Thursday, June 30, 2005
It's weak, Molly
I don't usually, say NEVER, read Molly Ivins.
Be real - in a world that is fair she would be regulated to the bottom of the blogosphere, as her content and rhetoric is designed to appeal to two types of people, either; a) already mentally stamped with a you can tell me whatever you want as long as at the end I can still say "I hate that @#$%" in reference to the President, or; b) tend to prefer puzzles that are numbered & alphabetized for easy use. Either way, her audience is a bit limited.
So why blog on a recent Ivins column, Rove's same strategy: Dissent is unpatriotic, posted in the Quad City Times? For her summary:
It is one thing for a political knife-fighter like Karl Rove to impugn the patriotism of people who disagree with him: We have seen this same crappy tactic before, just as we have seen administration officials use 9-11 for political purposes again and again. But how many times are the media going to let them get away with it?
Batten down the hatches: This is the beginning of an administration push to jack up public support for the war in
by attacking anyone with enough sense to raise questions about how it's going. Iraq
And what other paper wrote some sort of cranky ass, whiny opinion with a similar song & verse? You know, or at least you want to know…
One sniff and you can find the Democratic strategy: let's make us, and by default the liberal leaning pressies, victims of the terrible injustice of the Bush rhetoric. Yes, everyone loves to be on the side of a victim (just ask those earnest Iowa Republicans). And we all know that politicians, activists, opinion writers and editorial page teams are such sympathetic souls.
But everyone wants to be a victim; it's a rarified status. So, Ivins and company are working it; providing the clarion call to all media to rise up against the Rove machine and speak some form of deconstructed truth about our war on terror.
And, I guess, our job in the blogoshpere is to point out our deconstructed -- but completely correct and rational -- cynical objections to the whine.