A Legitimate Political Strategy

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Our good friend Jerry over at Grumpy’s Grumblings has another post I’d like to share with you. I’ve included a link at the end to continue reading on his site. Thanks Jerry!

No doubt the Democratic National Committee as well as state and local Democratic campaigns across the nation will—wisely—make political hay out of the Republican National Committee’s callous and flat-out stupid wording in its censure of Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger. If the Democrats fail to do so, they’ll be the stupid ones. 

The censure itself was dumb enough, causing a deeper divide within the GOP. But referring to the January 6, 2021, riot/insurrection as “legitimate political discourse” had to have been the dumbest, most shortsighted resolution any political organization has made in recent decades. 

If, in the run-up to the 2022 and 2024 elections, I don’t see the media teeming with split-screen ads showing the text of the RNC censure on one side and recordings from the January 6 riots on the other, I’ll eat a mayonnaise sandwich on Wonder Bread. (Note: In my opinion, mayonnaise was mankind’s most disgusting culinary creation. Wonder Bread is not far behind.)

That RNC censure was a gift that should keep on giving to the DNC for years. I’m not naïve enough to assume the egregious wording will sway more than a few loyal Trumpists, but any wavering independents—or apathetic Democrats—could easily be persuaded to fill in and return their ballots by ads based on such an asinine declaration.

To continue reading, please click here: Grumpy’s Grumblings

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  1. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    They better!! … “No doubt the Democratic National Committee as well as state and local Democratic campaigns across the nation will—wisely—make political hay out of the Republican National Committee’s callous and flat-out stupid wording in its censure of Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger.”

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  2. Politics often depends on the others mistakes. Though taking full advantage is an art. There may seem the gift of an opportunity but don’t expect your folk to make hay.
    Flash back to 2015-2017 in the UK, the governing Party, The Conservatives were in disarray, their popularity slipping. Labour had elected a left-wing grouping into leadership led by Jeremy Corbyn. This crew showed they were locked into the mindset of small group activists sitting in a draft-ridden hall at night-time passing pointless resolutions the majority of voters could not care less about; their supporter base had all the nasty, narrowminded bigotry of MAGA and Corbyn proved to be petulant fodder for the Press, while the rookie mistakes piled up.
    2019 with the incompetent Johnson as PM, the Conservatives won an overwhelming General Election (not by the popular vote but by ‘seats’ won). Corbyn and his crew resigned leadership with poor grace and remain on the side-lines whining. While his followers say they will not vote Labour…how this helps the cause of the Left remains a mystery.
    Hope for an LBJ waiting in the Democrats wings Jeff.

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    1. I hear you Roger. I’d like that very much but I just don’t know if there can be another one like him. His tactics, especially, would be frowned upon in this day and age. But you certainly have to admire how much he got done in his time in the presidency. He did have large majorities in Congress, and I’m sure that helped him. With a 50/50 Senate, and only a 4 seat margin in the House, Biden cannot afford dissension of any kind. I do wonder how LBJ would have handled recalcitrants Manchin and Sinema. Somehow I think he may have found some unorthodox way of bringing them along. Or, he’d simply corner them against the wall and intimidate them. Ahhh. The hypothetical!

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      1. Thanks for sharing Roger. He was something else, wasn’t he? I’m thinking that in today’s world of politics, at least over here, there’s one thing more potent that really didn’t exist as much back then: MONEY. As in, massive and unlimited contributions, some not even disclosed, that flood the campaigns of willing Senators and Congress Representatives. Basically, 3 major decisions by our Supreme Court over decades, have, for the most part, opened the flood gates. As is so often the case, Roger, money and greed is a toxic combo that has already had an overwhelmingly disastrous effect on our political system. And there just isn’t an appetite, especially on the Republican side, to do anything about it.
        Thus, it’s doubtful even the great and persuasive LBJ could compete with the Exxon’s, ATT&T’s, and other corporate behemoths of today. Change the way lobbyists/politicians/corporations interact, and set limits on contributions, and maybe, just maybe, we can get our country back. It’s a massive endeavor Roger. In our present environment, I’m not very hopeful.

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      2. The other side of the coin Jeff is this.
        How long will Big Money want to invest in an extreme-right wing circus?
        Big Money has to bear in mind the Market, which is the whole population. And Customer Influence can make even the biggest outfit nervous. And…. more to the point, The Republican Party can’t gerrymander The Market.
        Even us European Hard Left Socialists have to accept that.

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      3. Excellent point Roger. And, that was always the right-winger’s mantra: The Free Market!!!! Funny, though, only when it’s convenient for them, do they preach it. Otherwise, it’s never mind people, move along. Hypocrisy personified.

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