Not everybody has the qualifications and charisma to lead. What do you do when your troops are dispirited and divided, but nobody seems ready to rally them back, articulate the message, and at least lay a foundation for action, if not fashion an agenda?
Well, there’s always branding the opposition, a/k/a Name-Calling:
The Republican National Committee backed away Wednesday from a resolution that officially called Democrats the “Democrat Socialist Party,” but instead voted to condemn Democrats for what it called a “march toward socialism.”
The voice-vote came after an unusual special meeting of the party that underlined fractures among Republicans on how to deal with President Obama and the Democratic Party. The original resolution was backed by some of the party’s more conservative members but was opposed by the party chairman, Michael Steele, as well as other Republican leaders. The opponents said the proposal to impose a new name on the Democrats made the Republican party appear trite and overly partisan, and would prove politically embarrassing.
“Calling people names isn’t useful,” said Haley Barbour, the governor of Mississippi and a former chairman of the party. — NY Times
Bad news all around when a Mississippian is the party’s Voice of Reason.
These would be the same brave souls whose response to terrorism was striking the “French” from the “Fries” in the Congressional cafeteria (remember “Freedom Fries?” This was the ballsy strategy of Rep. Bob Ney, a ‘Pub leader since banished from public life in the wake of the Abramoff scandal).
And don’t forget “Enhanced Interrogation Methods” because Americans don’t “torture.”
A rational observer might question the re-branding strategy after a failed campaign that tried labeling the opposition candidate a Muslim, Alien, Elitist, Narcissist, Socialist, Pretender, and of course, Radical. But then, rational people wouldn’t have launched a war against a nation that didn’t attack or threaten us, while abandoning efforts to bring to justice those that did.
I keep hearing (from BOTH sides!) how a strong opposition party is essential to preserve the integrity of our government. But the current opposition party, working on about a 20% popularity rating among the citizens, seems hell-bent on putting the lie to that axiom. Maybe this is their way of remaining faithful to their conviction that evolution is a myth.
Or maybe they just hate America. There’s a cheery thought to start your Memorial Day weekend.