Friday, March 29, 2013

The Message is in the Medium


Recent news stories in the Washington Post and BuzzFeed pointed to something tucked away in the GOP’s report on Growth & Opportunity Project.  (Would that be GOP’s GOP or GOP’s G&OP?)  The GOP is going to hire “activists” to YouTube Democrats in what will be seen as embarrassing shots for the party.  (Has YouTube become like Google and can be used as a verb?)
Here from the report, page 54, section 11, “Define the D’s early AnD TrAck ‘EM”, (Why all caps?) and the chapter “Introduction to Friends and Allies is the juicy quote:
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Well-funded conservative groups should seek to hire activists to track Democrat incumbents and candidates with video cameras constantly recording their every movement, utterance, and action. Within the applicable legal constraints, we need to create our own video content, bank it, and release it when it suits our candidates’ needs. 
An allied group dedicated solely to research to establish a private archive and public website that does nothing but post inappropriate Democrat utterances and act as a clearinghouse for information on Democrats would serve as an effective vehicle for affecting the public issue debate.
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The stories listed above claim the new GOP vehicle for doing this is America Rising, and it is a copy of the Democrats’ America Bridge, which “allegedly” outed Todd Akins’ infamous statement that legitimate rape did not cause pregnancy because the woman’s vagina somehow interrogated incoming sperm as to how they got there and would not let rape sperm pass – a TSA in women’s privates.  I wonder if they have intimate reveling scanners or full ejaculate searches.
Doesn’t both American Bridge and America Rising sound a lot like the White House Plumbers – before they got into bugging?
The head of America Bridge, Rodell Mollineau, welcomes the competition but believes there will be slim pickings for them since Democrats do not live the double standard lives of Republicans.  Mollineau claims Republican talk extreme right philosophy when talking privately to the Tea Party and then middle of the road, moderate politician when talking to the general public or when cameras are rolling.  Examples other than Akins’ are Richard Mourdock’s comment on God’s blessing rape or Romney’s 47 percent of Americans are free-loaders.  Mollineau claims Democrats don’t do that.  There are no hidden liberals making empty liberal promises, so he claims. 
Bleeding-heat liberals are no different than the Tea Baggers, and America Rising is going to prove him wrong.  Or will it prove something entirely else?
What I’m waiting to see from the new GOP plumbers group is what they tape and “expose”.   What they think is embarrassing or potentially political suicide may be more illuminating of the Republicans than footage of a Democrat acting a fool.  The more interesting story may be what they choose to expose, and in so doing, expose their own selves. 
A young Republican journalist-in-name-only has pioneered “the rising”.  James O’Keefe got a lot of air time on Fox News until he got busted for bugging a New Orleans democrat’s phone.  While masquerading as a pimp to get a misleading story is journalistically unethical, impersonating any technician and bugging phones is illegal as well as bad journalism.  No doubt, Fox New would have run it had O’Keefe not got caught.
Here it is once again:  White House Plumbers.  History repeats, and this is especially true for conservatives' behavior since they are the buttresses of tradition.  How America Rising chooses to expose its targets may be the bigger story.

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