Game Plan, Rove-Style
by paperwight, Mon Jun 27, 2005 at 11:29:40 AM EDT
Second, and more important, it's (yet again) putting the Democrats'
fate in the hands of George W. Bush. If he doesn't fire Karl
Rove, the Dems look like pansies. And guess what? Bush
won't, and the Dems will. When has this president ever apologized
for anything, fired anyone or otherwise shown any hint of reconsidering
even patently stupid decisions? Stop asking Bush for things you know he won't give you.
Third, and most importantly, I don't want Karl Rove to resign, any more than I want Dick Cheney to resign, or Donald Rumsfeld or Tom Delay to be out of the public eye. I want to tie Karl Rove and the rest of those criminals to George Bush so tightly that in years to come, one will be able ask why George Bush crossed the road, and the answer will be "Because he was attached to Karl Rove."
And then, you use Karl Rove and the rest of those criminals as a club with which to beat on George W. Bush in those areas where everyone thinks he's strongest: the war on "terrah", his bogus"likability" and his "leadership". So here's the game plan:
1) Make all of these vicious unappealing hacks into the public face
of George Bush. A boss is responsible for everything his
subordinates do. Everyone knows that. So use it. Don't worry about
offending the Republican base. You won't peel any of them off anyway,
so stop trying to appease them. Don't ask for anything. Just make
the case. And don't act as if any bad acts are closed. Every single
disrespectful thing that any of these folks have ever done is open for
criticism as something that George Bush agrees with (he is their boss).
Sample talking points:
- Karl Rove speaks for George Bush when he attacks as a traitor
everyone who's not a Republican Extremist like Karl and George. George
Bush really believes that he is the president of less than 40% of the
country. He proved it in his closed loyalty-oath campaign rallies. He
proved it in his closed loyalty-oath Social Security events, where
dissenters were arrested.
- Dick Cheney really spoke for George Bush when he told Pat Leahy to "Go fuck himself". Cheney works for Bush, so you really have to assume that he's speaking for George Bush at all times.
- Donald Rumsfeld showed how little George Bush cared for the
troops when he signed condolence letters for dead soldiers with a
machine. If George Bush understood how disrespectful that was, Bush
would have fired Rumsfeld just for that.
These people work for George Bush. They're saying what George Bush believes. Don't ask for a repudiation -- that's for wimps. Just paint George Bush with the brush of his own lieutenants.
2) Make the truthful case that Rove and Mehlman and Cheney and DeLay and all the other Republican mouthpieces are out here attacking Americans on behalf of George Bush because they know that George Bush is an unpopular and incompetent president. (Let's say that last bit again: George Bush is an unpopular president. Repeat ad nauseum.)
Sample talking points:
- Rove is attacking regular Americans on George Bush's behalf because he wants us to forget that George Bush hasn't had any success attacking our real enemies. Where is Osama bin Laden? Even if Bush finds him now, Bush has failed. George Bush gave Bin Laden 5 years of freedom, while three thousand Americans were being buried and mourned.
- Rove is attacking regular Americans on George Bush's behalf because they know better than to agree to George Bush's irresponsible, bad plan to destroy Social Security.
- Rove is attacking regular Americans on George Bush's behalf because they know that the invasion and occupation of Iraq was George Bush's bad idea, which is costing ordinary Americans their lives.
3) Call George Bush out. Not by demanding that he repudiate anything that his mouthpieces say, but by calling him a coward for not saying it himself. If his lieutenants are saying these things, we'll assume he agrees unless he says otherwise. And we're not asking him to say otherwise.
Sample talking points:
- Rove and Mehlman and Cheney and Delay and all the other Republican mouthpieces are out here attacking Americans on behalf of George Bush because George Bush is a coward. He's afraid to come out say what he really thinks of regular Americans, so he has these mouthpieces say it for him.
- Rove and Mehlman and Cheney and Delay and all the other Republican mouthpieces are out here attacking Americans on behalf of George Bush because he's afraid to face the American people unless they're a hand-picked crowd, just like in all of his loyalty-oath campaign rallies and the "town meetings" on his Social Security destruction plan.
- Rove and Mehlman and Cheney and Delay and all the other Republican mouthpieces are out here attacking Americans on behalf of George Bush because he's afraid to face the American people directly, because people know he's failed at catching the man who murdered three thousand people five years ago, and because the American people know that George Bush's invasion and occupation of Iraq wasn't worth it.
4) Make the truthful case that the Bush mouthpiece attacks on regular Americans are motivated by a desire to distract the American people from the truth that George Bush started the war with Iraq, that he lied to them when he said war was a last resort. Keep pointing out that the Republican attacks on regular Americans have increased in intensity in the last week or two, as the Downing Street Minutes and other British memoranda have surfaced in the public consciousness and the [corporate] media.
Look, I'm an amateur. I'm sure professional wordsmiths can tune up a lot of those talking points to be snappier and sound-biteyer. And I'm sure that not every one of those attacks is the best one. But those are the kinds of attacks that need to happen. They don't rely on the Bush people to do anything. Also the options for response by team Bush are a bit limited. Either Bush comes out on his own to say or spin or repudiate those things, or they have to deny that the mouthpieces speak for Bush. Or even more likely, you get more attacks from the mouthpieces, which you can spin right back at Bush with the same talking points.
I won't hold my breath, though.
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