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I keep reading headliness like "Cain Blows It", "Perry Makes Fatal Gaffe", "Michelle Bachman Runs Off Rails".  The implication, in fact the whole point, of many of these diaries, seems to be that some GOP nutbag has just said something that is so clearly a deliberate lie, so clearly rascist, so clearly stupid, so clearly evil that they've just torpedoed their candidacy.

What we have to remember is that we live forever now in the shadow of Sarah Palin. She set the bar so low that no matter HOW far one of the current crop of GOP Presidential hopefuls, pundits and elected officials go -- the base just doesn't seem to desert them. If anything, it cheers them on. These guys seem so crazy and so clearly dangerous that we keep expecting the base to wake up and smell the coffee. But they're not going to.

I know it's hard to acknowledge that we live in a country where this is true but we better face up to it because it's not going away again any time soon and we have to strategize and act accordingly.

How many headlines have we seen saying that Cain, or Perry or one of the others has done something to blow all credibility and blow their candidacy out of the water? And yet, like evil energizer bunnies, they just keep going and going and going.

Look, we all know Michelle Bachmann will suffer no consequences from her latest low where she one-upped Marie Antoinette's "Let the Eat Cake" with (speaking of the unemployed) "Let them Starve". What more is there to say?

Alright there is one more thing ... forget these guys and follow the lead of the Occupiers. Speak truth to power clearly, repeatedly and with one voice, and just don't stop until we are heard.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    "Fear is the mind killer." Frank Herbert

    by GiveMeFreedom on Fri Nov 11, 2011 at 05:28:17 AM PST

  •  I'm not sure if I agree (0+ / 0-)

    Remember George W.M.D. Bush. A decade before anyone outside Wasilla knew who Sarah Palin was, he was saying one stupid thing after another and getting away with it. The difference: the media made excuse after excuse after excuse in his case. There are several possible reasons for this, the likeiliest of which (in my opinion) is that the media establishment were his daddy's friends; but that's beside the point. The point is, with Bush, the media acted as an enabler.

    With the current crop, though they are softsoaping them to an extent, they're not bending over that far. That's a promising sign for us. The far right will still always believe everything a Herman Cain or Michele Bachmann says is by definition true and wonderful and that the mainstream media is just out to get them, but the swing voters won't be fooled.

    Certaines personnes disent qu'il y a une femme à blâmer, Mais je sais que c'est ma faute sacrément.

    by RamblinDave on Fri Nov 11, 2011 at 05:34:47 AM PST

  •  Yes, but (0+ / 0-)

    Certainly, our last president lied and said stupid things, and yes, the media rolled over and covered him, but I don't think he said anything that rose to the level of stupidity as, say John Quincy Adams, Founding Father.

    My theory is that we all have a filter between our brain and our mouth that keeps us from saying the stupid hateful things we all think.  The current crop of republicans has flat out lost their filters, and I think it's because it's the only way they think can get attention in today's media discourse.

    Shorter version of Cain, Bachmann and Perry? Goddamm it, look at me!

    All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Fri Nov 11, 2011 at 06:45:05 AM PST

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