March 29, 2005

The Birth of 'Schiavo Republicans'

The Rude Pundit had some interesting things to say about the opportunity to be had for exploiting the Republican over-reach in the Schiavo Case. It gave me some hope since, as he points out, the main issue is personal privacy which is at the heart of a broad swath progressive issues.

Then I read item in the Times. It seems that the meddling has just begun. The list of Schiavo donors will be sold by a direct-marketing firm. It turns out that the heart of this case wasn't about personal privacy but fundraising, which is at the heart of the Republican party.

You may well know that Karl Rove got his start as a sort of direct-markeing wunderkind fresh from the College Republicans. I predict that Response Unlimited is going to be another major player after the dust settles and the fund-raising letters return stuffed with checks from people who think their doing the Lord's work. Remember the Arkansas RNC flier? Think that with pictures of Terri.

The Republicans realize that the average person in the heartland is terrified of so totally losing control of their life that they won't be able to muster any dignity. The Repubs use this, wereas the Dems shy away from it. For instance:

Mr. DeLay complained that "the other side" had figured out how "to defeat the conservative movement," by waging personal attacks, linking with liberal organizations and persuading the national news media to report the story. He charged that "the whole syndicate" was "a huge nationwide concerted effort to destroy everything we believe in."

The New York Times

The left-wing blogosphere has had a field day with these inane ramblings. But they strike a chord in the heartland. Through repetition of this and items like it, people in small towns all over the country thing that they way of life is in mortal danger from 'liberals.' This notion become quite resistent to facts. So the more Delay complains about the defeat of the conservative movement, the stronger it gets. It is pure fear. I hate to say it but listening to Air America much of Easter Week has convinced me that is has spread. To Americans yes, but to Europeans and Muslims as well. I hope that the inevitable confrontation can be avoided, but a part of me thinks it will only be more violent the longer it is.

Posted by Spicolli' at March 29, 2005 8:43 AM