A key Rovian strategy is the demoralization of…us. For years, Texas liberals gathered in once a month in the late Molly Ivins back yard, where even the ducks weren’t down. This year, let’s turn all America into Molly’s back yard. If we resist the demoralization, we’ll win.
The real cultural war is between egalitarian democracy and authoritarian hierarchy. John McCain’s turn to hatred and division must be confronted, and the battle to perfect America begun.
Journalists, commentators and pundits know full well that the McCain campaign has set out on a dangerous campaign course, fanning the flames of resentment, prejudice and hatred to improve its chances. Treating these tactics as legitimate, pretending there are no consequences, is a disservice to America and democracy. They should call it what it is.
John McCain and his handlers know admitting his Sarah Palin mistake would doom his candidacy. Unless it is simply impossible to continue you with her, for legal or other reasons, it’ll be McCain/Palin.
We can’t mock Sarah Palin as an ingénue because she’s posing as a hero. We can’t mock her faux heroics because she’s an innocent ingénue. What do to? Never fear, it might mean curtains for John McCain.
McCain’s weakness means we’ll see perhaps the most vicious right wing attack campaign yet in 2008. I blame Charlemagne, the birth of the belief in redemption through violence, and the right’s irony-free blindness to the fact that they are the today’s bad monkeys.
Mark Twain said that in his Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck’s sound heart defeated the deformed consciences of Tom and society. But America loves its Tom Sawyers. The question is, can Barack Obama win as Huck Finn?
George Lakoff wants to give to truth all the advantages that propagandists have bestowed upon the lie.
This is an exhilarating and frightening election year. But we could win this election and still miss the main chance. As Ponce de Leon said, we aren’t getting any younger.
Voters’ political leanings have more in common with genre preference than traditional concepts of ideology or self-interest. By reinforcing difference and biases against out-groups, genre politics helps conservatives and hurts progressives.