Accusing the president of giving aid and comfort to the enemy is such a disgusting charge, such a deeply divisive, unAmerican tactic, it would be excoriated if it came from some far right blogger. That it comes from a former vice-president, violating every conceivable protocol (as he did in office), reminds me of why Cheney and Cheneyism remain such a threat to core American and Western values.
Excoriated if it came from a right blogger? Has he been reading right bloggers lately? They, on a daily basis, launch this sort of attack against Obama. They then link each other and have their little memeorandum circle jerk, and by the end of the day, the Politico is mainstreaming it so that the attacks are sure to be on the cable news that night or the next.
And this false separation between wingnut bloggers and the leadership of the GOP is odd- surely by now Sullivan must realize that there is no fundamental difference between the GOP and the wingnut bloggers. My god. The party is taking their cues from Sarah Palin’s facebook page, Karl Rove’s tweets, and Rush Limbaugh’s radio show. Show me an instance in which the GOP has strayed in any way from the “right bloggers.” Wingnut bloggers like Michael Goldfarb ran the McCain/Palin campaign. Show me a real split between what any Republican leader is saying, anything on the op-ed pages of the WSJ or the Examiner or the Moonie Times, and the smear du jour from the “right bloggers.” They are one and the same.
What Cheney is saying would not be excoriated if a right blogger said it, in fact the exact opposite is the truth. Cheney is just giving them their marching orders and their new soundbite. Remember where the phrase dithering got started? Cheney utters it, the wingnuts blogs repeat it, multiple op-eds are issued from folks like Bolton, Peter Roff, and David Broder and dozens of others, and then we finally end up with the dithering charge fully mainstreamed, and the Washington Post then feels comfortable to do breezy analyses such as the following:
There is no difference between a wingnut blog and the former Vice President. Period. And neither will be excoriated for anything they say, and, in fact, David Gregory is probably erect as he tries to schedule Cheney for Meet the Press this week-end, and if Cheney can’t make it, I’m sure mean old John McCain can stop by and tell us why Obama has failed us and doesn’t like America.
In closing, I’ll leave you with Dan Bartlett:
That’s what I mean by influential. I mean, talk about a direct IV into the vein of your support. It’s a very efficient way to communicate. They regurgitate exactly and put up on their blogs what you said to them. It is something that we’ve cultivated and have really tried to put quite a bit of focus on.
There is no separation between the wingnut blogs and the Republican leadership. They are just different wings of the same bullshit factory.