Tuesday, August 29, 2006



BushCheneyRove have largely governed by waging successful propaganda wars (against the American people; no one else-- anywhere-- believes anything that comes out of this Regime). Other than encouraging their class to pillage the American economy and letting our infrastructure deteriorate (not to mention the very social fabric that holds our society together), they have no operative philosophy of governance-- unless you look at the most famous statement of their chief ideologue, the heinous Grover Norquist: "My goal is to cut government in half in twenty-five years," he says, "to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub." (Small enough, no doubt, so that it wouldn't have the resources to pursue crooks like himself and his odious business partner Jack Abramoff as they ran a wide-ranging criminal racket that netted them and their allies millions and millions of dollars.)

As Paul Krugman pointed out in yesterday's New York Times, the Bush Regime has basically ushered in and presided over a field of broken dreams with Bush broken promises that essentially represent the Republican Party's utter inability to govern our country.

Today Republican political hacks are running for their lives-- or at least their careers-- to distance themselves from Bush and his regime's failed and disastrous policies-- especially in Iraq. Republicans electorally endangered by their 5 years of rubber stamp posture and their complete abandonment of congressional oversight responsibilities are using the ole Rove propaganda techniques to convince less discerning members of the electorate that they have not been Bush sock puppets. Even some of the most pathetic of Bush's cheerleading squad, Stepford-like rubber stamps like Chris Shays (R-CT), Gil Gutknecht (R-MN), the 2 GOP sissy-boys in suburban Philadelphia, Mike Fitzpatrick and Jim Gerlach, and even a far right maniac and extremist fanatic like Indiana's Mike Sodrel are all desperately trying to hide and cover-up their clear record of total support for Bush's Iraq policies.

The MyDD/Courage Campaign polling project, empirically proves that voters-- including independents and even Republicans-- are looking for candidates to clearly distinguish themselves from Bush. What an opportunity for Democratic challengers! Except, more frightened Republican incumbents are taking it seriously than are DCCC-backed Democrats. Non-DCCC challengers, especially independent-minded populists and Fighting Dems like John Laesch (D-IL), Eric Massa (D-NY), Rick Penberthy (D-FL), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), Charlie Brown (D-CA), Coleen Rowley (D-MN), Larry Kissell (D-NC), Victoria Wulsin (D-OH), to name a few, are ignoring Rahm Emanuel's awful advice to downplay Iraq. The candidates who are looking for DCCC cash-- cash that comes with strings chains that bind and choke-- are following the same path that led Francine Busby to defeat in the CA-50 Special Election.

Even Busby herself may have woken up... a little. Yesterday one of Busby's strongest, earliest and most vocal supporters on the Internet, local blogger RJB at Words Have Power applauded Busby's attack on her opponent's aggressive support for the GOP "stay the course" talking point/slogan.

But he expresses the frustration virtually all California progressives have felt about Busby's inability to effectively take on Bush and the rubber stamp Congress where it matters most: Iraq. "Note to Busby: If you are going to attack your Republican opponent for not having a plan, it would be a good idea to have one of your own. Busby failed in June by being too cautious, she can't afford to make that mistake again. Take the battle to Bilbray!"

I hope she's listening. I hope all Democrats are listening. It's ironic that Republicans are. Some of the campaigns being waged by the DCCC's "Red to Blue" favorites are so pathetic and anemic that these once "sure things" are looking like they could be this year's losers.

Is Rahm Emanuel a plant from the GOP to sabotage Democratic efforts to retake the House? Nah; he just acts that way.


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