Saturday, June 25, 2005

Karl Rove's Strategy

This is just my theory, though it makes a hell of a lot of sense to me. It just hit me last night actually.

Think about it. Who has the Republican Party become associated with? Who does America think of when they think Republican Party? They think of the radical right. Even conservatives, such as John Cole, associate his party with the far right.

Now knowing this, Karl Rove's defense is to associate the Democrats with the "far left". This theory is backed up by the White House's response to the recent criticism. A White House Representative on the Today Show said "Karl Rove was talking about a specific group of liberals. What we don't understand is why certain Democrats, who stood with the President after 9/11, are defending them..."

What Rove is attempting to do is associate the Democratic Party with the far left, because the Republican Party has become associated with the far right. This creates an atmosphere of choosing between the lesser of two evils, i.e. "I think the Republicans are extreme but the Democrats are much more extreme, so I'll bit my tongue and vote Republican."

Unfortunately for Rove and thankfully for us, this idea isn't working. Everyone has friends that are liberals and we all know that everyone, regardless of political ideology supported the war in Afghanistan and want to persue Bin Laden. Their plan is back firing.

So Rove is smart, but not that smart since his shit is blowing up in his face.

That is just my take, let me know what you guys/gals think...

5 Comments:

Anonymous yellow said...

yeah, at some point, people are going to pick up that this regime refuses to be held accountable for anything.

you can only play the blame game for so long and get away with it. it can't always be somebody else's fault.

12:06 AM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

I think you're on to something here. As a Machiavellian, Rove will seek to divide and conquer, ie. Left and Right. However, he and his crew are mostly preaching to their own choirs. No one else believes these fools any more.

11:44 PM  
Blogger ganesh said...

Of course Rove would tie the Democratic Party to the far left. I don't understand why that is a surprise. Is Howard Dean not trying equally hard to associate the Republican Party with the Christian Right?

Both Rove and Dean are volleying these stereotypes and exciting the lowest common denominator. Sure, there is an element of dancing with the one who brought you, but both parties are broader coalitions of thought than are represented by the statements of Mr. Rove and Dr. Dean. Power and influence within the Party coalitions has always been fluid.

Due to the more fractious make-up of the Democratic Party's coalition, and its successive electoral defeats in recent years, the risk is much higher that the D's will be coopted by the progressive far left. While the R's are uncomfortably close to elements of the far right, there is little risk that their entire agenga will be coopted by those elements.

Whether you agree or not, Rove's strategy is working, and certainly not blowing up in his face. Your "lesser of two evils" analysis is on. But Rove has more ammunition. Not everyone across the ideological spectrum supported the invasion of Afghanistan. MoveOn made a point to resist military action in Afghanistan. I'd posit that that's a far less popular position than the GOP's on Terri Schiavo.

1:50 PM  
Blogger The Disenfranchised Voter said...

"MoveOn made a point to resist military action in Afghanistan."

That's funny. Moveon.org didn't exist when the war in Afghanistan was launched. Care to explain your claim that Moveon.org was against the Afghanistan war?

11:12 PM  
Blogger The Disenfranchised Voter said...

While I was wrong about MoveOn.org existing at the time of Afgahnistan war, their petition was not even about the Afghanistan war.

"The MoveOn Peace campaign was founded independently by Eli Pariser, a Maine native and recent graduate of Simon's Rock College of Bard. In the days following September 11th, 2001, he launched an online petition calling for a restrained and multi-lateral response to the attacks, which was quickly signed by more than half a million people. Eli joined forces with MoveOn soon afterward, and is now MoveOn.org Political Action’s Executive Director."

2:01 AM  

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