Friday, July 03, 2009

Republican Governing Strategy: Run like Hell

Carpetbagger's got a post regarding Republican attacks on Senator Franken (yeah, it felt nice to write that), referring to him as a "clown" who is too extremist and nonserious to be in Congress (as if these bozos somehow passed some magical seriousness test). And Carpetbagger's right in saying that they're still reliving the election, by spewing attacks that clearly didn't resonate with the voters of Minnesota back when they had a chance of making a difference.

But of course, this is exactly what they're still doing to Obama, as well as all the other Democrats in and out of office. Because that's all they know how to do: Run for office. And ironically, that clearly wasn't enough, as people started noticing that these bozos don't actually get anything done in office; and so they started losing in spite of their one big skill. But that's all they know, so that's all they can do.

So here we are, over half a year after the election, yet still getting election material. And sure, while it can also be used as part of a strategy to stop Democrats from passing their agenda, that's only a side effect.

How Not to Govern

And so they're still busy trying to brand Franken as an extremist clown and Obama as a fascist socialist Muslim. Yet, rather than getting these memes ingrained in the public's mind, the repetition only serves to weaken the poison. By the end of the year, I predict that the Q Score for Nazi Muslim clowns will be at an all-time high. (Good news for Squiggles bin F├╝hrer, no doubt.)

And what they should have been doing is demonstrating their ability to work with others and govern responsibly. They should be pitting themselves as sensible alternatives to Obama, instead of crazed obstructionist fear-mongers. Similarly, Carpetbagger's got a post about how Palin is resigning, and how she totally did the wrong thing by playing up public feuds, rather than biting the bullet and governing effectively.

But again, that's something modern Republicans don't know anything about. All they know how to do is smear the people "victimizing" them and their base. And any attempt at truly sensible governing would clearly force them to adopt positions too "socialist" for their base to accept. So the perpetual election campaign is their only option. And the more they use it, the less effective it will be. Pity, that.

1 comment:

Green Eagle said...

Okay, he's a clown.

That's all it takes to beat Republicans these days.