The Republican Utopia is Based on Myopia (ii.)

[Part the Second]

What we gots here, kids, is yer classic Jeffersonian/Hamiltonian split. They hated each other’s guts and so do we.

ii. Republican mendacity is based on rapacity

Michael Goldfarb called his brownshirts on the New York Times again today.

You remember Goldfarb: The “research associate” for the Partnership for a New American Century (PNAC), employee of Bill Kristol (PNAC Chairman). No? How about the fellow in charge of Kristol’s Murdoch-owned Weekly Standard blog? The one who, on June 5, took a leave of absence to act as “Deputy Director of Communications” for the McCain Campaign? That Michael Goldfarb? Politico:

September 24, 2008
McCain camp attacks Times, doesn’t deny report

The McCain camp has a 698-word statement out in response to today’s story that Rick Davis’s firm, Davis Manafort, was paid a consulting fee of $15,000 a month starting in 2005, and ending last month.

The statement from McCain aide Michael Goldfarb begins:

Today the New York Times launched its latest attack on this campaign in its capacity as an Obama advocacy organization. Let us be clear about what this story alleges: The New York Times charges that McCain-Palin 2008 campaign manager Rick Davis was paid by Freddie Mac until last month, contrary to previous reporting, as well as statements by this campaign and by Mr. Davis himself.

The statement is basically a non-denial. [...]

What  the statement doesn’t dispute is the actual news in the story: the $15,000 monthly payments from Freddie Mac, which began while Davis was still running the firm. You can judge the news value of that for yourself.

So don’t mistake the extended non-denial for an argument about the substance of the story. At this point in the race, details like that may be less important than broader electoral positioning, and the campaign seeks to escalate this into an argument with the Times, rather than a conversation about Davis’s ties. The question is whether the conservative base — which hotly contested negative stories about Sarah Palin — will defend Davis, not a particular conservative hero, with the same vigor.

What Ben Smith misses is that this is the same gang who mercilessly hammered Private Beauchamp a mere year ago, and hammered the New York Times last September. Let’s play the “match” game, shall we? I’ll mark the USUAL SUSPECTS in red and the matches in blue.

Memeorandum September 23, 2008, 1:30 PM

Michael Goldfarb /
A Partisan Paper of Record  —  Today the New York Times launched its latest attack on this campaign in its capacity as an Obama advocacy organization.  Let us be clear about what this story alleges: The New York Times charges that McCain-Palin 2008 campaign manager Rick Davis was paid …

Lorie Byrd / Wizbang:   The Latest Example of [Bias] Propaganda from the New York Times
Michael Falcone / The Caucus:   The Early Word: The Freddie Chronicles
John Steele Gordon / Commentary:   Re: Only “150% in the tank”?  —  Jennifer Rubin notes …
Jesse Taylor /   The New York Times Plays D&D
Fausta / Fausta’s Blog:   McCain vs the NYT
Ace of Spades HQ:   Taking Advantage of the Overnight Thread – John McCain and the New York Times (chad)
Maha / The Mahablog:   Good News/Bad News  —  The good news is that yesterday House …
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:   Election Central Morning Roundup
Sister Toldjah:   Tony Blankley blasts mainstream media’s pro-Obama slant
Comrade John Cole / Balloon Juice:   Michael Goldfarb and the Truth


Memeorandum September 13, 2007, 1:30 PM

Charles Hurt / New York Post:

TIMES GIVES LEFTIES A HEFTY DISCOUNT FOR ‘BETRAY US’ AD  —  The New York Times dramatically slashed its normal rates for a full-page advertisement for’s ad questioning the integrity of Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq.  —  Headlined “Cooking the Books …

Edward / Heading Right:   Discounts For Character Assassination
Ed Morrissey / Captain’s Quarters:   Discounting The New York Times’ Objectivity
John Cole / Balloon Juice:   Right-Wing Reporting … Allegedly a reporter, Jules Crittenden writes:
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Confirmed: NYT gave MoveOn almost two-thirds off on “Betray Us” …
Hart Williams / The Democratic Daily:   Betray Us, Petraeus? Righties Can’t Seem To ‘Move On’
Bill Roggio / Weekly Standard:   Score Another for Bob Owens   MRC’s Bozell Slams NYT’s ‘Betray Us’ Ad Discount

Gaius / Blue Crab Boulevard:   Family Discount
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:   MoveOn marshals money against GOP
Jules Crittenden:   NYT Lies, People Will Die

