Sorry I've been away. Hope Bolling doesn't mind my reprinting his cartoon (originally published on Kos). But considering what he did
in this strip, he can't fairly accuse me of swiping...!
Briefly: I thought that the VP debate was a near-catastrophe.
Yes, Pence lied repeatedly, and he espoused policies which bear no resemblance to Trump's. But he carried himself with gentlemanly gravitas, and that's what mattered. Pence returned us to old school Republicanism: Taxes bad, military good, Russia bad, Jesus good.
That's all he needed to do. That's the program that wins
Despite the bleatings of the dimwitted young BernieBros -- a bunch of slap-happy ninnies who operate under the delusion that we're all socialists now -- it is still the case that the majority of Americans, deep down in their hearts, want Reagan II. They want to vote for a seasoned white guy who looks dignified and rational as he says "Taxes bad, military good, Russia bad, Jesus good."
(And they don't want to be reminded that Low taxes + Big Military = Big Deficit
Kaine blew it. I like the guy, but he blew it. He now admits that he "got dinged" a bit
. That wasn't a ding -- it was a disaster.
This entire election has been built around the theme of civilization versus the barbarians
-- or, to put it in Monty Pythonesque terms, the Sensible Party versus the Silly Party. Yet for some reason, Mr. Affable decided to go Full Trump. He actually interrupted more than Trump did. If the debate had gone on much longer, Kaine would have turned orange and rated the moderator on a scale of 1 to 10.
Kaine did not bring up Pence's horrendous record on gay rights. WTF?
That's like debating Ted Bundy and neglecting to bring up the subject of homicide.
He also let Pence get away with portraying the Democrats as the party of fiscal irresponsibility. Tim: Next time some Republican tries to hit you with that nonsense, here's how to respond:
The only president to get us out of the red was Bill Clinton. If we had followed his plan, we'd have paid back the entire national debt by now. Republicans created the vast majority of the deficit. When George W. Bush put us back in the deep red, Dick Cheney said: "Reagan proved that deficits don't matter." Well, they DO matter. So stop lying about Bill Clinton's great accomplishment, and stop giving young people a false picture of the wildly irresponsible way that Republicans have actually governed."
That's how to do it.
Hillary would be twenty points ahead right now if Dems learned how to stop the Republicans from rewriting history. Most young people do not know that Reagan was the one who ran a deficit far larger than all previous deficits combined. Most young people do not know that Clinton ran a surplus
while simultaneously giving this country its longest economic boom on record. Many younger people don't even know that TARP was created under Bush
, not Obama.
(Hell, I'll betcha that most young people couldn't name the date on which 9/11 happened.)
Here's another suggestion: Start fighting fire with fire -- or rather, videos with videos. In the 1990s, nearly everyone saw The Clinton Chronicles
, a conspiracy classic produced by a paranoid toon named Patrick Matrisciana (the same guy who later screeched about Harry Potter
being an advertisement for witchcraft). In this cycle, nearly everyone saw Clinton Cash
, a rather more adroit propaganda piece with a similar Falsehood Ratio. Like the earlier video, Clinton Cash
was distributed -- quite effectively -- in samisdat fashion. Bizarre as these productions are, they have had an enormous impact, especially on our easily-gulled youth.
When propaganda videos start to impact the national coversation, why don't Democrats fight back in kind? I've been told that there are a few liberals in Hollywood, and I've been given to understand that there are people in Hollywood who know a thing or two about film-making.
This whole "I will not dignify those ridiculous accusations with a response" attitude just ain't working.