Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The True Face Of The Democrat Party

How in the ever-lovin' world, I ask myself every day, can Republicans EVER enter into "bipartisanship" with assholes like this?

I guess we shouldn’t be surprised. The Louisiana Democrats are the same bunch that mismanaged the NOLA levees for years and then planned out much of the politicization of Hurricane Katrina before it ever made landfall, calling in Clintonistas like James Lee Watt to help them craft an anti-Bush message. They failed to use the dozens of school buses all over the city, then screamed for buses from the feds. They kept the Red Cross out of New Orleans and then blamed the feds for the lack of supplies for the stranded. They spread rumors of riots and looting, but couldn’t send their ghost police force, many of whom had deserted their jobs, out to maintain law and order. Of all the cynical and corrupt Democrats in the country, the ones in Louisiana are certainly among the most corrupt and that breeds an unhealthy amount of cynicism to go along with it.

So now they’re attacking GOP front runner for governor, Bobby Jindal, on his religion. The aim is to make Louisiana Protestants fear or loathe him enough to hand the election to yet another machine Democrat. How tolerant.

Stu Rothenberg describes the Donk smear ad:

In one of the hardest hitting – Republicans will undoubtedly say “dirtiest” – television ads aired in history, the Louisiana Democratic Party is accusing Representative Bobby Jindal of being anti-Protestant.

The bizarre charge is delivered by an unidentified woman in a new Louisiana Democratic Party TV ad produced by Carvin/Seder Communications, a Louisiana-based consulting firm whose clients have included former Governor Edwin Edwards (D), Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D) and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin (D).

In the TV spot, the announcer charges that Jindal wrote articles that “insulted thousands of Louisiana Protestants,” and she holds up an article in which she says Jindal “doubts the morals and questions the beliefs of Baptists, Methodists, Episcopalians, Pentecostals and other Protestant religions.”

The ad directs interested viewers to a website, http://www.jindalonreligion.com.%20(however/, unless you are a subscriber to the New Oxford Review, you won’t be able to read Jindal’s entire articles.)

Neat, huh? Make up a bunch of vicious lies about the same guy Louisiana Donks screwed over in his first shot at that state's governorship and count on few if any Bayou voters doing any fact-checking. Kind of like Times Select in reverse, come to think of it.

Methinks Jindal's enemies are alarmed at Governor Kathleen "Babbling" Blanco's re-election prospects for them to be resorting to so crude a PR mugging as this. Even in its own context it doesn't make sense; there isn't any intra-Christian sectarian conflict to foment, hasn't been in political or cultural terms for decades, and not for centuries as far as shooting wars are concerned. It's an ad for a bygone era, a propaganda club that thinks it's a public relations phaser, with all the subtlety of Rosie O'Donnell and Michael Moore sumo-wrestling for the pole position at the buffet line.

Perhaps the biggest juxtaposition is that of the two wings of Christiandom, Catholics have, at least in recent decades, trended more Democrat than have Protestants, only recently evincing a move to the Right when President Bush captured an outright majority of the Catholic vote in 2004. Yet Bobby Jindal is....Catholic. Wouldn't you think THEY would recognize that going out of their way to antagonize a voting bloc they need back is not a very effective means of enhancing their empty skirt's re-election prospects?

I'd dismiss Blanco and Louisiana Donks as worthy of the proverbial fork but for the fact that this sort of bleep worked last November. In that sense one can neither be surprised, nor entirely blame them for going this route, in a strictly utilitarian sense. The lesson Democrats learned in 2006 is that if you're a bastard long, loud, and obnoxiously enough, you'll eventually triumph. This is just the next order of magnitude in that devolutionary process.

To win nationally the bastardy would have to be a lot, well, "slicker," and Mrs. Clinton will set new highs for lows in that regard next year. In a one-party, Third-Worldesque backwater like Louisiana, subtlety, as their cuisine and Mardi Gras garishly illustrate, is not on the menu.

UPDATE: Maybe CNN provided the inspiration....