Daily Kos – Laurence Lewis‘ Diary
So, the Republicans have figured out an election strategy.
It can’t be the economy, because they’re already getting the full benefit of the Obama economic recovery program’s shortcomings, and too much focus on the recovery would necessitate a focus on why a recovery was even necessary; and the electorate hasn’t forgotten who is most to blame.
It can’t be corporate corruption, because the Republicans are wholly owned subsidiaries of the corporate plutocracy, and have opposed any Democratic attempts at regulation or forced responsibility.
It can’t be the environmental awareness that has awakened in the aftermath of the BP oil disaster, because criticizing the president necessarily leads to questions of an alternative response, and the Republican alternative of doing even less is not going to lead to more votes.
Unemployment is out, because the Republicans don’t want to help the unemployed.
Health care doesn’t work, because the Republicans don’t want health care to work, and repealing the president’s health care plan would start the whole mess all over again; and nobody wants to start the whole mess all over again.
When you’re the Party of No, you have to give the voters a reason to say “yes.” Abnegation and abdication aren’t good campaign themes.
So, the Republicans want to make the planned Islamic center and mosque that would be built sort of near Ground Zero into a nationwide campaign theme. And never mind that it has nothing to do with national politics. And more specifically, never mind the pain and suffering it inflicts on innocents who already have endured far too much pain and suffering. Certain Democrats deserve condemnation for their own efforts at playing politics with a bigotry that deserves scorn and vilification, and the best advice for elected Democrats has been that repeatedly offered by Big Tent Democrat: stop talking about it; but the Republicans aren’t merely floundering around trying to sound nuanced and wise while at best only embarrassing themselves, they’re deliberately exploiting the worse devils of human nature. Continue reading…