May 12, 2008

SOMEBODY'S BEEN READING THEIR PERLSTEIN...:

Sit Back, Relax, Get Ready to Rumble: He's taken everything in stride, it seems. How Obama and his team will battle the GOP onslaught. (Richard Wolffe and Evan Thomas, 5/10/08, NEWSWEEK)

[T]he real test is yet to come. The Republican Party has been successfully scaring voters since 1968, when Richard Nixon built a Silent Majority out of lower- and middle-class folks frightened or disturbed by hippies and student radicals and blacks rioting in the inner cities. The 2008 race may turn on which party will win the lower- and middle-class whites in industrial and border states—the Democrats' base from the New Deal to the 1960s, but "Reagan Democrats" in most presidential elections since then. It is a sure bet that the GOP will try to paint Obama as "the other"—as a haughty black intellectual who has Muslim roots (Obama is a Christian) and hangs around with America-haters.

Except that the GOP needn't do that because the Democrats already have. The authors do though, accidentally, reveal one of the GOP's greatest assets: the Left's general inability to come to terms with the fact that the conservative return to power of the last thirty years has not been a function of bamboozling the yokels but of enlightened self-interest on the part of the voters. Set aside all questions of ideology and consider only the defeat of communism, decline in social pathologies, and incredible level of p[rosperity] -- irrespective of who deserves credit or why -- and that this has all occurred during a span when Republicans controlled the Presidency, the Congress, or the Courts or some combination thereof for nearly every day of that time. Now ponder the thesis that the primary reason the GOP has been rewarded with votes over that quarter century is because it scared the electorate out of voting rationally. The argument is absurd on its face, but, please, God, don't let them realize it....

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 12, 2008 7:16 AM
Comments

"... GOP will try to paint Obama as "the other"—as a haughty black intellectual who has Muslim roots (Obama is a Christian) and hangs around with America-haters."

In other words, tell the truth about him.

Posted by: erp at May 12, 2008 10:07 AM

and incredible level of posterity

Do you mean "prosperity", or is that an insult to fat people?

In other words, tell the truth about him.

To use the Dems neologism, to "Swiftboat" him.


Posted by: Raoul Ortega at May 12, 2008 10:10 AM

Raoul, The beauty part of it is now everything is on a video clip. I can't wait for it all to start.

Posted by: erp at May 12, 2008 4:29 PM

I see a 30 second video clip, switching between Obama saying "My church isn't particularly controversial" and Wright saying "God damn America."

Posted by: ray at May 12, 2008 5:54 PM
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