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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Evidence that I was right all along

I've been scored for suggesting that the "Believe Women" movement is a Republican psy-war mechanism. The Republicans know that Trump is invulnerable to all such criticisms. They know that any male -- ANY male -- who runs against Trump will be vulnerable. The Republicans know, but will never admit in public, that some women are not believable because some women will take money to tell lies.

Stormy Daniels accepted payment in the low six figures. Imagine the lies you can buy for a million.

This poll proves the point.
Comments:
It would seem to me this is an awfully thin blade upon which the GOP psy-ops folks are dancing. On one hand, certainly there has been a large increase in the percentage of Republicans who believe sexual harassment in the workplace is a problem — which I assume is the take-away you expected us to have, as it fits with your contention the issue has been weaponized against Democrats. However, that could also be seen to suggest, if it is psy-ops, it is a poorly run campaign: If the issue's insidious strength lies in its being more important to Democrats than Republicans, the last thing you would want would be a narrowing of that importance gap.

That is not the only metric seemingly moving the wrong direction for the GOP: "Almost half of Republicans say [attention paid sexual harassment has] gone too far (49 percent), compared with 29 percent of independents and less than a quarter of Democrats (23 percent)." While my jaundiced view of GOP leadership [assuming that's not an oxymoron] would find nothing strange in their simultaneously believing the #MeToo movement has gone too far *and* doubling down on their calls to find and punish Democratic harassers, much of the power of GOP doublethink lies in its ability to engender deeply sincere belief in an essentially hypocritical worldview. Accordingly, for the rank and file to be wearying so quickly of such claims suggests it will become increasingly difficult to fire up their indignation, even at Democratic targets.
 
They'll never tire of going after Democratic targets, given the slightest reason. Any reason.
 
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