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And the Leni Riefenstahl award goes to….

posted at 7:27 pm on August 17, 2012 by is out with a four-minute video that’s been showing up on the interwebz, most notably Facebook, with this enticing title:  “This video MIGHT stop Romney from becoming president.”

In the video, two GenXers reveal to you with cheerful sincerity the GOP’s three-pronged strategy to get Mitt Romney elected president, and, as you can well imagine, it’s all part of a dire “racist” plot funded by the Koch Brothers. I exaggerate….but nowhere near as much as the video does.

If you can stand to watch it, it’s below, but here’s a summary of their major “prongs:”

Prong 1:

The GOP has been sabotaging our economy and then blaming Obama for it. One of the ways they’re doing this is by “starving states” of money. “It’s all about defeating Obama,” you see, and the strategy is “working” because the “latest polls indicate more Americans actually blame Obama for the struggling economy.”  Not George Bush, not Wall Street, not banks, not Congress, but poor, power-lacking President Obama.

This is real tinfoil hat territory—believing that any party, on the left, right, in the middle or on Mars, would adopt a risky strategy of sinking the national economy because they know—insert Snidely Whiplash laughter here—the people will blame, not them, but the “other guy,” their adversary!

That’s real power, if you can pull it off, especially when you’re not actually in power, as the Republicans weren’t at the outset of the Obama term.

Congress’s approval ratings are regularly in the basement, too, yet somehow, miraculously, amazingly, stunningly, Congressional Republicans figured out how to shift blame for the economic situation away from their dastardly deeds onto…the leader of our country. You know, the one who promised to fix things when he took office. The one whose party held the White House, the Senate and the House for two whole years.

Man, but those Republicans are sneaky. Apparently, they were able to “fight every reform” of the president’s. I can only assume they did this by drugging congressional Democrats who, as pointed out above, controlled Congress for the first two years of the president’s term.

 Prong 2:

The Koch Brothers.  ’Nuff said.

Well, I do have to go on… did you know that “outside groups” have already spent “seven times” as much to defeat Obama as similar groups supporting Obama? And all this money means “misleading information” is “pummeling voters” in swing states. No, I’m not talking about mainstream news, which regularly tilts left. I’m talking paid advertisements that promote scurrilous ideas, such as accusing the nominee  of being responsible for a steelworker’s wife’s death.

Oh, wait, sorry. Wrong misinformation and wrong candidate. That ad, of course, is one on the president’s side, which he has not yet criticized.

Prong 3:

A “racist strategy” to suppress votes. That is, voter ID programs and projects that clean up voter rolls so that, well, only real voters vote.

Among their evidence?  Pennsylvania Republican state majority leader Mike Turzai said that passing the state’s Voter ID law would “allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.” Of course, he couldn’t possibly have meant that by limiting the chance of voter fraud, the Republican presidential nominee now has a fair chance to win instead of having the election taken from him in tight districts. No, that interpretation isn’t dramatic or sinister enough. This is part of the GOP’s secret strategy to win the White House, after all. Except, of course, that Turzai made his Biden-like remarks at a public meeting, so it’s not really “secret.”

To recap, from this video we are to believe the following:

  • The GOP is so clever that it could engineer a plan to sink the economy and then, Svengali-like, get the American public to place blame for this, not on low-approval Congress but on well-liked President Obama.
  • And the way they do this is by getting lots of money from the Koch Brothers and their allies to pummel mesmerized voters with misinformation (that somehow counters the vast liberal bent of most mainstream news sources).
  • But those who manage to escape these mass hypnosis sessions can’t vote because of racist Voter ID laws.

I have an idea, let’s flip this so it works for Democrats. Then, the three-pronged strategy might be:

  • Pretend that you really have no power to get anything done that people actually like when your party holds the White House, the Senate and the House.
  • Demonize your adversary’s donors when your fecklessness results in usual Democratic donors running for the tall grass.
  • Oppose Voter ID and other clean-vote initiatives.

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She gave him herpes.

Akzed on August 17, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Below the authors post, by way of a bio, it says:

Libby Sternberg is a novelist.

It should say….

Libby Sternberg is a novelist, who writes cogent, thoughtful posts here, and deserves front page attention.