James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:   MoveOn Got Discount for ‘Betray Us’ Ad
baldilocks:   Discount for Ad

Sweetness & Light:   NYT Gave $116K Discount For “Betray Us” Ad
Sister Toldjah:   Question of the day  —  Why did the NYT slash $116,000 off …
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:   (Updated) A Memo to MoveOn.Org: Cut the Crap. It’s Time To Move On
Shaun Mullen / Kiko’s House:   Memo to MoveOn: Time to Move On

(In fairness to John Cole, he’s still in the trenches fighting the blogosmear™ — even though it gets tedious as hell going after the same mendacifiers over and over again. Like rust, they never seem to sleep.)

Now, if you will pay attention over the next couple news cycles, you’ll be surprised at how many of “the usual suspects” weigh in on how “awful” the NY Times‘ facts are. (You blognoscenti will recognize some of these names from the Dan Rather cyber-lynching of 2004).

Fear not. The cranky peckerwoods at the McCain campaign have the ability to dispute ANY and ALL realities that they don’t like simultaneously, in a multisnarking thread:

McCain Campaign Disputes Post Poll —  By Charles Dharapak — Associated Press  —  On the heels of a new Washington Post-ABC News poll that showed Barack Obama leading John McCain 52 percent to 43 percent nationally, the Arizona senator’s campaign convened a conference call today insisting that the survey was an “outlier”. [...]
And, of course, that’s not all. Not NEARLY so:
McCain Camps’s New Whine About Newsweek and Washington Post
It’s hard keeping up with the McCain whines about the press, especially when they keep coming up with solid evidence connecting McCain staffers, especially Rick Davis, his Campaign Manager, with lobbying for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. They did so find that evidence, just a couple days after McCain dared them to find it.
Commentary By: Steven ReynoldsIt’s tough to keep up with the McCain camp and what they’re going to whine about next. Lately it has been about the press. First they whined about the New York Times … Now it looks like the McCain campaign is going to have to target Newsweek, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, because through their reporting they’re making John McCain look like a liar…. [MORE ... go read]

And, you will recall, they’re upset about being called “liars.”

This is all about throwing as much shit at the wall as they possibly can, and hoping that some sticks.


Now, would you say that a McCain Adminstration will be transparent? Will admit its errors and move forward, or, would it be the first American administration to BACK INTO office already in the middle of a coverup?


iii. Republicans pious, pretending no bias

The fundamentally racist underpinnings of the campaign are seeping out, as well. The point has always been to  paint Obama as the “other.” First that he is a Muslim (dealt with ad nauseum over the past year), and the discredited: “He’s not a slave descendant, he’s a slave-owner descendant; he’s not Black, he’s a Ay-rab!” Rush Limbaugh just got caught recycling it. (Media Matters):

Mon, Sep 22, 2008 6:05pm ET
Limbaugh repeats baseless smear that Obama is misrepresenting his ethnicity*

Summary: Rush Limbaugh baselessly asserted of Sen. Barack Obama: “Do you know he has not one shred of African-American blood?” Limbaugh continued: “He’s Arab. You know, he’s from Africa. He’s from Arab parts of Africa. … [H]e’s not African-American. The last thing that he is is African-American.”

And there’s a “video” (audio) go to the MediaMatters report and watch it there. (WordPress is very finicky about embedding flash objects, sorry.)

Get it? We can’t say “nigger” or use fear of blacks (much as they’d love to, and do in private), but we CAN paint Obama as Muslim, a terrorist, a friend of terrorists, a friend of Muslims, a racial panderer, a minority mendacifier, et al. Same diff. The South has been using code language for half a century, and their voters get it.

So it’s only fair for me to put Rush in his deserved klan robes (above). Hope he doesn’t cry.

And I’ll let you field this one:

Pinpoint Attacks Focus on Obama

The New York Times

Published: September 23, 2008

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. — Hundreds of times in the past three weeks, cable television viewers here have been the exclusive audience for two of the roughest advertisements of the political season.

One links Senator Barack Obama to the former mayor of Detroit, Kwame M. Kilpatrick, an African-American whose political career unraveled in scandal. The other features Mr. Obama’s former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A Wright Jr., also black, and his now infamous sermon marked by the words “God damn America.”

