According to the National Journal (via Oliver Willis):
“We will lose on legislation. But we will win the message war every day, and every week, until November 2010,” said Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., an outspoken conservative who has participated on the GOP message teams. “Our goal is to bring down approval numbers for [Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and for House Democrats. That will take repetition. This is a marathon, not a sprint.”
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They are going to rely on their media to wage a propaganda war...to misinform the public...to lie, slander, and obstruct. That's basically how they were able to get Bush elected not once...but twice - by brainwashing uninformed American voters. And now they plan to rely on their propaganda wing to poison the political discourse once again. This is what they do. It's what they have been doing for the last decade. Without their propaganda... the Republican Party would be nothing at all... it's the only leg they have keeping them propped up. When they have to deal with reality...and with real issues... they lose.
This is why I focus so much on the Right wing media. Because the Right wing media IS the Republican Party. And they remain a serious threat. They have proven their power in the recent past. Not only are they able to create their own reality when facts are inconvenient, but they are able to get Americans to buy into their World of make believe. That's scary. It's the lack of media diversity, the news imbalance and particularly the fact that Progressives lack a media infrastructure anywhere close to what Conservatives enjoy that makes this possible. Right wing talk radio and Conservative TV punditry reign supreme...even in a nation where most voters clearly supported a change from the Republican agenda.
Why President Obama is against the fairness doctrine is a mystery to me. I have a feeling that he will end up regretting that he didn't support it.