Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Lipstick again

One of the great follies that George Bush perpetrated in Iraq was to give the entire world a detailed lesson in how to discombobulate the US military. The GOP has just done exactly the same thing for Sarah Palin and the Dems don't get it. The "lipstick on a pig" flap isn't playing particularly well for the GOP, but everyone is criticizing them for faking their outrage.

"Spare me the phony outrage. Spare me the phony talk about change," Obama said at the start of an education event in Norfolk, Virginia.

True, but wrong. Here's the better response: "If Sarah Palin is so sensitive that she's going to burst into tears at trivial comments that weren't even aimed at her, what chance does she have to kick any butt in Washington? Can you imagine her dealing with Vladimir Putin? Whiners are not ready to lead."

Don't dismiss their outrage as phony; accept it as real and turn it against them. Democrats should encourage GOP whining at every opportunity, because they'll fall for it hook, line, sinker, rod, and reel. The GOP has built an industry around complaining about the media, while talk radio and Fox News have given them a critic-free cocoon that Dems don't really have. And they've become whiners. You don't even have to fling real mud to make them squawk. Encourage that squawking, because you can't claim to be a kick-ass maverick while you complain about everything in sight and Americans are not going to elect crybabies.

1 comment:

James Hanley said...

There's just one problem. Democrats are a bunch of pussies who are terrified that the conservatives will call them big meanies. The conservatives have played the game so well the Democrats are terrified that acting tough will backfire.

Still, I think you're right, and I hope Obama and Biden try it. Not that I'm thrilled with the idea of an Obama presidency, but anything that puts a stop to this conservative game of acting tough, then retreating into "you hurt my feelings"mode has to be a net positive.