Originally Posted by Daniel
Wondered about this too, though I also think truth can be stranger than any fiction dreamed up Karl Rove. It would be a pretty desperate move on his part if true, wouldn't it? Today's NYTIimes has a rumination on misteps made by the GOP. That the author sees this as involving Dobson is, of course, a matter of interest for those of us here.
Desperate? Nah. This is a very typical neocon media-manipulating tactic. This form of obfuscation has been played successfully for the last twelve years. The more Americans' attention is diverted from the real machinations of the neocons, the more the neocons have managed to get through Congress, usually very quietly, during dead-of-night sessions. The Constitution isn't dying from a full-on frontal assault; it's suffering the death of a thousand little cuts.
The PNAC site put their plan right out in the open quite a few years back. PNAC took the original site down, but you can still read their manifesto from Google Cache. The group includes the Bushes, Gingrich, Rumsfelt, and several corporate captains; much of their "logic" is built right upon Hegel. By no coincidence, Rove's dad worked for Goebbels' propaganda mill, so Rove is no stranger to crowd psychology and manipulation of opinion.
This coup d'etat has been a long time coming and should be absolutely no surprise to any American. Then again, the reason most Americans don't understand the impact of this likely-traitorous group is fairly simple, straightforward psychology. Rove works the obvious like a cheap fiddle.
So far, they've been quite successful in forwarding their plan to overthrow the Constitution, one tiny bill-addendum at a time. Like Bill Clinton said, "There's no right wing conspiracy. They're right out in the open with it." Throwing GLBT people under the bus as a group is always a useful redirection. Sex scandals of any kind seem to work as a distraction in today's sound-bite, tabloid "news". Unfortunately, the trick has worked successfully every time.
On the heels of the demise of habeas corpus
, it has been most useful to redirect attention away from that with a bit of juicy gossip. If walking-around Americans realized the impact of the torture bill, there would be riots in the streets. How inconvenient that would be right before election time. Just sayin'.
A long time ago, my late stepdaddy was known to make a little 'shine. He always said if you want to hide something, just set it right out in the open. Most people simply don't pay attention to what's plainly in front of them, especially when stimulated to follow completely opposite lines of thought.
Stepdad related a couple of stories of being questioned by the sheriff, once right next to a 55-gallon drum of "fuel" right in the front yard (the sheriff kept searching for the goods everywhere but the front yard and eventually gave up -- nobody would be so stupid as to put a load of shine in the front yard, would they?); and another being met by revenuers in the woods who were looking for stepdad's cache which they simply couldn't find. If they had looked striaght up, there was a veritable tree-sized wind-chime of pint and quart Mason jars suspended by strings from high-up branches. The glint would have been obvious if the revenuers had only looked up. They didn't take in the whole situation, because stepdad was a fast talker and kept them jovially and harmlessly occupied with some of his wonderful (and highly colorful, extremely funny) tales.
The point is, stepdad never got caught with goods in hand because he was adept at telling a much better story.
I liken our current situation to that very same one. We're getting plied with tittilating stories while the real danger is in plain sight, if we only pay attention. Stepdad (and a quip erroneously attributed to PT Barnum) was unfortunately correct: a little fast talk and distraction work every time.