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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

 

Republicans return to yummy mother's milk: The stabbed in the back narrative

UPDATE: As if on cue, the braintrust puts up this little gem blaming "anti-war protesters" for the debacle in Iraq. That's right - it is those bad "anti-war protesters" fault. Who knew they had so much power? If it were not for those "anti-war protesters" we'd be kicking ass.

The stabbed in the back narrative has a long and storied history among right-wing movements seeking to explain the failures of conservative policies. And it's here now, in force. The right-wing in this country is working overtime to ensure that the Democrats and the media receive blame for the consequences of the war in Iraq and the failed war on terror rather than the right-wing leaders who are actually in charge.

Here Matt Stoller at MYDD picks up the thread. You can read it, or simply wait for Hube, Ryan and Politakid to commence the parroting.

Comments:
The "stabbed in the back" strategy essentially says this:
Republicans, even when in charge of every part of government, are not able to govern.
 
Interesting... "not able to govern."

Now, being a liberal and reading that I think, "Yep, conservative ideas are so flawed and based on fantasy that they can'twork when put into practice. Republicans simply cannot govern."

But if I were some kind of Hube-like zombie, I'd read that and think, "Yep, liberal control of the media, and the masses is so complete that Republican policies will always fail. Republicans simply cannot govern under these conditions."

The natural outworking of all of this will be a call, from the right, for state control of the media. Ironic to say the least given the current level of state control of the media.
 
Republicans, even when in charge of every part of government, are not able to govern.

That is not the case. Republicans, being in charge of most of the federal government, have CHOSEN not to govern effectively. Maybe just as bad, though.

Republicans in Washington for the maost part have eschewed the tenets on which they were elected in favor of deficit-busting spending and ethically questionable earmarks. This is a shame. However, it is still better than the alternative, in my mind. But if we have to spend a Congress in minority purgatory to teach these big-government liberal Republicans a lesson, so be it.
 
Republicans are governing perfectly well to suit themselves. Bush is all about revving the engines for upward transfer of wealth - mission accomplished! The social conservatism is just a smokescreen.
 
...they were elected in favor of . This is a shame. However, it is still better than the alternative, in my mind.

Yeah! All that lousy peace and prosperity, who needs it?! Give me more deficit-busting spending and ethically questionable earmarks.
 
Do I need to do a side-by-side comparison of armed conflicts and who started them? Do I need to do a side-by-side of GDP growth and job creation?

And if Democrats like Murtha, Mollohan, "Cold Hard Cash" Jefferson and Co. are riding the earmark train now, guess what they'll do in power?

This group of Senate Democrats and this Administration have governed poorly when it comes to spending. But the annual deficit is shrinking thanks to rabid economic growth, and signs of spending restraint are showing up. So I'll take Republicans acting like Democrats over Democrats acting like themselves anyday. And once we get rid of Lyndon W. Johnson and replace him with Romney, Giuliani or McCain, we'll be on our way.
 
Dt,

You've gone off the deep end. Is this some sort of election year pose?
 
So, no answers to the questions?
 
Do I need to do a side-by-side of GDP growth and job creation?

Yes actually DT, you do - and then you owe us another Myth Busters post.

This guy has done that particular homework. I just found this at random; if you don't like the source then find another:
http://www.eriposte.com/economy/other/demovsrep.htm

Or try this one:
"Since 1930 (the first year decent data is available), GDP growth was 5.4 percent for Democratic presidents and 1.6 percent for Republicans." (source)
 
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