Report From the Sandbox

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.

little-tikes-turtle-sandbox-768159These 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.

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14 Responses to Report From the Sandbox

  1. Barry Goldwater's Ghost says:

    I agree. Let’s eliminate political correctness and call a spade a spade . . . (oh wait … is that racist?)

    As to Socialism . . . if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck it just might be . . . Socialism. Let’s just keep “nationalizing” folks . . .

  2. Ronald Reagan says:

    it it walks like socialism and talks like socialism . . .

  3. Dawgbowl says:

    There you go again, Ronnie. If it sounds like Alzheimers, and it governs like Alzheimers…..

    Make pretend for a moment it IS socialism. If it works, isn’t it worth it? Isn’t the object of the game to win, not to adhere to a strategy?

  4. Fly Guy says:

    Yes, creeping socialism in this country is the ruin of us all. First Social Security, then the interstate highway system, and soon, universal health care to name just a few. We’re all commies. We’re all dead.

  5. Ruh Roh says:

    The real point of the story is that the Republicants are so bitterly divided among themselves that they can’t even decide on how to respond, let alone oppose. Their loudest mouth right now is Dick Cheney — a former VP. That’s just pathetic.

  6. NME says:

    Exactly which industries have been “nationalized,” Barry?

    This whole thing is laughable. Unhinged capitalist greed is what brought the whole system down, yet any attempts to rein it in, even the ones started by the Bush administration, are called ‘socialism” and that’s supposed to be the argument against doing anything.

    No wonder the Republican party collapsed. Good.

  7. Red White & Blue says:

    Why do you hate America?

  8. Camiel Toe says:

    RWB you missed the memo, sweet-ums. The only thing it means when you hate on Republicans these days is that you are one.

  9. Flaming Yon says:

    Eat the Rich! Eat the Rich!

  10. Squathole says:

    “Flaming Yon”?

  11. NicFitKid says:

    Flaming Yon; filet mignon with an American drawl.

    March toward socialism? Sign me up, as long as its not a Long March.

    If I dig up some OLC memos, can I use Enhanced Defenestration Methods on the ‘pubs?

  12. anonymous says:

    It is amazing how naive most Americans liberals are. Only when they have their hands tied behind their backs, are being told to shut up and walk quietly, will they realize the slippery slope towards totalitarism they have fallen into. When you see yourselves behind bars at some reeducation camp having to eat slop from a bowl, don’t cry foul and say you were not told about your fate or even imagined it. Even Pravda of all places, these days knows what is going on, but you still refuse to open your eyes and see the truth staring you straight in your eyes.

  13. Hose B says:

    Anonymous: Is this the best you can do? Rehash all these fear-mongering platitudes that get chucked around in one form or another since the early days of the United States? The same ignorant blather was used to lock up German immigrants in WW1, beat up workers whose demands for a living wage were called “communistic,” and illegally wiretap and infiltrate peace marchers in the 1960s.

    Talk about not seeing the truth staring you in the eyes. Read a book. Try questioning authority once in a while. You may not like liberals, but at least they have the balls not to pee their pants when their chips are down.

  14. Ba-da-Boom says:

    We’re seeing a replay of this now with the bipolar Republican opposition to Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. They just don’t know how to oppose her without alienating either their base or new voters. All their own negative energy is gathered against them right now.

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