This is how they do it: The following is from The Howard Dean implosion,
“Dean’s success amongst Democrats can be largely attributed to the fact that he has been able to galvanize and energize certain factions of the Democratic Party: namely the “new age hippies” and those who are seriously desperate for either a date or a party.
[. . .] Essentially, it’s a revamping of the “political love-in” from the ’60s, where pot-smoking hippies would use politics as a guise for picking up dates. Now, Dean — having “liberated” the gays of the state of Vermont by legislating civil unions, much in the same way he might imagine that Lincoln “liberated” the slaves — is out to “free” every sex-starved, party-deprived Democrat and give them what they really want: a good time.
[. . .]Man, is this guy ever angry. I mean, seriously agitated. Then again, he is the poster boy for the same state (Vermont) that the Drug Enforcement Administration ranks No. 2 in the country in per-person Ritalin use, so perhaps his constant agitation is fitting.
Dean rants and raves and flings and flails so much during debates, events and appearances that I honestly don’t know how anyone could picture this guy in the Oval Office, within an arm-fling’s distance of the Big Red Button. It seems that once the blood gets flowing to Dean’s reddened face, it all gets diverted directly from his brain, since he has a tendency of getting worked up and running off at the mouth with unsubstantiated, knee-jerk claims.
[. . .]Dean seems to have cornered the market on anti-war supporters — the same ones who boo George W. Bush’s and Ronald Reagan’s names on liberal college campuses, yet cheer dictators like Saddam Hussein and Fidel Castro. If you wish Saddam Hussein was still in power, then Dean is your man.
[. . .]The obvious lesson here is if you want a safer world and a more secure America, vote for Bush; if you want Saddam Hussein and Kim Jong-Il in sensitivity training, then Howard Dean is quite clearly the guy for you.”
This is not just an accidental, glib, throw-away wingnut hit piece. This is part of a coordinated, researched, tested, professional character assassination campaign that will phase in and ramp up between now and the election. This is the modern Republican Party. This is Norquist’s Wednesday Meeting, and Karl Rove and the Wurlitzer, and cigarette company marketing people, and former CIA destabilization specialists all working together to do their job ON YOU! (Also see here.) This is George Bush “staying above the fray” while his subordinates engage in the nastiest kind of character assassination and voter manipulation — spreading lying, humiliating, ridiculing smear after lying, humiliating, ridiculing smear until even YOU hate Dean! You’ll see thousands of these smear jobs this year. You’re going to see literally 10 or 20 of these every single day until the slime and humiliating and ridicule build up so deep that you even hate yourself just for thinking of voting.
Here’s the author’s bio. Note this: “Rachel has served as a Director of a Washington, DC-based political think-tank”. Try Googling her, and see how she’s connected to “the movement.” Go here to see the letters of praise from the White House and Ken Starr. “Thanks for everything you are doing, and have done, on behalf of the President’s agenda.” This is a professional, working for The Party.
Steel yourself, prepare yourself, get ready for a year of this, getting worse every single day. This is what is coming. This is what they do!
The way to fight it is to recognize that this is what they do, and not get confused by the words, and not get bogged down trying to refute each smear. Recognize that this is what they do, and tell everyone you can that this is what they do. Do your research, so you understand who is doing it and how it works. Talk to others. Write letters to newspapers. Call talk shows. Send e-mails to reporters. Demand that they stop it! And help others get angry at the perpetrators rather than fall for the scam.