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backscatter712 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-20-08 07:19 PM
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Beware the Wall Street bailout - it's classic bitchslap politics!
Edited on Sat Sep-20-08 07:29 PM by backscatter712

We cannot allow this bailout to go through without demanding big concessions. Others have explained, better than I can, that this is a classic Shock Doctrine maneuver, designed to force through a fascist agenda by riding on a disaster.

It's definitely that. For the Shock Doctrine reasons alone, we must demand concessions that provide relief for the middle and working classes.

But it's also intended to make the Democrats look weak, just in time for the election, and Bush is going to do it by the classic bitchslap maneuver.

All the Bushies are gonna be screeching at the top of their lungs about how it's an EMERGENCY!!! and that we need to pass this bill NOW NOW NOW!!!

Don't fall for it.

It'll be like FISA all over again.

If Pelosi and Reid do their usual pattern, there will be an ineffectual pushback, then a rancorous cave-in. The bitchslap.

We'll be made to look like a bunch of wusses. We'll be made to look weak.

Watch Obama's poll numbers drop ten points overnight. That's what this bailout bill and all the screeching is designed to do - to make us look like a bunch of bitchslapped pantywaists.

I'm sorry if this offends people. But this election isn't going to be decided by us. It won't be decided by the well-informed, smart voters who can see through this bullshit. It will be decided by the morons. The rednecks. The LIVs, who will vote for McCain just because they think the Democrats are "a bunch of sissies."

Under no circumstances, ever should we allow a bitchslap to take place without retaliating with an immediate right hook.

At the bare minimum, we should be pushing Bush to veto the bailout at least three times, and we have to push the fight past election day.

Appearances do matter, and we cannot afford to let the Rethugs make us look weak.

Call your Congresscritters and tell them not to let us be bitchslapped!
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backscatter712 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-20-08 07:50 PM
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I'm not the first one to bring up the bitchslap theory of politics.

There is a meta-debate going on here, one that I'm not sure even the practitioners fully articulate to themselves and one that I'm painfully aware the victims don't fully understand.

Let's call it the Republicans' Bitch-Slap theory of electoral politics.

It goes something like this.

On one level, of course, the aim behind these attacks is to cast suspicion upon Kerry's military service record and label him a liar. But that's only part of what's going on.

Consider for a moment what the big game is here. This is a battle between two candidates to demonstrate toughness on national security. Toughness is a unitary quality, really -- a personal, characterological quality rather than one rooted in policy or divisible in any real way. So both sides are trying to prove to undecided voters either that they're tougher than the other guy or at least tough enough for the job.

In a post-9/11 environment, obviously, this question of strength, toughness or resolve is particularly salient. That, of course, is why so much of this debate is about war and military service in the first place.

One way -- perhaps the best way -- to demonstrate someone's lack of toughness or strength is to attack them and show they are either unwilling or unable to defend themselves -- thus the rough slang I used above. And that I think is a big part of what is happening here. Someone who can't or won't defend themselves certainly isn't someone you can depend upon to defend you.

Demonstrating Kerry's unwillingness to defend himself (if Bush can do that) is a far more tangible sign of what he's made of than wartime experiences of thirty years ago.

Hitting someone and not having them hit back hurts the morale of that person's supporters, buoys the confidence of your own backers (particularly if many tend toward an authoritarian mindset) and tends to make the person who's receiving the hits into an object of contempt (even if also possibly also one of sympathy) in the eyes of the uncommitted.
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