Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Republican Congressman Patrick McHenry Reveals GOP's Slash and Burn Strategy

Republican Congressman Patrick McHenry revealed the official GOP strategy over the weekend. Yes...it's what we already knew...but it's always good to have confirmation.

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.


Truthiz said...

As has already been pointed out: We already knew that the GOP has been engaged in “Slash-and-Burn” politics going back to Nixon.

And IMO, here’s what makes the GOP a dead-party walking TODAY:

McHenry et al says_ “We will lose on legislation. But we will win the message war every day, and every week, until November 2010.”

But pray tell_WHAT is their BLATANT "winning" message???

“We HATE Obama” _MORE than we love America.”

“No. No. We HATE Pelosi.”_MORE than we love America.”

“No. No. We HATE Reid_MORE than we love America.”

“No. No. We HATE Barney Frank_ MORE than we love America.”

“No. No. We HATE the poor_regardless of Race_ MORE than we love America.”

“No. No. We HATE the middle-class _regardless of Race._MORE than we love America.”

“No. No. We HATE everybody who’s Not just like US” (DUMB-as-h*ll, delusional and Klannish) MORE than we love America.”

There you have it! Just what hardworking poor and middle-class Americans want to hear at this unprecedented CRITICAL time of modern history__SMH.

So um_we now have individuals and families facing REAL and prolonged HARD times_ including MILLIONS of White Americans and young adults and senior citizens of ALL races and ethnic groups_and the GOP believes its “message of the day” will be a “winner”!?!

BTW: Mayhaps someone should inform McHenry that currently, his party is in such disarray with all the intra-fighting going on between moderate /“progressive” repubs and Talibangelicaltarians (I made that name up_lol.) that it’s obvious to a blind man that Nobody_ NOBODY _in the Republican hierarchy has a clue as to what the h*ll they’re doing_or what the party even stands for anymore.

Truthiz said...


Regarding the Right wing media propaganda war machine:

For the most part, I agree with AI points.

But here’s where I differ slightly in my point of view:

I don't believe the "Right wing media propaganda war machine" of TODAY has either the "power" or the “reach” it once had in years gone by_and by “reach” I mean_Rush may be carried on hundreds of stations_but ears are tuning out, particularly among the young of all races and socio-economic backgrounds_and most significantly among WHITE women.

BTW: There’s a debate emerging calling into question just how “big” IS the actual size of Rush’s listening audience today_(meaning people who faithfully sit through 2-3 hours of his horsesh*t on an almost daily basis)_?

It appears NO ONE has bothered to collect and maintain any HARD data on the ACTUAL size of his audience(?) People have simply been throwing out numbers based on years long passed_like during the Reagan and Gingrich years.

Hmmm_personally, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to find out his ACTUAL audience size is somewhere around 14 -16 million.

Other people tune in to Rush or any of the other conservative “carnie barkers” for a FEW minutes just to hear whatever nonsense Rush et al are barking about on any given day. Those listeners AREN’T his audience. They stop by for a few minutes to witness a train WRECK.

But I digress.

No one could argue that the “Right wing media propaganda war machine” wasn’t in FULL EFFECT against Obama throughout the primaries_and then up to the last second of the general election. It most certainly pulled out all the stops_and despite all of its efforts to destroy Obama_that “machine” FAILED.

Should we still take that “machine” seriously? Yes, of course. It's dying_it ain't dead yet.

But I don’t see Pres. Obama facing anything more insidious from the Reich-wingers than he’s already had to deal with from them_it’s not like the GOP has a “new” strategy. Nope. They're sticking with the same-old-same-old thing.

However it should also be noted:

IF Obama and his administration FAILS to deliver effective solutions to the critical problems confronting Americans I’m sure even he expects all of the media to come down really hard on him.