Nice job again, and thank you.

massrighty on August 17, 2012 at 9:06 PM

you know the sad and truly disgusting thing is- that the latter portion of gen-x and gen y (aka millenials) largely seem to have no fact based , historically accurate view of even the Nazis.

i recently had a blow out over a movie review with a not unintelligent 30 something who had the audacity to defend the likes of Leni Riefenstahl to me using no supporting facts , no cogent opinions. they just barked at me how i should rather ‘get the facts’ ( read: just agree with them or i was a bad, uninformed person) before i opened my mouth and called leni dearest a nazi propagandist. they saw one documentary, you see, and personally felt leni was blameless and a martyr for her art- all while presenting no justification for this opinion( i had presented citations from historians and respected film scholars.)

so they would probably think it’s cool and a hit tip to them highlighting their searing hipness that you mentioned leni in reference to their hot spew. there seem to be a slight narcissism problem at work with their victimization hagiography of even the most vile among us- all the facts and proof they need of anything, of maintaining any position is merely their own sweet personal inklings.

mittens on August 17, 2012 at 9:10 PM

I don’t remember who said it, but:

Conservatives deal with facts and reach conclusions; liberals have conclusions and sell them as facts.”

squint on August 18, 2012 at 2:11 AM

It’s not that our liberal friends are ignorant, it’s just that so much that they know just isn’t so.

Ronald Reagan

Brian1972 on August 18, 2012 at 9:18 AM

This is real tinfoil hat territory—believing that any party, on the left, right, in the middle or on Mars, would adopt a risky strategy of sinking the national economy because they know—insert Snidely Whiplash laughter here—the people will blame, not them, but the “other guy,” their adversary!

That’s real power, if you can pull it off, especially when you’re not actually in power, as the Republicans weren’t at the outset of the Obama term.

Of course, one has to forego a willing suspension of disbelief that the GOP is secretly manipulating the country with their Illuminati-like networks, which includes remaining in the Congressional and Senate minority for most of last 60-70 years.

If the GOP has that kind of power, how did we end up with Carter, Clinton, and Obama in the first place?

It seems the GOP is only an evil-genius society when it has no power. When it does have a majority or the owns the WH, they regress to complete incompetence.

Must be something in the water at 1600 Penn.

BobMbx on August 18, 2012 at 11:41 AM

If anyone deserves the Award, it would be MediaMatters for a Nazi America… or is it MediaMatters for a Marxist America?

Little Hitler’s, Little Stalin’s or Little Mao’s…What’s the Dif,same result.

God Bless America!

paratisi on August 18, 2012 at 5:57 PM

I like the dude.

The girl appears to be moderately to severely mentally retarded.

JohnGalt23 on August 18, 2012 at 7:53 PM

JohnGalt23 on August 18, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Uh, the politically correct term is cerebrally challenged. The P.C. police will be at your place shortly. Grab your toothbrush.

platypus on August 19, 2012 at 1:04 AM

Good morning everyone! Hope everyone here, including the trolls, have a great day!

itsspideyman on August 19, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Speaking of awards, Libby, isn’t it amazing how Liberals and Progressives are able to take over the nominating committees so that their fellow travelers get all the shiny accolades which have the result of polishing their credentials. Paul Krugman, Albert Gore, Barack Obama all their little certificates of achievement. I don’t know what is more amusing: Paul Krugman, Pulitzer Prize winning economist, or the real howler, Noble Peace Prize recipient Barack H. Obama. It’s the Twenty-First Century equivalent of the Race Card. You can’t argue with him, he’s got a Pulitzer!

BigAlSouth on August 19, 2012 at 11:27 AM

From Wiki…

In 1937, Riefenstahl told a reporter for the Detroit News: “To me, Hitler is the greatest man who ever lived. He truly is without fault, so simple and at the same time possessed of masculine strength”.

History repeats itself. In 2012 Chrissy “Tingles” Matthews basically told his MSNBC audience…

“To me, Obama is the greatest man who ever lived. He truly is without fault, so simple and at the same time possessed of masculine strength”.

The difference is Riefenstahl had talent.

farsighted on August 19, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Isn’t this how WWII went?

Narrator: [Time Masheen starts] We’re gonna take you back, to the year 1939 when Charlie Chaplin and his Nazi regime enslaved Europe and tried to take over the world…
Narrator: …But then an even greater force emerged, the U.N.[pronounced “un”]
Narrator: and the “un” “un-nazied” the world – forever.

Idiocracy was a documentary, wasn’t it?

JamesS on August 19, 2012 at 8:05 PM

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