Tuesday, November 20, 2007

He Who Cannot Be Named

Via AmericaBlog, I was directed to serial traitor Karl Rove's newest paying gig, penning paens of praise for the nutty neocons in Newsweek.

...read on...

Karl is still a-strategizin' for the GOPers, and his latest offering to the party is how they can beat Hillary come November '08 (always assuming, of course, that she is actually the Democratic party's nominee). It's ignorable dribble, for the most part, but a few excerpts are necessary just to illustrate that these people have no reality but that which they create for themselves:

    • Every presidential election is about change and the future, not the past.
Umm, anyone remember "are you better off now than you were four years ago?" Ronald Reagan's famous question had almost nothing to do with the future, and everything to do with the past & the present. Essentially, Reagan was asking, "hey, why don't you elect me...what's the worst that could happen?"

In fact, the entire Republican conservative philosophy has long been one of regression, not progression. Karl came of age during the ascendency of this regressive philosophy. Who the hell is he trying to kid?
    • That's the best antidote to the low approval rates of the Republican president.
Emphasis mine. The Republican President? What's the matter Karl, has he truly become such an embarrassment to you and yours that you cannot bear to speak (or write) his name?

His name is George Walker Bush. You know, the man you've been selling to America for lo so many years? The man whose legacy your party will have hung around your necks like a lodestone for the next generation? Here's a reminder of better times, to jog your memory:

    • Tackle issues families care about and Republicans too often shy away from. Jobs, the economy, taxes and spending will be big issues this campaign...

Jobs, the economy, taxes and spending? These are really issues you wanna highlight your party's absolutely abyssmal handling of?

    • Go after people who aren't traditional Republicans. Aggressively campaign for the votes of America's minorities.

The very same minorities your party has marginalized, and even demonized, over the past four decades?

    • Be strong on Iraq.

Oh, hell, I'm not even gonna bother with that one; it's just too easy.

Rove is convinced that Senator Clinton (again, for him, the presumptive Democratic nominee) is "eminently beatable." This may, or may not be true; we'll certainly find out in a year's time.

But, if he deems that any of the current GOPer frontrunners are up to the task, he is truly deranged. In much the way that Rove cannot bring himself to mention the name of the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, his bright shining lights of the Republican party tend to speak his name seldomly as well.

Again in direct opposition to Rove's contention that "every presidential election is about change and the future, not the past," well, it seems that this current crop didn't get the memo, as they tend to fall all over themselves to bask in the retro-glow of Gipper Glory.

No matter how much they wish to believe otherwise, Karl and the boys must dwell in the shadow of he who cannot be named, for that is the red meat for which the party faithful yearn.

From promises to "double Guantanamo" to assurances that lowering taxes raises more money, revelling in a fantasy world from which their good sense can never possibly escape is the signature philosophy of the modern GOP.

This is what you've sold Karl; this is what your party owns.