Silky’s latest fundraising pitch: Rove fears me

posted at 5:38 pm on August 22, 2007 by Allahpundit

A minor departure from form here insofar as the classic Silky pitch involves punishing someone or something — Coulter, Fox News, media coverage of his hair, cancer — that’s wronged him personally. This new one follows the same basic demagogic theme but shifts to a target who’s wronged the left generally — ironically, by not attacking Silky in the past. Follow their logic:

You may have seen Karl Rove’s recent attacks on Hillary Clinton in the news…

Rove knows that Democrats will rally around whomever he attacks—so he attacks the candidate he thinks Republicans can most easily defeat.

It may seem backwards, but Rove and his cronies did the same thing last time around. In 2004, they were scared of John Edwards, so they attacked John Kerry.

Don’t take it from me—take it from Rove’s own lieutenant on the Bush-Cheney 2004 reelection campaign, Matthew Dowd:

“Whomever we attacked was going to be emboldened in Democratic primary voters’ minds. So we started attacking John Kerry a lot in the end of January because we were very worried about John Edwards.” [Los Angeles Times, 8/19/07]

Rove and the Republicans want our opponents to win—because they know John will be the strongest candidate in the general election.

In other words, Rove assumes the left-wing base is a bunch of reactionary morons, so he harnessed the power of Bush Derangement Syndrome in 2004 by using their moronic reactionary tendencies against them. Now Silky, whose entire fundraising operation is premised upon Rove’s assumption being essentially true, is actually pointing out to them what reactionary morons they are in an attempt to co-opt their mindless BDS towards his own ends. Brilliant!

The irony is he actually might be the strongest candidate in the general per his Rasmussen head-to-heads, although I’m guessing that, a la socially liberal Rudy’s bizarre lead among the GOP, his momentary advantage there has less to do with his platform than with his superficial appeal. Hillary’s Hillary and Obama sounds a little “foreign” to the idgit ear; advantage: smooth-talking, white, male, southern Democrat. That won’t save him from the Clinton machine in the primary, though, including in gotta-have Iowa, where he’s already slipped behind the Glacier. Which, of course, put the lie to his whole Rove theory, but oh well. Won’t you please help?


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How long until he starts using clips of Cheney making him look like a moron in the last debate they had?

bj1126 on August 22, 2007 at 5:41 PM

Fear the Haircut. Fear the Empty Suit. Fear Lionel Hutz.

Fear, baby.

Thomas the Wraith on August 22, 2007 at 5:42 PM

Despite Edwards’ obvious faults, he would be the most dangerous Dem in the general election.

He won in NC as a moderate and could pull the trick nationally.

Plus he is so…. silky.

Valiant on August 22, 2007 at 5:43 PM

So let’s attack Cankles so she wins? Man talk about convoluted thought. This Edwards girl is miffed that she is not seen as a mainstream candidate.

Say good bye Jonnie girl.

TheSitRep on August 22, 2007 at 5:44 PM

Love the graphic on the donation page.

“Fighting for Our America” …. by running down jolly little old men crossing the street, with their bus.

Classic.

yo on August 22, 2007 at 5:45 PM

That video clip of Edwards endlessly preening himself won’t go away anytime soon. That, in and of itself, is enough to bring him down…speaks to his amazingly shallow superficiality.

I’m not too worried about his candidacy.

stonemeister on August 22, 2007 at 5:45 PM

Silky is going after the wrong target. He needs to sink Obama as its obama who he is spliting the anti war vote with.

Hillary is in the lead because the anti war vote is split between Obama, Silky and Kucinich.

So we are getting the Brun Hilda because the anti war nuts cant fall behind one candidate.

Thanks for that !

William Amos on August 22, 2007 at 5:46 PM

Overheard at a spelling bee:

Delusional.

J-O-H-N E-D-W-A-R-D-S

Delusional.

thirteen28 on August 22, 2007 at 5:53 PM

It just amazes me that the left gets such hard-ons for Rove and Chaney. I can only explain it in that they have some childish need for a “booggieman.”

Blake on August 22, 2007 at 5:56 PM

100% playing for a cabinet position. This is all about plea bargaining and getting the best deal he can. The voices of small dead children are hard to ignore, even if you wear a pantsuit.

Limerick on August 22, 2007 at 5:59 PM

Oh, Karl…you magnificent bastard. You’ve done it again!

Jaibones on August 22, 2007 at 6:03 PM

Edwards has not only proven he cannot think outside of the box, but that he has no clue the box even exists. Edwards couldn’t get re-elected in his own home state so why would he even be on Rove’s radar screen. Obama and Edwards might be a formidable pair if was a Michelle and Elizabeth ticket.

volsense on August 22, 2007 at 6:06 PM

I do not get this guy – I will agree that he is an effective ambulance chaser – How does that qualify him for anything other than chasing ambulances? He served ONE term in the Senate and did what?

iam7545 on August 22, 2007 at 6:07 PM

Off the snark, Valiant I couldn’t disagree with you more. Edwards may be the single biggest joke in this campaign. He has Kucinich’s platform, with none of the sincerity. He has Gravel’s bone-chilling stupidity, with none of the background. He has Ron Paul’s disconnection from reality, with none of the core belief.

