Friday, June 10, 2005

Dean's spleen and what it means 

Sons of the Republic (among others) are keeping an eye on Bad Boy of the Beltway, Howard Dean, and his Amazing Death-Defying Mouth. What is interesting to me, as I read how the Democrats around him try to spin this, is that they aren't wriggling their way out of Dean's warm steaming pile, but instead are burrowing deeper into it.

They don't deny his words, or claim he was quoted incorrectly or out of context. In fact, as the Sons point out, Dean has defended his own comments. The Dems appear content to blame Fox News and the Retarded-Republican majority of Americans for making such a big deal about his outrageous comments.

In the wake of Amnesty International's similarly unretracted gulag comments, and now their calls for arresting key US government officials going all the way to the Top, I'm seeing a pattern here. It looks like a new school of media consultant has emerged that is finally willing to swallow the Kool-Aid. They've bought the idea that it is more profitable to spew mindless hatred and bask in the glow of your base's admiration and your opposition's loathing, rather than bother trying to unify a majority of Americans, most of whom have already twice voted for Bush anyway. That old-fashioned drek about "appealing to the majority" is only for bozos who care more about winning elections than keeping the committed donors in a froth.

This is not a new idea, but I've never seen it so mainstream so consistently in the US before. This has Karl Rove's fingerprints all over it.

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