Credit Where Credit Is Due

During the Iraq occupation in 2006, I observed that at the top of their game conservative spinmeisters are as skilled at misdirection as close-up magicians at the Magic Castle. One of their best sleight-of-hand tricks is “Heads, I win. Tails, you lose.” Steve Benen at Washington Monthly observed the same thing about the weak jobs numbers released last week and illustrates his point with simple graphics:

When the jobs reports were looking quite good in the early spring, Republican leaders were eager to take credit for the positive numbers they had nothing to do with. Needless to say, GOP officials are no longer claiming responsibility, and are in fact now eager to point fingers everywhere else. It’s a nice little scam Republicans have put together: when more jobs are being created, it’s proof they’re right; when fewer jobs are being created, it’s proof Obama’s wrong. Heads they win; tails Dems lose.

Are you better off now than you were 30 years ago?

An oranges to oranges comparison of the cost of living in 1978 versus 2008

The shrinking Republican base

“The Republican Party is on the cusp of losing an entire generation.”

The Southern Strategy and The Permanent Republican Majority

Remember the new conservative coalition that was to provide a "permanent Republican majority?" Today that pipe dream is mostly associated with Karl Rove, but originally it was envisioned by Richard Nixon as the fruit of his Southern Strategy. This strategy was supposed to retain the party's traditional Northeastern and Midwestern conservative base while reaching out to Southerners disaffected by civil rights and the role of Democrats in the demise of Jim Crow. It was designed to meld the Puritan tradition of small government and individual responsibility with the historical sense of loss and grievance that infected the South.

I Don't Recall!

Reagan used it, Scooter Libby used it, George Allen used it, Rumsfeld used it, Denny Hastert used it, Cheney threatened to use it and now Condi Rice is using it. When the truth gets in the way, apparently the best defense is, "I don't recall"!

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