The Jan 8, 2012 article “The GOP Politics is More Vicious Than the Democrats” describes how Karl Rove adapted his mentor Lee Atwater’s Willie Horton strategy for use in the 2004 campaign. This technique goes directly from Atwater’s use of it in the 1988 campaign to Rove’s updating of it for the 2004 Presidential election, and as the article states “The media had to give equal time to Bush 43′s slanderous attack while Kerry defended himself. Every time Kerry defended himself Bush 43′s slanderous attack seemed more plausible.”
John Kerry was friends with Max Cleland. In his last Congressional run the GOP claimed Max Cleland was in league with bin laden, and against Homeland Security measures. Those allegations were baseless. Max Cleland was a celebrated war hero who lost the use of 3 limbs fighting for us.
Kerry had Max Cleland with him during his Presidential campaign in the vain hope he could deflect the anticipated GOP propaganda attack. Max Cleland even went to Bush 43′s Texas ranch to complain about the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attack on Kerry.
The article “What Everyone Should Know About The Secretive Group Trying To Swift Boat Barack Obama” describes that Rove endorses the GOP’s hypocritical work against a Democrat once again. It is only the latest updating of a political tactic which can be broadly referred to as the “politics of personal destruction” among other things.
Now it is starting again. Kerry was given advice to respond to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attacks immediately and forcefully. This is what President Obama undoubtedly has advised to do now.
The article states “A secretive right-wing group, Veterans For A Strong America, is attempting to do to President Obama what the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth did to Sen. John Kerry in 2004. And they aren’t shy about it. The group’s leader and sole employee, Joel Arends, told Mother Jones, “Yes, it’s the swift boating of the president.”
The article continues “Arends said his goal is to take “what’s perceived to be [Obama's] greatest strength” – the successful raid on Osama Bin Laden’s Pakistani compound – and make it “his greatest weakness.” The effort started this week with a web video attacking Obama for taking too much credit.”
Some people might label Arends as simply a skilled political operative. Some might label him a propagandist. He is not new to this endeavor as the article states “Arends also tried to Swift Boat Obama in 2008.”
Do I have any substantiation that “Turd Blossom” approved of this? The article states “Veterans for A Strong America is fully endorsed by Karl Rove. The man known as “Bush’s Brain” tweeted his support of their first web ad.”
As we have substantiated earlier the GOP plays an aggressive form of politics. Democrats can’t match them for their viciousness.
The Democrats will have a tough time in 2012 retaining the presidency. Research shows that attack ads work–otherwise the GOP would have abandoned them, and the GOP is happy to resort to them.
Was a consumer and producer. Don’t know what I’ll do in next. I support Democrats who protect the bottom 99%!
The GOP really is the party of no. When 43 was they supported 2 wars, but look at them become doves under President Obama. They supported health care reform until President Obama implemented Affordable Health Care.
They increased the debt limit until President Obama needs to do so.
Rove introduced the “permanent campaign” into GOP politics. The GOP really doesn’t care about governing and policies and their ramifications. They care only about the next election and shaft the bottom 99% for the benefit of their fat cat contributors.
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