Monday, March 13, 2006

Soon to be made into a Major Motion Picture

Already with this weekend's Southern Republican Leadership Conference, the media has inaugurated the beginning of the 2008 horse race for POTUS, with many notable GOPers gathering just upriver from the city their party has destroyed with inept staffing and planning, to do a serious focus group on their newest product line.
Despite all manner of risky operations to inject marrow into the party apparatus, coherence in message and purpose appears to elude the Democratic Party. Everybody knows what they don't like about government policy as of late, so the party currently in power seems to be having great play with the 'you got any better ideas?' tagline that Democrats have internalized this criticism, knowing the strategic mistake whipping up a half-baked Public Contract for Everyone for the other side to campaign against early and nationally. It is interesting to read commenters responding to the call for Rovian tricks to bring down our next potential Republican president, John McCain. Some were so fluffy-bunny pure that that could naught but shake their heads in shame that people could resort to such wickedness in the service of politics. How could we adopt the tactics of the most evil man in America,etc and so on. "Um, because they work", someone says and then nag-free comments proved substantial: well, to answer how would Karl Rove respond to McCain, beyond citing the obvious example of the racist leaflets, one commenter assidously noted that Rove's signature trick is weakening his opponents strongest point. While this is a key insight, I would have liked to have found more, such as constantly attacking, extensive use of surrogates, politicizing of national security, and his fascination with technology, all of which shoudl be understood before the use of 'Rovian' tectics is dismissed by progressives or libertarians. And one should put the use of racism, xenophobia, homophobia as all being potential in the real world, although this is trending to be not advantageous in a country, it creeps up subtly in all sorts of pimpin' ways.
So what would Rove do? First, some serious fucking data mining about every potential voter in the United States of America, including information on how they spent their money and use this data to access one of the most important issues nowadays and which the Democrats have been getting ripped off for awhile (surprising if the media is supposed to be sympathetic views, but moeny talks): media buys. In fact, the fact they they have so fully internalized the media myth that 'the blogosphere is filled with hatred and inaccuracy, making it political poison' that this very willing force for collective action goes wasted. the blogosphere is filled with hatred and love for just about every topic th
Karl's next step: lovingly crafting all of those ads to be shown on the media buy, each twisting the anger points of a particular section of the body politic. Many more steps are opaque to the public view, but most are mundane following that, get out the vote and staffing voting locations with supporters, reassuring supporters and hustling up the dough. So let's stick to the one part most effective and interesting, the anger points. What anger points can be expoited in the next brave new wave of the Grand Old Party?
John McCain
Besides old news, which is so used to be discredited, there would have to be some retailatory Swift Boating because, really, if John Kerry's service is questioned while Bush skates on his mediocre Guard record, then the meme of the public having a right to know will supersede any precious historical vitrine we might want to keep the senator's POW records, Rove would say at least. This is distasteful on its own, which is why you must personalize it with veterans upset about the candidate; in Mac's case, that would be a POW still kept alive in Vietnam after the end of the the unlikely event of that happened (you never know in our increasingly googlized world) those kind of statements suggest the ol' Manchurian tactic, or as it is known in common parlance, Candidate X has a Hidden Agenda.
War hero? Hmm, is what neo-cons with access to secure documents regarding the senator have said:
According to an eyewitness to the Navy's worst fire disaster that killed 134 sailors and injured 62, McCain and the Forrestal's skipper, Capt. John K. Beling, were warned about the danger of using M-65 1000-lb. bombs manufactured in 1935, which were deemed too dangerous to use during World War II and, later, on B-52 bombers. The fire from the Zuni misfire resulted in the heavy 1000 pounders being knocked loose from the pylons of McCain's A-4, which were only designed to hold 500-pound bombs.

During the fighting of the fire and while VF-74 and VF-11 were still counting their dead, McCain was helicoptered off the Forrestal to the USS Oriskany, which suffered a major fire on October 27, 1966, that killed 44 sailors. In that event, thousand pound bombs were jettisoned away from the fire but the lessons of the Oriskany went unheeded by the Forrestal's officers, including McCain, who served with the VA-163 Saints on board the Oriskany when the fire on that vessel occurred. On October 26, 1967, McCain was shot down over North Vietnam during a bombing sortie from the Oriskany.

At the time of the Forrestal disaster, Admiral McCain was Commander-in-Chief of US Naval Forces Europe (CINCUSNAVEUR) and was busy covering up the details of the deadly and pre-meditated Israeli attack on the NSA spy ship, the USS Liberty, on June 8, 1967. The fact that both McCains were involved in two incidents just weeks apart that resulted in a total death count of 168 on the Forrestal and the Liberty, with an additional injury count of 234 on both ships (with a number of them later dying from their wounds) with an accompanying classified paper trail inside the Pentagon, may be all that was needed to hold a Sword of Damocles over the head of the "family honor"-oriented (McCain's persona is supported by his book about his father and grandfather, both Navy admirals, titled "Faith of My Fathers") and the "straight talking" McCain.

hmmm...well that's the great meanwhile

Praise McCain's service, praise McCain's service over and over, all the while carefully funding and encouraging and running a campaign to paint McCain as a complete psycho. McCain's flip flop are so confusing because he's a weak leader. McCain is too Strangelovian. Narrow cast to the Dem base the critical stuff but praise his military service on all the talk shows and encourage leading Dem candidates to praise, just praise, McCain's service.

Bill Frist
Boring , out of touch Washington insider for president? Well, ok, and considering the poor and histronic leadership shown in that body, there's also the whole creepy medical issue. I'm sorry, you fine men and women of the medical arts but really you don't need this guy trumpeting his medical wisdom along with his holiness as personal virtues whilst his schemes with insurance corporations to line his pockets as more and more Americans go without health care.
So fund a 527 called Concerned Pet Owners of America to highlight his history of pet abuse, such as the deceptive gathering of puppies and kittens, as well as more recent discoveries of slaughtered pets on his sure to highlight the well-known association with the sadistic killing of animals for pleasure and that of humans. I suggest quick edits where the dog changes to a human changes to a cat, perhaps occasioned by sinister negatively-exposed images and jarring jump cuts replete with twitchy cinematography. Tag: Frist? A prescription for disaster.

Phew, enough vitriol. I think I'll need a new section to this blog for it all after awhile. Looking in my Bibliophile's Dictionary, I think this section should be called Billingsgate, which is a lovely name for both invective and a London fishmarket.

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