On the morning of January 20, 2010, the conservative propaganda machine seemed poised to swoop down on the carcass of the Obama legacy and pick it apart completely. Next they will switch to their cheerleader uniforms and encourage the Republican Senators in their efforts to conduct a sit-down strike in the best tradition of the United Auto Workers who invented that particular tactic.
Democrats and liberal pundits must face a thorny dilemma in assessing the loss in Massachusetts: either the results were not honest or the Democrats can't hit the broad side of a barn from inside the barn.
In the mid thirties the nascent Auto Workers union devised the tactic of going to their workplace and then doing nothing. The Republicans Senators have shown a highly polished ability to tell tales full of sound and fury, on Faux News, while actually doing nothing. Its obviously that the brave efforts of the striking Senators will be the basis for some future song that will take its place along side the great labor protest songs of the past.
On Wednesday January 20, 2010, Uncle Rushbo was ecstatic about the meaning of the inconvenient (for the Democrats) election results. He offered listeners some thinly veiled hints about future Republican strategy. Senator Brown, will have roughly (days on the campaign trail were subtracted from Senator Obama's grand total) the same amount of experience in the Senate as Senator Obama did when he was sworn in as President. He tantalized his audience with the possibility that Operation Chaos would be resurrected for any campaign for the 2012 nomination by "my gal, Hillary." The Democratic nomination itself makes a perfect "wedge issue." He indicated that President Obama had reneged on his promise to deliver "change." He didn't acknowledge any help the Republican sit-down strike might have added to the Obama team shutout score.
Since the Republican 2012 strategy will be to label President Obama as the one who set the gold standard for firmly establishing a null set legacy, the more the Republicans don't do, the better they position themselves for making Obama look impotent. Republicans have a tendency for selecting a war cry that subliminally underscores their macho-ness and questions the virility of the Democratic candidate, as the "flip-flopper" label did for Senator John Kerry in 2004.
From now until Election Day in November of 2012, the Republicans (all Republicans not just the Senators) will be relentless in their effort to do nothing. They will be using the tactics of delay, disrupt, and destroy to cripple the Obama legacy. It is not inconceivable that they will portray themselves as heroes comparable to the members of the French resistance who sabotaged the Nazis as often as they could.
Republicans and mainstream journalists who are making the sly allegations that President Obama is reminiscent of the world's most famous white supremacist consistently ignore the fact that the Republican spin playbook follows step for step and point for point the principles of propaganda as delineated in the book "Mein Kampf."
Hunter Thompson (may he rest in peace) repeatedly used the expression "big darkness soon come." He prophesied a gloomy world run by war criminals and greedy capitalists. In 2004, we made repeated efforts to contact HST (no, not former president Harry Truman) to make a modest wager over a third term for George W. Bush. Our efforts to out pessimist the county's leading voice of pessimism were a bit premature, but if he were still alive today, he would obviously have the bragging rights for saying that he tried to warn America that Republicans won't stop. If the Republicans could take every cent from every Democrat, they still wouldn't be satisfied. They would want the right to sell the bodies of dead Democrats' to the medical schools that buy cadavers.
Isn't the spectacle of seeing members of George W. Bush's party calling Democrats arrogant an example of hypocrisy that brings to mind the cliche' about the pot calling the kettle black? Which brings up the true Republican challenge for the 2012: how subtly racist can they get without incurring a 15 yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct?