for the entire field of Democratic candidates, including one who's already dropped out.

Of course, they're all sound bites they've spent millions to establish (in the case of Clinton) and will spend millions more to inject into the minds of the easily lead in months to come.

Clinton becomes, "A Calculating, Divisive, Lifelong Liberal With Political Baggage"
Obama, "An Inexperienced, Insulated, Arrogant, Unabashed Liberal"
Christopher Dodd is, "A New England Liberal, Past His Prime, On An Unrealistic Vanity Run For The White House"
It sounds like they had to really work at Edward's smear - "A Hypocritical, Inexperienced Liberal With A New Negative Attitude"

And they're still hammering Vilsack as, " A Tax-Hiking, Mismanaging, "Blip" Candidate With No Foreign Policy Experience"

Maybe we could come up with some similar snappy descriptions for the Republican field?

How's this? Giuliani, "Three time married tyrant who lived with a gay couple after splitting with his wife, only appeared walking the streets on 9-11 because, against warnings, he'd insisted on locating the command center near his office and the WTC, it was destroyed and he had nowhere to go. Was for abortion rights before he was against them."

Or, "Since Giuliani and Gingrich have had three wives, and McCain two, the Mormon in the race is about the only guy who's only had one."

Give it a shot and see what you can come up with for Rudy, McCain, Romney, Gingrich, Sam Brownback, Tom Tancredo, Duncan Hunter, or Tommy Thompson.

7 Comments:

At 2/27/2007 5:57 AM, Blogger Dave Barrett said...

I'll give a shot on McCain and Tancredo.

McCain - a former straight-shooter who now embraces things and people he used to despise in a desperate quest for the presidency.

Tancredo - an embarrassment to his own party, a demagogue who has no principles and believes in nothing other than getting elected.

 
At 2/28/2007 11:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This from the Party that has already (through 'MoveOn') run national ads against McCain!

 
At 2/28/2007 4:01 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Move On has absolutely NO connection with the Democratic Party, for starters. That's another myth.

And they apparently aren't running the ads around here, as I haven't seen any.

 
At 2/28/2007 4:26 PM, Blogger Dave Barrett said...

I'd like to revise my McCain description.

McCain - so desparate for the presidency that he now embraces that which he once despised.
(Alongside a photo of him embracing President Bush).

 
At 2/28/2007 7:37 PM, Blogger nicodemus said...

McCain stands for more now than he did in 2000. I was all for McCain in 2000, and still like him, but I think pundits overstate his "straight talk" and his 2000 campaign in general. Yes, he had the campaign finance reform, which was not an original idea. It had been advocated since the late 70s. Nor was McCain Feingold effective. It was meaningess and it was predictable that there would be loopholes.

In 2000, McCain had nothing to say when it came to education policy. Nothing! He stood back and let GWB reinvent himself as an education policy genius. Anyone who lets Bush come out looking more substantive doesn't deserve to win.

Then McCain did the California debate, via television. It looked absolutely ridiculous. Here was GWB and Alan Keyes (which is scary enough) standing there alongside a television screen with John McCain's face. The imagery of this ranks up there with Dukakis riding in a tank. Whoever advised McCain not to attend that debate in person should have had their ass kicked. They handed the keys to the White House to Bush at that point.

I supported McCain because he earned the presidency by what he went through as a POW. And I wish he had been the president this last 7 years because McCain would have been more hawkish on this war and he would have known how to fight it more effectively.

These are my thoughts on McCain. In spite of the hype, his campaign made some real blunders in 2000.
He has more substance this time, but I am worried that it's already too late. That this great man has run out of steam, that the media has found another flavor and his independent base has lost interest. Am I right?

 
At 3/02/2007 3:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

George Soros and Move-On have 'absolutely no connection to the Democrat Party' -

Dope, are you, well, a dope?

And just because you have not seen the ad...what, it hasn't been run? Now you know everything about television schedules as well as everything about, well, everything?

 
At 3/02/2007 7:17 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

MoveOn is an independent 501(3)c organization that has absolutely no official connection to the Democratic party, anymore than the Swift Boat liars were a part of the Republican party.

If you think otherwise, you're indeed the dope.

Secondly, you're lucky you have George Soros to try to make into a boogie-man. There's so many right wing billionaires who've bankrolled all the phony front groups and "think tanks" for the right wing, it's hard to keep track of them.

But I'd take the causes Soros has helped over the ones Richard Mellon Scaife has any day.

And no, I'm not saying the commercial isn't running somewhere. I'm just saying I've never seen it. If it was in any sort of heavy rotation, I would have, trust me. (unless they're playing it only on Fox)

 

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