His unctuous insincerity has earned him ranting, raving, scathing reviews from a number of clear-headed observers.

John Edwards is the biggest horse’s azz in the campaign, and that’s a mouthfull.

Jaibones on August 22, 2007 at 6:07 PM

Valiant on August 22, 2007 at 5:43 PM

Except he has to get to the general election, and he’s behind Clinton and Obama in Rasmussen’s latest poll.

amerpundit on August 22, 2007 at 6:11 PM

Hillary is so far ahead of both Obama and Edwards it’s a joke. Neither are VP material, either.

Blake on August 22, 2007 at 6:11 PM

John Edwards latest secret MySpace entry:

Hi. My name is Johnny Reid Edwards former Senator from the Great State of North Carolina. Actually I don’t think North Carolina is so great and never did, but my advisers have said that I should say that. You canj ust call me John if you want. I was born on June 10, 1953, although people tell me that I look at least 25 years younger.

I was the very first person in my dirt poor family to attend college. I earned my law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It was a great accomplishment as I was so poor that I had to work 12 different part time jobs to pay for my tuition and just barely enough food to survive.

After getting my law degree I immediately went on my noble mission to save hundreds of victims of gross corporate negligence and gross medical malpractice. When necessary to win a case to help the poor victim that I was representing I would even feel the presence of dead people inside me, talking to me and through me to the members of the jury. If you don’t think that takes a lot out of a man, just try it sometime. I also split the settlement very fairly with my clients. I was VERY generous to them – 5% for them, 95% for me. More than fair. I mean I was the one who had to channel the dead, wasn’t I!!!

If I do say so myself I am so cute that you just can’t believe it! I have such great hair! I am also very boyish looking in a good way. Sometimes I think my great looks are almost a curse. Did I mention that I have GREAT HAIR!!! NOT NO HAIR like that chrome dome Karl Rove!!! That naughty, evil Karl Rove! I’m going to do such terrible things to him!!!

I sometimes like to chill out after a long day of campaigning to save America by eating at Wendy’s. I also like to spend some time at home sprucing up around my modest and humble house. I also like to spend hours in front of the mirror combing my hair. Wouldn’t you too if you had such great hair!!! Not NO hair like that chrome dome evil Karl Rove!!! Contrary to what some of my very few enemies say I never spend more than $399 on haircuts. That $400 on a haircut is a damn Karl Rove lie, as it included a very generous $1 tip. What do you expect that I should get a two dollar hair cut like that schmuck Karl Rove!!! NO WAY!!! NO WAY!!! I am too pretty for that!!!

I would like to think that I am open minded, honest, trustworthy and polite except to that evil Karl Rove!!! And I appreciate the same qualities in others.

Who I’d like to meet:
…other bloggers who grew up in poverty. People who like to help the poor, not people like that lying low life evil Karl Rove. People with great hair so that I can comb your hair and you can comb mine. It’s going to be great!!!

MB4 on August 22, 2007 at 6:12 PM

Since Rove is Johnny’s target, and Rove is leaving the White House, Silky must be worried that Rove will now be able to come after him using a private-sector super-secret black helicopter that nobody can see but Edwards. “What’s that noise?!?…”

eeyore on August 22, 2007 at 6:27 PM

Ok Allah,

What was the YouTube video that never disappoints? They removed it and I’m curious!

Rightwingsparkle on August 22, 2007 at 6:32 PM

Oh Silky we hardly knew ye

400lb Gorilla on August 22, 2007 at 6:33 PM

Remember when Joe walsh ran for vice-president? At least he was honest about his campaign being a joke.

infidel4life on August 22, 2007 at 6:35 PM

Dear Silky,

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAA!!! koff koff HAHAHAHA HAHHAHAHAAHAAA!!!

With love, Karl.

Mazztek on August 22, 2007 at 6:35 PM

Has he superseded ‘Silky Pony’ and become Johnny ‘Fear Monger’ Eddywords?

TinMan13 on August 22, 2007 at 6:35 PM

In other words, Rove assumes the left-wing base is a bunch of reactionary morons

,

Wha? You mean they’re not?!?!

Mallard T. Drake on August 22, 2007 at 6:38 PM

For some reason Silky strikes me as an aged gay porn actor. Could be the hair … I dunno.

darwin on August 22, 2007 at 6:39 PM

Would this be stupendous if this is the second round of Rove. At some point Edwards was a threat, but now that he isn’t, you can make him out to “have been a threat”, and therefore because he was a threat, he must be a threat again, causing people to rally around him…when in fact, he’s one fo the larger jokes in the Dem party and by putting focus again on the loser, real candidates might fall by the wayside.

