I've been too busy to do a great deal of spelunking in the leftist end of the blogosphere, but today I stumbled across a blog that claims to have caught a Republican campaign staffer posing as a Democrat in order to sow doubt among the faithful left.
That's sad if true (the staffer should probably be fired as a result), but the funny thing is the Bush-centric mode of accusation. The tactic is described as "Rovian," in honor of Bush's campaign guru Karl Rove.
Could it be these folks are unaware that pop music artist Moby advocated that tactic to Kerry supporters during the approach to the 2004 election?
Moby suggests that it's possible to seed doubt among Bush's far-right supporters on the Web.
"You target his natural constituencies," says the Grammy-nominated techno-wizard. "For example, you can go on all the pro-life chat rooms and say you're an outraged right-wing voter and that you know that George Bush drove an ex-girlfriend to an abortion clinic and paid for her to get an abortion.
"Then you go to an anti-immigration Web site chat room and ask, 'What's all this about George Bush proposing amnesty for illegal aliens?'"
(New York Daily News)
Moby has a blog these days. Moby suggests that he's not partisan but merely sane (hence, supposedly, his support for Democrats).
The quotations are cut & paste, so forgive me the grammar as you would forgive Moby.
one of my favorite gw bush lies was when gw claimed to not know ken lay.
even though gw bush used the enron corporate jet to travel around america in 2000 on the campaign trail.
even though gw bush once called ken lay 'my good buddy ken lay' in front of a baseball stadium filled with people.
Moby's not really into documenting his claims, which is a pity since many seem so off-the-wall at first blush. With this supposedly favorite lie, my research immediately led to a competing (and contradictory) version of the lie where Bush says he got to know Lay in 1994.
The other site creatively implies that Bush must have gotten to know Lay prior to that since Lay contributed heavily to Bush's political campaigns in Texas.
I don't imagine that type of evidence would stand up in court, unless it's the court of public opinion in Democratic Fever Swamp, U.S.A.
Sane or not, Moby gives us little reason to suppose that he knows what he's talking about.
i'm not partisan.
i'm just sane.
support of the republicans in 2006 means that you oppose stem-cell research that could save millions of lives. that you support a war in iraq that was based on lies and has resulted in iraqii civil war. that you support pork-barrel crony-ism like the bridge to nowhere in alaska. that you're insane(see rick santorum). that you're a racist(see george allen). that you believe that dinosaurs and humans co-existed. that you'd rather ban flag burning than take care of homeland security. and so on.
I don't think that the limitations on federal funding of fetal stem-cell research qualifies as a significant issue among most Republicans. I suppose I could be wrong about that, leaving alone for now the fact that stem cell research may progress quite nicely without resorting to the destruction of living fetal Homo sapiens (call them what you will). It's really not that big a step from Moby's position to advocating experimentation on adults for the sake of millions who might be saved (last week's "House" touched on that issue, IIRC).
I have yet to see a coherent case suggesting that Bush lied about the evidence for the Iraq war (since Moby suggests it elsewhere, I'll see if the recent Senate report went so far as to suggest misleading handling of the evidence--what Moby called a lie). Liberals usually end up equating erroneous information with lying, and then go right ahead and call for impeachment as though the equivocation doesn't matter one bit.
Voting Republican supports pork-barrel cronyism? Somebody smack Moby awake. Republicans spearheaded the recent transparency-in-government legislation based largely on the efforts of Porkbusters--an organization with strong support from conservatives (more so than from Democrats, I think, not that I'm counting). Perhaps Moby is too young to remember the long tradition of high taxes and big spending established by the Democrats. Have the Dems changed their ways? Just find me some legislation from Democrats (other than a military appropriation) than spends less than the Republican version of the same bill ...
Rick Santorum insane? Based on what?
Racist? Generalizing much, forgiving Moby's apparently outrageous bias in understanding Allen's comments? This is great. As a white guy, I'll be a racist if I vote Condi Rice in 2008.
Young-earth creationism is rare among Christians, and probably no more common among Republicans. Moreover, where it has no direct bearing on policy it isn't worth mentioning as a criterion for voting.
Flag burning amendment instead of homeland security? Is there some reason why we can't have both?
I'll give Moby the benefit of the doubt regarding his sanity.
Judging from his journal, however, he's not the sharpest knife in the drawer and probably not the best person to seek out for political advice.