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Massachusetts Liberal

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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Fear and smear

Well look who crawled out from under his rock? None other than Turd Blossom. Apparently he thinks special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald won't indict him in the Plamegate scandal so he's back spreading his gospel.

And that gospel is? Fear and smear of course. With a dose of tax cut pandering thrown in. All the while denying he has any such intentions. Let's go the speech.

Just one day after the Bushies decline to raise the terror level in response to another bottom of the rock slimeball, Karl Rove is back flogging the same old dead horse that Democrats are soft on defense and terrorism. Of course he masquerades his words a bit but that message is clear.
"At the core, we are dealing with two parties that have fundamentally different views on national security," Rove said. "Republicans have a post-9/11 worldview and many Democrats have a pre-9/11 worldview. That doesn't make them unpatriotic -- not at all. But it does make them wrong -- deeply and profoundly and consistently wrong."
Deeply and profoundly and consistently wrong? Just like the intelligence estimates, the shifting rationale for the war, the illegal spying? That doesn't make Republicans unpatriotic -- just liars. Next thing you know that threat to bring back Osama dead or alive will be declared inoperative. Oops, it was.

Hey, who can blame him: it works. With Darth Cheney glowering his glower the Bush team has managed to raise fear to an art form (a color-coded one at that.) But only when it serves their purposes.

And given the possibility that Scooter Libby will be on trial -- as will some of the friends of Jack Abramoff -- when the midterm elections roll around, the certainly is a time to raise fear.

He certainly has earned that nickname.

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