/runon sentence

StoutRepublican on August 22, 2007 at 6:42 PM

Where the heck is Elizabeth? I thought she was the pants of the candidate. I want to know what she thinks of Rove!

portlandbob on August 22, 2007 at 6:48 PM

If Rove is scared of Edwards, it’ only the fear that Silky’s hair will accidentally catch on fire, setting off a hairspray-fueled blaze that will make the Great Chicago Fire look like a birthday candle.

Hollowpoint on August 22, 2007 at 6:48 PM

Little Johnny Edwards’ name is so far down Karl Rove’s list of fearful people, it’s suckin’ well water.

franksalterego on August 22, 2007 at 7:01 PM

thirteen28 is correct . . . Edwards is at best delusional.

rplat on August 22, 2007 at 7:02 PM

Jaibones and ameripundit- He did win Iowa in 2004 and was very Clintonesque in his NC US Senate win.

All the stuff we know about him will fade into the ether IF he stumbles into a golden issue. I’m just sayin’

Valiant on August 22, 2007 at 7:26 PM

thirteen28 is correct . . . Edwards is at best delusional.

rplat on August 22, 2007 at 7:02 PM

Delusional, or politically shrewd?

Before you start ROFLYAO (rolling on floor laughing your butt off), consider this: Two-thirds of Americans, according to the Agence France-Presse, do not think they know much about world affairs. One-third aren’t even interested in American politics.

This kind of delusion simply means, to me, that Silky is playing the entire electorate for idgits, in the hopes that he can sway the one-third of us that actually are (according to the AFP poll, which I take with a grain of salt anyway).

gryphon202 on August 22, 2007 at 7:55 PM

Two-thirds of Americans, according to the Agence France-Presse, do not think they know much about world affairs. One-third aren’t even interested in American politics.

And half of Americans don’t vote. Guess which half that is. It includes the third that aren’t interested in politics.

Pablo on August 22, 2007 at 7:59 PM

In other words, Rove assumes the left-wing base is a bunch of reactionary morons, so he harnessed the power of Bush Derangement Syndrome in 2004 by using their moronic reactionary tendencies against them. Now Silky, whose entire fundraising operation is premised upon Rove’s assumption being essentially true, is actually pointing out to them what reactionary morons they are in an attempt to co-opt their mindless BDS towards his own ends. Brilliant!

And the worst part is that anyone, ANYONE, who supports him is a dishonest scumbag. This guy ran his 2004 campaign on being the moderate pro-war guy. He insisted Bush didn’t lie about WMDs and that he’d have acted the exact same way at the UN, and he told this to a Chris Matthews who was begging him to attack Bush. He’s now the hero of the Kos Krowds for his anti-war stance. Not to mention his “don’t take News Corp. money, while I take hundreds of thousands” demand, his making money off predatory lending while attacking it, etc. etc. etc. If you support him, and fancy yourself the least bit informed, you are a shameful human being. This guy isn’t just flip flopping like a Kerry Kampaign, he’s just saying anything he can, no matter how much of a hypocrite it makes him, and for the anti-war crowd to have his back is the picture of dishonesty.

RightWinged on August 22, 2007 at 8:15 PM

I bet Princess John explains away the fact that donors give more money to his opponents because they feel pity for them having to run against someone with such beautiful hair.

pedestrian on August 22, 2007 at 8:26 PM

No one fears you silky boy..no one.

Your wife is smarter than you..you should let her talk more….and you bring your talking down to zero if you want any shot.

Highrise on August 22, 2007 at 9:49 PM

The day I start fearing The Silky One with the $400 hairdo is the day I start wearing pink underwear. Edwards, you’re picture should be plastered into the next edition of Webster’s Dictionary, right next to the definition of “schmuck”.

pilamaye on August 22, 2007 at 9:54 PM

The day I start fearing The Silky One with the $400 hairdo is the day I start wearing pink underwear

Mix your whites with your colors and that day may be sooner than you think.

Blake on August 22, 2007 at 9:57 PM

LOL..everytime I see a picture of this guy…he LITERALLY looks like he’s talking…laughing…spewing…out the SIDE of his mouth?????

hotvol on August 22, 2007 at 11:46 PM

Didn’t Rightwinged say only yesterday exactly the same thing as Edwards just said here (minus Karl Rove)? Does Silky Phony read Hotair.com?

Just remember folks, this is the same argument used by Fred Thompson supporters. “Obviously they fear me so they attack me. Every attack on me is a sign of fear. Fear the Edwards, I mean, Fred.”

BKennedy on August 23, 2007 at 3:00 AM

Delusional and phonier than a Chappaqquidick neckbrace.

dbdiva on August 23, 2007 at 6:22 AM

When you surround yourself with people that blow smoke up your butt and call in sunshine, what do you expect? FYI, has anyone seen his Plantation just south of the People’s Republic of Chapel Hill.

Wuptdo on August 23, 2007 at 11:08 AM