Wednesday, August 5, 2009

"Our" "Mature" "Leaders": DNC and RNC Play Tag

The DNC and RNC are fighting like little kiddies -- just in time for summer recess. The latest round of shenanigans began when the DNC made a commercial accusing the RNC of inciting "mob" mentality among health care reform protestors (some of the protests were admittedly ugly). The commercial directs viewers to call the RNC and voice their complaints. An automated message on the RNC main line, however, tells callers to "press 1," upon which they are redirected to the DNC. I guess this is proof that an idea can be clever and stupid at the same time.

Final Thought: We have a health care and economic crisis, two wars, and many other issues -- and the "boys" are playing tag! Uncool.

15 comments:

Headmistress, zookeeper said...

I'm not a Republican, but I probably think the phone tag trick was funnier than you do. However, I totally agree with everything else you say here. I have a warped sense of humour. Lots of things make me laugh that maybe shouldn't.

In raising my children I have often had to tell them, "Look, just because you can make Mom laugh doesn't mean that what you did was good."
This is the kind of thing that maybe the staff could have joked around about doing and gotten a big laugh over it in private, but it shouldn't have been carried out in public.

Being funny does not make an action grown-up, responsible, or right.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Headmistress: I laughed when I read it, then I thought....Maybe I heard my mom somewhere inside my head saying the same thing you tell your kids. :)

Headmistress, zookeeper said...

You laughed, too? Whew. I feel so much better about my initial reaction.=)

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Oh, yeah. It was funny, then I thought about "who" did it. Actually, if you read the full article and listen to the bickering back and forth - that's what really turned the stomach.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Hutchinson: I'll make you a deal: you get enough Senators and Representatives to resign so the GOP takes control of Congress, leaving the Prez with the Democrats. Then I'll buy your implication that "both sides" are equally at fault. Get with it! The Democrats have a filibuster proof majority and a 256-179 margin in the House. If the Democrats wish to pass national health care, it is within their power. The roaring from the Left that the GOP is not "playing fair" is vintage whine, straight from France. The business of a majority is to conduct business. Yet the gang that can't shoot straight is unable to do much. Short of heaving money out of helicopters onto favored interest groups, what have they accomplished with their majorities? You are silent, rightly so. Blaming the mean old GOP for this isn't going to get you health care. Comparing our Prez with FDR in 1933 doesn't make him look too good. I think condictions for FDR were somewhat more favorable than they are for the current incumbent, but not by much. Geo. W. was as unpopular a Prez as Hoover was. FDR fibbed as fluently as The One does. FDR made a notorious "balance the budget" speech in 1932, and we know what happened on his watch. The One cooed and billed about the necessity of public finance while running right up to the point where his financial lead overwhlemed McC. Then he threw his promise overboard. He warbled that any family making less than $250,000 per year would not have its taxes raised. Get ready to be heaved overboard.

How seriously are we supposed to take your "Let's grow up and be mature" urgings when the news is dominated by:

a) a "Beer Summit" that is supposed to move race relations forward in this nation.
b) stories on the Prez's trips to cheeseburger joints.
c) stories about the Prez raising his bowling score up to 144

I am not saying he should go the Richard Nixon route and put out stories about how he is working 17 hours a day. But for God's sake, the Prez's troubles are not much inflicted by the GOP. The GOP is having all it can do to try to understand the Tea Partiers, and has some risk of a third party breaking away. Such an event would guarantee that there would be no effective opposition to the Prez, and the nation would suffer enormously from his obsessions.

I would suggest to Headmistress that this maxim might also apply:

"Just because you can be solemn enough to excite the envy of Rodin's THE THINKER doesn't mean you are being grown-up, responsible, or right. It'll get you a seat on the federal bench though." Darn, that last sentence slipped in. No robes for me...

Sincerely yours,
Gregory Koster

Kansas City said...

I too am constantly surprised and disappointed at the frequent childess level of debate between the parties. I first noticed how bad it was in the presidential election of 2004, particularly in how Kerry's people responded and attacked. I think, but am not sure, that the smart aleck/Eddy Haskell type Robert Gibbs was one of Kerry's spokespersons.

I am anti-democrats, so I view this situation as the democrats wrongly accusing persons voicing their freeedom of speech to be "angry mobs," and actually like what the republicans did to them. The whole idea of political ads telling the viewer to call the other side is silly in the first place.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Welcome back, KC. And this is definitely an issue where we have agreement: There is a lot of childish behavior among the parties.

Greg: Certainly, the media's foray into uselessness did not begin with Obama: 12 Incredibly Lame News Stories That the Media Reported, Instead of the Impending Doom in Financial Markets

Aeneas said...

I think I have a very warped sense of humor as well, because I gave it a big guffaw. Good think I was not drinking something. Who knows what would've been triggered from my keyboard.

I think these attempts at calling the protestors, or the arguers and shouter, names and labels is foolish and, I hope, no more than the act of political diletants and desperados.

Looking at it all from the far coast, it is so bizarre. And this spoken by someone living in the worlds biggest outdoor insane asylum, with representatives in the Senate who are the most clueless of the inmates.

Gawd! We really need a third party. REALLY DO.

Oh, no! Please, please, Professor, do not report me to the White House site for 'fishy' statements. Or, should I report you?

Tell you what, let's report one another.

By the way, forgive my silence. It's not that I have not read just about each of your posts. But I am terrible when it comes to comments.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Aeneas: I have learned to deal with the fact that "Big Brother" is watching.

Also, I have a sick sense of humor too. Really. The Onion is my favorite website (check out the plastic surgery video this week!). But reading article, I could only imagine a bunch of kids on a playground tossing dirt at each other and blaming the others for "starting it." Argh.

Nell said...

Hey, those loud protests orchestrated by the RNC are just a form of community organizing, right? No reason Republicans can't take a lesson from Saul Alinsky, too.

What's good for the goose....

(from another warped sense of humor)

Roy Lofquist said...

Darren,

So why run a seemingly lame ad? The content of the ad was not the point. The intent was to jam the phones at the RNC. No, I'm not suddenly a conspiracy nut. If you read Alinsky's "Twelve Rules for Radicals" and Cloward-Priven this tactic is there in black and white. You might remember that Hillary Clinton and Mr. Obama have favorably mentioned Alinsky's works. Sometimes the enemy can turn your spear into a boomerang.

Roy

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Roy: It seems that you and others believe my criticism is only for the RNC. It's for both sides -- hence the title....

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

PS: Roy - the phone-jamming, email-blitz, etc., has a huge life outside of Alinsky. Even conservatives use the tactic. Think pro-life protestors.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Hutchinson: Again, given the the Democrats control the Presidency and have filibuster proof majorities in Congress, how is it the GOPs fault that Utopia is so slow in coming? It would be different if the branches of government were divided in control. But they are not. Given the majorities the Democrats have, why does the DNC have to adopt such tactics at all? If you say the DNC is entitled to get its point of view out, then the RNC is just as entitled, and your argument grinds to a halt.


Sincerely yours,
Gregory Koster

Roy Lofquist said...

Darren,

I never meant to imply that you in anyway meant that as a partisan criticism. You and I have quite different views on a lot of things but you are always fair and impassionate. That's why I'm here everyday.

Roy

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