The advertisements, from a political action committee that is not connected to Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign, are running only here, in Macomb County, heavily populated by white, unionized auto workers, once considered “Reagan Democrats,” whose votes could largely determine which candidate wins Michigan, a state vital to both sides.

The advertisements point up the unusual nature of this year’s more potentially pernicious political attacks: They are not coming with the loud, nationally recognized cannon blast of the type launched by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth against Senator John Kerry in 2004, but, rather, as more stealthy, narrowly aimed rifle shots from smaller groups armed with incendiary material. … [more]

Good grief. So, do you think that a McCain victory would do anything to push forward a new view of diversity, or would it just be more token “identity” politics, a la Clarence Thomas or Colin Powell?

Puzzler, that.

iv. Republican belief is given to a thief

Finally, I’d like to talk about music and musicians. (Yes, there is the whole can of worms about McCain suddenly deciding to cancel the debate and “suspend” his campaign while he goes to D.C. and saves the economy, but that can safely putrefy for another day).

Jackson Browne was on the Colbert Report last night, keeping alive an important issue that’s been given short shrift by the press: McCain is stealing music.

Heart asked them not to use “Barracuda” for their Sarah Palin Black Masses, but the next night they used it anyway, and said “we’ve paid all the fees.”

Nope. In most cases, the musician retains the right to accept or reject the use of their music for commercial or political “endorsements.” (You older kiddies might remember the hoo-haw over the Doors licensing “Light My Fire” to Plymouth for the 1967 ad campaign “Come on Plymouth, Light my fire.“)

Weird Al Yankovik has to get permission to use the music he parodies. Legally, he can parody lyrics, but the music itself is owned by the composer(s).

Van Halen has also complained about the McCain use of unauthorized tunes, as did Bruce Springsteen when St. Ronnie of Ray-Gun was running for re-larceny. (“Born in the USA”)

Browne has had to sue the McCain campaign for illegal use of his “Running on Empty.”

Wouldn’t you agree — as a matter of general principle — that nobody has a right to steal your copyrighted material without your permission? (Not as a quote, or a review, but to sell a “product” that you vehemently disagree with?)

Don’t the GOP-pers have any musicians of their OWN who will license them music for their bizarro world rock opera “Baby, we wuz wrong, but now we’s the ones to fix what we done”?

Gee, wasn’t the Republikan party the party of property rights? Of ME! It’s MY money! It’s MINE! MINE! MINE!

So, what does this tell us about the “Drill, Baby Drill!” go-go McCain philosophy?

Will they pay any attention to property rights, or bans on drilling in, say, ANWAR? Gosh.

If they’re willing to blatantly steal property (intellectual, to be sure, but remember, the GOP was hell-bent for leather to extend the copyright laws — per Sonny Bono — because Mickey the Mouse was about to fall into Public Domain?) — what the hell does that say about their intentions vis a vis property and property law in general. As the Good Book says: “By their fruits ye shall know them.”

There’ s more, but we’ll get to that presently.

Mean time, they’re fighting with POLLS they don’t like and crying that they’re being called liars just because the stuff they’re saying isn’t true.

The nerve of some people!

v. The Republican essence is pure putrescence

But not to be a party pooper, we conclude this blog with a completely unauthorized lyrical excerpt from Blue Oyster Cult (From the album Secret Treaties):

I plot your rubric scarab, I steal your satellite
I want your wife to be my baby tonight
I choose to steal what you chose to show
And you know I will not apologize
You’re mine for the taking

I’m making a career of evil
I’m making a career of evil
I’m making a career of evil

Pay me I’ll be your surgeon, I’d like to pick your brains
Capture you, inject you, leave you kneeling in the rain
I choose to steal what you chose to show
And you know I will not apologize
You’re mine for the taking

I’m making a career of evil
I’m making a career of evil
I’m making a career of evil

I’d like your blue eyed horseshoe, I’d like your emerald horny toad
I’d like to do it to your daughter on a dirt road

And then I’d spend your ransom money, but still I’d keep your sheep
I’d peel the mask your wearing, and then rob you of your sleep
I choose to steal what you chose to show
And you know I will not apologize
You’re mine for the taking

I’m making a career of evil
I’m making a career of evil
I’m making a career of evil
I’m making a career of evil
I’m making a career of evil
I’m making a career of evil
I’m making a career of evil

[written by Albert Bouchard & Patti Smith, © 1974 Sony Music/ATV Tunes LLC]



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